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The Lenox Hotel
710 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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In a city graced with history and charm, The Lenox is both a true historic landmark and an industry pioneer of urban ecotourism. Uncompromising service and quality standards set the tone for the highest level of gracious Four Star hospitality. This city center hotel is widely recognized as an industry leader with comprehensive environmental initiatives. The Lenox features unusually spacious guest rooms with elegant, distinctive d?cor, and working fireplaces in corner rooms. Guests can enjoy fine dining at the acclaimed Azure, an authentic Irish pub experience at S?l?s, or a signature cocktail at City Bar, voted one of the Ten Best Hotel Bars in the entire country.

In 1900, the hotelier and impresario Lucias Boomer (best known as the owner of New Yorks Waldorf - Astoria) began work on what was to become the most luxurious hotel in New England. Eight months and $1,100,000 later, The Lenox - the tallest building in Boston at the time - opened its doors in the heart of Back Bay and a proud tradition was born.

Since 1963, three generations of the Saunders family have been at the helm of The Lenox, overseeing day-to-day operations, a series of meticulous restorations and groundbreaking environmental achievements.


The Saunders Hotel Group's (SHG) mission is to Preserve The Past and Protect The FutureTM.  Working cooperatively with Team Members (employees), suppliers, stakeholders and the community they manage The Lenox Hotel with "best of class"standards. SHG does this while providing a superior work environment for employees, and outstanding service and product for guests. SHG consistently gives back to the community through a commitment to numerous charities, civic and environmental causes.

The Lenox Hotel as a Superior Energy Manager 

The Saunders Hotel Group employs an Environmental Coordinator who is extensively educated on environmental issues. In an urban setting, our focus is on reducing resource consumption, and educating guests, employees and the community. Most of the planning and coordination for these efforts is managed through Green Teams at each hotel. SHG is devoted to working with managers and front-line employees to monitor the life-cycle impact of daily business practices, and discover additional opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint.


SHG's award winning environmental program includes the following five components:


?        Implement innovative energy efficiency measures;

?        Minimize solid waste through source reduction and aggressive recycling/reuse;

?        Actively conserve water resources;

?        Purchase environmentally friendly products and services; and

?        Educate guests, employees, our competitors, and the public.


SHG focuses on energy efficiency technologies and practices in lighting, HVAC, hot water, kitchens, and pools with paybacks between 1 and 4 years.  SHG monitors and reports monthly on the use of resources (natural gas, electricity, water and waste) to ensure that efficiency initiatives are effective.


Why Work with ENERGY STAR?


ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized brand that our guests know and appreciate. The program offers numerous energy management ideas, products, and measurement tools. It was simple to initiate our participation and provided a high return with recognition and money saved. The ENERGY STAR program has been a win-win for The Lenox Hotel and Saunders Hotel Group.




Saunders Hotel Group has taken advantage of the following technologies in upgrading the energy management systems of The Lenox Hotel:


?        610+ low energy windows;

?        Super-efficient boilers and heat pumps;

?        ENERGY STAR office equipment, and televisions;

?        Motion sensors for lighting in intermittent or low-traffic areas;

?        An ozone laundry system, avoiding the use of hot water and cleaning chemicals;

?        Thousands of Compact and Fluorescent bulbs (saves 58,000 kilowatts each year); and

?        Motion sensors on vending machines (saves an additional 21,000 kilowatts per year).


Note: the last two initiatives alone remove 52 tons of CO2 from of the atmosphere each year!


We are evaluating solar hot water technology for our Comfort Inn & Suites property - if it is feasible and effective.


Project Examples



Initial Cost

Payback Period

How Project was Financed


Motion sensors in storage areas, closets

       Approx. $500

1 year

Engineering budget

Compact Fluorescent Chandelier Bulbs


8 months

Engineering budget

Separate meter for cooling tower


1-3 years

Combination of water utility and Engineering budget




Internal Communications

We celebrate Earth Day each year with volunteer opportunities, prizes, and educational materials for guests. We recognize housekeepers with the EarthKeeper Award, and recognize one department and individual employee with the Saunders Hotel Initiative to Nurture the Environment Award. SHG holds monthly Green Team meetings with deparmnet heads, General Managers to review goals and progress. 

External Communications

SHG's environmental efforts have been covered in the New York Times, Center for New American Dream. Newsweek, Robb Report, Travel and Leisure, and USA Today, SHG has received environmental awards from President George H. Bush, ENERGY STAR, British Airways, NWF and Conde Nast Traveler magazine.


"ENERGY STAR is one of our best partners in helping us saving money and reducing our environmental impact. Their web site is rich with ideas and products. The Building Portfolio Manager is a simple and wonderfully useful tool. It encourages us to set goals and document our usage, and reports comparative energy and water usage in an exciting way. We look forward to many more years of collaboration."

-- Tedd Saunders, Saunders Hotel Group

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Saunders Hotel Group or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Ecological Solutions, LLC

Building Owner:*
Saunders Hotel Group

Property Manager:*
Zapotec Energy Inc.

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2004 (75)
2007 (85)

Facility Type: Hotel

Total Floorspace: 130410 sf

Year Constructed: 1900

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant