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The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the first LEED Gold-certified hotel for greater Charlotte and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. An eco-focused rarity among top-tier hospitality brands, the hotel offers environmentally-mindful features and practices including a green, vegetated roof, seasonal rooftop beehives, employee uniforms made of fabric derived from regenerated plastic bottle materials, a Bike Valet, electric vehicle charging station, and complimentary parking for electric and hybrid vehicles. The hotel building itself incorporates many sustainable design and construction features, while the hotel team includes a LEED AP-accredited employee to oversee environmental practices throughout the building.

What Is LEED®

LEED®, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a multi-category green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification is awarded to select properties based on their site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design for a new building, or innovation in operations for an existing building.

The Rooftop Garden and Resident Honeybees

The roof of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is home to two fully-contained beehives whose 100,000 inhabitants assist in pollination and provide natural honey for the hotel. Seventy pounds of all-naturally, chemical-free raw honey can be generated annually by the hives, depending upon foraging schedules, weather and nectar flow.

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Culinary Responsibility & The Urban Cultivator

All hotel dining and beverage menus incorporate organic, local and 100% natural products, with a focus on the freshly-grown foods that showcase the Carolinas’ rich agricultural bounty.

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The Bike Valet

Bike Valets at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offer an array of Trek Bikes for complimentary guest use, and the hotel features 150 bicycle parking spaces for its guests.

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Hybrid Vehicles and Transportation

Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte can enjoy complimentary local transportation provided on weekday mornings with a hybrid vehicle within the I-277 loop. A Level I and Level II-capable electric vehicle charging station is located on property and is available for use by hotel guests.

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The Spa & Wellness Center

The Spa & Wellness Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte incorporates treatments utilizing 100% organic products and also features a bromine-treated swimming pool designed to avoid the effects of traditional harsh pool chemicals.

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Urban Ecotourism

Agrarian experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has expanded, thanks to the extensive recently-doubled Rooftop Garden.

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Sustainable Practices and Design

Highlights of the hotel’s environmentally-mindful features and practices.

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