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Charlotte Hotel to be Ritz-Carlton’s first green property

A slate of eco-friendly firsts will be unveiled when The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte opens this October, from a green, vegetated roof to employee uniforms made of fabric derived from regenerated plastic bottle materials.

The first environmentally-built hotel for The Ritz-Carlton brand and the first for greater Charlotte, the 146-room Ritz-Carlton has been designed to attain LEED Gold certification in two distinct categories. The hotel will seek LEED Gold New Construction certification once it opens, to be followed by LEED Gold Existing Building certification a year thereafter. This dual certification would set a new benchmark for the luxury hotel industry. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a multi-category green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification is awarded to select properties based on their site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design for a new building or innovation in operations for an existing building.

Highlighting its eco-conscious features, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte’s use of a sophisticated Natura water purification system will divert 73,000 plastic bottles from landfills, save more than 104 barrels of oil, eliminate nearly 49 tons of CO2 emissions and save almost 605,000,000 BTUs of electricity each year.  The hotel’s state-of-the-art air transfer system will efficiently circulate outside air into guest rooms and suites, and its bi-level penthouse Wellness Center will utilize only organic and vegan spa products. Hotel meeting space will feature recycled aluminum conference tables, and parking will be complimentary for Hybrid vehicles.

“Attainment of LEED building and operational certification is a first for the top-tier hotel-brand sector,” said David Rothwell, General Manager. “Our environmental and sustainable practices have been developed as meaningful guest amenities, offering a next generation in guest well-being. We look forward to delivering a supremely comfortable yet environmentally-mindful guest experience, carefully integrating green and sustainable practices with the rigorous standards of The Ritz-Carlton brand.”

Members of the hotel’s Education Center for Sustainable Practices will highlight green features for guests. Also planned is a sustainable guest speaker series and environmental outreach programs for students of all ages.

The hotel will conduct regular community activities focused on environmental conservation. The hotel’s pre-opening team has already led a city clean-up project, and upcoming activities include community recycling days for consumer electronics, used athletic shoes and bicycles.

An eco-focused rarity among luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers 146 guest accommodations delivering highly-advanced technological and environmental features, and an array of highly-innovative travel conveniences. The 18-story hotel features a 13,000-square-foot bi-level penthouse Wellness Center, fitness center and saline-treated swimming pool, and 12,000+ square-feet of state-of-the-art meeting space. Dining highlights include the Lobby Lounge’s regional and organic culinary choices and signature martinis, cocktails, wines, coffees and flavored ice teas, while a street-side BLT Steak offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes, and classic American dessert favorites. Located seven miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the hotel enjoys a walkable setting moments from Uptown Charlotte’s favorite sights, sounds, businesses and attractions.

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