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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Hotel Focus

Home Green Hotel Focus
In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Hotel Indigo Kansas City Much More Energy Efficient Thanks to PACE Financing

KANSAS CITY, MO.—Josh Smith, Senior Transaction Counsel for CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital in Sausalito, Calif., is seeing changes in how hotel developers finance their efficiency projects and that is good news for the environment and hoteliers alike. “Hospitality is where we are seeing our largest growth,” says Smith, whose company specializes in long-term financing for energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and seismic improvements for commercial, multifamily and other nonresidential properties in the United States. CleanFund provides private capital for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), a financing structure adopted in 33 states and the District of Columbia that allows...

Illinois Location Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover with Element Hotel

MOLINE, ILL.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, and Ctwo Hotels, announced the opening of Element Moline, marking the debut of the eco-conscious, extended-stay brand in Illinois. With the support and inspiration of the Moline Historic Society, Element Moline offers guests eco-friendly and wellness-focused amenities within the historical surroundings of one of Moline’s oldest buildings. Part of the hotel is housed in the O’Rourke Building, a warehouse that was originally built in 1916. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Illinois for the first time with the opening of this landmark property,” said Marlon Whyte, Senior Global Brand Director...

Plans Announced for New Montage Healdsburg

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.—Montage Hotels & Resorts announced plans to manage and operate the new Montage Healdsburg. Owned by Ohana Real Estate Investors and developed by The Robert Green Company, the 130-room Montage Healdsburg will begin construction in spring 2018 and will open in the heart of California’s wine country in Sonoma County in spring 2020. A collection of Montage Residences is planned for a future phase of development and will include single-family built homes as well as custom home sites. Montage Healdsburg will be settled among the oak trees and vine covered hills just a short distance from historic and...

Country Inn & Suites Opens Green Hotel Following Renovation

MINNEAPOLIS—Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand, announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, Calif., located at 2310 Wible Road. The hotel recently completed a $2 million renovation which includes upgrades throughout the hotel, along with the installation of new technology to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint. These additions include solar panels, LED lights, a temperature control system to reduce energy consumption and charging stations for hybrid cars. “We are proud to see this refreshed and environmentally friendly hotel be the first to open under our brand’s new name, Country Inn...

Argonaut Hotel Named San Francisco Green Business

SAN FRANCISCO—Argonaut Hotel, an award-winning boutique hotel on San Francisco’s waterfront, announced it has been named an SF Green Business by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, as a result of its year-long efforts to implement comprehensive eco-friendly initiatives at the hotel and its popular Blue Mermaid Restaurant & Bar. Located in the historic Haslett Warehouse in the heart of the San Francisco Maritime National Park, the Argonaut is one of the most iconic San Francisco hotels leading the charge on sustainable hospitality, to preserve and protect the building and its environment. Originally built as a 200,000 square foot...

Hotel101 Resort-Boracay to Soon Rise in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Hotel101 Resort-Boracay will soon rise on the beachfront of Boracay Newcoast featuring 1,001 rooms and is expected to become the biggest hotel in the Philippines in terms of room count. The project will sit on a two-hectare property on the beachfront cove and support environmentally friendly operations and sustainable tourism. Hotel101 Resort-Boracay is a joint venture project of Hotel of Asia Inc., a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Properties Corp., a property company led by Mang Inasal, Founder, and DoubleDragon Chairman Edgar Injap Sia II and Jollibee Founder and DoubleDragon Co-Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, and Newcoast South Beach, Inc. led by...

Mark Hopkins Named a San Francisco Green Business

SAN FRANCISCO—The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco has been named a San Francisco Green Business, making it the largest hotel by square footage and second largest building in the city to receive the recognition. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Shane Caldwell, the hotel spent more than two years working alongside the San Francisco Department of Environment to audit its existing practices and implement new programs and procedures to become a more sustainable property focusing on the areas of waste management, pollution prevention, conservation, water management, and energy efficiency. To date, the hotel has replaced more than 8,000 lightbulbs...

In Pursuit of LEED Gold, Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center Opens

DENTON, TEXAS—Embassy Suites by Hilton, a global brand of upscale, all-suite hotels from Hilton, announced the opening of a newly-built hotel in the city of Denton, Texas. The hotel venture marks a significant commitment to sustainability, as it is designed as a LEED Gold certified property, pending approval by the US Green Building Council. Due to its convenient location, large convention center and value-driven amenities, Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center accommodates a variety of guests, from business professionals to families. In the heart of Texas’ up-and-coming Rayzor Ranch District, the hotel’s central location provides guests easy access to downtown...

Kambaku Lodges Match Animals’ Carbon Footprint and Maintain Creature Comforts

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA—In nature, nothing goes to waste, and nothing is left over in the ecosystem of South Africa’s bush country, which is home to Kruger National Park and numerous game reserves. Thousands of visitors flock there every year to see animals in as-close-as-you-can-get to their natural environment, where even animal bones provide food for some animals and help others keep their teeth healthy. That ecosystem is the inspiration for Bryce Landsman, the owner of the Kambaku Safari Lodge and Kambaku River Sands in the Timbavati Game Reserve, located on the western border of Kruger. His lodges went totally...

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Receives LEED Silver Certification

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown announced it recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second hotel in Alabama to receive this certification. “We are honored to receive the LEED Silver certification for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, and thankful that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes our efforts in environmental protection, energy saving and the improvement of overall environmental quality,” said Judd Bobilin, of Chance Partners, LLC, the developer. “One of the key tenets of our company is to ‘Partner with the Community’ and we are excited to...