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Green Hotels

Mariott Leads the Industry with the First LEED Green Hotel Prototype

Mariott International announced last week that the Courtyard Charleston/Summerville in South Carolina will be the first hotel built using the firm’s green hotel prototype.

After reading the article, I asked:

Have you considered the site itself, going well beyond the basic site-related points that LEED offers?  Yes, there is the Sustainable Sites Initiative’s Pilot Program (http://www.sustainablesites.org/pilot/ ),and the EPA has lots of good information on Low Impact Design (http://www.epa.gov/nps/lid/ ), but for balancing the horticultural needs of the landscape with the operational budget – the LandEconics™ approach is without equal.

In the landscape, your cost savings come in terms of human energy (labor), rather than electricity.  However, many of the principles used in analyzing building initiatives apply to the site equally as well.  We have found examples of IRRs (Internal Rates of Return) as high as 233%.  So, yes – the “triple bottom line” does payoff when applying sustainable principles to the site.  Don’t overlook this important aspect of a property.  The added benefit is that aesthetics and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.  You can, and should have both.  First impressions do matter – particularly for an organization such as Mariott International.

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