Two newly constructed, Marriott International-branded hotels located in Atlanta’s Gateway Complex will be among the greenest hotels in the city, according to the hotel giant.
Atlanta’s Gateway Complex is adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – which is the world’s busiest airport – and is home to the Georgia International Convention Center.
The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-registered (LEED-registered) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is on track to becoming Atlanta’s first LEED Gold hotel, according to Marriott International.
Meanwhile, the company’s Atlanta Marriott Gateway will apply for LEED Silver status upon opening in August. This progress in Atlanta brings Marriott a step closer to its goal of expanding its portfolio of LEED-certified hotels to approximately 300 properties by 2015, which Marriott claims is the broadest commitment of its kind in the industry.
“We’re extremely proud and excited to be among the first to achieve the highest levels of LEED certification in Atlanta,” says Erika Alexander, area vice president for Marriott International, Inc.
Both the Atlanta Marriott Gateway and SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway were purposely built on a site near alternative transportation and accessible via Atlanta airport’s newly built SkyTrain.
Each hotel was built using 10 per cent of recycled materials and with landscape and irrigation designs that reduce water consumption by 50 per cent. They will use 30 per cent less water and 28 per cent less energy than a non-LEED hotel.
Additionally, 20 per cent of the two hotels’ supplies are sourced locally, within a 500-mile radius, and each have a white roof to reduce heat absorption. Both hotels use non-coal produced energy, low-flow plumbing and shower fixtures, energy efficient lighting and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, sealants and carpets.
While the SpringHill Suites uniquely offers 90 per cent natural light throughout the hotel, both hotels regularly monitor and test indoor air quality to ensure the best level and provide guests access to thermostats to control personal environments. Additionally, both hotels offer recycling in centralized locations, hybrid rental cars, premium parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, paperless billing, and green-meeting options and materials.
Last fall, Marriott announced a goal to expand its LEED portfolio to approximately 300 properties by 2015. Today, the company has 30 LEED hotels certified or registered across all Marriott International brands.
Much of the company’s green hotel expansion will be fueled by a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel prototype that is pre-certified LEED, making it faster, easier and less expensive for hotel owners. The new prototype will save owners roughly $100,000, six months in design time and up to 25 per cent savings in energy and water use. Marriott plans to roll out a prototype for its extended-stay hotel brands by year-end.
Building on more than 20 years of energy-conservation experience, Marriott says it is committed to protecting the environment. The company’s ‘Spirit To Preserve’ environmental strategy calls for greening its $10 billion supply chain; further reducing fuel consumption by 25 per cent per available room; creating green construction standards for hotel developers to achieve LEED certification from the USGBC; educating and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment; and helping protect rainforests.
USGBC’s LEED rating system is an internationally recognized green-building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
For more information on Marriott International’s environmental practices and initiatives, visit www.marriott.com/environment.