— Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
is in process of becoming the first boutique hotel company in the United States to attain Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties
(GS-33) certification at the Silver level for all of its properties, according to a press release
Currently, 46 of 50 hotels have completed the rigorous application process for Green Seal
certification, and half of those have already received certification, the release stated.
According to the release, the rest are anticipated to be awarded certification within the next 90 days and the remaining four, including two opening this spring, will begin the certification process this year.
Niki Leondakis, chief operating officer (COO) at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, said: "These statistics reflect the impact of just one Kimpton hotel. Once attained, Green Seal certification will enable us to quantify our efforts across 46 properties initially, and then benchmark our progress year over year to continue to aim higher and achieve even greater positive results from our EarthCare
practices. This certification reaffirms for our guests and each hotel in our collection the impact our shared contribution makes on individual communities and the planet overall."
To qualify for GS-33 certification, a hotel must demonstrate sustainable practices in the following areas: Waste minimization, reuse and recycling; energy efficiency, conservation and management; management of fresh water resources; waste water management; hazardous substances; and environmentally sensitive purchasing, the release noted.