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.
Photo courtesy of One Tree Planted
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.
LEEDing by example in Redmond
From our first set of blueprints through our day-to-day efforts at the hotel, we’ve kept our eyes on our goal of being good stewards of our environment. To that end, we’ve adopted many of the same design and construction measures as put forth by the internationally recognized green building program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The following list presents some of the methods we’ve used and requirements we’ve met in our efforts to increase sustainability during the building process, as well as the hotel’s best practices in ongoing operations.
Design + Construction Phase
- Utilizing Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
- 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.
- Protecting indoor air quality during construction:
- Materials protection — sealing all HVAC ducts after fabrication and prior to transporting to the job site.
- Using filtration for HVAC equipment.
- Selecting the site location — always developing in dense urban markets.
- Ensuring access to local and regional produce via the Archer Sustainable Food Guidelines.
- Reducing heat islands via a covered parking garage.
- Protected bicycle storage in the parking garage.
- 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 to test 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 a 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 energy waste issues, such as 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.
- As we move forward with new-hotel design, we will implement HVAC designs that incorporate disinfection/purification systems into the design to address COVID concerns.