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.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is an internationally recognized green building program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council to help designers and operators make responsible use of resources and practice sustainability measures.
Archer Hotel New York's team has achieved LEED “Silver” certification. This designation is based on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation.
The following lists highlight some of the efforts made at Archer Hotel New York toward responsible use of energy and other resources during each phase of our hotel's creation and function:
- Locating the hotel amid existing public transportation options.
- Repurposing materials, such as the antique thresher barn board blocks in our dining area, which we sourced from the 1770s-era John Watson Revolution Barn in Canaan, Connecticut.
- Using high-performance tinted glazing to help reduce heating and cooling equipment capacity.
- Employing multiple condensing boilers for heating and energy-efficient water source heat pump/cooling tower configuration for cooling.
- Having an on-site combined heat and power plant (CoGen System) to reduce demand on the electrical grid while simultaneously using rejected energy to create heat and domestic hot water for consumption.
- Using an energy recovery unit with enthalpy wheel for ventilation purposes. The enthalpy wheel allows for the restroom exhaust to precondition incoming outside supply air without cross-contamination.
- Providing CO2 sensors in public spaces to help modulate the amount of outside air that has to be conditioned.
- Minimizing waste by recycling 85% of nonhazardous construction waste and debris.
- Installing water-efficient fixtures, such as shower heads, faucets and toilets, to reduce water use 36% below city code allowance.
- Choosing low- and no-VOC paints for front- and back-of-house areas.
- Maintaining extensive use of LED and fluorescent lighting in guest rooms where applicable.
- Employing motion sensors on guest room HVAC systems to reduce waste caused by the heating and cooling of unoccupied rooms.
- Including eco-friendly best-practices, such as using stickers instead of toilet paper wraps in housekeeping.
- Recycling and reusing:
- Paper, cardboard, metal, batteries, electronics, computers, appliances, dry cleaning hangers, printer ink and toner cartridges, phones, plastic, 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.
- Being available to give tours of our facilities and LEED practices.
- 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.
- Using LED lighting for all exit signage.
- 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.