At Starwood, doing the right thing for the environment and our communities is more important than ever. Our customers and owners are asking for it, our guests expect it, and our associates are passionate about it. Global Citizenship is a key driver to our success at Starwood. Therefore, we’ve created a Starwood corporate initiative called “30/20 by20” which means to reduce energy by 30% and water by 20% by 2020, for all of our Starwood properties worldwide. The Hawaii region is on track to meeting this important, yet very lofty initiative, as we’ve implemented a variety of projects from basic operational behavior changes, to HVAC condenser water pool heating. Furthermore, we have a great outlook of future energy efficiency projects, which include, cogeneration, rainwater harvesting, photo voltaic, etc that will take us well pass our 30/20 by 20 goals.
About the Speaker:
As the Area Director of Engineering & Sustainability at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, Eric Au provides the direction and leadership in the field of engineering and construction at Starwood’s 11 properties throughout the state. Throughout his tenure at Starwood, Eric has guided his teams toward building consistency through the Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection and St. Regis brands, and is very passionate about bringing a higher level of sustainability the hotel properties through the “30-20-20” Starwood corporate initiative (reduce energy by 30% and water by 20% by 2020) throughout the region. In all, Eric has worked for 24 years in the field with 12 years of experience in the petrochemical and energy industry designing and implementing process control systems, managing large capital projects, and driving productivity and efficiencies within operations. Locally born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Eric received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Linfield College and his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University.