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PORTLAND, ORE.—What was once a vacant bank building in downtown Portland will open in May as the Courtyard by Marriott—Portland City Center. The 256-room hotel was built to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure, which has been given a new shell, three new floors and brand new mechanical systems, is expected to be the first LEED Gold hotel in the Pacific Northwest.
SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco’s Orchard Hotel joins its sister property—the Orchard Garden Hotel—in green certification, earning LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification for an existing building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). San Francisco’s only hotel to earn this honor, the Orchard Hotel is the second hotel in California and fourth hotel in the world with this certification.
HOUSTON—Hilton Americas-Houston has just received the unique distinction of becoming the first hotel in the state of Texas to achieve Green Seal certification. Demonstrating environmental leadership in operations and purchasing, the downtown Houston convention hotel reduced their environmental impact and improved sustainability in accordance with stringent guidelines set out by Green Seal in order to obtain the certification.
QUEBEC CITY—At the annual Québec City Chamber of Commerce awards gala held recently at the Centre des Congrès de Québec, Château Mont-Sainte-Anne received the Fidéides Grand Prize in the Sustainable Development category, recognizing the establishment’s work to continuously improve its policies and processes in assuring the highest standards in environmentally responsible hotel management.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—On Earth Day, April 22, The Charles Hotel will introduce several new green initiatives: The Charles Hotel “Juice Bar” for electric cars, the nanoMAX small car detection system, and a Hotel Bike Program. As a recipient of the Good Earthkeeping Award by the American Hotel and Lodging Assn., The Charles Hotel has long been dedicated to being “green.” The Juice Bar is located in the ProPark America managed hotel garage.
HOLLAND, MICH.—CityFlats Hotel is one of three new construction hotels in the world to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification in the Hotel/Resort Category. CityFlats, located on the corner of 7th St. and College Ave. in downtown Holland, is also the first hotel in the Midwest to be awarded this certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA—The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs hotel set a new benchmark for Australia’s business sector and hotel industry when it switched on the largest building-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system in the Southern Hemisphere and began its $50,000 in-house energy efficiency program. The $3.3 million PV installation will reduce the hotel’s energy consumption by 40 to 80 percent.
OGUNQUIT, MAINE—The Meadowmere Resort is demonstrating that a small resort can thrive while continuously reducing its environmental impact. The property is operated with the belief that ecological and economic sustainability go hand in hand. Open year-round, the resort is an active member of Maine’s Green Lodging Certification program.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Travel Green Wisconsin, a voluntary certification program that recognizes tourism businesses for reducing their environmental footprint, recently announced that the Pfister Hotel has earned certification. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the Travel Green Wisconsin program is the nation’s first “green” travel program sponsored by a state tourism agency.
HONOLULU—Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has recently been awarded the 2008 Energy Star seal of approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the fourth time in the past five years. Rated for its energy consumption on a scale from one to 100, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa scored 81 for its performance, the highest rating it has ever achieved.
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