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October 30, 2017
Aloft and Element Hotels in Redmond, WA Awarded Prestigious Green Seal Certification
Newest additions to CSM Corporation’s extensive lodging portfolio are among nation’s most sustainable hotels
Minneapolis, MN – CSM Corporation, a Minneapolis-based lodging, commercial real estate and development firm, is pleased to announce the company’s new Aloft and Element Hotels in Redmond, WA have been awarded Bronze level certification from Green Seal. This achievement is based on a rigorous, independent evaluation of the Aloft and Element Hotels features, operations and processes. Both hotels opened in June, 2017.
In order to earn this highly-regarded qualification, environmentally- and socially-conscious hotels like Aloft and Element must demonstrate their commitment to:
- Protecting human health and environment – using nontoxic, biodegradable housekeeping products and non-toxic paints with minimal VOCs
- Demonstrating stewardship – having an environmental mission and purchasing policy
- Conserving water – incorporating water-efficient landscaping and grounds-keeping measures and installing water-saving fixtures in guestrooms and public areas
- Conserving energy – installing 100% energy-efficient lighting in all guestrooms and public areas and using energy-efficient appliances and windows
- Reducing waste – minimizing use of disposable items and having recycling and composting programs
“As the only two lodging properties in Redmond’s popular new Esterra Park, we are excited to certify Aloft and the Element,” said Mary Swanson, Interim President. “Green Seal certification demonstrates their sustainability leadership both to guests and to the community.”
“CSM Corporation is proud to operate hotels that are as eco-conscious as they are stylish and techforward,” said CSM’s President of Lodging and Residential Steve Schlundt. “Our guests can be assured these properties are not only comfortable but sustainable. We’re honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to leave a small ecological footprint for a more sustainable world.”
Waste reduction practices are applied wherever possible with an extensive recycling program integrated throughout the hotels. Water-efficient faucets and fixtures reduce the waste of water per guest room. All kitchens are fully-equipped with ENERGY STAR® rated appliances. Cleaning products are environmentally-preferable. Element Guests are offered a $5 voucher to Restore, the 24/7, self-serve gourmet pantry, or 250 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded for each night they decline housekeeping (except day of departure). Aloft guests can receive a $5 voucher to Re:fuelSM or W XYZ® bar or 250 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded for each night they decline housekeeping (except day of departure). Both hotels are located inside one building less than a mile from the headquarters of Microsoft and Nintendo of America and nearby the offices of Boeing, Expedia and Google.
ABOUT CSM LODGING
CSM Corporation builds, owns, manages and operates some of the country’s best hotels. The Lodging Division is among the top 50 hotel management companies in the US and has won numerous awards, including Marriott Hotel of the Year (three times) and Marriott Developer of the Year two years in a row. The Lodging Division was formed in 1992 with the acquisition and renovation of a former Howard Johnson hotel into a Country Inn by Carlson. With a portfolio of more than 6,600 rooms, today CSM Corporation operates hotels for well-respected brands like Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott. The company offers full-service, select-service and extended stay hotels coast to coast. CSM’s combination of strategic long-term thinking and day to day attention to detail consistently earn industry recognition for customer service and across the board excellence. For more information on CSM Corporation visit http://csmcorp.net/.
ABOUT GREEN SEAL, INC.
Green Seal® is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. Since 1989, Green Seal has applied rigorous standards for health, environmental sustainability and product performance to its certification programs to empower better purchasing decisions. Green Seal has certified thousands of products, services and spaces from hundreds of leading companies including 3M, Ecolab, Georgia Pacific, Hilton, Westin, Marriott and Staples, and is specified by countless schools, government agencies, businesses and institutions. Today, the Green Seal certification mark is a universal symbol that a product or service meets the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership. Visit greenseal.org or connect with Green Seal on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.