Hotel Palomar Becomes Kimpton's, Philadelphia's First LEED Hotel

Hotel Palomar, which opened last October in the City of Brotherly Love, has been awarded LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first LEED-certified hotel for Philadelphia as well as owner Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, it announced this month.

"This achievement truly marks a milestone in Kimpton's history and 29-year initiative of sustainability," said Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants CEO Mike Depatie. "Since our founding, we have strived to lead the charge of environmental change in the hospitality industry through our extensive EarthCare program. With more than 100 eco-friendly operating practices and eco-friendly products firmly in place, turning our attention to sustainable development of hotels is the next logical step for continuous evolution of EarthCare."

Added Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, "Kimpton has taken the lead in demonstrating how the hospitality community can impact greener destinations for visitors, business travelers and convention attendees. This is a shining gold star in Philadelphia's effort to become America's greenest city by 2015."

Featuring 230 rooms and 6,000 square feet of meeting space, Hotel Palomar is an adaptive reuse development with several green amenities, including an energy-efficient HVAC system, a daylight-sensitive design that lets sunlight into 90 percent of the hotel's spaces, and water-efficient plumbing that reduces the property's water usage by 20 percent.

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