The lush, tropical islands of Hawaii are now even greener, thanks to Unico Sustainability. In September 2014, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa was awarded LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the category of Existing Building Operations and Maintenance — becoming the first LEED-EBOM certified resort in the state.
“The Hawaiian Islands are faced with limited resources and high utility costs making efficiency and sustainability vitally important to the local economy,” said Brett Phillips, Director of Sustainability. “We were pleased to provide our expertise and proven solutions in high-performance buildings in Hawaii’s unique and challenging environment.”
To meet LEED-EB certification standards, the resort went through a two-year process to upgrade the buildings and grounds, and demonstrate meaningful conservation of energy, water, waste and responsible purchasing practices. Here are some notable accomplishments from the project:
- Purchasing 70 percent of the items used at the resort as local, recycled or made with renewable resources
- Saving six million gallons of water annually with new high-efficient shower heads
- Placing recycling receptacles in guest rooms
- Using motion sensor air conditioning units that turn off when rooms are empty
- Reducing water use for irrigation by more than 27 percent by using reclaimed grey water and weather-based controllers
- Composting more than 500,000 pounds each year of leftovers and scrap food to local pig farms for feed and compost
- Offering complimentary digital newspapers through mobile devices and computers to reduce paper waste
In October 2014, the resort was recognized for its achievement in LEED-EB certification by local government officials, including a proclamation by the mayor.