The recently opened JW Marriott Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis has received the "Emerging Green Award" from the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) Washington, D.C., chapter, its owner, White Lodging of Merrillville, Ind., announced last week.
"I think I can speak for the whole team when I say how proud we are to be recognized for our efforts," said Scott Blalock, General Manager of the JW Marriott Indianapolis. "It's not always easy to be 'green' but we all feel it is the right thing to do."
The hotel, which opened in February 2011, has 1,005 guest rooms and 104,000 square feet of meeting space. One of four award winners honored this year by the PCMA Capital Chapter — the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the American Chemical Society and the Los Angeles Convention Center also received green awards — the hotel has been "green" from its inception, as it sits on the site of an old hotel and parking lot, materials from which were recycled and diverted from the landfill upon demolition.
In addition, the hotel has taken several steps to lessen its environmental impact since opening. For instance, it has bought and used environmentally friendly products, provided ongoing employee training in environmental policies and practices, and encouraged the use of low-impact transportation for guests and employees.
"We are located right on the canal walk in downtown Indianapolis, which makes it very convenient for our guests and employees to walk or bike to most anywhere they need to go," Blalock said. "Also, the JW is adjacent to the convention center and within walking distance to Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana State Capital, a number of museums and plenty of restaurants and shopping areas. Encouraging low-impact transportation is easy."
The JW Indy joins the New Orleans Marriott and the Marriott Wardman Park, which won the Emerging Green Award in 2010 and 2009, respectively.
"It's an ongoing process," Blalock concluded, "and we will continue to do all we can to make our hotel a model of eco-friendliness."