Westin Riverfront Earns LEED Silver Certification

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colo., has become the state's—and the Westin brand's—first hotel to achieve LEED Silver certification. The resort, which opened a year ago with 217 guest rooms and five meeting spaces, including a 3,800-square-foot ballroom, boasts a number of eco-conscious benefits. For instance:

• The hotel sports low- and no-VOC paints, adhesives and carpets.
• Fifty percent of the hotel's available electricity is from renewable sources, including wind power.
• Forty percent of the hotel's total building materials and products were sourced from within 500 miles of the project.
• Ten percent of the hotel's building materials—such as its roof tiles, which were made from recycled automobile tires—were made from post-consumer/industrial recycled content.
• The hotel enhanced and donated a five-acre riparian zone to the town of Avon for use as permanent public open space.
• The hotel's building control system allows front desk associates to adjust the temperature in individual rooms upon guest arrival/departure so that unoccupied rooms are not unnecessarily heated or cooled.
• The hotel's spa, Spa Anjali—Colorado's first dedicated green spa—uses environmentally friendly products and organic linens.

Said Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter in a letter of congratulations to the resort, "The management and staff at the Westin have worked hard to develop innovative ways to achieve this prestigious certification, and as a result, the resort fits the mold for new, efficient and eco-friendly businesses that are the future of this state and country.”

Source: Hospitality Design Magazine