2 D.C. hotels land gold ratings
Photo courtesy of Baywood Hotels
Two Washington, D.C., hotels have earned prestigious LEED gold ratings.
The dual-brand Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release.
The achievement was given for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, officials said.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified hotels are resource proficient as they use less energy and water and diminish greenhouse gas.
“We are conscious of the impact we are making on the environment and are doing our part to be green and reduce our carbon footprint,” General Manager Chad Baylor said.
“Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the USGBC.
In addition to the greenery planted on the rooftop, the Northeast Washington, D.C. hotels participate in different projects like Clean the World and Lightstay. Recycling bins have been placed in guestrooms and common areas throughout the D.C. hotels.
The housekeeping team assists in separating recyclable material from waste. Guestrooms lights and AC are turned off to conserve power. Common areas throughout the hotel have timers set up to mirror guest activity to help sustain energy.
LED lights and air filters are used and recycled after their use.
Large-scale initiatives have been put into place as well. Hybrid water heaters enjoy up to 98 percent efficiency and natural gas is used for heating. Rainwater is collected to supplement irrigation in plant beds on hotel grounds.
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Companies: U.S. Green Building Council