January 20, 2009. (New York City, NY)- New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, The World’s Most Popular Hotel®, is pleased to announce that it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious ENERGY STAR. Only two hotels in Manhattan have qualified for this award, and the Hotel Pennsylvania is by far the largest hotel to have done so.
The ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for energy efficiency in America. More than 50 different kinds of products as well as thousands of new homes and commercial and industrial facilities have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. Commercial buildings and industrial plants that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency may qualify for the ENERGY STAR.
“We are pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Steve Leonard, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Hotel. “Not only does our Hotel offer excellent location and value, but now we can add energy efficiency as well.”
“For structures such as the Hotel Pennsylvania, effective operation of the building’s existing resources is the key to energy efficiency,” said Anna Dengler, Director of Sustainability at GREAT FOREST, who advises the Hotel on its conservation efforts.
EPA’s national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a rating of 75 or higher is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
“Whether you are running a grocery store, a school, or an office building, getting the most out of your energy dollars – while reducing your carbon footprint – just makes sense,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnston.
Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors in Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. Extensively renovated, the property has 1,700 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting and adjacent exhibit space. New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is capable of handling conventions, tours, and individual traveler requirements. Its location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is convenient to the business and fashion districts, as well as the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The property is known for having the longest-running telephone number in New York City, immortalized in Glenn Miller’s famous song, “Pennsylvania 6-5000.” Reservations can be made to this number locally 212-736-5000, toll free 800-223-8585, or on-line at www.hotelpenn.com. The World’s Most Popular Hotel® is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.