Downtown Residence Inn project indicates Green Globes certification process is gaining traction

by Cole Epley / World-Herald staff writer

When First Hospitality Group Inc. embarked on the $23 million project to convert downtown Omaha’s old federal building into a Residence Inn by Marriott, officials had a choice of green building standards.

They could have chosen standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED. After all, that’s the path more than 20,000 other commercial projects across the world, including other Marriott hotels, have taken to measure and certify their relative “green-ness” in terms of low environmental impact and energy efficiency.

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