Regional and national leaders from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the U.S. Army and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gathered at the IHG Army Hotels Abrams Hall on Fort Benning to celebrate the property’s recent Gold LEED certification. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED standard—which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is one of the leading benchmark in green building in the United States.
The property has also already achieved the highest Level of certification—Level 4—in IHG’s group-wide sustainability program, the IHG Green Engage system, and is a great example of IHG’s commitment to sustainability. The IHG Green Engage system allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption as well as recommending more than 200 ‘Green Solutions’ which help deliver greater sustainability. Level 4 hotels are leading hotels in the environmental sustainability area. They demonstrate leading and innovative approaches to being sustainable.
Abrams Hall received the Gold LEED status by earning points for sustainable practices across key areas such as reducing water and energy use and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Features of the property include software-controlled heating/cooling systems in both common spaces and guest rooms and the use of recyclable materials for construction, including roofing that is made of long-lasting composite plastic that resembles upscale clay tiles. Additionally, the property features water fixtures that are low-flow; all lighting uses CFL, fluorescent or LED bulbs; and all building glass is designed with thermal and UV ray protection. The Abrams Hall hotel was built by the U.S. Army and is managed by IHG.