Green and Sustainable Practices
The Mark Spencer Hotel, Portland's Hotel to the Arts, located in downtown Portland's Pearl District is committed to a sustainable environment for our guests. Here is a brief summary of our sustainability initiatives:
Silver Green Seal Certification. 1 of 11 Green Seal Certified Hotels in Oregon.
Winner of Travel Portland's 2011 Portland Award.
www.istaygreen.com – 5 Eco Leaf rating with exceptional green standards. The hotel has met 70 point survey evaluating eco-friendliness of property's conservation of water and energy, sustainability of operations, pollution, carbon emission, recycling, and environmental education/promotion.
New energy efficient windows that open. Guest recycling in each room and on each floor. Shower amenity bulk dispensers to avoid packaging. Reusable Green Garmento Bags made from 100% recycled materials for guest laundry. Biodegradable trash liners throughout. Reusable dishware in each guestroom. Florescent and/or LED lighting in each room. Reprogrammable key cards made from recycled materials and biodegradable. Hybrid vehicles park half price and bicycles park free.
Behind the Scenes:
Office recycling. Cork recycling for wine reception. Laundry Ozone reduces water and detergent use. Low VOC paint throughout the hotel. Green Seal Certification monthly Green Team meetings and audits. Double sided paper usage. Any unclaimed linen from the hotel rooms is donated. Excess food items are donated. Sustainable vendor purchasing program.
Recycling (aside from cardboard, paper, aluminum, and glass):
Batteries, Light Bulbs, Latex paint, 65% of all building materials including carpet.
We sponsor a Big Belly solar powered trash compactor. These public trash receptacles are solar powered, compact the trash and even call the garbage hauler when they are full, thereby reducing unnecessary trips by the fossil fuel, gas guzzling garbage trucks.