Hilton Worldwide


Challenge Commitment
90Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
5-8%Reduction in Energy Intensity4%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

Hilton Worldwide is a global company operating more than 4,000 hotels with ten brands in 91 countries. As one of the largest and distinctly recognized hotel companies in the world, Hilton has a vested interest in operating efficiently. Water, energy, food, commodities and waste requirements significantly impact economics of action. For this reason, Living Sustainably is a business imperative and a cornerstone of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose commitment.

Due to the advancements in quality assurance and sustainability standards, Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of ten hotel brands has earned ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems. With these certifications, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first multi-national organizations to certify its entire system globally, achieving one of the largest-ever volume certifications of commercial buildings.

Hilton Worldwide is one of the first major multi-brand hospitality companies to make sustainability measurement a brand standard, equal in importance to quality, service and revenue. The company requires measurement and corrective action from across all of its brands as well as performance toward sustainability goals. Development of Hilton’s sustainability tracking tool LightStay, began in 2002 for the largest properties; and is now a requirement of every property, whether owned, managed or franchised. This program enables Hilton Worldwide to calculate and analyze the company’s aggregate sustainability performance across more than 200 indicators, including multiple utility and operational metrics such as energy, water, carbon, paper product usage, waste chemical storage, air quality and transportation.

As part of Hilton’s commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge, the company will continue its efforts to develop and improve upon the LightStay methodology, engage Team Members and create awareness of the benefits of energy reduction.