Today I’m happy. Not only because the sun’s shining, meaning I’ll be able to get a nice mid-leg tan while riding my bike tonight, but also because I’ve just received news I’ve been looking forward to for some time; good news for responsible travelers on their way to Portland.
LEED Gold certified, please
Today, Sage Group, which owns two downtown hotels, announced that it’s received LEED Gold certification for the newly opened Courtyard by Marriott City Center, following the recent LEED Silver certification of the Nines.
LEED Certification is granted to development projects and existing buildings that can document leadership in energy efficient design and environmentally friendly construction and operation. Points are awarded for a great variety of practices, and LEED Certification is granted at four levels: basic, silver, gold and platinum, depending upon the points achieved.
The Courtyard joins other green hotels downtown, which are either LEED or Green Seal certified, and now makes the very select list of only 15 LEED Gold hotels in the country. For other green hotels in Portland, browse our list of green-certified partners online.
Sera Architects is responsible for the sustainable design of both the Courtyard and the Nines. And here again, the company created a “first.” Before and during construction, the architects tracked the expenses generated by the “green” additions. They then factored in the various subsidies and savings that the sustainable design elements allowed. The results, available on Sera’s website, are mind-blowing. In both cases, the additional costs were paid back within a year, after which the hotels made profits from the changes. Good news which, I hope, will encourage other hotel developers to choose a better way to build.
Rooms at the Courtyard start at $119.