News Release: Sustainability

Mar. 16,  2010

Emory Conference Center Hotel Achieves LEED Silver Status

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The Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for its sustainable construction and design. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the grade for the center's new addition, bringing the total number of LEED-certified buildings on Emory's campus to 13.

Environmentally friendly elements of the five-story building include: access to alternative transportation, water efficiency, the recycling and reuse of building materials and resources, indoor environmental air quality and innovation in design. Extensive renovations have also been completed in several community and gathering areas in the existing wing of the ECCH. Emory's campus has one of the largest inventories of LEED rated building space among college campuses across America.

"We are extremely proud of this accomplishment, particularly achieving the first LEED Silver certification for a conference center-hotel facility in metro Atlanta," says Kathy Johnson, general manager of ECCH. "Emory Conference Center Hotel is an active member of many green industry organizations and was the first property in Georgia to be certified by Green Seal, Inc. This LEED certification reinforces our commitment to environmentally-friendly operations and design."

Robert Hascall, Emory's vice president of campus services, says, "Emory's pledge to building green remains steadfast. After building the first LEED-certified building in the Southeast, Emory's board of trustees knew it made sense both sustainably and financially to continue the trend across campus."  

Emory also was recently recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle at its awards ceremony for "Deals of the Decade" when the university won in the design category for its green building program.

Opened in 1995, the Emory Conference Center Hotel is a full-service property nestled in 26 acres of forest preserve at the Emory University campus in Atlanta and was inspired by the architectural design of Frank Lloyd Wright. The ECCH is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). The facility is owned by Emory University and managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is located at 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information, visit www.emoryconferencecenter.com.

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