DENTON, TX — Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center has been awarded LEED Gold. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is based on six key criteria: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
“Denton, TX now boasts the very first Gold LEED Embassy Suites in the world in the Embassy Suites Denton Hotel and Convention Center,” said General Manager Jeff Pritts. “We proudly continue the tradition of O’Reilly Hospitality’s commitment to operational sustainability as the first Gold LEED certified hotel in Denton and only the third in the state. We look forward to decreasing our carbon footprint in this community through partnerships with the City of Denton and the University of North Texas Hospitality program as we work together to teach future generations the art of sustainable tourism in an AAA Four Diamond environment.”
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center achieved LEED Gold certification by diverting over 1,440 tons of waste from landfills through recycling construction debris; installing low-water usage fixtures and conserving over 740 thousand gallons of water per year; saving 4.2 million kilowatt-hours per year with lighting and HVAC systems and strategies; and saving over 50 thousand gallons of water each year by using native plants in the landscaping.
For more Texas meeting news, read the feature on the state in the 2019 F&D Spring issue.