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WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new set of Global Alternative Compliance Paths, or Global ACPs, are now available for all commercial projects pursuing LEED green building certification using the 2009 versions of the rating systems. Global ACPs offer a flexible method for projects around the world to demonstrate compliance with the LEED credits that are traditionally more challenging for projects outside of the United States.
VANCOUVER, B.C.—GSky Plant Systems Inc. will be exhibiting its three Green Wall Systems: Pro Wall, Versa Wall and Basic Wall at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo from November 14 to 15, in San Francisco for the first time.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics has received the 2012 Marriott International Supplier Sustainability Leadership Award. Marriott made the announcement at their International Global Discipline Conference. Marriott’s “Supplier Sustainability Award” is designed to annually recognize one of Marriott International’s suppliers who have made the greatest impact on their guests and properties through innovative ideas that help Marriott meet their sustainability goals.
FREDERICK, MD.—The 120-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Frederick, Md., has opened. The TownePlace Suites Frederick will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Westview Hospitality Associates, LLC and managed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners. The hotel is expected to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for its contributions in making the environment a healthier place by reducing waste and conserving energy and water. It is the second TownePlace Suites to receive this level of certification and will be achieving LEED certification via Marriott’s LEED Volume program using the pre-certified prototype for the brand. Green features include: a fleet of bicycles for guest use, front and back of house recycling programs, charging stations for electric cars, saline-water indoor swimming pool, and green products and cleaning supplies. Located in the Westview Corporate Park and minutes from historic downtown Frederick, the TownePlace Suites Frederick offers its guests convenient access to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Fort Detrick and Harry Grove Stadium—home of Frederick Keys baseball, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
DEARBORN, MICH.—The 773-room Hyatt Regency Dearborn will open its doors as the Adoba Hotel Dearborn/Detroit on November 1, 2012. The hotel, which overlooks Ford World Headquarters, the Henry Ford Museum and the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, will be managed by Atmosphere Hospitality Management. Atmosphere is the owner and operator of the Adoba brand. “We are thrilled to be part of this community and excited to resume business as usual,” says Jim Henderson, CEO/president of Atmosphere. “Most importantly, we look forward to serving our guests and working with such a well-regarded team of employees, as the Adoba team begins a process of due diligence, with the intent to purchase this hotel.” The seller of the hotel is Royal Realties LLC. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group had previously agreed to purchase the hotel but that deal fell apart earlier this month just two weeks after it had been announced. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, the hotel was left without a management company in May of this year when Hyatt pulled out of the property.
MIAMI—Downtown Miami’s hospitality market just got a whole lot greener with its first LEED certified hotel. Hospitality Operations, Inc.’s new 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The property becomes the first LEED certified hotel within City of Miami limits. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown is also outperforming the market when it comes to guest satisfaction, rising to become the top ranked hotel among 130 Miami-area properties on TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest travel website. “Our LEED certification and TripAdvisor ratings prove that a hotel can prioritize social and environmental responsibility alongside affordability, service, and value-added amenities,” said Eduardo Chapoval, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown. Less than one year after opening its doors, there is evidence the hotel’s green investments are paying off.
ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, a manufacturer of contract quality furniture that is built to suit a variety of locations, budgets and design needs and is environmentally responsible, announced that it is introducing the Terza Collection. This seating series is appropriate for both hospitality and office applications.
LAKE GENEVA, WIS.—Green Leaf Inn, the first net-zero energy hotel being built in North America, will be sharing their story at the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on November 14 to 16, 2012 in San Francisco. The Inn will be a luxury green retreat and demonstration model; a living laboratory and catalog of new technology, products and providers.
COLUMBUS, OHIO—Hilton Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown. The 532-room property is located at 401 North High Street, conveniently positioned in the center of the city’s most admired neighborhoods, including the Short North Arts District and the Arena District. “Today is a significant milestone in the longstanding relationship between Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the City of Columbus and our distinguished business partners involved in this monumental project,” said Major Michael B. Coleman. “Hilton Columbus Downtown will attract millions of new visitors and make Columbus a best-in-class destination for national conventions and events.” The $140 million convention center hotel features a large atrium in the lobby with skylights to give an indoor-outdoor feel.
SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green building honor. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. “Moscone Center is a vital hub for our convention and tourism economy, and we are very proud to have the first convention center on the West Coast to earn LEED Gold for an existing building,” said Mayor Lee. “This is now our City’s largest municipally-owned green building. Receiving LEED Gold on the Moscone Center demonstrates once again that San Francisco is at the center of sustainability and innovation.” “We are proud to offer our customers the advanced level of sustainability that makes San Francisco stand out as a leading destination,” said San Francisco Travel Association president and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “We know that meeting planners and attendees care about reducing the environmental impact of their events. The LEED Gold certification shows our commitment to the environment and the future.”
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