Premiere Hotel and Suites Named the First "Green Lodging Property" in New Haven

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Saunders Hotel Group continues to be leader in green hotels.

We are leading the nation in so many areas of conservation, renewable energy and environmental protection. Now we are leading with ‘green lodging.’

The Premiere Hotel and Suites, New Haven’s only extended stay hotel, is proud to announce that on February 2, 2010 the hotel received certification as a Green Hotel by the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. The hotel is the first and only Green Hotel in the Greater New Haven area.

"Our recent Green Hotel designation is a win for the both the environment and our guests, that’s what the Premiere Hotel & Suites is all about!" says General Manager Mariann Aherne. “We are owned and operated by Saunders Hotel Group of Boston, a hospitality pioneer in the greening of hotels since 1989. Each Saunders hotel is committed to reducing its environmental footprint while exceeding our guest’s expectations.”

Governor M. Jodi Rell announced the program in July 2009 and Premiere is one of the first hotels to be certified. Connecticut Green Lodging—Accommodating You and Our Environment is a program to encourage – and recognize – lodge owners who implement environmentally friendly practices. “Connecticut is going ‘green’ in so many ways,” Governor Rell said. “We are leading the nation in so many areas of conservation, renewable energy and environmental protection. Now we are leading with ‘green lodging.’”

The State’s process includes a comprehensive review of the following areas within each property: Waste Management, Administrative Offices, Housekeeping, Landscaping and Maintenance, Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation (HVAC); Swimming Pools and Spas, Guest and Staff Rooms, Water Conservation, Education, Kitchen and Food and most importantly – Energy.

Premiere Hotel and Suites strives to be the eco leader in the New Haven hotel market with 49+ current environmental initiatives in place to reduce our impact on the environment. Some of the eco-practices at the Premiere All Suite Hotel in New Haven, include:

*Motion Sensor Thermostats            
*Paperless Audit
*Use of Non-Toxic Cleaners            
*Energy Efficient Heating and HVAC
*Super Efficient CFL Lighting            
*Recycling throughout the Hotel
*Low Flow Aerators & Shower Heads    
*Towel and Sheet Reuse Program

The 112-room all suite hotel, completed a top to bottom renovation in January 2008 including a variety of innovative eco measures that reduce energy, water and waste. Tedd Saunders, Saunders Hotel Group's Chief Sustainability Officer sums it up this way: "We are extremely proud that our dedicated team was able to extend the hotel's industry-leading environmental commitment by looking after our valued guests' needs while helping protect our unique planet."

Premiere Hotel and Suites in located just one mile from Yale in the Long Wharf area of New Haven. To see the complete list of our environmental initiatives or for additional information, please visit our website at http://www.newhavensuites.com.

The Saunders Hotel Group is a multi generation family business known worldwide for its genuine commitment to gracious hospitality, innovation and environmental leadership. Saunders Hotel Group owns and/or operates six distinctive properties including: the Travel and Leisure “top 500 hotels of the world” listed Lenox Hotel in Boston, MA; the Comfort Inn & Suites at Logan Airport in Boston; the Marriott Residence Inn in Merrimack, NH; the Hawthorn Suites Hotel in Alexandria, VA; the Hampton Inn in Norwood, MA and the Premiere Hotel and Suites in New Haven, CT.

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