ITC gets more LEED Platinum certifications
Even as Hotelier India invited the hotel industry to join us in applauding ITC’s green initiatives through our cover story
in Hotelier India’s March issue, ITC Hotels has announced that ITC Hotels, Mumbai has received the LEED Platinum
certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is an internationally recognized green building
certification system that encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development.
The joint statement from ITC Grand Central and ITC Maratha includes examples of their efforts in green operations. Their
initiatives have included the concept of Green Banqueting – a sustainable business practice aiming to reduce carbon
footprints.Both properties have also reportedly undertaken projects to use renewable energy like wind energy; 80 percent
of the energy used by ITC Maratha is said to be from renewable energy with more than 50 percent of it is being generated
from wind energy. In addition to this, a terrace rainwater harvesting plant is being created to successfully carry out
roof rainwater harvesting. ITC Hotels, Mumbai also house Sewage Treatment plants and Organic Waste Converters within their premises to ensure zero waste discharge according to the statement.
"At ITC Hotels, Mumbai, conservation of resources and the protection of environment have always been an ongoing
commitment. It has been our endeavour to constantly introduce strategies that offer innovative solutions to ecological
problems. And a prestigious accolade like the LEED certification indeed inspires us to initiate greater sustainable
practices”, says D. Kavarana, area Mmnager-West and general manager, ITC Maratha. He adds, “With recognition comes more responsibility and we now have an even bigger responsibility in not just spreading the message of energy conservation but to inculcate green practices beyond the set standards.”