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Pune Marriott Hotel Earns LEED Gold

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The Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

With its various green initiatives, The Marriott Hotels & Resorts branded property is the first Marriott International hotel in India to receive the honor.

Since its opening in November 2010, the property has worked towards saving and preserving natural resources and the environment. The Pune Marriott has incorporated and adapted: low VOC emitting materials, reduced landscape water usage by using indigenous plants, use of rapidly renewable materials, 42% energy savings for the building operations, hybrid vehicles, alternative refuelling stations for electric cars, vegetated green roofs, omission of ozone depletion refrigeration mechanical systems and many other environmentally-friendly features.

Further, 100% waste from ongoing operations and 95% of all construction waste are segregated for recycling and diverted from landfills. Fifty percent of all building materials were manufactured within a 500 mile radius saving on transportation cost and lowering emissions.

“The Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre is truly honoured to have received LEED Gold. We have always taken extra steps to ensure that we are responsible citizens. We look forward to continuing our efforts and contributing towards a greener world,” said Balan Paravantavida, the hotel’s general manager.

Owned by the Panchsheel Group, the hotel has been built in a manner that ensures 75% of the hotel enjoys natural day lighting, thus saving energy and provides a better working environment. The Pune Marriott has always used 100% chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) free refrigerant materials for air-conditioning, contributing towards a reduction in ozone (O3) depletion. Also, as a policy the property uses only ‘Green Seal’ certified chemicals in all its housekeeping activities. The hospitality brand also encourages its associates to add to its green ideologies by introducing car-pooling programs.

There are future plans to improve the hotel’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and storm water management techniques.

“Gold LEED for Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre is an important milestone for Marriott in India. Marriott hotels have a robust and a well established green initiative plan for all the hotels. This recent recognition of our efforts will strengthen our resolve to operate our hotels in this direction, said” PRP Ramakrishnan, area director of engineering, Marriott - India, Maldives and Malaysia.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

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