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Greening of Hospitality Industry
U.S. Green Building Council To Boost Dallas Economy
In May of 2012 Omni Dallas Hotel received LEED Gold New Construction Certification, making it the largest LEED Gold hotel in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas, and one of the only LEED Gold hotels in Texas. In February of this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) presented the hotel with a ceremonial plaque commemorating the certification. This represents just one of example of Dallas becoming known as a greener city.

Furthering this notion, the USGBC has also recently selected Dallas as the site of its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in 2018 for its green incentives that are currently in place at the Dallas Convention Center, contracted hotels, and the City of Dallas; strong support from the local green community; a solid bid package that included marketing and financial incentives to promote Dallas to USGBC attendees.

The Council will be citywide in 2018 boosting the economy through lodging, transportation, food & beverage, retail, recreation, space rentals and business services. The economic impact that USGBC will bring is expected to exceed $18.5 million.

Pictured here are (l-r) Darren Template (Dallas CVB, senior vice president, Sales and Services), Matthew Jones (Dallas CVB, executive vice president/CFO), Dave Snell (Matthews Southwest), Kimberly Lewis (senior vice president of Community Advancement and Conferences & Events, USGBC), Jonathan Kraatz (executive director, North Texas Green Council), and Larry Magor (managing director, Omni Dallas Hotel).
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