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March 8, 2019 (TUCSON, AZ) - As downtown Tucson continues to expand, the need for sustainable, eco-friendly development is crucial. The AC Hotel Tucson Downtown is proud to announce their environmentally friendly efforts at the hotel have been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2018 New Construction and Major Renovations certification. LEED certification identifies AC Hotel Tucson Downtown as a showcase example of environmental design and demonstrates leadership in transforming downtown development.
Strict requirements were met by AC Hotel Tucson Downtown to receive the LEED certification. Duringconstruction, contractors and architects recycled unused products and maintained strict power usage. Additional regulations included implementing HVAC systems, LED lighting, recycling throughout the entire hotel, automatic lights, low flow water systems, recycled paper materials, low maintenance succulents, environment friendly laundry products, and the hotel’s proximity to public transportation.
“As a LEED certified building, we can continue our goal to create a healthier and more productive environment for our staff, guests, and our treasured Sonoran desert surroundings,” says Gregg Joyal, General Manager at the AC Hotel Tucson Downtown.
In honor of the award, a dedication ceremony will be held on March 27, 2019 in the hotel’s lobby. In addition to the ceremony, guests can enjoy the Sustainable Sour cocktail through the month of March, with a portion of cocktail proceeds donated to local non-profit, Watershed Management Group (WMG). WMG develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and the health of our environment. Serving as the hotel’s month-long nonprofit highlight, the Watershed Management Group is focused on the flow of the Santa Cruz River and watershed in downtown Tucson.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, and cost-effective buildings. Healthier, more productive places, reduce stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and producing savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.