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by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 18, 2011

 The 403-room Embassy Suites Denver–Downtown/Convention Center has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first Denver hotel and first Embassy Suites to gain the designation. To qualify, construction scrap materials were recycled; concrete was used from the parking garage that was demolished to make way for the hotel; solar reflective material was installed on the roof to reduce heat transmission and lower the energy required to cool the building; rapidly renewing materials such as bamboo were used; the windows have an energy-efficient glazing to reduce heat transmission and reduce the energy needed to cool the building; all plumbing, mechanical equipment and lighting systems conserve water and use less energy; bicycle storage and a changing room are on-site, and green housekeeping practices and efficient recycling practices are in place. The property offers more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space.