Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), announces six prominent downtown Indianapolis hotels that have pledged to participate in IPL Green Power Option, a program which allows participants to specify a percentage of their monthly electricity use to be generated by wind, an environmentally friendly and renewable resource. The hotels include Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Omni Severin Hotel, The Westin Indianapolis, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, and JW Marriott Indianapolis.
“This pledge shows that we are moving the needle on sustainability here in Indianapolis,” said Rafael Sanchez, IPL President and CEO. “IPL recognizes that our business customers want to adopt a more sustainable, efficient business model, and we are committed to providing cleaner energy, delivered more reliably and more affordable than ever before.”
Due to the efforts of Visit Indy, the City and others, Indianapolis has appeared on national television, hosted major sporting events like Super Bowl XLVI and is home to some of the most prominent conventions in the United States, which all bring tourism and business to Indianapolis hotels. Offering greener energy choices is vital in boosting Indy’s tourism industry.
“Indy has established itself as one of the greenest tourism and convention destinations in America. From our walkable downtown, which minimizes the need for carbon-producing transportation, to our electric car sharing service and, now our environmentally friendly energy-powered hotels, Indy is a great choice for travelers who believe in reducing their carbon footprint,” said Leonard Hoops, Visit Indy President and CEO.
Sanchez and City of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett recognized each hotel individually and as part of a forward-thinking group that is focused on reducing their collective carbon footprint. Each hotel also received a certificate and plaque from IPL.
Additionally, IPL was recently celebrated as a 2017 Utility Environmental Champion by Market Strategies International Cogent Reports’ study, Utility Trusted Brand & Customer EngagementTM: Residential. Utility Environmental Champions were chosen based on survey responses from residential customers of 130 U.S. electric and natural gas companies.
More on the Hotels involved:
• JW Marriott Indianapolis – 1,005 rooms, 104,000 sf meeting space
• Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – 650 rooms, 40,000 sf meeting space, getting a complete overhaul this year
• Westin Indianapolis – 575 rooms, 39,000 sf meeting space
• Hyatt Regency – 499 rooms, 35,000 sf meeting space
• Omni Severin – 424 rooms, 17,000 sf meeting space, just renovated
• Crowne Plaza Union Station – 273 rooms, 52,000 sf meeting space
All six properties are connected to the Indiana Convention Center, a key part of Indy being the most connected convention package in the country.