• Environmentally Friendly Hotel Opens in Ohio

     
    POSTED September 28, 2016
     

The Hotel Oberlin in Ohio, is leading the way in the hotel industry for creating environmentally sustainable hotels.

The standout hotel is the only one in the US to use solar, geothermal and radiant heating and cooling systems. It’s also one of only five hotels in the U.S. specifically designed for the LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Developed by SMART Hotels, the hotel is managed by The Olympia Companies and owned by Oberlin College.

The hotel is the result of The Oberlin Project—a partnership between the city and Oberlin College whose mission is to develop a more environmentally friendly community. To reflect this goal, the first event at the hotel will be “After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy.” It will be held from Oct. 6–8, and will feature speakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill McKibben.

The 70-room hotel will have 6,500-square-feet of meeting and event space. Executive chef Jim Barnhart will run the hotel’s 1833 restaurant, along with the catering menu for events.

Rates at The Hotel Oberlin start at $129 per night. For more information, visit thehotelatoberlin.com.

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