Fairmont Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that it has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification at the Gold level from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement was made by Leonard S. Czarnecki, general manager of the luxury hotel. Fairmont Pittsburgh which opened on March 29, 2010, is part of Three PNC Plaza, a 23-story high-rise owned by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Three PNC Plaza, which is one of the nation’s largest green, mixed-use buildings, expands upon PNC’s commitment to environmental responsibility and green building practices. PNC has more newly constructed LEED certified buildings – 80 – than any company on earth.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. In order to receive Gold certification, Fairmont Pittsburgh had to meet strict sustainable design and construction guidelines set by the USGBC. Some of the hotel’s most interesting features include:
• Recycled Construction Waste: about 99% of the waste accumulated during the construction process has been diverted from landfills.
• Energy Savings: By adopting innovative lighting and appliances, the hotel is highly energy efficient, which will significantly reduce its carbon footprint from operations.
• Lighting energy savings
• Equipment energy savings
• Water Use Reduction
• Improved Indoor Air Quality
• Green Materials
• Pittsburgh Focus: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and to support the local economy, the hotel selected many products from Pittsburgh and its surrounding area.
• Green Operations (Green Housekeeping, Recycling and Sustainable Dining)
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is recognized worldwide for its commitment to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. The Fairmont Green Partnership program was pioneered by Fairmont’s Canadian hotels in 1990 and has become a core value of the Fairmont brand. The program focuses on improvements in waste management, sustainability, and energy and water conservation at Fairmont properties, and innovative community outreach programs involving local groups and partnerships.
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