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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 04, 2011

 The 107-room Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and has been verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The property's LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features including solar-heated water, high-performance windows, fluorescent and LED lighting, and a state-of-the-art energy-management system. The hotel also has reduced its water usage by more than 45 percent; recycles all cardboard, paper, plastic and metal; and composts all food waste. The historic property, which underwent a $30 million renovation in 2009, has 7,350 square feet of meeting space.