New Jersey Gains First LEED Element Hotel

Small-but-mighty New Jersey has been building a big eco reputation in recent years with solar power. Now the Garden State has its very first LEED-certified green hotel, the Element Ewing Hopewell.

This “eco-chic boutique hotel” in Ewing is part of Starwood’s Element line of hotels, the 15th in its portfolio to earn LEED certification, which currently the most of any global hospitality company. Since 2008, all new Element hotels have been contructed to LEED standards.

Element Ewing Hopewell

image via Starwood

All 127 of the the Element Ewing Hopewell’s guest rooms come decked out with EnergyStar appliances, eco-friendly bath fixtures, and recycling bins for paper, plastic, and glass. The hotel as a whole works to minimizes waste with recycled paper towels, filter systems for drinking water (rather than plastic bottles), and silverware and glassware instead of disposable products. Showers feature dispensers for shampoo/conditioner and body wash, rather than your standard (wasteful) mini-bottles.

The hotel features carpets constructed with up to 100% recycled content, and low-VOC paints help to protect indoor air quality. Oversized windows and open layouts ensure abundant access to natural daylighting, while compact fluorescent bulbs take care of lighting after dark using 75% less energy than conventional incandescents. Green cleaning products help to keep the hotel both clean and healthy. More info on the hotel is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.