A Green Times Square Theater District Hotel
At the InterContinental New York Times Square, we’re committed to environmentally responsible and sustainable hospitality. Our eco-conscious hotel has instituted several green initiatives and earthy friendly practices – from water and conservation to greenroofing – to help preserve our city and planet. Our Times Square Theater District hotel has achieved the status of LEED Certified based on the following highlights:
- Green roofs on second and seventh floors feature low maintenance and drought-tolerant plants (moss and sedum) that help retain heat in the winter and absorb sunlight (heat) in the summer. Plantings also help improve the atmosphere and reduce storm water run-off.
- Energy efficient irrigation system.
- Home to two rooftop apiaries and an herb garden
Construction and Waste Management
- At least 75% of construction debris was diverted from landfills and recycled.
- Implemented an erosion control plan to limit the impact of the construction on the New York City water system.
Local and Recycled Materials
- Construction project utilized materials, including concrete, that were at least 20% recycled materials and also obtained within a 500 mile radius.
- “Green” housekeeping initiative: use of eco-friendly cleaning products and sheet changing cards that ask guests staying multiple nights to consider using their linens more than once.
- Off-site composting—organic waste is separated out on-site.
- Improved air quality due to no smoking policy and quality air ventilation system.
- Floor-to-ceiling window design allows for maximum natural day lighting and ventilation to help optimize energy efficiency.
- Use of CFL’s (compact fluorescents) and LED’s (Light-emitting diodes) in guestrooms and most public areas deliver excellent light level while conserving electricity.
- Guestrooms have controllable light and comfort systems. Building has been constructed with state-of-the-art, building wide Energy Management System controls to help manage building heat and cooling.
- Motion detector light switches found in stairwells and storage areas help reduce electrical usage.
- Low flow toilets installed in all bathrooms.
- Public area restrooms feature automatic flush and water shut off valves for more efficient use of water.