SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

April 26, 2012 11:00 ET

San Diego Gaslamp District Hotel Makes Sustainability Initiatives a High Priority

Courtyard Downtown San Diego Goes the Extra Mile to Make the Hotel Environmentally Friendly

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2012) - Staying true to its rich heritage and proud history, one of the premier San Diego Gaslamp District hotels is embracing its early twentieth century charm while placing high priority on environmental sustainability.

In less than three years, the Marriott's elegant Courtyard San Diego Downtown hotel has upped its Energy Star rating nearly 30 points by implementing a long list of sustainability initiatives aimed at protecting the environment through the use of energy efficient products and practices.

Travelers will most notably find their impeccable accommodations equipped with motion sensor air conditioning, compact fluorescent lighting, low flow shower heads, sink restrictors and pens made of recycled plastic during their everyday stay at this upscale 1920s landmark hotel. Guests may also choose to reuse linens and/or elect for minimal housekeeping services to aid the hotel in its quest to sustain an environmentally friendly atmosphere and a cleaner world for everyone.

Travelers seeking a convenient location near popular attractions such as the Gaslamp Quarter, waterfront activities and the San Diego Convention Center will appreciate the Courtyard's offering of budget-friendly hotel packages in downtown San Diego while also maintaining strict standards of environmental stewardship. Outside the guest room, the hotel's conscientious environmental initiatives are found throughout the property starting with passive lobby lighting and progressing into the kitchen and laundry where appliances are only run for full loads using concentrated soaps and chemicals. Flexible scheduling of employees also allows the hotel to operate the laundry during off-peak hours for additional energy savings.

Event planners utilizing the Courtyard's stylish downtown San Diego meeting facilities will find 4,500 square feet of flexible event space within this energy efficient lodging, where extensive recycling and a computerized Energy Management System add to its extensive conservation initiative. Conveniently located in the heart of the stylish Gaslamp Quarter, the Courtyard's event venues in San Diego include seven meeting rooms and handy on-site exhibition space, all backed by the hotel's dedication to a healthy environment.

Additional practices maintained by the hotel include motion sensor lighting in hallways and stairwells and the utilization of 30 percent recycled copy paper. The extensive recycling efforts of the hotel are found throughout the property as recycle bins allow the facility to divert excessive waste from local landfills and the kitchen's used cooking oil is recycled into bio-fuel. The hotel also recycles hard items such as electronics, light bulbs, batteries and even reading glasses to help insure a brighter future for tomorrow's guests.

About the Courtyard San Diego Downtown
The Courtyard San Diego Downtown hotel is located inside an admired historic San Diego building which once was home to the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank; and welcomes both business and leisure travelers with gracious accommodations and exceptional service. Conveniently situated a few steps away from the city's iconic trolley service, the Courtyard hotel's San Diego downtown location is ideal for those looking to experience the romantic charm of one of the city's most admired neighborhoods.

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