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'Green' Cape Town hotel achieves global first

Hotel Verde is now officially the greenest hotel not only in Africa, but the world.

Hotel Verde in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Hotel Verde in Cape Town has been awarded a second LEED platinum green building certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first hotel globally to achieve a double platinum certification for LEED.

Hotel Verde is now one of only six hotels in the world and the only hotel in Africa to receive this accolade.

The first platinum certification was awarded in May 2014 for new construction in the green building design and construction category.

The second and most recent certification was awarded for the existing building operations and maintenance of the hotel, giving Hotel Verde its double platinum status and proving that it is, in fact, Africa's greenest hotel.

A statement from the hotel said: "The hotel's ardent team have collectively gone above and beyond conventional industry practices by dedicating themselves to a sustainable work lifestyle."

"From stringent waste management and procurement policies to corporate responsibility campaigns, departmental sustainability, biodiversity maintenance and offering a carbon neutral hotel experience."

Owner Mario Delicio said the dream has been achieved.

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