Wyndham Worldwide Reduces Energy Use Across North America

Wyndham Worldwide, owner of Wyndham Vacation Club, continues to lead the industry in energy efficient practices. In 2011, they agreed to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. In 2014, Wyndham announced that in these three years they have reduced 12% of their energy consumption in their North America locations.

The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is an initiative started by President Obama back in 2011. The goal of this challenge is to make American industrial, commercial, and multifamily buildings 20% more energy efficient within 10 years.

Wyndham has also set a goal to reduce their carbon emissions by 16% by 2016 and by 20% by 2020.

Senior VP sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide, Faith Taylor said,

“This latest milestone of meaningfully reducing our carbon footprint is the result of our commitment to exploring and adopting innovative environmental practices, as it reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources, and ultimately supports both near- and long-term profitability. We believe it is our people, our culture and our strategies that have enabled us to get where we are today. The dedicated efforts of employees at every level of the Company embody our culture of responsible sustainable practices and reflect the strong values that guide our company.”

Wyndham has implemented a variety of energy efficient practices including approved LED lighting through select parking structures. They have also provided energy training and education to their staff across the committed properties.

They will also continue to expand their Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) Green Certification Program, one of the first sustainability programs in the industry. The WVO Green Certification tracks 26 resort requirements in categories such as energy use, waste reduction, water use, efficiency education, and indoor air quality.

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. David Danielson added,

“By committing to cut energy use by 20 percent, Better Buildings Challenge partners are demonstrating how businesses and organizations are reducing our nation’s energy bill, creating American jobs, and protecting the environment. With commitments representing more than 3 billion square feet of floor space, these partners are leading the way to a cleaner energy economy.”

Wyndham and Wyndham Vacation Ownership continue to lead the industry in energy efficiency, and their efforts are paying off. This year Wyndham has received the 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook. As an investment specialist in sustainability, RobecoSAM releases an annual yearbook to rank companies in their yearly efficiency performance.

To learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge, please visit EERE.Energy.gov.