Caring for the Environment
o Underscoring The Colonnade’s environmental responsibility is its innovative new harsh chemical free cleaning system. The hotel is the first in the nation to implement the ElectroCide™ System on a property-wide basis. This revolutionary cleaning process has been proven to be 80% more powerful than chlorine bleach yet completely nontoxic to humans and the environment. It has virtually eliminated the use of bleach and other harsh chemicals within the hotel.
o All of The Colonnade’s windows have been replaced with energy efficient, soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows with improved double panes and advanced tint technology. The new windows also open, providing guests with fresh air -- an option generally not available in city hotels.
o Energy saving climate-controlled heating and ventilating systems are activated when the guest checks-in and deactivated at checkout or when the guest leaves the room for a period of time. Thoughtfully designed, they can be maintained via a central network, eliminating any need to disturb the guest with an in-room visit.
o Adoption of a hotel wide recycling program that includes all cardboard, paper, batteries and light bulbs.
o The Colonnade has implemented energy saving initiatives throughout the hotel that include:
o Occupancy / light sensors in all offices
o Energy star ice machines throughout the hotel
o Low flow consumption toilets
o Variable drives to the hotel’s water supply and HVAC chilled water system.
o Recycling of all cooking oil.
o Adopted and Introduced Boston’s First Hotel Smart Car (see other side).
o Partnered with Green vendors and suppliers in the areas of dry cleaning and pest control.
o Benchmarked the building for the goal of an Energy Star rating.
o Member of Boston Green Tourism and WasteWise, an organization focused on reducing waste, energy and greenhouse gases.
o Future Initiatives Include: Food waste recycling and Obtaining an Energy Star rating.