The Proximity Hotel, which opened in late 2007 in Greensboro, N.C., is the first hotel to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The hotel was built to use 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than comparable hotels. Other environmental efforts include recycling 87 percent of the construction debris, sourcing more than 40 percent of the building materials locally, using solar panels to heat water, ...

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