by , 06/17/05


Hilton Hotels is about to open America’s first green hotel, in Vancouver, Washington. The 226 room hotel was designed to be green in almost every way, and will be the first LEED-certified major hotel in the country. Designed by Portland architecture firm Fletcher Farr Ayott , the hotel was constructed with recycled steel and recyclable brick. The building reduces energy consumption in a variety of ways: automatic sensors turn off lights and heating in unoccupied rooms, employees are encouraged to use public transport, and alternative fueling stations are available for electric cars.

The hotel uses sustainable materials throughout the building and water-efficient landscaping outside. In order to support the community, local vendors were used wherever possible. Finally the hotel has Wi-Fi throughout the building! Considering that there was no WiFi at the last 4 or 5 hotels I’ve stayed in ? in comparison the Vancouver Hilton seems like a giant leap forward for the hotel industry! So where is Vancouver, Washington? (as you non Pacific?Northwesters will ask) It is right across the Columbia river from Portland, Oregon.

Via Portland Business Journal and Oregonlive.com

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  1. pauls October 11, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Comment to Becky – The family has nothing to do with Hilton Hotels. Do the research before you comment. Hilton Hotels is not owned by Paris Hilton. Continue following the tabloids, and leave the business to the professionals.

  2. Darin D May 11, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Fantastic that hotels are making this move.

  3. Michael G July 7, 2005 at 7:07 am

    I wonder what methods they use to encourage employees using public transport. non-subsidized parking? subsidized transit tickets? or just fluff?

  4. anna June 20, 2005 at 6:31 am

    the innovative use of materials and design techniques to reduce material and energy usage in the building are terriffic. i do wonder why the perhaps more stylstic aspects of the architecture are so conservative though, it seems like a strange dichotomy.

  5. Becky June 19, 2005 at 8:37 am

    Hmmm…..the hotel goes green but the family couldn’t be more infected with affluenza. Almost a balance trade….almost.

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