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Disney's Aulani receives environmental distinction

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jul 5, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has the distinction of being the first Hawaiian resort to receive LEED Silver certification. USGBC is an "internationally recognized green building certification system that provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures."

Aulani passed a series of checks to prove how environmentally friendly their facility is. These include "water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education." Resorts with this distinction must prove that their businesses do not have a negative impact on nature.

Aulani has taken several steps toward this accomplishment. The heat coming from the resort's chillers warms the resort's hot water. The resort's location was the first green choice made by the company. Because Aulani was built on a developed location, no trees had to be removed, which means that no land was disturbed in construction.