NEW YORK -- Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (TSI) has launched at all of its facilities an EcoSteps initiative, a fully integrated sustainability program, the company announced.

“A healthy planet means healthy living for all of us, which is why we’ve made a company-wide commitment to lessening TSI’s impact on the environment,” COO Martin Annese says. “EcoSteps is a natural extension of our company’s mission to improve health and fitness. More efficient, more environmentally sustainable clubs will give our members better opportunities to work toward both a healthier body and planet.”

TSI aims to reduce energy usage by 20 percent, water usage by 5 percent and recyclable waste by 75 percent during the next three years. This long-term program, which TSI will be working on closely with community leaders and sustainability experts, will educate employees and members about how they can participate to help achieve these goals.

Annese continued, “The plan has been 24 months in the making and takes a holistic look at our entire operation to figure out how to not just “go green” but also how to become more efficient in the process.”

TSI has established a Sustainability Steering Committee reporting directly to Annese.

Additionally, TSI has instituted energy management systems at more than 60 clubs throughout the 158-club network in the United States. It has completed lighting retro-fit projects at 20 clubs, with an additional 30 clubs under way. One hundred of TSI’s clubs and its six regional corporate offices have recycling programs.

The company also is participating in the EPA’s Climate Leaders program with five-year greenhouse gas emission reduction goals pending. In addition, TSI uses the Green Revolution, power-generating exercise equipment, and it has an 80-kilowatt photovoltaic solar platform at its Elmsford corporate office as part of a renewable energy pilot program.