The 144-room Hotel Arista opened in the fall of 2008 and uses 30 percent less water and 21 percent less energy than hotels of comparable size, the story stated.
All of the cleaning products used at the hotel are chemical-free and do not contribute volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the indoor environment, the story noted.
CEO and President of the USGBC Rick Fedrizzi said: "Hotel Arista’s LEED certification not only marks a first for the State of Illinois
, but is a leading example for how the retail and hospitality industries can and should be invested in environmental well-being and social responsibility. Furthermore, consuming less energy and fewer resources will equate to great fiscal savings throughout the lifecycle of the property."
Materials for the construction of the Hotel Arista were locally sourced and up to 70 percent of post-construction materials were recycled, the story added.