On Tuesday, Marriott will be celebrating the expansion of its LEED certified hotel portfolio. The Marriott Courtyard Portland City Center in Oregon has finished the LEED certification process with a Gold rating. The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase, in Maryland, is celebrating its grand opening and expects to receive LEED Gold certification by the end of the year.

U.S. Green Building Council President Rick Fedrizzi will be in Portland on Tuesday, September 22, to present the LEED Gold plaque to Walter Isenberg (CEO of Sage Hospitality) and Mike Castro (the hotel’s general manager). The hotel earned LEED gold certification for several eco-friendly measures including “uniforms made of recycled plastic bottles and a kitchen waste composting program that includes turning used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.” Source: Marriott

The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Case is a LEED registered property that will be celebrating its grand opening on Tuesday. Marriott Chairman and CEO J.W. “Bill Marriot, Jr. will attend the grand opening festivities. The facility is expected to earn LEED Gold certification by the end of 2009.

These properties are just two of the more than 30 Marriott properties seeking LEED certification. Marriott’s commitment to green building goes beyond constructing eco-friendly hotels; the company’s headquarters in Maryland is pursuing LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification and the company offers an eco-friendly business meeting package to companies seeking to host a greener business conference.

The company is also the first major hotelier in the nation to receive LEED certification for a hotel - The Inn and Conference Center by Marriott at the University of Maryland in College Park. Marriott’s commitment to the green building will only be more evident as several other hotels across the country finish the LEED certification process in the coming year.

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