Green building certification goes beyond the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating Systems. Green Seal, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, has awarded the Westin Bonaventure with Silver Certification. In addition to passing an initial inspection, the hotel will be held to monthly inspections in order to maintain certification.

“As a part of the certification, the property now composts all leftover food from all food and beverage facilities inclusive of the restaurants and banquets events, reuses all wooden delivery pallets, participates in an extensive waste recycling program that is monitored monthly through a refuse account, adheres to an environmental purchasing policy and uses light sensors and energy efficient light bulbs. It also replaced all paper, plastic and Styrofoam dining products with reusable dishware and encourages guests to reuse towels and sheets.” Source: PR Newswire

The hotel also uses non-toxic cleaning products, biodegradable laundry detergent, low-VOC products, and an eco-sensitive purchasing policy. The Westin Bonaventure is also in the process of replacing all plumbing fixtures in the building and adding light sensors to linen closets.

The Westin Bonaventure is one of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotels. Since its completion in 1976, the property has been featured in many Hollywood films including True Lies, Mission Impossible III, and Hancock.

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