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June 19, 2002

EPA Launches Energy Star Rating for Hotels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week its latest Energy Star product, a rating system for hotels. Hotels can use Energy Star tools to benchmark their performance on a scale from 1 to 100. Top-performing hotels can earn the Energy Star label. In its announcement, the EPA named the Courtyard Indianapolis Capital, owned by White Lodging Services Corp., and the Sheraton Boston Hotel, owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, as the first two hotels to earn the label. Energy Star is a joint project of DOE and the EPA. See the EPA press release, as well as the Energy Star for Hospitality Web site.