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USGBC’s New Hospitality Report Highlight’s LEED’s Dramatic Growth


It is a success story that just is not getting the attention it deserves—our industry’s utilization and embracing of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating program. In case you missed it, USGBC recently released its LEED in Motion: Hospitality report which provides an update on our industry’s LEED participation. Compared to when I first launched Green Lodging News almost 10 years ago, the level of interest in LEED has grown tremendously.

According to the report, there are more than 400 LEED certified hotels globally, comprising nearly 133.9 million square feet. The number of LEED hotels is expected to increase significantly over the coming years: there are currently over 1,600 registered hotels totaling 986.6 million square feet in the pipeline, nearly four times the total number of LEED certified hotels. The report includes a map of the United States where one can find LEED hotels. The state with the most by far is California with 31. New York has 19, followed by Florida with 13, Virginia with 12, and Nevada with 11. Pennsylvania and Illinois both have 10. LEED certified hotels can now be found in 40 states, 31 countries and four continents. Outside the United States, China is leading the way in LEED certification for hotels with 32 LEED certified hotel projects. The Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world, received LEED Platinum certification for Core and Shell in 2015 and contains a hotel on site.

What is more challenging to get one’s arms around is the overall success of LEED—including sectors outside of the lodging industry. According to USGBC, every day, more than 1.85 million square feet of space in more than 155 countries and territories certifies with LEED. More than 74,500 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising over 14.4 billion square feet of construction space worldwide. Pretty amazing and certainly good news for workers, the environment, and business. USGBC says green construction is outpacing that of traditional construction and is poised to create more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings by 2018.

LEED in Motion: Hospitality includes snapshots of successful LEED hotel projects. Some of those highlighted include the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Nines in Portland, Ore., and the Tambo Del Inka Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Urubamba, Peru. The snapshots highlight what makes each property unique from a green design and operations perspective. The report also includes quotes from representatives of our industry’s leading hotel companies. Sari Diller, Design Manager, Marriott International, says in the study that, “Marriott moved from two registered and certified properties in 2001 to 90 in 2010 and now over 140. We find that our owners, most of whom own multiple hotel brands, are driving the growth in LEED certified hotels across the globe.”

USGBC’s LEED in Motion: Hospitality report is well designed and offers a quick update on LEED’s progress in hospitality. It is a template worth replicating by other organizations that offer hotel certifications or rating systems.

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Earth Hour & Earth Day

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Sustain 2016 Conference

I will be moderating a panel discussion at Sustain 2016, the Mid-Atlantic’s Annual Hospitality Conference. The event will take place March 14 to 15 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del. The title of my session: “Innovation All Stars: Case Studies of Three Companies Determined to Make Our World More Sustainable.” Panelists will include: William F. Kratzer, Chief Technology Officer, BioHitech; Justin Fishkin, Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors; and Micah Green, CEO, Maidbot. I will look forward to seeing you at this event.

Who is Your Sustainability Champion?

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