Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago receives prestigious LEED® Silver certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Chicago | July 16, 2013

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago (221 N. Columbus Dr.) today announced that is has officially received LEED® Silver certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. To date, it is the only published LEED-CI full service hotel in Chicago.  

“LEED certification reaffirms our commitment to a greener, more eco-friendly future and we look forward to continuing to be a sustainability leader in the hospitality segment,” said Pierre-Louis Giacotto, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. “We are thrilled to be one of the few hotels to have achieved this esteemed distinction.”

Housed in Chicago’s iconic Aqua Tower, designed by internationally acclaimed, environmentally-conscious architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, Radisson Blu Aqua sets the bar for being green and sustainable. To achieve the certification, Radisson Blu Aqua implemented practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in areas such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The hotel was awarded its LEED certification after passing a third party certification review process that incorporated hundreds of checkpoints designed to ensure a high level of eco-friendliness.

“Radisson Blu Aqua’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Radisson Blu Aqua serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

Mindful of its environmental impact from day one, the hotel ensured that more than 92 percent of all construction waste was recycled while the hotel was being built. In addition to  efforts during its construction, the Radisson Blu Aqua’s day-to-day operation also includes environmental elements such as 20 percent reduction in water use; 31 percent reduction in light power; 100 percent of materials used have a low VOC content; zero use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs); and many other initiatives. Green-minded guests can take advantage of LEED-related amenities such as the hotel’s extensive recycling program, an 80,000 square foot green roof with native plants, and enhanced thermal controllability.

These LEED certification standards are consistent with the Radisson Blu brand’s commitment to sustainability and to environmental stewardship.

The hotel belongs to Club CarlsonSM, the first hotel loyalty program to commit to a global meetings and events carbon-offsetting initiative. A free service for the hotels and meeting planners, Carlson Rezidor is purchasing carbon credits to offset the estimated carbon footprint of 100 percent of Club Carlson for Planners meetings and events globally, across the group’s six brands. With planners today looking for ways to reduce the environment impact of their events, this unique benefit helps differentiate the Radisson Blu Aqua from other hotels.

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About Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago
Situated in Chicago’s iconic Aqua Tower (221 North Columbus) just steps away from Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile, the award-winning Radisson Blu Aqua holds the distinction of being the first Radisson Blu hotel in North America. Built to LEED Silver certification standards, the hotel features 334 fashion-inspired guestrooms; 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 80,000 square foot recreation deck and green roof; state-of-the-art fitness center; and on-site dining at the modern Italian Filini Bar & Restaurant. For reservations, visit www.radissonbluchicago.com  or call +1 (312) 565-5258.

Contacts
Janice Yu or Chip Bouchard Vassil, Wagstaff Worldwide | +1 (312) 943-6900 | janice@wagstaffworldwide.com or chip@wagstaffworldwide.com
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-8129 | bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com

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