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Offering a New Model of Sustainable Hospitality The 77 room Ambrose,
Santa Monica, California Earns LEED-EB Green Building Certification


Santa Monica, CA (July 1, 2008) – The Ambrose Collection, having pioneered environmentally responsible practices years before “green” buildings were touted by the media, has made history with the recognition of its flagship property, The Ambrose, as the first-ever U.S. hotel to earn LEED-EB certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The prestigious honor positions The Ambrose Collection at the forefront of the green development movement and verifies its expertise in marrying affordable luxury with eco-consciousness, offering a profitable new model of “sustainable hospitality.”

Under the vision of its founder and president, Deirdre Wallace, The Ambrose has earned a Silver LEED-EB (existing building) award, based on measurements set forth by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™, USGBC’s system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.  
 

LEED-EB certification for The Ambrose was based on a number of environmental practices.  They include:
  • Energy efficiency (e.g., all appliances Energy Star-rated; CFL lightbulbs with dimmers throughout hotel; air conditioner economizers using cooler outdoor air, when available)
  • Water conservation (e.g., linen/towel reuse program; low-flow toilets; water-saving faucet aerators; lawn sprinklers adjusted to season; drought-tolerant native landscaping)
  • Recycling programs and facilities (e.g., hotel-wide recycling program; composting of all organic waste; recycled bath tissue, napkins, copy paper, etc.)
  • Whole-building cleaning and maintenance (e.g., 100% non-toxic, biodegradable cleaners; low-VOC, Green Seal-certified, water-based paints; no aerosols)

“The Ambrose Collection is to be commended for achieving LEED for Existing Buildings certification.  The hotel is one that both the community and its customers can be proud of,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Ambrose will be a showcase for high-performance, energy-efficient methods and an inspiration for others.”

“Sustainability is the core of The Ambrose Collection’s philosophy and corporate culture,” adds Wallace. “As the first hotel to be awarded the LEED-EB certification, The Ambrose - our flagship property - has effectively raised the bar in the hospitality industry.  This achievement will set the tone for all our future growth and development.”

The Ambrose Collection, having opened its first property in 2003 and embracing a green agenda soon thereafter, is a member of the Green Hotels Association and the U.S. Green Building Council, and has previously earned such accolades as the 2006 Sustainable Quality Award Grand Prize (Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce), the Google Green Drummer award and Sustainable Works Green Business Program certification.

In addition, The Ambrose offers its guests free, biodiesel-fueled London Taxi service around Santa Monica and hybrid and gas/electric chauffeured limousine service.  It also provides all of its employees with complimentary bus passes, bike storage facilities and onsite showers to encourage no-emission transportation.
 

The Ambrose  Internal Operations Include:

Energy Conservation:

    * ALL appliances are Energy Star rated
    * Compact fluorescent lights with dimmers throughout the hotel
    * Energy efficient LED exit signs
    * Energy efficient front load washing machines
    * Energy efficient photocopiers with double sided capacity
    * Regularly scheduled in house maintenance of our HVAC system (coils checked and cleaned, compressor pressure checked, complete belt check)
    * Economizers on A/C unit which increases fresh air circulation and uses cooler outdoor air when available
    * Weather stripping to close air gaps around doors and windows
    * Preventative maintenance on ALL of our equipment to keep it efficient and effective
    * 15% of guestrooms are powered by Clean and Green Wind Power
    * Guestrooms naturally ventilated with opening windows

Water Conservation:

    * Water broom & dry sweep to clean concrete and asphalt
    * Linen and towel reuse program
    * Low flow toilets (1.3gpf) and water saving faucet aerators (1.75gpf)
    * Sprinklers adjusted according to season
    * Native plants

Non-Toxic Housekeeping Practices:

    * Clean Environment Co. Natural Brand cleaned guestrooms, non-toxic 100% all naturally derived biodegradable cleaners made from replenishable natural resources: hand dishwashing soap, basin, tub and tile cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, chlorine free bleach, furniture polish and carpet shampoo
    * No aerosol spray cans or toxic cleaning chemicals used
    * Green team training meetings to introduce our staff to non-toxic cleaning procedures
    * Eco-lab’s commitment to sustainability begins with its approach to creating products, programs and services that reduce safety risks and environmental impacts, emphasizing closed systems that minimize opportunities for exposing our guests to chemicals
    * Low VOC Green Seal certified water based paints

Waste Reduction:

    * Hotel wide Red Bin Recycling Program
    * Recycling bins in all public areas
    * Compost all organic waste Currently recycling over 60% of our waste output
    * office bulletin board, dry erase white boards, staff in-house email and voicemail communication eliminating unnecessary paper printed reports
    * California Recycles, Inc cellular phone recycling program drop-off location
    * 100% recycled bath tissues, napkins, copy paper etc.
    * Reuse packaging for shipping
    * Employee use policy for room service/ catered leftovers
    * Glass cups in ALL guestrooms, mugs for all staff members - no disposable utensils or tableware – No Styrofoam!
    * All clients are encouraged to recycle used business meeting materials and to use linen and glassware instead of disposable paper products

Alternative Transportation:

    * Beach cruiser rental
    * London Taxi (powered by bio-diesel fuel) carpooling to popular neighborhood locations
    * Eco-limo our preferred limousine service, hybrid & gas/electric chauffeured transportation
    * Big Blue Bus and LA Metro bus route maps provided for staff and guests
    * Employee bike storage/shower
    * Annually participate in Santa Monica’s ride share program survey
    * Preferred parking spaces for hybrid vehicle
    * The Ambrose actively participates in Los Angeles Metro’s Transit Access program by providing all Ambrose employees with complimentary bus passes. In an effort to lower employee commuting costs and in honor of our commitment to sustainability, all Ambrose team members are eligible for this new addition to our benefits package.

Staff and Guest Awareness:

    * Conservation signs in all guestrooms promoting linen reuse program
    * Green Information page in guestroom compendium
    * Recycle bins/ signs in public areas
    * Green information Box located in lobby (bike routes, local walking maps, non-profit information, community event flyers and brochures)
    * Green meeting planner attached to all emails to guests inquiring about renting meeting space
    * Green information binder for front desk staff – ALL front desk agents are required to review
    * Green Agreement in Employee Handbook , new staff member training
    * All Ambrose brochures, flyers, compendiums, business cards, menus etc are printed on 100% recycled papers
    * Green Team leader to manage, support and implement all sustainable practices and programs

Community Service:

    * Here, There and Everywhere E-newsletter: “Everywhere” section highlights the work of a different international non-profit every month
    * Paid volunteer opportunities for staff members (Heal the Bay Coastal Clean up Day, Tree People Tree Planting etc.)
    * Active supporter of local non-profits and charitable organizations

http://www.ambrosehotel.com

About The Ambrose Collection
The Ambrose Collection is committed to offering a new model of “sustainable hospitality” in providing guests an experience of affordable luxury that integrates earth-friendly practices.  Its flagship hotel, The Ambrose in Santa Monica, California (www.ambrosehotel.com), is a 77-room property that has garnered wide acclaim since opening in 2003.  944 Magazine called it “the ultimate relaxing green getaway,” and the hotel has also earned many other accolades.  Also acclaimed for its complimentary organic, “gourmet continental” breakfasts, The Ambrose offers guests luxury-class accommodations, gratis parking, unlimited WiFi and cable Internet throughout the hotel, and free, biodiesel-fueled London Taxi service.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 13,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.

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Contact:
 

The Ambrose
1255 20th St.
Santa Monica, California
http://www.ambrosehotel.com

Paulette Kam
(310) 550-7776
pkam@bwr-la.com

 

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