There are 68 properties currently listed in Scottsdale. At this time there are 13 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 9 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale has been awarded a 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Hyatt Regency Scottsdale completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale employs 46 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Hyatt Regency Scottsdale please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
New Solar Heat System at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Novan Solar Inc. of Golden, CO will install one of the nations largest solar hot water systems ever built for a hotel at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Novan solar thermal system will provide domestic hot water for guest rooms, the main laundry services room and all the restaurants at the 492-room resort.
The 27-acre Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has complete resort facilities, including a 2.5 acre "water playground", 27-holes of championship golf, world-class tennis, Spa Avania and the Native American and Environmental Learning Center as a part of the 560-acre Gainey Ranch resort and residential development in Scottsdale.
The 172-collector Novan solar system is part of an energy-reduction project designed by the Hartman Company, an engineering and design firm in Austin, Texas, which will eventually reduce the resorts energy use by approximately half. The solar system has a 20,000-gallon storage tank, larger than currently required, which will enable a possible Phase 2 of the project doubling the current system size.
"This solar project is not simply an add-on system," Tom Hartman, president of The Hartman Company stated. "It represents a component of a major re-design of the resorts hot water infra-structure and modifying how the resort produces and utilizes hot water resources." Due the substantial energy savings, state utility incentives, and the federal Investment Tax Credit for renewable energy, the system will pay for itself in approximately three years."
The solar water heating system from Novan will generate nearly 31,600 therms (316 million BTUs) of energy yearly. More than 156 metric tons of carbon dioxide (green house gases) will be offset by the system each year. This is the equivalent to carbon sequestered by 133 acres of forest per year or over 360 barrels of oil being consumed yearly.
Arizona Pubic Service (APS), the local power utility, will be partnering with the project through their Renewable Energy Incentive Program. This partnership will help the Hyatt to achieve an approximate 3-year payback on their investment by having APS purchase the Renewable Energy Certificates generated by the commercial DHW system. The solar project will be installed and operating by the end of this year.
"This project is in accordance with Hyatt Corporations global initiative of environmental consciousness and sustainability. This initiative encompasses building, designing and managing innovative and sustainable hotels, while protecting the natural environment and local communities in which we operate around the world," stated Jennifer Schaff, Director of Engineering for the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa.
"We have been told that we were the first resort in the country to have an environmental program including energy efficiency, waste minimization, environmental health and safety for employees, and environmental education for our guests," added Ms.Schaff.