Cornell Completes Hotel Benchmarking Study

Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarks Will Benefit Travelers and Industry

Hospitality Net, May 23, 2014

A landmark Cornell University study has compiled and analyzed industry-wide data to develop sustainability benchmarks for hotels in 30 geographic areas in China, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Using these benchmarks, hotels in and near these 30 locations can see how they stack up against their peers. With data contributed by nine global hotel companies, the Benchmark data collection and analysis effort focuses on two key components of sustainability: energy usage and carbon emissions. The report, “Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking,” by Howard G. Chong and Eric E. Ricaurte, is available at no charge from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance (CREF).

“We greatly appreciated the support of the hotel firms in developing the Cornell hotel sustainability benchmarks,” said Ricaurte, a CHR research associate. “We had monthly utility usage from nine major lodging companies with over 2,000 hotels, which allowed us to calculate detailed results for 30 geographic areas. One thing we noticed right away is that hotel benchmarks are very different from those for other commercial buildings, even on the same street.”

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