Hyatt at Olive 8 Garners Trifecta of Green Awards with Latest Green Seal Certification

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Seattle eco-friendly hotel joins exclusive rank of U.S. properties with Silver LEED certification, Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Seal® certification

Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle’s first and only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified hotel, continues to lead the hospitality industry in green initiatives with the announcement of its Green Seal Gold Certification - the much sought after achievement that can only be accomplished if the property complies with the Green Seal Standard for Hotels & Lodging Properties (GS-33, 2011) at the highest level. Only three hotels in the nation have obtained a gold certification, and only a handful of properties have the unique combination of all three environmentally friendly distinctions.

“Since opening our doors in February 2009, we have been recognized for our efforts with LEED-certification, a 4 Green Key Eco-Rating and now a gold Green Seal,” said Tom Wolf, general manager of Hyatt at Olive 8. “Collectively, this illustrates our day-to-day commitment to being a leader in the industry and we are pleased that we can say that we are one of only a few U.S. properties honored with all of these prestigious accolades.”

The Green Seal standard focuses on a broad range of criteria including waste minimization; energy efficiency, conservation and management; management of fresh water resources; waste water management; hazardous material management and implementation of an environmentally and socially sensitive purchasing policy. Hyatt at Olive 8, located in downtown Seattle, achieved Gold certification through additional achievements in energy reduction, sustainable building practices and use of renewable energy. Green practices at Hyatt at Olive 8 include:

•Energy Efficiency: Innovative environmental extras like room key-controlled Watt Stopper, Inc. light switches keep lights on when the room is in use, and off when it is not
•Waste Water Reduction: Hyatt at Olive 8 uses low-consumption plumbing fixtures, using one gallon per minute less than traditional showerheads, and dual-flush toilets that use 29 percent less water per flush
•Reuse + Recycle: The hotel employs comprehensive programs to minimize its environmental footprint, including food composting, in-room recycling containers and food bank donations
•Wind Power: The revolutionary roof top wind turbines repurpose neutral exhaust from the restaurant into energy to help power the hotel and condominiums and decrease wasted resources
•Conscious Cleaning: Hyatt at Olive 8 is committed to green housekeeping practices with Green Seal-approved low-VOC cleaners and offers guests 100 percent toxin-free dry-cleaning services
•Eco-friendly Events: Socially-conscious companies and groups can book special “green meetings” with locally-sourced menus, recycled paper materials when needed, filtered water service and more
•Green Roof: Hyatt at Olive 8 has one of Seattle’s largest living rooftops at 8,355 square feet, and provides a crucial urban habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. It also reduces storm water runoff to city sewers and the amount of pollution entering local rivers, streams and the Puget Sound

As with all Hyatt properties, Hyatt at Olive 8 participates in the global corporate responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, recognizing its responsibility to manage the environmental impact of its hotel. Through Hyatt Earth, the company is taking focused, aggressive steps to reduce resource consumption, waste, and emissions at Hyatt hotels, and to protect the natural environment in the communities around the world, including Seattle, that Hyatt calls home.

“We’ve found that in today’s competitive market, discerning travelers not only value the ethos of the hotels they select, but also look for green properties more than ever before,” continued Wolf. “We’re proud that we can combine a contemporary and comfortable atmosphere with our eco-friendly initiatives to offer the best experience for travelers.”

“Hotels play an important role in setting an example for sustainability, both for the benefit of their guests and for their staff,” says Arthur Weissman, President and CEO of Green Seal. “It is not only the mark of a quality property that cares for the health and safety of those who occupy it, but its sustainability leadership also serves as a role model for others to employ green practices at home and at their business. Hyatt at Olive 8 is setting an example for all hotels in the U.S. to follow.”

Even before construction began on Hyatt at Olive 8, the developer, R.C. Hedreen Company, realized the value of building a green property that was well designed and sophisticated. During building, the Seattle property diverted more than 95 percent of construction debris from landfills by redirecting materials to be reused and recycled, utilized sustainable construction materials, installed green fixtures, and set out to have impressive energy and water savings. Hedreen wanted to expand the hotel’s impact beyond downtown Seattle, and donated nearly one million dollars toward the preservation of 284 acres on Sugarloaf Mountain in rural King County, as well as vital salmon habitat. Hyatt at Olive 8 uses 30 percent less energy and 20 percent less water than hotels of comparable size, and will continue to set and strive for rigorous savings and standards.

For more information on Hyatt at Olive 8, visit http://www.hyattatolive8.com.

About Hyatt at Olive 8
A striking addition to the Seattle skyline, the landmark Hyatt at Olive 8 is Seattle’s first – and only - certified “green” hotel, awarded LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council in July 2009, a 4 Green Key Eco-Rating in 2010, and Green Seal certified in September 2012. Co-designed by Seattle architecture firm MulvannyG2 and renowned New York architect Richard Gluckman, the state-of-the-art Olive 8 building features striking design elements, including a sleek glass façade and one of the city’s largest living rooftops. A total of 346 luxury guest rooms and suites occupy the 39-story building’s first 17 floors (condominiums are housed above), and the world-class property offers a range of on-site amenities, including 11,000 square feet of green meeting space, the eco-conscious Elaia spa, a 65-foot lap pool, a 2,400 square-foot StayFit@Hyatt facility, environmentally sound housekeeping and dry-cleaning services, valet parking and 24-hour room service. Additionally, the ground floor is home to Urbane, a 108-seat downtown Seattle restaurant and bar serving fresh Northwest cuisine to Seattle residents and guests alike. For additional information about Hyatt at Olive 8 or to make reservations, please visit http://www.olive8.hyatt.com.

ABOUT GREEN SEAL, INC.
Green Seal is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 with the mission of safeguarding human health and the environment. Green Seal is a science-based standard development and certification body that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. Products and services only become Green Seal-certified after rigorous evaluations, including on-site audits. For additional information or to contact Green Seal Inc., call (202)872-6400 or visit http://www.greenseal.org

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