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by Michael J. Shapiro | August 25, 2010

The 185-room Fairmont Pittsburgh, which opened last March, received Gold LEED certification yesterday. Among the property's environmentally sustainable features: a reduction of about 75,000 kilowatt hours annually in lighting, through the use of energy-efficient bulb, guest-room occupancy sensors and natural light; a savings of about 930,000 gallons of water annually, through the use of low-flow toilets, aerators and automatic sensors on public restroom sinks; and an extensive building materials recycling program, through which 99 percent of all construction-related waste was recycled. The hotel itself was made from recycled and other green materials. The Fairmont Pittsburgh, which offers about 12,000 square feet of meeting space, is the first LEED-certified Fairmont property.