The 222-room Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center,
about 30 miles north of the Texas capital, has achieved LEED Silver certification for new construction. According to Marriott International, the property is the first Sheraton to earn the silver certification in the continental United States.
"We are proud to have achieved LEED Silver status," said Rita Healy, the hotel's general manager
. "Georgetown operates on 100 percent renewable energy, and playing our part in the community with sustainable business practices is a commitment we take seriously. Our mission is to maintain compliance with our LEED status with ongoing green practices including housekeeping, guest services, group meetings and events, and more."
Maintenance of the certification will be achieved using operating standards such as green housekeeping, integrated pest control and Energy Star Portfolio Management, which helps properties track and document their energy usage. This year, the hotel's food-and-beverage outlets are eliminating the use of plastic straws.
The Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel welcomes eco-conscious conferences to its 26,672 square feet of meeting space, like the recent Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance
, which featured environmentalist and former vice president Al Gore as its keynote speaker. The property also is part of Sheraton Hotels' Make a Green Choice program, which allows guests to make green and sustainable choices in exchange for loyalty points and F&B credits.
Among the amenities at the hotel are two dining outlets. The first, Brix And Ale, is billed as part wine bar, part local pub, with a menu that focuses on classic comfort food. Jack's Lounge serves craft beers and appetizers. The 24-hour fitness center offers the traditional cardio machines and weights, plus there's an outdoor heated pool and a biking/jogging trail, available along with bike rentals.