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Sustainability steadily becoming part of lodging industry DNA

The hotel has a recycling program and consistently works
with waste management on waste reduction issues. Local and
organic food items are used in the hotel's restaurants and these
help create more memorable experiences for guests - what
Kindlesparker called "cool stories to tell."
Having a more sustainable hotel is good for business,
Kindlesparker says, adding that, "Over the last 10 years sustainability has become a 'check the box' question during the
RFP process. Across the board, businesses are much more
socially responsible."

LEED PLATINUM HOTEL IN OBERLIN, OHIO
Within the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, the
highest achievement level is Platinum. In September 2016, the
LEED Platinum The Hotel at Oberlin opened in Oberlin, Ohio.
The 70-room property is owned by Oberlin College, developed
by SMART Hotels and managed by The Olympia Companies.
The Hotel at Oberlin is the first hotel in the United States to
incorporate solar, geothermal, and radiant heating and cooling.
The Hotel at Oberlin was designed by the Chicago-based
architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB); the creative process was led by SCB Principal Jim Curtin, AIA. The
Gettys Group are the interior designers of The Hotel at Oberlin
and sought to blur the line between outdoors and inside,
tapping into the natural surroundings for both inspiration
and design elements. Reclaimed wood from a historic farm
building became paneling for the bar area, a satellite view of

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Oberlin's pastoral setting was transformed into an intriguing abstract mural for the dining area, and a color palette of
cool browns mated with warm red reflects the ever-changing
hues of the landscape. Sustainability plays a key role in The
Gettys Group's design and procurement services, with carpet tiles made of recycled materials used in the guestrooms
and hallways.
The innovative HVAC system relies on a geothermal well
field and utilizes radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels and
flooring, as well as ceiling fans. A large portion of the hotel's
power is supplied by a 10-acre photovoltaic array on campus.
The hotel has many other sustainable features, including an
onsite bio retention basin to filter storm water, rainwater
harvesting for landscape irrigation and exterior automated
solar shading devices to reduce heat gain. Fifty percent of the
building materials were sourced from within 500 miles. The
primary exterior material is Öko Skin, a highly sustainable
cement slat wall panel that was chosen because "the scale
and coloration of the material is compatible with the brick
and stone of nearby older buildings," says Curtin.
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Glenn Hasek is publisher and editor of
Green Lodging News. He can be reached at
editor@greenlodgingnews.com. To subscribe
to the Green Lodging News enewsletter, go to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2017

Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Aahoa Interview
Technology
There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Case Study
Aahoa Interview
Small Business
Housekeeping
Property Taxes
Leadership
Marketing
Finance q&a
Back of the House
Final Thoughts
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa @ Industry
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Technology
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Case Study
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Housekeeping
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Property Taxes
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Finance q&a
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Back of the House
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa @ Industry
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Advertiser Index
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