Columbia's First Green Hotel Plans Spring Opening

A new Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, the first green hotel in Columbia, S.C., will open in spring 2010, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau announced last week. The hotel, which will have 122 rooms, a 5,000-square-foot banquet room and a restaurant, will seek a silver certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

"Our goal is to meet the increasing demand of guests who appreciate an environmentally focused design as well as a high level of service," Hema Patel, managing partner of property owner Capital Hospitality LLC, said in a statement. "Equally significant is the fact that green buildings are crucial in the fight against climate change."

Upon opening, the new Holiday Inn will require approximately one year to achieve LEED certification—a feat that so far has been accomplished by only 13 hotels in the world.

"This new project is great all around," said Columbia CVB President and CEO Ric Luber. "It's great for Columbia and for the visitors who will travel here to have the option of staying at a green hotel. Many people today are trying to help the environment and I think it's great that our partners are catching on to the movement and providing opportunities for our guests."