Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL), a subsidiary of The AES Corp., says six prominent hotels in downtown Indianapolis have pledged their participation in IPL Green Power Option, a program allowing entities to buy wind energy as a percentage of their monthly electricity usage.
The hotels include Crowne Plaza Indianapolis, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Omni Severin Hotel, The Westin Indianapolis, Marriott Indianapolis and JW Marriott Indianapolis. Collectively, by participating in the program, these six hotels will reduce approximately 20 million pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent to 1,530 residential homes’ emissions, according to the utility.
“This pledge shows that we are moving the needle on sustainability here in Indianapolis,” states Rafael Sanchez, IPL’s president and CEO. “IPL recognizes that our business customers want to adopt a more sustainable, efficient business model, and we are committed to providing cleaner energy, delivered more reliably and more affordable than ever before.”
The utility notes that offering greener energy choices is vital in boosting the city’s tourism industry.
“Indy has established itself as one of the greenest tourism and convention destinations in America,” explains Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “From our walkable downtown, which minimizes the need for carbon-producing transportation, to our electric car sharing service and, now, our environmentally friendly energy-powered hotels, Indy is a great choice for travelers who believe in reducing their carbon footprint.”