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)
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 Tyson’s team has achieved/is on track to achieve 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
- Providing bicycle storage in the parking garage.
- Reducing outdoor water use by not installing any permanent irrigation.
- Reducing indoor water use by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and using 33% less water than the baseline.
- Optimizing 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.
- Providing open space by maintaining 45% of the site as open space for occupants to enjoy the outdoors.
- Providing charging stations for electric vehicles.
- Locating the hotel in a dense area:
- Providing access to quality transit that is walkable to the metro and bus stops for alternative means of transportation.
- Reducing the parking footprint by and having a minimum amount of parking available on site.
- Reducing heat islands via covered parking (garage) and high-reflectance roofs.
- Managing rainwater via a green roof on the retail portion of the building.
- Ensuring access to quality views.
- Providing sensitive land protection.
- Assessing the site for sustainability.
- Providing a sustainable open space.
- Providing water metering.
- Reducing ozone depletion via fundamental refrigerant management.
- Establishing an enhanced indoor air quality assessment.
- Employing construction and demolition waste management.
- Implementing a construction indoor air quality management program.
- Supporting the design and construction via fundamental and enhanced commissioning and verification.
- Utilizing low-VOC-emitting materials.
- Enforcing environmental tobacco smoke control.
- Incorporating green cleaning practices.
- Storing and collecting recyclables.
Additional Ongoing Efforts
- Including eco-friendly best practices, such as using stickers instead of toilet paper wraps in housekeeping.
- Implementing a sustainable food program:
- Eliminating unnecessary inefficiency, waste and expenditure.
- Contributing to the combined purchasing power of local government to stimulate demand for sustainable products.
- Advancing sustainability by participating in closing the “life-cycle loop.”
- Increasing awareness about the range and quality of sustainable products available.
- Demonstrating leadership in advancing long-term social and environmental sustainability.
- Buying local:
- Archer recognizes it has a role in the economic development of the community and is committed to assisting the local industry to do business with Archer. Archer supports the area’s economic development by ensuring that goods and services are sourced through local suppliers where possible.
- Preferring to choose locally grown, seasonally available produce and value-added products in our food service.
- Ensuring a “buy local” culture within the Archer standards.
- Maintaining a local food directory and preferred supplier list.
- Ensuring that buying practices, procedures and specifications do not disadvantage local suppliers, and ensuring transparency in quotation, tendering and contract management practices.
- Encouraging local businesses and vendors to promote their goods and services to Archer.
- Encouraging the use of local distributors within the delivery chain whenever goods, materials and services must be sourced from the outside local government area.
- Buying 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.
- Considering our social responsibility in food selections, Archer aims to promote the welfare of livestock, poultry and agricultural workers.
- Reducing waste:
- During product consideration, Archer prioritizes vendors and products with minimal packaging or reusable, recyclable or biodegradable packing. By selecting local suppliers, this also reduces food transport miles and environmental impact.
- Archer strives to promote environmental stewardship with this evolving plan to be a responsible consumer.
- Utilizing Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
- Utilizing an InnComm Energy Management system for the VRF systems in the guest rooms that uses occupancy sensors to control HVAC and lighting when rooms are occupied and unoccupied.
- 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.
- Being available to give tours of our facilities and LEED practices.
- 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.
- Partnering with Green Eco Cleaners & Enviro Cleaners for dry-cleaning and wet-cleaning services. Green Eco Cleaners uses production systems that incorporate the latest technologies that reduce consumption of water, electricity and natural gas, as well as recycling hangers and plastic bags.
- 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.
- As we move forward with new-hotel design, we will likely consider HVAC designs that incorporate disinfection/purification systems into the design to address COVID concerns.