The vegetated roof of the 18-story Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is planted with 18,000 sedum plants to help reduce “urban heat island effect.” The green surface reflects, slows rain runoff and insulates the rooftop, keeping the hotel building cooler overall. It also cools the air around it through evapo-transpiration (or evaporation of water from leaves). The hotel roof is the location for the chef’s garden, cultivated for hotel culinary purposes and featuring lavender, mint and other fresh herbs and greens.
The roof of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is home to two fully-contained beehives whose 100,000 seasonal inhabitants assist in pollination and provide natural honey for the hotel. Chemical-free raw honey from the rooftop honeybees is used for the house-made Honey Pecan Gelato served at popular Lobby ice cream socials at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. It is also used throughout the hotel’s kitchens, in beverages at The Punch Room, dishes in the Lobby Lounge, and delectable desserts at Bar Cocoa.