Historic hotel invests in renewable energy
by Amy Mastin
The former castle of Howard Carroll, inspector general of New York troops in the Spanish-American War, is now a luxury hotel with a vested interest in renewable energy.
Located 25 miles north of New York, overlooking the Hudson River, the aptly named Carrollcliff was built in two stages between 1900 and 1910. Now known as Castle on the Hudson, the 45-room estate is a member of Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel partnered with green energy supplier Juice Energy in April, and 100 percent of its electric fees are being used to finance wind farms.
"By purchasing renewable energy, this historic hotel helps develop renewable energy and reduces its impact on the climate," says Brian Hayduk, president of Juice Energy. "Older buildings have limited options for retrofits and efficiency. Renewable energy, requiring no infrastructure changes, is a particularly attractive option."
Another historic building, President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C., turned green in February. United Technologies partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to incorporate sustainable design into the president's former home.
The tourist attraction features automatic-flow water fixtures, dual-flush toilets, an energy efficient cooling unit that uses eco-friendly refrigerants, and low Volatile Organic Compound emitting paints, caulking, finishes and carpets. It earned the U.S. Green Building's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification - making it the first of any National Trust site to become LEED certified.