Introduced SynergySMART app worldwide for apartment inspections saving 180,000 sheets of paper annually
Transitioning from single-use plastic water bottles to sustainable options like glass carafes and boxed water, saving 120,000 bottles annually
Reduced our carbon footprint by expanding our remote work policy, decreasing the commute burden on employees
Instituted business travel policies with minimum distance requirements, prioritization of purpose, and minimize quantity of trips per associate
Replaced 30% of food waste generated from unused welcome food packs with meal and grocery delivery vouchers
"Little Things Matter" internal training initiative, developed to educate team members about Synergy’s sustainability goals and the positive impact every individual can make
Created a “GreenLeaf” program to measure the environmental efficacy of our apartments to give travelers insight into sustainable accommodation options
Synergy is committed to providing time and resources in an effort to help our industry improve its sustainability practices
Synergy is committed to be a carbon neutral organization by 2030
Track, Measure & Calculate
Critical to meeting our carbon neutral goal is understanding the areas in which we need to improve. Through a partnership with leading-edge sustainability software company GreenFeet, we’re able to measure, track, and calculate our carbon emissions.
Synergy's sustainability goals include:
• Quarterly emissions measurement and tracking
• Annual reporting of GHG emissions
• Maintaining transparency and accountability
• Aligning to SBTI (Science Based Targets Initiative)
Major areas measured were the use of fossil fuels, electricity, vehicles and business travel, as well as real estate-related emissions. Key findings of our annual reports can be found here.
The reports include:
• Synergy’s overall emissions report
• Review of real estate emissions
• An organization-wide “per unit” intensity metric
Read Synergy’s GreenFeet Emission Report Announcement.
Our Green Leaf Program is an initiative designed not only to support our supply chain partners by raising their awareness of sustainability practices but also to support the traveler's ability to make informed sustainable accommodation choices.
This program requires property partners to complete a questionnaire based specifically on their individual properties. With this information, the property will get a rating on our sustainability index. This number is translated to an easy-to-understand green leaf rating that will be displayed on the property profiles, allowing the end-user to see how the property scored and make an informed choice about where to stay.
Accountability and Transparency
Through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), Synergy is committed to publicly declaring our target and commitment to reduce emissions worldwide. Science-based targets provide organizations with a clearly-defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and most importantly, ensure transparency and accountability are upheld with our clients, partners, and team members.
SBTi commitment includes:
- Commit: submit a letter establishing your intent to set a science-based target
- Develop: work on an emissions reduction target in line with the SBTi’s criteria
- Submit: present your target to the SBTi for official validation
- Communicate: announce your target and inform your stakeholders
- Disclose: report company-wide emissions and track target progress annually
Read Synergy's SBTi press release