• Google Takes on Pollution

    Posted on July 30th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Instead of waking up on a Monday morning to check the traffic on Google Maps that’s forming on your daily commute, a new factor may determine how you get to work: Air pollution.

    On Tuesday morning, Google and Aclima, a company that makes environmental sensor networks, announced a new project they are working on with hopes to improve the amount of pollution that is taking over California.

    Senior Editor at Huffington Post Alexander Howard writes, “Over the next year, more Google Street View cars will collect sensor data about the levels of methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, black carbon, particulates and volatile organic compounds around the Bay Area”

    This concept can potentially change the way that cities are planned and hopefully improves the overall well being of the environment throughout the United States.

    Check out the rest of the article on Huffington Post here.

    A view of Chicago - from a past photo contest entry, Kurt H.

    A view of Chicago – from a past photo contest entry, Kurt H.

  • Celebrating Five Years of Green Seal Certification

    Posted on July 9th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Five years ago, we received our Green Seal Certification. We’re thrilled to have this honor and uphold the highest standards for the environment in our hotel. We pride ourselves on being an environmentally friendly and sustainable, luxury hotel.

    The Green Seal Standards, as listed on their website, state that the Claim Verification program for hotels and lodging focuses on the hotel’s ability to “maintain energy reduction, waste reduction, resource minimization, emissions reduction, and biodiversity conservation.”

    5-year GS Anniversary Ribbon

    Some of the ways in which we’re green are:
    – Natural southern exposure, which aids in heating the building during the winter months
    – Preserved building structure in re-development, which prevented non-biodegradable materials going to landfills
    – Exterior sculptures made from reclaimed materials
    – Low energy-use lighting, such as compact fluorescent & LED throughout building
    – “Recycling Room” used by the hotel to sort recyclables
    – Use of USGBC approved cleaning supplies that are earth friendly
    – Use of free trade coffees and chocolates

    We’re also Chicago’s first Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States’ Green Building Council in the city of Chicago.

    We try our best to reduce our carbon footprint. Share your tips and suggestions on how you are green!

  • Hotel Felix In the News

    Posted on June 2nd, 2011 gjordan No comments

    A short announcement from the “Pat Yourself on the Back” department: We’re thrilled with our recent appearances in the news and wanted to highlight some of our favorites.

    -The Green Review showcased Hotel Felix as a “LEED-er” (how clever) in Energy-Efficient Hospitality. They especially loved our quiet quarters, soothing spa, paperless front desk and our carpeting made from recycled materials.

    -Star Chefs, the magazine for culinary insiders, included Hotel Felix in the piece “Going (and Earning) Green: The Business of Eco-Hospitality”, noting how seamlessly Hotel Felix combines luxury with sustainability.

    -Greenheart, Chicago’s premier eco-fair trade non-profit shop, posted details and a photograph of the LEED Silver Unveiling Event held at Hotel Felix, Chicago’s first LEED certified hotel.

    Thank you on behalf of Hotel Felix for recognizing our commitment to green practices.

    LEED Silver Unveiling Event: (l to r) Hotel Felix General Manager George Jordan, NBC’s Ginger Zee and First Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Environment Josh Milberg

  • Chicago Cyclists Take Back the Road

    Posted on May 19th, 2011 gjordan No comments

    Chicago Critical Mass is a celebration of bicycles and the fun of riding. Held on the last Friday of every month, Chicago Critical Mass attracts thousands of participants and is open to riders of all skill level and age.  The ride starts out in downtown Chicago, rain or shine, on the last Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The group gathers around the Big Picasso in Daley Plaza and typically votes to determine the route. The length of the ride varies by season, but as it warms up they last, on average, three hours.

    Image Credit: Chicago Critical Mass

    Want to get involved? From baking brownies for hungry riders to meeting up at a Chicago Critical Mass Happy Hour, there are plenty of ways to get in the action.

    Not a big fan of bikes? Rollerblades, skateboards, and even running shoes are welcome modes of transportation for Chicago Critical Mass, they just ask you leave the Segways at home (they pose too much of a danger to other riders).

    If you plan to make the trek on Friday, May 27 be sure to take some photos and share with us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Eco-Chic Showcase at The Field Museum

    Posted on May 11th, 2011 gjordan No comments

    Slip on your salmon-skin dress and get your hand-woven handbags ready because the latest eco-friendly designs are coming to Chicago.

    On May 13 The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) unveils the Gary C. Comer Family Gallery, a space devoted to celebrating the environment and sustainable design. The inaugural showcase, entitled Design for a Living World, was developed by The Nature Conservancy and features the works of 10 internationally acclaimed designers, including Paulina Reyes of kate spade new york.  The artists were challenged to visit areas across the world and use those area’s most sustainable materials to create innovative, yet practical, pieces.

    Tickets to The Field Museum are available for purchase here; the exhibit is included with price of basic admission.