Articles at greenbiz.com and greenlodgingnews.com recently reported that the Westin Copley in Downtown Boston has begun an $18-million renovation that will not only include redesign of its 803 rooms, but will also see a change in their greening.
In 2010, the hotel earned Green Key and Green Seal certification. Changes on the way include LED lighting to headboards in guestrooms and super T-8 lights in the corridors. The hotel kitchens already have moved from 4-light sconces to 2-lights without losing any light output.
In the rest rooms, 3.5 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets will be replaced with high efficiency 1.1 gpf models. Showerheads in guest room will also go from two heads to one that outputs 2.5 gallons per minute.
Waste as a result of the renovation is also being recycled. New asphalt, for example, will include porcelain from old toilets. The hotel also saw a 29% decrease in materials going to landfills and continues to recycle everything from cardboard to plastic to light bulbs to computer equipment. Food waste is decomposed, which gets rid of up to 10 tons of food waste each month, with old fryer oil being recycled into biofuel.Housekeeping and maintenance is scheduled to change over to Green Seal approved products.
Renovations are expected to be completed sometime this April.
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