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EPA Energy Star Award Winner

A dedicated green hotel, the Hotel Nikko is proud of its concerted initiatives in the areas of water conservation, recycling, and composting. In addition, it's the only hotel in San Francisco to win the coveted EPA Energy Star Award nine times.

What is Energy Star? -

Energy Star is a partnership of government and industry that offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions, protecting the environment for future generations. Buildings that meet certain criteria and achieve a superior rating are eligible
to apply.


  • Hotel Nikko San Francisco upgraded its previous 3.5 gallon per flush to 1.5 gallon per flush water closet and annually saves 6,000,000 gallons
    of water
  • "Green cards" allow guests to inform the hotel of their daily laundry preferences for linens and towels
  • The in-house laundry program utilizes a re-use system whereby the always fresh second and third rinse cycles are saved, filtered and used for the next first wash cycle, saving thousands of gallons of water each day

Recyclables & Compost

  • Excess food scraps and kitchen waste are sent offsite to be converted to high-quality compost
  • Paper, plastic, tin, cardboard and aluminum are recycled
  • Housekeeping donates all linens no longer used by the hotel to homeless shelters and other charities; torn linen is used for cleaning rags
  • All hotel guestroom keys are fully biodegradable
  • A recycling program is available in all guest rooms, and always active in our meeting spaces.


  • Guest room thermostats are equipped with sensors which turn the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems off when the rooms
    are vacant
  • Service areas have motion sensors that turn off lighting when the vicinity is not occupied
  • Eighty-two percent of the building's lighting is compact fluorescent or LED, saving electricity and cutting greenhouse gas emissions
  • Ventilation fans have Variable Frequency Drives installed


  • Hotel colleagues dedicate more than 1,000 hours annually to assisting the local community including volunteering at Glide Memorial Church, The Salvation Army, Florence Crittenton Services, and Adopt-A-Family.
  • We have a relationship with the RenoVos organization, in pursuit of the hotel attaining zero total waste: http://www.renovos.com
  • We meet quarterly with the Hotel Non Profit Collaborative and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) which works with San Francisco Hotels to recycle old furniture, carpeting, supplies, etc.
  • We were awarded the Community Service Award by the California Hotel Lodging Association, and the Community Spirit Award by the Hotel Council of San Francisco.
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