Historic Boone Tavern of Berea College becomes first Kentucky hotel awarded LEED Gold certification
|March 11, 2010, (Berea, Ky.) – Berea College today announced that Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, a regional landmark owned and operated by the college, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first LEED certified hotel in Kentucky as well as the Appalachian region, and one of 21 LEED Gold or Platinum hotels in America.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings and is the nation’s preeminent certification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Boone Tavern, built by Berea College in 1909 as a campus guest house, has for decades been known for traditional hospitality and fine dining. It is officially designed a historic property by two national organizations. After nearly 100 years of operation, the hotel underwent a $11.3 million full-scale renovation during 2008-2009 to make significant upgrades to the building’s infrastructure, improve efficiency and lower operating costs, and to add modern technologies and other features for improved guest service and comfort. The overarching principle for the renovation was to maintain Boone Tavern’s historic character while creating a “green” hotel for the 21st century, and to do so in the most environmentally responsible way. As a building renovated to LEED standards, Boone Tavern both contributes to the college’s overall efforts to become a more sustainable campus and to its educational mission, says Berea President Larry Shinn.
“Climate change education comes in many forms. We teach it in the classroom, by our College’s commitment – and action – to reduce our carbon footprint, and by our many building renovations. Why not, then, renovate a 100-year-old hotel by LEED Gold standards and educate every guest about the value of each of us leaving a smaller environmental footprint? That is the educational goal behind the renovation of Berea’s Boone Tavern Hotel.”
By using less energy and incorporating other eco-friendly features, LEED-certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment. 35,000 buildings in all 50 states and 91 countries are currently participating in the LEED system. In Kentucky, 25 projects are officially listed as LEED certified.
“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” says Rick Fedrezzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative colleges and universities like Berea College are addressing it through local solutions.”
Tim Jordan, director
Berea College Public Relations
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