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Zilda Brandão
19/11/2008 às 13:24hs


Chicago Leads Nation in Green Seal Certified Hotels


Mayor Richard M. Daley acknowledged today the efforts of twenty-five Chicago hotels that are currently striving for an environmental designation.  The Green Hotels Initiative challenges hotels to obtain Green Seal certification, an environmental lodging standard with requirements in waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste water management and green procurement. The program also offers resources, best practices and recognition to the hotels going green.  The City announced that the Hotel Monaco Chicago, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Allegro Chicago, InterContinental Chicago, and the Talbott Hotel received their Green Seal certification today, making Chicago the city with the most Green Seal Certified hotels with five.


“Whether you are working to install energy efficient equipment in your kitchens and laundry facilities, installing water-saving plumbing fixtures, or planning for a green roof, like the one we have on top of City Hall, your efforts not only serve as a model for others, but you are also helping Chicago achieve its goal of having the most Green Seal certified hotels in the nation,” said Mayor Daley during a breakfast at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, one of the hotels taking part in the initiative.


Research data from the Chicago Climate Action Plan shows that 71 percent of green house gas emissions in Chicago result from buildings.  With its 24 hour operations, the hotel industry can be carbon intensive. As a result, hotels can play an important role in helping reduce emissions and providing tourists and visitors with world-class accommodations that are also environmentally-friendly. 


The twenty additional hotels that have been audited now have the baseline requirements to become Green Seal certified. In order to receive certification, the hotels need to implement a host of environmental practices including:

·       Install energy efficient equipment in the office, kitchen, and laundry facilities;

·       Install water conserving devices such as 2.2 gallons per minute faucets, 2.5 gallons per minute showerheads, and 1.6 gallons per flush toilets;

·       Implement a successful recycling program that is monitored on a monthly basis for waste reduction targets;

·       Use non-phosphate, nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning products and detergents;

·       Offer guest a towel/linen reuse option;

·       Use 30 percent post consumer recycled paper;

·       Establish a purchasing policy that incorporates environmental goals and preferences; and

·       Minimize use of chlorine.


Green Seal certified hotels may find that they can have a less harmful impact on the environment while saving money.  For example, a 300-room hotel switching to a bath tissue with 100 percent post-consumer content would save approximately 4 tons of virgin paper, 48 trees, 16,400 kwh of electricity, 28,000 gallons of water and 240 pounds of air pollutants annually.


After the hotels receive Green Seal certification, the City will encourage hotels to pursue other environmental certifications such as the EPA’s Energy Star program and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership for Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) certification.


Chicago Green Seal Audited Hotels include:


1.            Drake Hotel

2.            Essex Inn

3.            Fairmont

4.            Four Points Hotel

5.            Four Seasons

6.            Hard Rock Hotel

7.            Hilton Chicago

8.            Hotel Allegro

9.            Hotel Burnham

10.       Hotel Monaco

11.       Hyatt Regency

12.       Intercontinental

13.       Marriott Courtyard

14.       Park Hyatt

15.       Peninsula Hotel

16.       Renaissance

17.       Residence Inn

18.       Ritz Carlton

19.       Sheraton Hotel & Tower

20.       Silversmith

21.       Sofitel

22.       Swissotel

23.       The Talbott

24.       Westin Michigan Avenue

25.       Westin River North

Founded in 1989, Green Seal is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that provides science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace. Their industry knowledge and standards help manufacturers, purchasers, and end users alike make responsible choices that positively impact business behavior and improve quality of life.




Chicago’s Green Seal Certified Hotels



Hotel Monaco Chicago

·       Conducted an extensive amenity study to examine the smallest practical size that amenity bottles could be based on the average use of guests.

·       Hotel Monaco reduces paper consumption by having a paperless check in at the front desk, no paperwork to sign, and all printers for office use are set to print double-sided.  

·       The hotel is committed to using eco-friendly paints – low VOC and free of heavy metals.


Hotel Burnham

·       The hotel minimizes disposable service ware by using durable, ceramic cups in guest rooms and the lobby.

·       All coffee served to guests is shade grown, organic or fair trade.

·       Hotel Burnham uses non-phosphate, nontoxic, biodegradable laundry detergents and cleaning products by Sierra Environmental, a leading provider of natural, environmentally safe, commercial-grade cleaning products

·       All lights that are on 24 hours a day such as hall ways, the lobby, and exit signs are energy efficient. The Burnham Hotel has established a comprehensive 5 year plan to retrofit all lighting.


Hotel Allegro Chicago

·       The hotel has recycling receptacles in all guest rooms. The Hotel Allegro along with Hotel Burnham and Hotel Monaco are part of a collection of Kimpton Hotels, which is the first hotel company to start recycling in guest rooms nationwide.

·       The hotel recycles clothing wire hangers from dry cleaning ~ about 300 - 500 hangers per month

·       Hotel Allegro uses dual purpose nylon dry cleaning bags.  These bags are used to send clothing to the dry cleaners, and the dry cleaners use the same type of bags to send the hotel the dry-cleaned clothes.

·       Uses suppliers that take back reusable packaging and shipping pallets.


InterContinental Chicago

·       Earlier this year, the InterContinental was awarded EPA’s ENERGY STAR Label, which means the building achieved a score of 75 or higher in energy efficiency for a building of its size and use.

·       The hotel purchases Green-e certified renewable energy credits for 50% of the energy the hotel consumes annually.

·       The hotel installed refillable amenity dispensers in one floor to test the product and gather customer comments.

·       The hotel uses solar powered water faucets in public washrooms.




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