Community + Sustainability With Intention For Our Future
Life is chock full of choices. Every day at each of our hotels, we choose to serve with sincerity and inviting luxury. We choose to provide unforgettable experiences for our guests — without compromising quality of life now and for generations to come. It’s simply the right thing to do.
Thankfully, the world is learning to be more environmentally and socially responsible. Choosing eco-friendly solutions benefits us all — our guests, staff, neighborhoods, cities and beyond. Here’s a sampling of steps we’ve taken to bring even more sustainability and efficiency to every Archer Hotel and its community.
One Tree Planted
Archer Hotel has partnered with One Tree Planted, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. Trees are essential to the health of our planet, biodiversity and reducing the harmful effects of climate change. Reforestation is consistently identified by scientists as one of the top solutions to the climate crisis, and the trees planted as part of this initiative support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
With hotels on the West Coast, Archer chose to plant trees in California’s forests, which are prone to drought, bug infestations and record-breaking wildfires. Repopulating these forests helps improve water and air cleanliness, protects natural habitats and creates beautiful scenery and recreation landscapes.
Proud Source Water
Offering natural alkaline spring water through sustainable practices, Proud Source Water is our hospitality partner of choice. As well as serving up refreshing, healthy hydration, Proud Source also:
- Protects its two spring sources (in Idaho and Florida) by taking no more than 5% of the springs’ output, as well as adhering to a zero-waste bottling policy.
- Ensures that its two processing plants are energy-efficient (and will soon be net-zero) facilities.
- Uses BPA-free containers made of infinitely recyclable aluminum. (So long, landfill-destined plastic bottles.)
- Creates jobs and supports rural communities near the springs’ source.
- Is B Corps Certified — meeting the “highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” (Sustainable and savvy? Yes, please.)
Providing tasty, additive-free water for our guests? But of course.
Supporting sustainability for a positive global impact? Proud to, too.
Using business as a force for good? Cheers to that.
Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design (LEED)
Since 1991, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) has cultivated innovation in building for the enrichment of the community’s environmental, economic and human well-being.
Archer Hotel Austin sought an AEGB rating in order to build a durable, safe, healthy and resource-efficient building that is comfortable for employees and customers, cost-efficient to operate and educational to the public. Along the way, other areas of the organization were inspired to adopt more sustainable day-to-day strategies.
The lists below showcase some of the measures Archer Hotel Austin has taken toward sustainability during the building process to achieve a 2-star Commercial Rating, as well as ongoing operations best practices.
Design Phase + Construction Phase
- Meeting all current codes and amendments.
- Installing low flow plumbing fixtures and using 20% less water than the baseline.
- Ensuring building energy use efficiency:
- Utilizing Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
- Improving building performance and lighting — more than 7.5% improvement in the energy performance compared with the baseline of the Austin Energy Code.
- Employing cooling systems designed to surpass Austin Energy Code requirements.
- Using an energy modeling design tool, which shows a 16.6% energy savings over electric and natural gas baselines.
- Offering individual controllability of HVAC systems — all guest room systems are controlled by the room occupants utilizing an InnComm Energy Management system for the VRF systems in the guest rooms.
- Supporting building water use reduction — low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce the load and demand on water supply and treatment facilities.
- Applying low-VOC interior paints and coatings that do not exceed the VOC limits of the Green Seal Environmental and SCAQMD standards and rules.
- Applying low-VOC exterior paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants that do not exceed the VOC limits of the Green Seal Environmental standard.
- Using low-emitting materials — sealants and adhesives, carpets and pads, hard flooring, engineered wood flooring, concrete, tile and adhesives, and insulation.
- Preventing moisture:
- Ensuring vinyl wall coverings and FRP are not installed on the interior of exterior walls.
- Including drainage planes as part of the exterior finish systems.
- Pressurizing building to a positive state.
- Monitoring indoor air quality using a permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system to control ventilation.
- Isolating and ventilating chemical storage areas.
- Limiting outdoor pollutants:
- Designating nonsmoking areas away from entrances and fresh-air intakes.
- Installing non-operable windows.
- Designing acoustics to limit sound transmission, reverberation and excessive vibration from mechanical equipment.
- Implementing a storage and collection of recyclables program.
- Utilizing a construction waste management program — recycling at least 75% by weight of nonhazardous construction and demolition materials.
- Incorporating a minimum of 20% of construction materials with recycled content to reduce the extraction of new materials.
- Using a minimum of 30% of Texas-sourced construction materials to minimize the effects of transportation and to support the Texas economy.
- Protecting indoor air quality during construction with an air quality plan, materials protection and HVAC equipment filtration.
- Selecting the site location:
- Not in a Greenfield or drinking water protected zone.
- Diverse walkable communities — connected to neighborhoods with pedestrian- and bicycle-only paths, as well as access to basic services.
- Brownfield Redevelopment — hotel is on a site on which all potential contaminants were remediated.
- Transportation alternatives — within a quarter-mile of bus stops.
- Electric vehicle charging stations — provided under the hotel porte-cochere.
- Ensuring access to local and regional produce via the Archer Sustainable Food Guidelines.
- Reducing heat islands via a covered parking garage.
- Routing all stormwater drainage through dedicated drainage systems to the Domain retention pond that uses specific plantings, microbes and soils to remove pollutants from stormwater before it is discharged into the city stormwater system.
- Utilizing glazing system designs that allow a minimum of 75% of occupied spaces a view of the outdoors.
- Integrating a pest management program with an environmentally sound method for long-term prevention of pests using a least-toxic approach.
- Providing educational outreach via giving tours of our facilities and AEGB practices.
- Offering protected bicycle storage under the hotel porte-cochere.
- Including eco-friendly best-practices, such as using stickers instead of toilet paper wraps in housekeeping.
- Furthering low-water consumption measures:
- Dye testing toilets annually for leaks past the flapper valves.
- Training employees on reporting water leaks, drips and running toilets.
- Recycling and reusing:
- Paper (e.g., newspapers, office paper, envelopes, computer paper, shredded paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, phone books), cardboard, aluminum cans and other metals, batteries, electronics, computers, appliances, dry cleaning hangers, printer ink and toner cartridges, phones, plastics, guest laundry bags, glass and other items where municipal support exists.
- Keeping guests comfortable in “green” bedding and pillows of down-feather fill combination and cotton.
- Encouraging in-room reuse of linens and towels.
- Offering a 20% parking fee discount for energy-efficient vehicles with a green score rating of 40 or higher. For details on
- Green Score methodology and list of eligible vehicles, refer to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Green Book.
- Utilizing an eco-friendly (PERC) dry-cleaning service.
- Providing eco-friendly soaps and products in public, back-of-house and guest room spaces.
- Providing 40%+ recycled material hand towels in public space restrooms.
- Offering reusable break room and in-room coffee cups and mugs.
- Meeting or exceeding EPA paper standards for in-room and billing documents.
- Offering paper telephone books upon request only.
- Cleaning carpets and spots with nontoxic and low-VOC products.
- Offering napkins for team use made of recycled and/or unbleached material.
- Partnering with CINTAS for uniforms and uniform care. CINTAS uses recycled polyester made completely of post-consumer waste.
- Maintaining LEED standards at the home office.
- Providing HR information and benefits plans online.
- Recycling documents, paper, glass, metal, electronics and appliances.
- Using C-fold hand towels, toilet paper and paper towels made of recycled material.
- Recycling printer toner and ink cartridges.
- Utilizing utility monitoring: We currently employ the Burton Energy Group to monitor and report on utility usage at our hotels. They review monthly usage reports benchmarked against reports from year to year. The intent is to look for spikes in usage that would reveal leaking water, gas and irrigation piping, exterior lighting that cycles on for excessive lengths of time and kitchen equipment left on when not in use.