Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on May 15, 2008
I have a friend who believes that everything worthwhile socially and technologically happens on either U.S. coast (namely, New York and L.A.) and eventually moves in to the middle of the country, which he likens to a vast, empty space not unlike the Australian outback. If we were to believe this theory, I think it would mean that Indiana is just about due for indoor plumbing. Clearly, this is not the case. Especially in the green space, where advancements are happily popping up everywhere. For example, if you’re planning a trip to beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina, and you want to make your travel footprint lighter, you can check out the Proximity Hotel.
With a motto like “New World Moxie, Old World Hospitality”, how could you not appreciate the environmentally responsible allure aligned with that inescapable Southern charm? According to CEO Dennis Quaintance, the Proximity’s goal is to “contribute to an adjustment and trajectory toward a more sustainable society.” And to do this, they’ve installed enough solar panels on the 4,000 square foot rooftop to heat the water required for a hundred homes (which ends up covering about 60% of the hotel and its restaurant’s water), as well as a vegetation on the rooftop and green Kohler plumbing fixtures throughout. Throw in an abundance of natural lighting with energy-efficient windows and recycled materials used in construction, and you end up with a structure that uses “about 36.5% less energy and 30% less water than a conventional hotel” (via ecofriend).
In addition, they “restored 700 linear feet of stream by reducing erosion, planting local, adaptable plant species and rebuilding the buffers and banks.” But perhaps their coolest innovation is the regenerative drive elevator. The energy created as the lift goes down is captured and can be fed back into the building’s electrical grid, creating a more sustainable (and free) energy source. And, according to their website, it’s the only one of its kind in North America. (Take that, L.A. and New York!)
Designed and built with the LEED guidelines, the hotel achieved the coveted Gold Certification.
Sounds to me like a worthwhile advancement and trajectory toward a more sustainable society, especially for those travelers who are interested in supporting conservation and reducing their exposure to chemicals. (Not to mention that it disproves my friend’s theory about where it all happens in the country.)
For more information or to make a reservation, check out the Proximity Hotel’s website.