Caring for our guests goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to caring for the planet. Our company-wide focus on sustainability guides everything we do, from eco-friendly construction practices to double-sided printing in our offices. Montage Hotels & Resorts continues to win accolades in this arena, with Montage Beverly Hills earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s New Construction rating system.
Montage Beverly Hills was the first Southern California luxury resort to earn this certification, and at the time this honor was received, was one of just 18 Gold-certified hotels worldwide. This award signifies that our resort was judged a model of sustainable design, construction and operations, and as a responsible, efficient and healthy place to live and work.
Sustainable Achievements and Programs
Montage Beverly Hills has achieved Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for New Construction rating system. The USGBC is a third-party benchmarking system designed to encourage the design, construction and operations of more sustainable buildings.
Montage Beverly Hills is the first certified ultra-luxury hotel in Southern California for LEED for New Construction, one of just four Gold-certified hotels worldwide. The resort is also the first newly constructed mixed-use hotel and residential project to be LEED-certified as a single development, denoting it as a high-performance building that is a responsible, efficient and healthy place to live and work.
Some of the key features include:
- Energy-efficient systems that modeled out as 43% more efficient than a standard mixed-use building.
- An 83% recycling rate of construction site waste, limiting the amount of waste sent to landfills.
- Sourcing 28% of the building materials from within 500 miles of the project.
- A location close to local infrastructure, limiting our guests’ need to drive to area attractions.
Montage Beverly Hills LEED Gold Credits
Each project certified under LEED for New Construction V2.2 rating system earns credits for factors that are assessed by the USGBC against desired performance goals in six environmental categories.
Montage Beverly Hills earned a total of 39 credits in these environmental categories:
- 8 credits for Sustainable Sites, including offering public transportation access, bicycle storage and carpooling van parking for employees.
- 1 credit for Water Efficient Landscape, installing an irrigation system that reduces potable water consumption by 54%.
- 12 credits for Energy & Atmosphere, including selection of highly efficient heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems that minimize or eliminate emission of compounds that deplete ozone or contribute to global warming.
- 5 credits for Materials & Resources, including effective construction waste management, use of recycled building materials and use of materials from within 500 miles of the project site.
- 8 credits for Indoor Environmental Quality, including use of eco-friendly and low-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives; efficient lighting systems; and specific seasonal temperature and humidity controls that ensure personal comfort.
- 5 credits for Innovation in Design, including adopting an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Plan, locating all parking underground and developing a Green Housekeeping Program.
In addition to the LEED-specific requirements, other design features include:
- Creation of a public garden in the downtown Golden Triangle, totaling over 28,500 square feet.
- Utilization of saline chemical treatment for the pool maintenance program.
- In-room electronic systems, providing guests with the latest in technological advances for lighting, temperature and media controls.
- Use of Otis Gen2 Elevators, reducing energy usage by up to 50% compared to conventional systems. Communication of our sustainable mission and vision statements, goals and initiatives to all levels of associates.
Ongoing Programs and Practices
Staff Ongoing sustainability programs and practices at Montage Beverly Hills include
Communication channels that help coordinate and maximize our efforts in sustainability.
- Staff meeting updates about sustainable goals and initiatives.
- An Environmental Impact Committee that develops “green” internal programs.
- A company culture that promotes sustainable practices.
- A Director of Sustainability responsible for creating, integrating and managing all aspects of sustainability.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Management practices and technologies that minimize our impact to the environment, while exceeding the expectations of our guests.
- Comprehensive Waste Management Policy
- Addresses proper disposal and recycling of materials and limits the amount of waste sent to the landfill. This policy addresses products such as recyclable materials, e-waste, light bulbs, batteries, grease and paint.
- Paper Reduction Program
- All in-house computers are defaulted to print double-sided. Regularly scheduled reports are e-mailed and printed only when necessary. Paperless, on-line access to Human Resources information, benefits, 401K and associate surveys. All applicants who apply to Montage apply online.
- Energy Reduction and Monitoring Program
- Utilizes the latest technology for measurement and verification of modeled energy consumption, allowing for better management and identification of energy reduction opportunities.
- Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) Plan
- This procurement policy gives preferential review to products and services that meet benchmark environmental standards. This includes product content, shipping requirements, disposal requirements and a preference towards locally grown and organic food suppliers.
- Green Housekeeping Program
- This program addresses training, product use and cleaning procedures that support sustainability goals.
- Environmentally Sensitive Landscape Management
- An Integrated Pest Management Program provides preventative maintenance that limits the amount of fertilizers and pesticides required onsite and gives preferential treatment to organic fertilizer options. An Irrigation Management Program utilizes “smart controllers” that limit the amount of irrigation applied, based on ambient conditions.