New LEED-Certified Hotel Opens in New York City

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The exterior of the new Element Times Square. Photo: Courtesy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

The Element Times Square, New York City’s newest LEED-certified hotel, opened last week, but you can still snag a $174 rate for their Green Grand Opening.

As one of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide crown jewels, the hotel features low-flow water fixtures, CFLs, Energy Star appliances, recycling bins, low-VOC paints and an Energy Management System, which regulates lighting and temperature throughout the hotel.

It even sports wall art, countertops, carpets and furniture made from recycled materials.

The green advances don’t stop there. Along with a full-equipped electric vehicle charging station, the hotel offers free bikes for patrons to borrow and tool around the city.

The Element is certainly part of the innovative green building and eco-friendly design trend that seems to be sweeping the globe.

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