Thursday, April 22, 2010

QC's Ritz-Carlton is the bees' knees on Earth Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Bravo.

It’s official: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has garnered LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

That establishes the 18-story uptown luxury tower as the first hotel or resort in the Ritz-Carlton chain to earn green building credentials.

The honor also secures the Ritz as the Queen City’s first green hotel, beating out Ballantyne’s Aloft hotel.

The hotel has a host of sustainable features. For example, its green roof includes a pair of beehives to help pollinate the hotel’s in-house herb garden. The lobby is finished with stone from a regional quarry and Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood. The hotel’s dining and beverage services taps organic, local and natural products. Unused food is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

And there are no disposable water bottles at the Ritz.

Read the rest of this article, by Susan Stabley, and find out about the hotel's new mascot on The Charlotte Business Journal's website.

Back in October, when the hotel first opened, WCNC offered Charlotteans a sneak peak:

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