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Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites Earns Energy Star

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BOULDER, COLO.—The Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. The certification makes this property the first and only Energy Star rated solar powered hotel in Boulder, Colo.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to their building.

General manager Dana Mielke stated that although it is a great pleasure to receive the Energy Star certification for her 46-room hotel, it is much more about seeing the direct results of their efforts and the energy saved. Accordingly, their strides in making them the “greenest hotel in Boulder” has significantly reduced their carbon footprint and the hotel’s overall impact on the environment.

The Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites’ installation of solar panels, automatic setback thermostats, dual flush toilets and motion sensor lighting are contributing factors to their sustainability success along with an additional list of green initiatives they have implemented. Over the past 12 months ending March 2012, the Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites has reduced their water usage by 40.94 percent and their energy usage by 11.6 percent.

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