• Hyatt Regency Maui Announces LEED-EBOM Gold Certification

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Announces LEED-EBOM Gold Certification

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa becomes the first Hawaiian property to increase its Leadership and Environmental and Energy Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification using Arc, a new digital performance platform. As the resort raises its LEED-EBOM certification from silver to gold, visitors and guests are able to see each eco-friendly initiative through on-site, self-guided sustainability tours. 

Hyatt Regency Maui’s sustainability initiatives take form in eight different categories: food and food waste, water, materials and recycling, renewable energy and energy efficiency, ocean and landscape, indoor air quality and green cleaning, staff training and community efforts, and transportation. 

Employees and guests can breathe easy knowing that Hyatt Regency Maui places emphasis on indoor air quality and green cleaning. The resort requires that 65 percent of cleaning products meet national eco-standards and all paints, adhesives and sealants have low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These efforts are measured through annual indoor air quality testing. 

As the resort works to achieve the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) TRUE Zero Waste certification, the property implements low waste efforts in several categories. While 90 percent of Hyatt Regency Maui’s materials are recycled, the resort has boosted landfill diversion from 38 to 78 percent in the last year. Using natural and local food sources with great attention to portion size and separation of fruit and vegetable trimmings, the resort is able to limit or divert its food waste. In order to save water, advanced pool filtration and high-efficiency shower heads in each guest room have helped reduce water consumption by 30 percent. 

Hyatt Regency Maui’s efforts continue with high regard for renewable energy. The resort has reduced energy by over 38 percent in the last 12 years. Capable of producing enough power for 2,114 homes, the Hawaiian property utilizes one of the state’s largest rooftop photovoltaic systems. 

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.