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MIAMI—Some say Miami’s hospitality industry is red hot. But it just got a little greener, too. That’s because Miami now officially has its first LEED certified hotel. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Hospitality Operations, Inc.’s new 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown LEED Silver certification.

“The hotel industry has historically trailed other sectors when it comes to emphasizing sustainability, largely due to excessive energy and water usage,” Bernard Wolfson, president of Miami-based hotel development firm Hospitality Operations, tells GlobeSt.com. “We are overcoming these obstacles at the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown by embracing green features that conserve resources, appeal to eco-conscious guests, and reduce our operating costs.” Less than one year after opening its doors, there is evidence the hotel’s green investments are paying off. Overall energy savings are 16% below the property’s initial budget and 20% below LEED baseline building performance requirements.

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