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Press Release
Los Angeles, July 10, 2018


The First Sofitel and AccorHotel to Receive This Level of Environmental Certification in the United States
Leads the Way with Green Initiatives Throughout the Hotel

From left to right:
Kat Danaher – Senior Marketing & Communications Leader for Green Seal;
Lauren Faber – Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles;
Enrique Zaldivar - Director & General Manager of LA SANITATION & ENVIRONMENT (LASAN);
Eric Lemaire – Area General Manager for Sofitel Hotels & Resorts;
Patti MacJennett – Executive Director of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board;
George Payba - City of Los Angeles Green Business Certification Program Manager at LASAN

Washington, D.C. based non-profit Green Seal, the premier independent ecolabel in the United States, is excited to announce that the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has been awarded the coveted Green Seal Silver Certification. This national, standardized certification is part of the nonprofit Green Seal initiative, created in 1989 to encourage companies to safeguard the environment by using environmentally responsible products and practices. The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Hotel is the sixth hotel in Los Angeles (and one of only nine hotels in all of Southern California) and the first of the worldwide Sofitel hotel group to achieve this distinction.

“By earning Green Seal certification, the Sofitel proves its sustainability excellence on many levels, including water & energy efficiency, waste minimization, and use of nontoxic products,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal.  “It joins seven other prominent hotels in the LA Green Lodging Program, and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements.”

Working in close conjunction with the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program/Green Lodging Program and Green Seal, the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills created numerous initiatives throughout the hotel to meet the standards set by the two organizations. The hotel is also a leader in following the sustainability action plan of the hotel's parent company AccorHotels, whose Planet 21 program leads the way in the global hospitality sector in its dedication to environmentally sound practices. The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills currently has a Planet 21 Gold Level certification.

Designed to prevent pollution, minimize waste, conserve resources and overall keep standards high for operating in a sustainable manner, the initiatives in place at the Sofitel include a commitment to purchasing and using products that minimize negative impacts on both the environment and human health. The hotel's Green Team is dedicated to using sustainable, recyclable, energy efficient and non-toxic items throughout every aspect of the hotel's day-to-day operations, from housekeeping with Green Seal certified products and recycling partially used guest-room toiletry products (as well as participating in the Global Soap Project recycling program) to ensuring that a minimum of 50 percent of the hotel's food purchases are from local or regional vendors.

"Developed by LA Sanitation, our Green Business Certification Program recognizes and promotes businesses that operate in a more sustainable and environmentally responsible manner,” said Enrique Zaldivar, Director & General Manager of LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN). Sofitel Los Angeles was able to achieve this recognition through many different initiatives to benefit the environment, including composting and food recovery to help combat food waste."

The hotel invested in an ORCA food waste management system, a machine that eats garbage (think discarded fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, baked goods, etc.), then "digests" it into environmentally safe water that flows into the city's municipal sewage system. That ORCA processes 100 pounds of food waste per hour [the OG100], thus dramatically reducing the waste heading to landfills from the hotel's room service and restaurant offerings. The hotel also features a "green corner" in its parking garage, where six Tesla charging stations are ready for guests who drive electric cars to plug in and juice back up.

"Here at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, we believe that it is vitally important for every business – in Los Angeles and around the world – to institute sustainable practices that will help protect our planet,” explains Area General Manager for Sofitel Eric Lemaire. “We are proud to add the Green Seal Certification to our continuing list of initiatives that help make the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills a leader among our competitors and among our AccorHotels network in progressive environmental programs designed to make the world a better place for all of us."

About Sofitel:
Sofitel, AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travelers seeking a uniquely elegant experience.

Guests staying at one of Sofitel’s 121 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own “cousu-main” service, stylish, interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand’s hotels are located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 92 countries with 3,900 hotels and 180,000 employees.
www.sofitel.com | www.accorhotels.com

About AccorHotels:
AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome.
Over 180,000 women and men in 3,900 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in92 countries.

AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners, and employees:

  1. Its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (Hotel Services) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
  2. A large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, McGallery by Sofitel, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis Budget, adagio access and hotel F1) establishments;
  3. A powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels
  4. Almost half a century on commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.

Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY)

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About Green Seal, Inc.
Green Seal®, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, is the United States’ premier ecolabel, symbolizing transparency, integrity and environmental leadership. Its team of mission-driven scientists and experts develops life cycle-based environmental standards and certifies products and services that meet them. Green Seal standards cover 450 categories – from janitorial supplies and paper to cleaning services and hotels – and are specified by countless schools, government agencies, businesses, and institutions. Green Seal’s science-based programs empower choices and improvements that transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. For more information, visit GreenSeal.org, or call 202-872-6400. Connect with Green Seal on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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