InterContinental San Francisco Takes Next Steps Towards Earning
LEED Gold Certification
San Francisco’s Newest Hotel Earns the ENERGY STAR and Partners with Renewable Choice Energy in Purchasing Green Power to Offset Energy Use
San Francisco, CA (March 30, 2010) – The InterContinental San Francisco takes the next steps toward earning its LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR and announcing its partnership with Renewable Choice Energy, a company helping the InterContinental reduce its environmental impact with renewable energy. The InterContinental San Francisco is slated to be LEED EBOM, or Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance certified Gold in August 2010.
ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection is found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and the InterContinental San Francisco qualified for an ENERGY STAR by ranking in the top 25% of energy efficient commercial and industrial facilities.
“The InterContinental San Francisco is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” says Peter Koehler, General Manager. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
In addition to recently achieving an ENERGY STAR, the InterContinental San Francisco has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to further offset its energy use by purchasing renewable energy credits, or RECs that fund renewable energy development at wind farms across the United States. By working with the Boulder, Colorado-based company, the hotel purchased over 5.6 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of RECs from wind farms. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates this purchase helps avoid a similar amount of CO2 emissions as those produced by 772 passenger vehicles or the electricity use of 525 average American homes annually.
Through its current energy saving initiatives and by purchasing RECs, the InterContinental San Francisco has offset 100% of the electricity it uses and is closer to achieving LEED certification as a result. The InterContinental San Francisco expects to receive LEED® EBOM Gold certification in August 2010 and will continue to evaluate its current practices, seeking and implementing new sustainable measures and eco-friendly initiatives.
For more information on the InterContinental San Francisco and its commitment to sustainability, please visit www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com or the hotel’s green micro-site.
For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov and for more information on Renewable Choice Energy, visit www.renewablechoice.com.
SOURCE: INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO