First LEED-Rated Ritz-Carlton to Open This Fall in Charlotte

A new Ritz-Carlton hotel is scheduled to open in October with 147 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of meeting space in downtown Charlotte, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company recently announced.

Built and operated to attain LEED Gold environmental certification, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center will be the first LEED hotel both in Charlotte and in The Ritz-Carlton portfolio.

Among the green features at the new 18-story hotel, according to Ritz-Carlton, will be a vegetation roof, 150 guest bicycle storage spaces, complimentary hybrid vehicle transportation for guests, sustainable materials—including sustainable wood, regional stone and low-VOC paint—and a water purification system designed to keep 73,000 plastic bottles out of landfills.

The hotel's spa and meeting space will be especially green; the former will offer eco-friendly spa treatments featuring 100 percent organic and vegan spa products while the latter will host green events, utilizing organic banquet menus, for instance, and recycled aluminum meeting room tables.

For more information about The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at Bank of America Center, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.