OTTAWA — Green Key Global has partnered with the Benjamin Hotel New York City, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and the Hotel Association of New York City to launch the first experiential sustainable hospitality program with NYIT Hospitality Studies students.

Under the supervision of Dr. Robert Koenig, director of NYIT Global Center for Hospitality Management, a team of 10 students collaborated with The Benjamin Hotel to assess the property’s environmental initiatives and assist in completing the Green Key Eco-Rating certification program. The students reviewed five key areas: corporate environmental management, housekeeping, food and beverage operations, conference and meeting facilities, and engineering and delivered recommendations that led to the awarding of a Four Key Eco-Rating for The Benjamin

“The hospitality industry continues to address the concerns of today’s environmentally aware traveller,” said Tony Pollard, managing director, Green Key Global. “Green Key Global’s goal is to ensure more lodging and meeting entities not only understand that sustainability supports the environment, but it also improves overall fiscal performance and community relations.”

Green Key Global and NYIT will be continuing the program for the upcoming semester.


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