New Chicago Hotel Purchases Wind RECs


Chicago's new 556-room InterContinental Chicago O'Hare has announced that is utilizing 100% renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind power. The hotel also features a green roof, recycles all materials used throughout its hotel and convention area, and helps businesses and organizations support sustainability with its Green Meetings program.

‘The InterContinental Chicago O'Hare is dedicated to significantly lessening our carbon footprint on the earth, as well as raising awareness in our community about the importance of preserving our natural resources,’ says David Hall, general manager of the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare.

Measures the hotel is taking to reduce its carbon footprint include:

– utilizing 100% RECs from wind power, via Constellation New Energy in Baltimore,

– property-wide recycling of all glass, paper, cardboard, batteries, aluminum and compact fluorescent bulbs, and

– installing a green roof, which is covered with a reflective coating that significantly cuts down the building's cooling costs, and will be home to drought-resistant plants.

SOURCE: InterContinental Chicago O'Hare

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