Los Angeles is often associated with red carpets, but the city is increasingly embracing green, with sustainable practices implemented in every region, from cultural attractions to restaurants and public transportation. Hotels throughout L.A. are leaders in green design, earning Green Seal™ and LEED Certification with energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, water-saving fixtures and recycling programs. Enjoy your Los Angeles vacation and go green by staying at a Green Seal™certified hotel. Hotels that earn the Green Seal™ are leaders in sustainability and have completed a certification process and on-site audit. Following are Los Angeles hotels that have been certified by Green Seal in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Green Lodging Program (see below) as well as other eco-friendly hotels in the L.A. County area.
In May 2018, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills received Green Seal Silver Certification for its multi-faceted green lodging program. LED lighting throughout the property includes the exterior, landscaping and billboards; guestrooms, meeting rooms, garage and parking; and Exit lights. All cleaning products and detergents are Environmentally Preferable. Food waste recycling includes zero waste traffic and 50% savings on food waste disposal. E-waste, plastic, glass and metals are recycled. Plants are native and plant beds are watered with drip irrigation. Al paints used in the hotel are low VOC or Environmentally Preferable.
In July 2016, the JW Marriott at LA Live Hotel earned a Green Seal Silver Certification for operating in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. The JW Marriott is the eighth hotel certified through the City of Los Angeles Green Lodging Program, which is part of the City’s Green Business Certification Program. The certification by Green Seal verifies a hotel has met rigorous environmental requirements to reduce its operation’s impact on the environment and human health. This includes waste minimization and reduction, recycling and energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and purchasing products that are environmentally sound.
In 2009, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites became the first Los Angeles hotel to receive Green Seal Silver Certification for its carbon footprint reduction, achieved with recycling programs, energy conservation and management, water conservation and more. The hotel invested $20,000 into its environmentally-friendly practices and has saved an estimated $225,000 per year.
The Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport (formerly the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport) meets the Green Seal Silver Tier standard for Hotels and Lodging Properties for waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substances handling and environmentally responsible purchasing. The hotel has also achieved Leadership Level status with the California Green Lodging program, and has a 4-Key rating in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel Los Angeles International Airport received its Green Seal Silver Certification in September 2011. The hotel is a participant in the Green Lodging Program, a joint effort of the Bureau of Sanitation, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and the non-profit organization Green Seal. The hotel is located a quarter-mile from LAX and centrally located to LAX, major attractions, and several business districts, including El Segundo, Westchester and Culver City. The hotel features 613 rooms and 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The 17-story Hilton Los Angeles Airport, one of the world’s largest airport hotels with 1,235 guestrooms, received the Green Seal Bronze Certification under the GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties. The Hilton LAX is part of the Gateway to LA community, a property business improvement district (BID) just minutes from the Pacific Ocean and near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel received the Green Seal Silver Certification. Guests can participate in the Sheraton Make a Green Choice promotion, which features a $5 voucher at participating food and beverage outlets or 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded at check out for each night that housekeeping services are declined. Sustainable practices include the use of non-phosphate, nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning products.
The Westin Los Angeles Airport received the Green Seal Silver Certification in 2010. The hotel offers the Make a Green Choice program, which rewards guests for choosing to conserve natural resources in their guest room. Other eco-friendly practices include: elimination of plastic foam packaging; environmentally preferred suppliers and products; sustainable food and beverage options; and alternative transportation options, such as preferred parking for eco-friendly cars and shuttle services.
The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City received the Green Seal Gold Certification for its waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substance handling, and environmentally responsible purchasing. In receiving this recognition, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City became the second hotel in California to achieve Gold level certification and only the fifth hotel nationwide. The hotel’s green initiatives include eco-friendly suppliers, Energy Star Appliances and eco-friendly cleaning agents. The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City was first certified by Green Seal in 2010.
Also located at L.A. LIVE, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has earned the Silver LEED certification. Eco-friendly features include: energy-efficient windows; “cool roof” installation; alternative transportation, including nearby public transit and employee rideshare program; and extensive use of sustainable materials.
The W Hollywood Hotel & Residences is the second largest LEED Certified Silver property in the U.S. Public transportation options include the Metro Rail (the Hollywood/Vine Red Line station is beneath the property) and two bus lines within a quarter mile. Other green features include energy and water conservation; and no CFC refrigerants or plastic foam are used on the property.
Located in the heart of the financial district, the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel engages in a number of eco-friendly initiatives, including: energy and water conservation; elimination of plastic foam packaging and use of environmentally preferred suppliers and products; sustainable food and beverage options; and green housekeeping.
In 2012, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza upgraded more than 78,000 square feet of its guest room windows with Solar Gard Armorcoat Stainless Steel window film. The application provides significant energy savings and UV protection, among other benefits. The hotel is a participant in Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt's global corporate responsibility platform. The hotel installed a first-of-its-kind food digestor, which reduces all food waste into water.
Guests of the W Los Angeles - Westwood can opt into the Make a Green Choice promotion, which features 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded at check-out for each night that housekeeping services are declined. Participation in the program can be done online or at check-in.
The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers numerous green features, from guest accommodations to food and beverage and meeting services. Leftover or gently used amenities are donated to local nonprofits. Menus use local and seasonal ingredients, while china and silverware are used instead of disposable plating and utensils. Donating opportunities are offered for meeting display materials, and electronic meeting correspondence is used rather than printed copies.
The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is a Gold LEED-certified property. Everything from the building design to its day-to-day operation is intended to reduce the consumption of natural resources. The hotel was built using locally-sourced, recycled and recyclable materials: 50% of construction waste was recycled or salvaged; 10% of all building materials were sourced from within a 500-mile radius of the project; and wood was sourced from sustainable forests. Other green features include native landscaping, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials, and maximized access to natural daylight.
With its pristine location along the Pacific Ocean, the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel takes its commitment to environmental stewardship as seriously as its commitment to taking care of its guests. In addition to supporting the Clean the World Foundation by recycling guestroom soaps and toiletries, the hotel is installing water-saving toilets in all guest bath and public restrooms during its 2012-13 renovation. Other green initiatives include: LEED-certified laundry and valet services; vegetarian and healthy dining options; sustainable conference practices; and employee Ride Share program and easy access to public transportation.
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