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Completing the Inn at Penn's Renovations–with an Emphasis on Sustainability

April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31

The Hilton Inn at Penn has completed a major renovation project designed to update each guest room with contemporary and sustainable features. The rooms have new desks, ergonomic chairs, chaise lounges, Euro-style shower systems and local artwork to reflect scenes around Philadelphia and our campus. With the implementation of new technologies, travelers can now play their own music and movies through TeleAdapt® MediaHubs, which connect electronic devices and laptop computers directly to high-definition LCD televisions. The Inn at Penn is also the first Hilton hotel as well as the first hotel in Philadelphia to introduce Apple iPads equipped with Intelity/ICE® software to their guestrooms. Scheduled for a later installation, the iPads will enable guests to access hotel services and information on their schedule in multiple languages while relaxing in their rooms.

In support of the University’s Climate Action Plan, the Inn maintained its focus on environmental responsibility by integrating sustainable features in the guest rooms. Fabrics, wall coverings and bathroom tile contain recycled content; blackout shades and fluorescent lighting support energy efficiency; and WaterSense® showerheads save thousands of gallons of water annually. The Inn was also the beneficiary of a $100,000 energy improvement grant to support the installation of Evolve® guestroom lighting and temperature control system. The Inn is expected to reduce its energy consumption by as much as 30 percent annually with this new technology, which activates in-room lighting, heating and air conditioning upon guest arrival.

The implementation of these innovative features further strengthens the Inn’s ongoing efforts to reduce its overall carbon footprint. Earlier this year, front desk associates received new eco-friendly uniforms that are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. 

—Business Services Division

Related: Sustainability at Penn; RecycleMania 2011 Results

Almanac - April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31