The HANYC Sustainability Awards

The HANYC Sustainability Awards identify and honor New York City hotels that are leaders in environmentally friendly lodging practices and socially responsible initiatives. The Awards support and further the City’s greater sustainable development goals through the promotion of strategies that encompass the triple bottom line of profit, people and planet.

Great Forest, a leading sustainability consultancy, helped to develop the Awards and continues to provide expert guidance in selecting the awardees. Each year, a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals conduct site visits and interviews in order to determine the winners.

Why the HANYC Sustainability Awards? Read a Q&A With Hervé Houdré On The Search For NYC’s Greenest, Most Responsible Hotel

Questions? Email Maya Shenkman: [email protected]


2017 Applications Are now OPEN.  Click here.

Large Properties (Greater than 250 keys):
- Environmental Protection Award
- Holistic Sustainability Strategy Award (People. Planet. Profit)

Smaller Properties (Less than 250 keys):
- Environmental Protection Award
- Holistic Sustainability Strategy Award (People. Planet. Profit)

All properties: – Feature Award


2016 Winners

2016 HANYC Sustainability Awards

About the winners: NYC’s Greenest And Most Socially Responsible Hotels Are Revealed

Large Properties

Environmental Protection Award – Westin New York at Times Square
Holistic Award – Intercontinental Times Square + Hilton Times Square

Small Properties

Social Responsibility Award – Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan Midtown EastHerald Square Hotel
Holistic Award – Peninsula New York Hotel

All Properties

Feature Award – HI New York City / Hostelling International USA

2015 Winners

HANYC Sustainability Awards Winners 2015

Press ReleaseSeven New York City hotels honored for sustainable hospitality initiatives.

Artworks: The 2015 trophies were designed by artist Elizabeth Miller McCue based on her bronze sculpture Life Unfolding.

Large Properties 

Social Responsibility Award – Courtyard by Marriott Central Park
Environmental Protection Award – Intercontinental NY Times Square
Holistic Sustainability Strategy Award- Westin New York Times Square

Small Properties

Social Responsibility Award – Roger Smith
Environmental Protection Award – Hyatt Union Square
Holistic Sustainability Strategy Award – The Pierre – A Taj Hotel

All properties

Feature Award – Holiday Inn Express, Times Square South

2014 Winners

Hotel Motel Restaurant Show Awards

Press Release: Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Midtown, Carlton Hotels Honored by HANYC for Their Green Initiatives, Hotel Association of New York City To Present First Annual Sustainability Awards

ArtworksLearn More About The Artworks Awarded To Winners Of the Inaugural HANYC Sustainability Awards

Headless Pineapples, Paper Hats And More Small Ways Hotels Go Green, SKIFT

How Green Are NYC Hotels? 10 Things We Learned
From the HANYC Sustainability Awards
, Green Lodging News

See Photos From The Inaugural HANYC Sustainability Awards

Hotel Sustainability: 3 Tips On Where To Begin

Winners Spotlight

A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

On November 10th, 2014, The Association participated in the Hospitality Green “Live”—Exhibitor Tutorial Sessions at the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show For the first time, the Association attributed Sustainability Awards to three properties showing relevant sustainable practices.