Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Awarded LEED Gold Certification

 By: Nancy D. Brown

Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Meets Mother Nature

Remember the television commercial stating, “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature?” The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has its own Mother Nature and she’ll be leading the hotel’s eco-friendly children’s programs. Capitalizing on the theme “it takes a village,” Ritz Carlton’s Mother Nature will help evangelize young hotel guests on the benefits of being eco-conscious. From story-telling, tuck in service to conducting environmental education services and hotel eco-tours, Mother Nature will help spread the word that the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is LEED certified and cares about our environment.

Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte Captures Gold by Going Green

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, the first environmentally-built hotel for greater Charlotte, was recently presented with LEED Gold Certification. Awarded in the New Construction category,  it represents the first LEED designation attained by a Ritz-Carlton resort or hotel.

Opened in October 2009, the 146-room Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers many environmental services and features that qualified it for LEED Gold certification. 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.  The hotel intends to seek LEED Gold Existing Building certification in 2011.

Green Roof-top Garden to Bee Hives

While there are plenty of things to do in Charlotte,The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has some green-friendly features the kid’s might want to check out. Unique to the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, a green, vegetated roof on the 18-story property. The energy-conserving roof is home to a chef’s herb garden, 18,000 plants, and the hotel’s two new fully-contained bee hives, which will assist in pollination and provide all-natural honey for the hotel.  Depending upon foraging schedules, weather and nectar flow, seventy pounds of chemical-free raw honey are expected to be generated by each hive this year.

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