From our concrete structure to the soap at the wash basin, this facility has an environmental conscience. The Center is built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification standards and boasts multiple sustainable and eco-friendly features.
Energy-saver systems and devices throughout.
Wall panels, ceiling tiles and other treatments incorporate recycled materials wherever possible and are designed to reduce noise bleed between meeting rooms.
Guests are offered filtered water in glasses in lieu of bottled water.
Exterior limestone and brick purchased locally to reduce fuel use and pollution.
Concrete structure is 20 percent fly ash from a nearby coal-burning power plant, a remnant which would otherwise have become landfill.
Insulation outside exterior wall structure to reduce energy leakage.
Low-emissivity glass windows limit heat radiation.
Indoor air quality controlled for low emissions from building materials and furnishings.
More than 75 percent of construction waste recycled.
Courtyard features native plants from the five ecological regions of Texas, using drip irrigation.
Grounds showcase two mature live oak trees reclaimed from the construction site of Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium.
Parking garage uses two-stage lighting based on motion sensor and occupancy, with spaces reserved for hybrid and high-efficiency vehicles.
Reduced-energy compact fluorescent lighting throughout the facility, including guest rooms.
Extensive use of recycled paper products.
Dumpster with cardboard compactor to reduce landfill volume.
Extensive use of Green Seal certified biodegradable cleaning products.
Thermostat detects guest presence and regulates temperature accordingly.
Green cleaning, emphasizing biodegradable products and reusable containers.
Reusable glasses and mugs.
Towel and sheet re-use program.
Eco-friendly shower and bath products.
Our chefs use organic, local and farmed-fresh foods wherever possible. We are committed to using RBGH-free milk, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken and cage-free eggs. Our beef is 100 percent grass-fed, and our fish is never frozen.