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Hyatt Regency Maui awarded LEED Silver Certification

By Staff | Sep 18, 2014


KAANAPALI – The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is celebrating the certification of its LEED Silver EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) status, awarded as a result of a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability.

This certification is the first of any building in the State of Hawaii.

The property recently completed renovations throughout the resort, including the pool area, Drums of the Pacific Luau and dining outlets.

Throughout the renovation process, members of the resort’s operations team worked closely with property owner Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. and with third-party consultants Green Building Hawaii to make the environmentally friendly enhancements.

The sustainable features of the property include:

Six million gallons of water saved annually through new reduced-flow shower heads in all guest rooms.

Complimentary digital newspapers made available for guests through most mobile devices and computers.

Motion-sensing air conditioning that turns off when lanai doors are open, or when guests leave the room.

Recycling receptacles in every guest room.

Non-turf landscaping that is 100 percent native and the addition of adaptive plants.

Installation of an intelligent, weather-based, real-time irrigation system combined with grey water irrigation that has reduced landscape water use by over 27 percent.

More than 70 percent of purchased items are local, recycled or made with a renewable resource.

Over 500,000 pounds of leftover and scrap food donated to local pig farms for feed and compost.

Digital signage to replace printed signage.

“We are so pleased to have been awarded the LEED Silver EBOM status in recognition of our conservation and energy efficiency efforts, as well as our long-standing commitment to sustainability,” said Hyatt Regency Maui General Manager Allan Farwell.

“We hope that as we preserve and protect our natural environment in Maui, our commitment inspires our guests to make similar conscious efforts in the various parts of the world where they live.”

The two-year effort made by Hyatt Regency Maui associates, managers and executives that led to the property’s LEED certification aligns with Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt’s global corporate social responsibility philosophy, and immediately follows the unveiling of Hyatt’s new 2020 environmental sustainability strategy.

Known as the Hyatt 2020 Vision, these new, ambitious environmental goals define measurable and actionable targets across three focus areas – use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire.

The LEED EBOM rating system is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. To qualify, buildings have to show a significant increase in diverting waste from landfills and an increase in energy and water efficiency, as well as a robust sustainable purchasing program.

Hyatt Regency Maui applied for, and received, the certification based on how well the resort measured against LEED standards.

Additionally, as a result of the resort’s adherence to high environmental standards previous to its LEED EBOM certification, Hyatt Regency Maui has been recognized for its green efforts from numerous other environmental organizations, including a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Silver ranking; 2010 Green Key four-key distinction, representing outstanding industry leadership and a commitment to protecting the environment; a Hawaii Green Business membership designation in 2009, recognizing the resort’s efforts to operate in an environmentally responsible fashion; and induction into the Energy and Efficiency Hall of Fame by Maui Electric Co. in 2007.

For more information on the Hyatt Regency Maui, visit www.maui.hyatt.com.