With a nod to Earth Day, we offer our (second) annual roll call of green New York City hotels.
The greenest of the green are those with LEED certification – third party proof of adherence to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S Green Building Council.
California has the most LEED certified hotels with 25, but New York comes in second, with 11. A New York City property has yet to achieve Platinum level, the green holy of holies. But New York isn’t chump change.
Five properties own Gold level status — the Conrad New York, the Crosby Street Hotel, Element New York Times Square West, the Intercontinental New York Times Square and the NoMAd.
Three hotels score Silver status — the Andaz 5th Avenue, the Andaz Wall Street and the new Courtyard Marriott New York/Chelsea, which opened in December, 2013.
Two additional New York hotels are LEED Green-level certified – the New York Marriott Downtown and Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Penn Station.
But they’re not alone. A growing number of hotels have adopted environmental initiatives. Into this mixed (biodegradable) bag go the recycling of paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and aluminum, biodegradable room keys, energy purchased from renewable sources, roof gardens and sedum plantings to regulate building temperatures, duo-flush toilets that conserve water and soap recycling programs that collect used soap to be sanitized and sent to nations in need of it, to name a sampling.
An informal list of hotels participating in some or all of these initiatives as well as other include Westin New York Times Square, Westin New York Grand Central Station, the Benjamin, Ink48, the Intercontinental New York Barclay, the World Center Hotel, the New York Hilton Midtown. Aloft Harlem, the Waldorf Astoria, P:ark Central, the Refinery and the High Line. If we’ve missed a property, give a shout out.