LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a system designed to rate the sustainability of structures and "quantify environmentally sounds building practices." It's no small feat to earn LEED certification, and certainly not a title that's bestowed to any building claiming to have gone green. Consider this: The Nines is only one of five hotel properties worldwide to have earned the Silver ranking.
So, what exactly did the hotel have to do in order to get its LEED wings? Some of the features which will have the socially-conscious standing up to applaud include low-flow faucets, "Green Seal" certified housekeeping products, and energy sourcing from wind power and carbon offsets. For you number-crunchers out there, the efforts resulted in saving 44,000 gallons of oil and the amount of metal it would take to make 1,800 Toyota Priuses. Holy ecological, Batman.
This season, and hopefully long into the future, green is definitely the new black.