First LEED Certified Hotel on the West Coast Opens
The Gaia Napa Valley hotel is the first on the West Coast to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's requirement for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, according to TheReporter.com of Vacaville, Cal. There is still no word on whether the hotel has received the gold or silver rating, but to date, the closest any American hotel has come is a bronze.
The "green hotel," now open to the public, incorporates a variety of green initiatives, including the use of harvested wood during construction, use of solar power and water conservation practices, heat and cold regulation, and even housekeeping.
According to the article, housekeeping manager Jason Benton said the rooms are environmentally friendly right down to the toilet paper and facial tissue made from recycled products, shampoo dispensers that do not leave a plastic bottle to dispose of and recycling bins in each room. Ecologically sound chemicals are also used for cleaning, he said.
"They're designed not to impact on the environment the way other chemicals would," Benton said.
To read about all the green practices implemented into this hotel, click here.
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