PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 1, 2014) — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced the winners of its annual RCI® Green Awards, with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. awarded the highest honor for the second year in a row. The third iteration of this competitive award program saw applications from many of RCI’s most environmentally-conscious affiliates, with the winners based on criteria set by third-party sustainability expert Green Key Global.
“Sustainable business practices are extremely important to all of us at RCI, our members and our affiliates, and we want to recognize our affiliates that make this a priority in their day-to-day hospitality practices,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Many of our affiliates have implemented substantial green initiatives that are having a positive impact on our earth, and we applaud their efforts. These awards recognize the top three RCI affiliated properties amongst a competitive group of applicants.”
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, the winner of the Platinum RCI Green Award for the second consecutive year, exemplifies best-in-class practices for sustainability. Green policies and procedures are entrenched in day-to-day activities on site, and are an important factor in management’s planning. Examples of this resort’s sustainable actions include: using a green roof and high-albedo materials on more than 75 percent of the roof area; using high-efficiency lighting technology on more than 75 percent of light fixtures; installing high-efficiency windows in the majority of the building; providing bus passes to employees to promote public transportation use; and implementing a linen and towel reuse program for guests.
Peacock Suites in Anaheim, Calif. was awarded the Gold RCI Green Award this year. This property also demonstrates a range of green practices, including: participation in community and park clean ups, Earth Day and tree planting initiatives; providing employees with shuttle bus access, bike storage and parking for low-emission vehicles; utilizing renewable energy for some of the hotel’s energy needs; and rain sensors for irrigation to prevent over-watering.
Also based in Carlsbad, Calif., Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa again took home the Silver RCI Green Award. This resort’s commendable sustainability initiatives include: assignment of a Green Team to coordinate environmental initiatives; using energy-efficient lighting in 90 percent of general areas; in-room recycling programs; and implementing annual audits of energy and water consumption.
“These three resorts clearly understand the positive effect that the hospitality industry can make when it comes to sustainability,” continued Gurnik. “With millions of vacation ownership travelers in the U.S. alone, even small acts can add up to a major impact on our environment. And, with consumers increasingly looking for green travel services, it also makes good business sense to take these actions.”
RCI collaborated with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resort applicants. The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program assessments determined the winners of this year’s RCI Green Awards.
As an additional benefit to applying for the RCI Green Awards, all applicants received Green Key certification, earning one through five keys to reflect the extent of their sustainability efforts. The comprehensive Green Key Eco-Rating Program covers both operational areas and sustainable practices, which include energy conservation, indoor air quality, land use and much more.
Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including: personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands such as Travelocity, Expedia and AAA.
For more information and details on the RCI Green Awards, visit www.RCIaffiliates.com.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI Weeks®, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center,rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.
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