From LEED to Green Seal to Energy Star, Portland hotels meet the industry’s strictest criteria for environmentally friendly hotels. Here’s a selection of green-certified properties.
The Allison Inn & Spa
- The Allison was awarded LEED Gold 220-802 certification within six months after opening in 2009.
- Energy-saving features include a 10,000-square-foot sedum-planted eco-roof, solar power and hot water, energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
- The resort’s 35 hillside acres in the Willamette Valley wine region feature 70,000 plants and 1,000 trees, along with five acres of planted vineyards.
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
- The Aloft is the first Green Seal Silver certified property at Portland International Airport.
- Green features include Blue Sky wind power, property-wide composting and recycling and volunteering for the Columbia Watershed Council.
- The Aloft offers guests 225-030 environmental package discounts; “You Tidy, We Treat” alternative turn-down-service incentives; and complimentary bike rentals.
Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center
- Opened in 2009, this renovation of an older downtown office structure is Gold LEED certified.
- Window proportions were optimized to allow maximum daylighting and energy conservation.
- The hotel is designed to use 28 percent less energy than a conventional building, saving the equivalent energy use of 42 households per year — 25 percent above the requirements of the Oregon energy code.
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown/Convention Center
- This is the first Crowne Plaza in the United States to earn Green Seal Silver certification.
- Recycling is available hotel-wide, the kitchens follow a composting program, and unused/partially used food and amenities are donated to local shelters.
- Guests benefit from a bike lending program and two complimentary electric vehicle charging stations.
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland
- The first hotel in Portland to achieve Green Seal certification, the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland is also Energy Star certified.
- Since 1996, the DoubleTree has reduced overall waste by 65 percent and reduced water usage by 15 percent.
- The hotel purchases 65 percent of its food products from within a 500-mile radius of the hotel and offsets 25 percent of its electricity use.
Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown
- The first Embassy Suites hotel in the United States to achieve Green Seal – Bronze certification.
The Heathman Hotel
- The Heathman Hotel purchases 30 percent of its electricity through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program, utilizes compostable key cards and recycles 72 percent of its waste by volume.
- The first hotel in Portland to complete energy efficiency upgrades, the Heathman received an Energy Leadership Award from the Energy Trust of Oregon in 2009.
- For every green package purchased, the Heathman donates $25 to Portland-based non-profit Friends of Trees.
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
- The largest hotel in Oregon, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower is Green Seal certified.
- Low-flow toilets and showerheads, along with smaller basins, resulted in a 50 percent decrease in overall water consumption, without affecting guests.
- Leftover, pre-consumer, food is donated to a local food bank program called “Fork it Over.”
- The Hilton Vancouver is the first hotel in the world to achieve both LEED and Green Seal certification.
- The in-house irrigation system reduces water use by 50 percent, and a white reflective roof helps disperse heat into the atmosphere.
- Operable windows allow fresh air into the guest rooms and sensors turn off heating and cooling systems in rooms, meeting spaces and hallways when visitors are not present.
Hotel Monaco Portland
- Parent company Kimpton Hotels abides by a set of environmentally friendly best practices, and the Hotel Monaco Portland is Green Seal certified.
- All rooms use water- and energy-saving fixtures and are maintained with eco cleaning products.
- All rooms include recycling bins and a back-of-house program recycles glass, bottles, paper, cardboard and other materials. Unused amenity bottles are donated to charity.
The Mark Spencer Hotel
- The Mark Spencer Hotel was the first locally owned and operated Portland hotel to receive Green Seal certification.
- The 102-year-old property invested more than $3 million in facility improvements and redevelopment of guest services programs to meet Green Seal standards.
- A new high efficiency HVAC system, low-energy lighting and reduced water consumption lessen the hotel’s environmental footprint.
The Nines Hotel
- Awarded LEED Silver certification in 2009, the Nines Hotel draws on 100 percent renewable energy and saves 500,000 gallons of water per year with dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets.
- During the renovation of the historic building, 90 percent of its 24 million pounds of construction debris was recycled.
- Low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets help ensure air quality and limited outdoor lighting reduces light pollution.
Portland Marriott City Center
- The Marriott Portland City Center on Broadway is Green Seal Certified – Silver.
- The hotel is only two blocks away from the MAX light rail with direct access to the Oregon Convention Center and the airport.
- This smoke-free hotel saves trees with video review billing and checkout.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
- The Portland Marriott boasts both Energy Star and Green Seal certifications.
- Each year, the hotel recycles 100 tons of paper, glass, plastic and other products, and composts another 100 tons in food waste.
- Energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and low-flow fixtures are used throughout the hotel, all rooms have energy-efficient air conditioning systems, and the saline pool and spa reduce the use of hazardous chemicals.
Red Lion Hotel on the River
- The Red Lion Hotel on the River prides itself on a sustainable purchasing policy and everyday business practices, lead by an in-house green team.
- The Red Lion Hotel on the River uses energy-efficient lighting and water conserving fixtures.
- Recycling methods are available to all groups, guests, vendors and employees.
River’s Edge Hotel & Spa
- The River’s Edge Hotel & Spa was the first LEED-certified hotel in Portland.
- Low-flow systems cut water consumption by 22 percent, while landscaping with native plants eliminated 95 percent of irrigation needs.
- More than 60 percent of the hotel’s waste is recycled or composted, and guests who arrive in alternative-fuel vehicles park for free.