When Hotel Arista, an oh-so-chic venue in the happening western suburb of Naperville, opened its glass doors last September, the property was already pursuing LEED certification -- essentially the utmost badge of honor in eco-living. It was just announced that Hotel Arista was officially awarded this distinction -- the first hospitality property in Illinois to do so.
As determined by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, represents the pinnacle of eco-friendly practices, from the way the building was constructed to the way the hotel conducts its day-to-day business. For eco-example, during development, the property recycled 70 percent of its construction waste, while now, in operation, the hotel adheres to LEED standards, ultimately using 30 percent less water and 21 percent less energy than venues of comparable size. In addition, Hotel Arista utilizes chemical-free cleaning products, while natural lighting contributes to lower energy costs. The hotel's signature restaurant, SugarToad is also in on the act, using many organic and locally sourced ingredients, as well as produce from an on-site garden. And all the while, the Hotel Arista proves green can be gorgeous.