Press Release
Evolution Energy Partners

PHILADELPHIA – 2/2/2022 – The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA) partnered with Evolution Energy Partners to host a Hotel Engineering Tour at the Homewood Suites University City. The tour was part of the GPHA Engineering Committee and its goal to provide education and training to hotel engineers in Philadelphia.

“The Homewood Suites University City is excited to share the recent energy conservation measures we implemented at the hotel with GPHA, said Jeff Cafferty, General Manager of the Homewood Suites University City. “Through a partnership with Evolution Energy Partners, we developed a comprehensive energy efficiency project designed to reduce our energy consumption while furthering the hotel’s sustainability goals. We hope this tour provides real-world insight to other local hoteliers in a collective effort to drive energy conservation in Greater Philadelphia.”

The tour included a quick overview of the energy efficiency project’s three energy conservation methods (ECMs); a LED lighting upgrade, occupancy-based guestroom thermostats, and water flow balancing. After the overview, attendees toured the ECMs in action, including upgraded lighting in the back of the house and a tour of a guestroom. The energy efficiency project reduced the hotel’s carbon footprint by more than 561,000 pounds of CO2 annually and will pay for itself via savings in less than three years.

“Evolution Energy Partners is excited to share a recent energy efficiency and sustainability project with GPHA,” said Rob Holdsworth, Vice President of Engineering at Evolution Energy Partners. “Ownership and management of the Homewood Suites University City were quick to recognize the financial and environmental value of a multi-solution energy project that included LED lighting upgrades, occupancy-based guestroom thermostats, and water flow balancing. We want to sincerely thank Homewood Suites for offering this tour and sharing these sustainable initiatives with the greater community.”


Evolution Energy Partners is a full-service energy management, engineering, and consulting firm offering best-in-class sustainability, energy efficiency, procurement, and analytical solutions. Our goal is to build solutions that decrease our client’s carbon footprint through effective energy management and increased efficiency while maximizing savings to the organization. Evolution Energy Partners customers enjoy positive impact on the bottom line by leveraging a comprehensive suite of services that mitigate risk, enhance stakeholder value, and provide a foundation to increase corporate citizenship and sustainable practices. For more information about energy efficiency projects and cost savings through energy management contact


The Homewood Suites by Hilton University City is an all-suite extended stay hotel which caters to a wide variety of guests. From The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and the Hospitals in the area (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania), we are the ideal location whether spending just a few nights or a few weeks. All of our suites contain a full kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, cooktop, pots, pans and dishes which make staying with us a little more like home. A full breakfast buffet, complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service throughout University City are included. Guests also earn Hilton Honors points for every stay.


The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA) is a trade association representing more than 90 hotels throughout the Philadelphia 5-county area. In addition to our hotel members, we also have over 150 Allied Members, a diverse group of companies and related industry partners who do business with hotels. Our hotel members employ over 14,000 residents and have over 30,000 guestrooms. GPHA serves as the principal advocate for the hotel industry, furthering its interest through civic representation, education efforts, community partnerships and increased marketing presence.