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Aloft Louisville Downtown is first LEED certified hotel in Louisville

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The Aloft Hotel at 1st and Main streets opened in November 2015. The Aloft Hotel at 1st and Main streets opened in November 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Aloft Louisville Downtown, managed by White Lodging, announced that it has been awarded LEED Certification.  

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

“The hotel is a business, but it’s also very much a part of the fabric of the community,” said Brandt Tiffany general manager of the Aloft Louisville Downtown.  “Being a part of the community, we care deeply about the impact a new build hotel can have on the environment, and we’re so thankful to our owners for making it a priority that the hotel is LEED Certified and the first in the city to be so. “

The Aloft Louisville Downtown achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The Aloft Louisville has been awarded LEED certification based on the score of 44/100 in the following areas: site selection, sustainable resources used during construction, water & energy efficiency and innovative design. The hotel used regional materials and recycled content in its construction and has systems in place for water use reduction and energy optimization. The hotel also received points for nearby access to public transportation, a bike rack and development density.

More than 79,600  commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 15.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories.

“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The work of innovative building projects such as the Aloft Louisville Downtown is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”

Owned by Poe Companies, REI Development and White Lodging, and managed by White Lodging Services Corporation, Aloft Louisville Downtown is designed for the hyper-connected global traveler with 175 spacious loft-like rooms, tech-forward innovation and a buzzing social atmosphere.

Located on the city’s revitalized Whiskey Row, the 175-room Aloft Louisville Downtown is a short stroll to the Kentucky International Convention Center, the KFC YUM! Center, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and the Frazier History Museum. The hotel also provides convenient access to Churchill Downs – home of the Kentucky Derby, Fourth Street Live!, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and the art galleries, boutiques and restaurants of the NuLu district.

Hotel facilities include a 24-hour gym, 2,750 square feet of flexible meeting space for both business meetings and social gatherings, re:fuel at Aloft – a one-stop gourmet grab & go food and beverage area – and Corner Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s cocktail bar and eatery featuring more than 60 bourbon selections as well as locally-inspired pairings, such as a jerky and bourbon special. The dog-friendly, open-air patio and indoor space creates an approachable vibe on the historic Whiskey Row with a full bar featuring daily homemade cocktails, draft regional microbrews and wine selections. A new arrival to 1st and Main Street, Corner is a standout addition to the downtown Louisville scene.

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