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W San Francisco Earns LEED Platinum Certified

Wednesday, December 09, 2015
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W San Francisco has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification, the highest ranking by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. As one of only four hotels in North America to be presented with the honor, the LEED Certification program highlights spaces that use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“We are honored to be recognized as the most environmentally-friendly hotel in San Francisco,” said Roger Huldi, General Manager of W San Francisco. “Our green efforts take place behind the scene, allowing our guests to indulge in luxury while feeling good about the positive impact our hotel has on the environment.”

W San Francisco is focused on maintaining its leadership role in the green hotel movement in San Francisco, implementing a variety of green programs and practices to achieve this accolade, including:

• 62.5% of all energy consumption over a two year period (including 100% of electricity) is covered through the purchase of renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets
• Replacing HVAC cooling towers with energy efficient models, saving 300KWH/year
• 37% reduction of water consumption from LEED mandatory baseline through water efficient showers, faucets, and toilets in all guestrooms
• 31% of all food and beverage purchases for the property meet the LEED criteria for environmentally preferred (local, organic, and/or certified sustainable)
• 50% of W San Francisco’s room lighting and 90% of its back of house lighting are energy efficient
• 100% of all electronics purchased are ENERGY STAR labeled
• 100% of cleaning equipment in use in the hotel meets the LEED sustainability criteria, along with an implementation plan for green cleaning practices both on the interior and exterior of the property
• 100% of all durable goods (electronics and furniture) are diverted from landfill
• 83% of hotel staff use alternative commuting methods such as bus or train to get to work
LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial projects currently participate in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of commercial space more than 150 countries worldwide.

“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation, “ said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, W San Francisco is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”

W San Francisco is comprised of more than 400 guest rooms, a revolutionary new fitness space (FIT), state-of-the-art meeting rooms, expansive event spaces, two lively bars, and TRACE, its bold concept restaurant dedicated to socially responsible food. More information is available at www.wsanfrancisco.com or (415) 777-5300.

About W San Francisco
W San Francisco is the ultimate urban oasis, with panoramic views of the city’s skyline and a breathtaking view of the Bay Bridge. W San Francisco’s chic and contemporary style is mixed with Asian influences and whimsical touches. With more than seven state-of-the-art meeting room and banquet spaces including the award-winning SOCIAL terrace, W San Francisco can accommodate every meeting planner’s needs. The Living Room with a glowing fireplace is a perfect gathering spot for cocktails or an energizing place to work. FIT, the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center, is a revolutionary space and concept designed in collaboration with internationally celebrated yoga rebel, Tara Stiles. Centrally located, W San Francisco is in a prime location that is walking distance to key interest points such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the waterfront. W San Francisco has firmly established itself as the most hip, stylish and forward-thinking luxury hotel in the city. www.whotels.com/sanfrancisco

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