The Courtyard Portland City Center, which opened on May 27, 2009, has received the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award. Not only is it the first Marriott to win the Gold, it's the first Gold hotel in the Pacific Northwest.
Thanks to its many green efforts, the hotel has reduced energy consumption by 28 percent, with low carbon emissions as well. It has reduced water consumption by 26 percent, mainly through the use of dual flush toilets. Over 75 percent of the waste produced during the construction of the hotel was recycled and re-used.
The hotel draws 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including wind and hydroelectric. The interior design incorporates ergonomic office chairs and a smoke-free environment, and it uses green cleaning products in the housekeeping program. Its kitchen waste composting program includes turning used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel.
Non-PVC wall covering and other eco-friendly materials in the guestrooms are contributing to a healthy indoor environment for both guests and employees. All of the hotel's light fixtures use compact fluorescent bulbs. The property's staff wears uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles. To encourage green methods of commuting, the hotel provides bicycle storage and changing rooms for employees.
The Courtyard Portland City Center is located on the city's new Green Max Line, making it easy to access via public transportation from downtown Portland, the Oregon Convention Center and Portland State University.