Sustainability or going green is becoming increasingly popular for businesses as well as individuals---and for good reason. Everyday environmentally friendly solutions will play a large role in creating healthier environments now and in the future. The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa have taken many steps to minimize our impact on the environment and our ecological footprint by examining the choices that we make every day. These initiatives are the result of input from nearly 20 representatives throughout the campus, for the hotel, club, spa and our 18-acre grounds. 

Such initiatives at the Club include:
Replaced older boilers with more energy-efficient boilers 
Recycle folding tissue and folding products that come from The Shop at The Houstonian vendors  
Provide all employees a polycarbonate water bottle to help reduce the number of cups made of other materials
Provide recycle containers for recyclable items throughout the Club
Use rechargeable batteries in the equipment
Purchase mostly compostable or recyclable consumer items
Refrain from printing unnecessary copies of documents 
Have installed digital signage
Have converted to LED lighting, which produce virtually no heat, nor contain any mercury or poisons, making them safer than halogen, CFL and incandescent light bulbs
Offer conveniently-located bicycle racks
Use the Green Seal Certified cleaning products, which contain no phosphates, caustics, silicates, butyls, nonylphenols, nonylphenol ethosexylates or cleating VOCs, and are packaged in recyclable packaging

Those at the Hotel include:
Repaired roofs by using light-colored reflective materials to minimize infrared heat transfer absorption
Installed occupancy sensors in guestrooms, which communicate to an energy management system to reduce power consumption in unoccupied rooms
Installed Phillips 42-inch LCD Energy Star-rated TVs in guestrooms
Installed window insulation in guestrooms for decreased heat transfer
Installed weather stripping on all guestroom doors to provide more efficient climate control in the corridors
Replace bed sheets and towels only upon guest request 
Use green seal-certified cleaning chemicals in Housekeeping and Laundry  

At Trellis the Spa:
Donate all used and damaged towels, robes, linens, massage cradle covers and mitts, among other items
Remove unnecessary florescent and recessed lights to directly affect ambience and indirectly, cost
Replace small, single-use bottles in showers with large, multi-use bottles, which will reduce the cost of purchasing large, concentrated bulk orders of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, as well as reduce waste through elimination of discards of small, single-use bottles
Developed organic facial, body treatment and day package to address awareness and demand
Switched all massage creams to an organic product, regardless of type of treatment performed
Confirm appointments with clients via e-mail
Expanded available selection of green-friendly retail products and clothing
Distribute  recyclable heart-shaped seedling packets in all gift bags or promotional giveaways

On our Grounds:
Treat pests only when their presence is deemed a nuisance or threat thereby reducing the introduction of toxins into the ground (IPM)
Use a rain-sensing irrigation system that prohibits watering during periods of rain
Filter run-off water from the loading dock and construction areas through hydrocarbon
Supplement the fertility program with eco-compatible products, such as discarded egg shells and coffee grounds from the kitchen

Throughout the Campus:
Use low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint for all paint projects
Install high-efficiency lighting
Added film to all exterior windows, which offers greater energy efficiency
Undertake recycling of paper goods in nearly all departments
Provide digital distribution of daily reports
Constructed a central laundry plant with water and heat reclamation and lower energy consumption systems
Replaced Styrofoam cups with Biodegradable corn-product cups
Donate equipment to other organizations, or to scrap metal locations to be melted down and reused
Use double-sided pages for large paper copying and distribution 
Consolidate purchasing to save on delivery costs