|WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 20, 1999 - April 22 may
be Earth Day for most of us, but at the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel
in Philadelphia, every day is Earth Day. The 193-room hotel is the first
in the nation to offer a 40-foot-high bamboo garden to oxygenate the air
in the lobby, and every guest room gets fresh, filtered air -- independent
of the heating and cooling systems -- 24 hours a day.
But that's just the beginning, according to Barry Dimson, president and CEO of EcoSmart Healthy Properties, LLC, one of the joint venture partners for the Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel. The hotel also features recycled glass and aluminum for its room number signs, recycled granite for its countertops and flooring and recycled glass tiles for its front desk.
"In our EcoSmart office, a sign says, 'We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,' and the hotel stands for that statement," explains Dimson. "We don't want to take from the next generation. That's why we used bamboo, which is totally sustainable, instead of hardwood. Even our carpeting will be recycled into new carpeting after use."
Guest rooms feature nightstands created out of recycled wooden shipping palettes by Dimson's son, who, coincidentally, was born on Earth Day.
The beds are "organic sleep systems" made from 100 percent organically grown cotton, as are the linens, bedspreads, drapery and upholstery. Guests enjoy organically grown vegetables in the hotel restaurants, natural shampoos and soaps in the bathrooms, and other ecological touches, such as a nightly turn-down service that places flowers seeds rather than chocolates on the pillows... and not just on Earth Day.
The hotel, which is totally non-smoking, even requires guests to sign
a form promising they will not smoke, and the housekeeping staff uses only
natural, environmentally friendly cleaning products.
The Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel is a joint venture of The Lubert- Adler Real Estate Opportunity Fund, LP; EcoSmart Healthy Properties, LLC, and Carlyle Construction Corporation. It is operated by GF Management, Inc., a Philadelphia-based hotel management company.
Sheraton Hotels Resorts has more than 350 hotels worldwide in 64 countries including nearly 200 in the US, and is owned by Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood, through its St. Regis Luxury Collection, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, W and Caesars subsidiaries, is one of the leading hotel and gaming operating companies in the world with more than 712 hotels in 72 countries and 125,000 employees.
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