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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.

Malin+Goetz Bath Amenities

Archer Hotel looked to modern apothecary Malin+Goetz, which — like Archer’s first boutique hotel — was rooted in New York City. Founders Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz create gentle, effective products that are subtly scented, and their forward-thinking philosophy is eco-friendly, as well:

  • The company continually strives toward more-sustainable formulation and packaging practices — at every Archer Hotel, the Peppermint Shampoo, Cilantro Hair Conditioner and Rum Body Wash are now provided in large, recyclable pump bottles secured to the shower walls, which reduces the burden on landfills and lightens the workload for our room attendants.
  • Products are never tested on animals — the company is certified cruelty-free by Peta’s Beauty Without Bunnies program, and their logo is on every Malin+Goetz product.
  • Malin + Goetz is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified, and our website’s shippers are Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified, using 67% recycled paper.

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 Tysons' 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 Tysons toward responsible use of energy and other resources during each phase of our hotel's creation and function.

Design + Construction Phase

  • Provided bicycle storage in the parking garage.
  • Reduced outdoor water use by not installing any permanent irrigation.
  • Reduced indoor water use by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and using 33% less water than the baseline.
  • Optimized energy performance by installing:
    • Energy-efficient lighting.
    • Efficient mechanical systems using VRF for guest rooms and ventilation units with heat recovery designed to 5% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2010.
    • Windows designed to reduce heat gain from solar exposure. 
    • Low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce domestic hot water demand.
  • Provided open space by maintaining 45% of the site as open space for occupants to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Provided charging stations for electric vehicles.
  • Located the hotel in a dense area:
    •  Provided access to quality transit that is walkable to the metro and bus stops for alternative means of transportation.
    • Reduced the parking footprint by and having a minimum amount of parking available on site.
  • Reduced heat islands via covered parking (garage) and high-reflectance roofs.
  • Managed rainwater via a green roof on the retail portion of the building.
  • Ensured access to quality views.
  • Provided sensitive land protection.
  • Assessed the site for sustainability.
  • Provided a sustainable open space.
  • Provided water metering.
  • Reduced ozone depletion via fundamental refrigerant management.
  • Established an enhanced indoor air quality assessment.
  • Employed construction and demolition waste management. 
  • Implemented a construction indoor air quality management program.
  • Supported the design and construction via fundamental and enhanced commissioning and verification.
  • Utilizing low-VOC-emitting materials.

Ongoing Operation

  • Enforces environmental tobacco smoke control.
  • Incorporates green cleaning practices.
  • Stores and collects recyclables.

Additional Ongoing Efforts

  • Includes eco-friendly best practices, such as using stickers instead of toilet paper wraps in housekeeping.
  • Implements a sustainable food program:
    • Eliminates unnecessary inefficiency, waste and expenditure.
    • Contributes to the combined purchasing power of local government to stimulate demand for sustainable products.
    • Advances sustainability by participating in closing the “life-cycle loop.”
    • Increases awareness about the range and quality of sustainable products available.
    • Demonstrates leadership in advancing long-term social and environmental sustainability.
  • Buys local:
    • Archer Hotel recognizes its role in the economic development of the community and is committed to assisting the local industry to do business with Archer. The hotel supports the area’s economic development by ensuring that goods and services are sourced through local suppliers where possible.
    • Prefers to choose locally grown, seasonally available produce and value-added products in our food service.
    • Ensures a “buy local” culture within the Archer standards.
    • Maintains a local food directory and preferred supplier list.
    • Ensures that buying practices, procedures and specifications do not disadvantage local suppliers, and ensures transparency in quotation, tendering and contract management practices.
    • Encourages local businesses and vendors to promote their goods and services to Archer.
    • Encourages the use of local distributors within the delivery chain whenever goods, materials and services must be sourced from the outside local government area.
  • Buys ethically:
    • In instances where locally grown food items are not available, Archer mindfully sources value-added products and produce grown/manufactured from a supportive, ethical industrial location.
    • Considers our social responsibility in food selections — Archer aims to promote the welfare of livestock, poultry and agricultural workers.
  • Reduces waste:
    • During product consideration, Archer prioritizes vendors and products with minimal packaging or reusable, recyclable or biodegradable packing. Selecting local suppliers also reduces food transport miles and environmental impact.
    • Archer Hotel strives to promote environmental stewardship with this evolving plan to be a responsible consumer.
  • Utilizes Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
  • Utilizes an InnComm Energy Management system for the VRF systems in guest rooms that use occupancy sensors to control HVAC and lighting when rooms are occupied and unoccupied.
  • Furthers low water consumption measures:
    • Dye tests toilets annually to test for leaks past the flapper valves.
    • Trains employees on reporting water leaks, drips and running toilets.
  • Recycles and reuses:
    • 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.
  • Keeps guests comfortable in “green” bedding and pillows of down-feather fill combination and cotton.
  • Encourages in-room reuse of linens and towels.
  • Offers 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.
  • Utilizes an eco-friendly (PERC) dry-cleaning service.
  • Provides eco-friendly soaps and products in public, back-of-house and guest room spaces.
  • Provides 40%+ recycled material hand towels in public space restrooms.
  • Is available to give tours of hotel facilities and LEED practices.
  • Offers reusable break room and in-room coffee cups and mugs.
  • Meets or exceeds EPA paper standards for in-room and billing documents.
  • Offers paper telephone books upon request only.
  • Uses LED lighting for all exit signage.
  • Cleans carpets and spots with nontoxic and low-VOC products.
  • Offers napkins for team use made of recycled and/or unbleached material.
  • Partners with Cintas for uniforms and uniform care. Cintas uses recycled polyester made completely of post-consumer waste.
  • Partners with Green Eco Cleaners & Enviro Cleaners for dry-cleaning and wet-cleaning services. Green Eco Cleaners uses production systems that incorporate the latest technologies to reduce consumption of water, electricity and natural gas, as well as recycling hangers and plastic bags.

Home Office

  • Maintains LEED standards at the home office.
  • Provides HR information and benefits plans online.
  • Recycles documents, paper, glass, metal, electronics and appliances.
  • Uses C-fold hand towels, toilet paper and paper towels made of recycled material.
  • Recycles printer toner and ink cartridges.
  • Utilizes 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.
  • As we move forward with new-hotel design, we will consider HVAC designs that incorporate disinfection/purification systems into the design to address COVID concerns.