iPads and Recycled-Plastic Uniforms: The Hilton at Penn Reduces Its Carbon Footprint


The Hilton in at Penn
has launched a multi-million dollar renovation to modernize the 238 guest rooms and suites. Design firm RD Jones and Associates will spearhead the two-phase project to sustainably remodel the units into something more contemporary. WaterSense shower heads (these save thousands of gallons of water annually) and Apple iPads are two of the featured energy-saving technologies that will be added during the renovation; the iPads will allow guests to access hotel services and important guest information. Guests will also be able to use Teledapt Media Hubs allowing them to listen to their own music and movies in their guest rooms.

RD Jones and Associates have designed a luxurious, inviting, guest-friendly and functional space to really compliment the already established University City lifestyle. A majority of the elements/materials used in the remodel contain recycled materials and fixtures which will prove to save energy and help the Hilton Inn’s carbon footprint; the Hilton Inn at Penn is expected to reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent annually with all of the new technology.

Earlier this year, employees of the hotel received new eco-friendly uniforms that are constructed using recycled plastic bottles; the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that manufacturing materials from recyclable plastic requires 66 percent less energy. Other new features will include high-definition LCD televisions, Serta Serenity Beds and GE Evolve lighting systems.

The Hilton Inn at Penn sits right on Penn’s Campus in University City, an ideal location near an abundance of museums, shopping and restaurants. The Hilton is definitely stepping up to the plate with a “less is more” plan to appropriately update the hotel in a way that is as efficient and green as possible. The project is set for completion this month.