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White Lodging has announced that the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis is the recipient of the Emerging Green Award presented by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).
One of only two hotels to receive the award, the presentation was made at the annual meeting of the PCMA Capital Chapter, which was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel on November 9. “I think I can speak for the whole team when I say how proud we are to be recognized for our efforts,” said Scott Blalock, General Manager of the JW Marriott Indianapolis. “It’s not always easy to be ‘green’ but we all feel it is the right thing to do.”
The Emerging Green Award recognizes the efforts the JW Marriott has taken to become more environmentally responsible since its opening in February 2011. To be considered for the award, the hotel had to document all steps taken to lessen its environmental impact such as buying and using environmentally friendly products, having ongoing training in environmental policies and practices and encouraging the use of low-impact transportation for guests and employees.
“We are located right on the canal walk in downtown Indianapolis, which makes it very convenient for our guests and employees to walk or bike to most anywhere they need to go,” shared Blalock. “Also, the JW is adjacent to the convention center and within walking distance to Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana State Capital, a number of museums and plenty of restaurants and shopping areas. Encouraging low-impact transportation is easy,” he concluded.
Going “green” for the JW Marriott Indianapolis actually began before construction started. The entire development sits on the site of an old hotel and parking lot, meaning no additional green field land was required for the structure. And, when the old buildings were demolished, the materials were recycled and diverted from the landfill.
“It’s an ongoing process,” Blalock explained when discussing the hotel’s environmental policy, “and we will continue to do all we can to make our hotel a model of eco-friendliness.”