The News: The property received Green Hospitality Certification in April from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). It is the state’s first hotel to run on 100% renewable energy.
The Specs: The 163-room hotel offers more than 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space, divided among a riverfront terrace and three boardrooms. The hotel also offers a PURE floor with allergy-friendly rooms.
Extra: The property offsets its entire electricity usage with a mix of local and regional solar, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric power sources.
The Convention Centre, Dublin
The News: When it opens in September 2010, the new $533 million center will be the first carbon-neutral international convention center. The net impact of the building’s construction on the environment is zero, as all unavoidable carbon emissions will be offset through investing in carbon credits.
The Specs: The center offers 48,500 square feet of exhibition space accommodating up to 8,000 guests, 22 meeting rooms, and a 2,000-seater auditorium. Banquet facilities can accommodate up to 3,000 guests, and all halls and meeting rooms are Wi-Fi enabled.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
The News: The property has earned the Florida Green Lodging Program Designation for its implementation of green practices such as recycling, water conservation, and energy reduction.
The Specs: The 600-suite resort offers 32,000 square feet of meeting space, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, six onsite dining options, three pools, a spa, a fitness center, and a business center.
Extra: Every room overlooks the beach.
Hyatt Regency Boston
The News: The hotel received a Green Business Award from the city of Boston for its environmental practices in April. It was also awarded its second Energy Star rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for using 35 percent less energy than average buildings.
The Specs: The hotel’s green efforts include recycling by hotel staff, composting food, energy efficient lights, motion detector light switches in meeting rooms, 2.5 gallon per minute maximum discharge on all showerheads, and 2.0 gallon per minute maximum discharge on all guest room faucet aerators. The hotel has 500 guest rooms and 24,000 square feet of function space.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
The News: The hotel received a California Integrated Waste Management Board Waste Reduction Award—its seventh from the organization.
The Specs: The 1,625-room hotel offers 125,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space including 41 breakout rooms and the Elizabeth Ballroom—the largest in San Diego. Green efforts in place at the property include food donated to the San Diego Food Bank, green menus available, voluntary linen reuse program, recycling in every part of the hotel, compact fluorescent light bulbs in guest rooms to reduce energy consumption, and other efforts.
Extra: The property is located close to the San Diego Convention Center.
Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach, Fla.
The News: The property is the first in the U.S. to receive a triple certification: Silver LEED Certification, IACC approval, and PURE allergy-friendly rooms and Executive Meeting Center.
The Specs: The hotel has 279 guest rooms and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. The new Executive Meeting Center includes ergonomically designed conference seating, meeting rooms ranging from 650 to 2,500 square feet, and PURE air purification and filtration systems in every conference space.
Time Frame: The hotel’s new Executive Meeting Center opened in March.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center
The News: Once completed, the new hotel will be the first LEED-built hotel for The Ritz-Carlton and the city of Charlotte. It is being designed to attain LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Specs: The 18-story, 147-room hotel will feature a 13,000-square-foot spa, fitness center, and more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 480 guests.
Time Frame: The hotel is scheduled to open this October.
Montage Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, Calif.
The News: The Montage Beverly Hills earned a LEED Gold certification for “New Construction” in April.
The Specs: The 201-room hotel offers a 20,000-square-foot spa, multiple dining options, retail shops, a rooftop pool, and a 5,000-square-foot ballroom.
Time Frame: The hotel opened in November 2008.