Posted 6/19/2012 - 9:33:04 AM
NASHVILLE, TN—The Radisson Hotel at Opryland, owned and managed by Gaylord Entertainment, has become the first hotel in Tennessee to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification—a designation that signifies the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Radisson Hotel at Opryland improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building and operations.
The hotel's environmental programs are focused on reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste; conserving energy, water and indoor air-quality; and health- and safety-related issues. Strategies range from training programs and energy-efficient lighting and temperature controls to recycling programs and uniforms made from recycled material.
Pamela Samaniego is general manager of the 303-room The Radisson Hotel at Opryland.