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India's ITC Maratha Hotel, Mumbai

The Maratha Hotel, a palatial five-star inn in Mumbai, has earned LEED Platinum status along with seven of its sister hotels, all run by Indian luxury chain ITC. The other properties are in Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, and Agra (where the famous Taj Mahal is located). Not only is the Maratha attempting to be carbon neutral, it also has designs on balancing its water usage and solid waste so that it leaves zero footprint in these areas as well. The Maratha, which boasts a classical Indian design with hints of colonial architecture, looks, on the surface like a luxury-at-all-costs kind of venue. That's why its LEED Platinum status and zero-footprint efforts are especially worth mentioning.