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Marriott International

June 17, 2013 15:44 ET

SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor Named Silver-Level GreenLeader by TripAdvisor

Top-Ranked Chattanooga Hotel on TripAdvisor Recognized for Environmentally-Friendly Accommodations

CHATTANOOGA, TN--(Marketwired - Jun 17, 2013) - Today's traveler wants more from a hotel than just a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. When it comes to choosing accommodations, many travelers want a hotel that not only respects them, but the environment, too. With its acceptance as a Silver-level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor is now among them.

The GreenLeaders program helps travelers plan eco-friendly trips by identifying environmentally friendly accommodations across the U.S. Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site and view a detailed list of environmentally friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

To qualify, this LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) downtown Chattanooga hotel had to meet a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme.

"TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint," Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor, says. "We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers."

In October 2012, the hotel was awarded its Silver Level LEED certification, the first Chattanooga hotel to achieve this status. To obtain the certification, the hotel was constructed with the five main LEED pillars in mind: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

The hotel's Chattanooga event venues are also part of the program, making them a great option for corporations and individuals who align themselves with environmentally conscious practices. All event spaces in the hotel have recycling bins for paper, aluminum and other recyclables. In addition, rechargeable batteries are used in all battery operated A/V equipment in the hotel. The hotel's boardroom features seating for up to 12, a 60-inch TV, speaker phones and a Blu-ray player. Combined, the hotel's two spaces can seat up to 100 guests.

About the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor
Being a modern hotel is about more than just aesthetics. At the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor, everything, from the LEED-certified design to the technology, sets the hotel aside from other area properties. Offering stylish hotel suites in Chattanooga, TN with views that take advantage of its riverfront location, the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor is an inspiring setting, perfect for both relaxation and productivity. Spacious suites offer affordable rates ideal for an extended stay or quick weekend getaway. Dedicated areas for sleep, work and living make it easy to keep focused when needed but to clock out after the day is done. Every suite comes with a large desk and ergonomic chair, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a pullout sofa, 37-inch LCD TV, iPhone dock, minifridge and microwave. A 24-hour business center is available for everything from preparing presentations to making printouts, and 2,550 square feet of event space is available for meetings and more. Enjoy a leisurely morning at the fitness center or indoor pool; follow up with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. The Riverfront, Lookout Mountain and Tennessee Aquarium are all conveniently located near the hotel, and the hotel's Waterside Bar is a great place for evening drinks.

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