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New Anchorage University Lake Springhill Suites Opens With Green Commitment

Hotel management company presents Green Star with $2,500 donation as a sign of their commitment to the U-Med Green District's sustainability goals.

Anchorage, AK-September 9, 2009-NMS Lodging presented a check today to Green Star, in honor of the opening of the new Anchorage University Lake SpringHill Suites. The 159-room hotel is located in the heart of the U-Med District, Anchorage's first "green" district, at 4050 University Lake Dr. The hotel was designed to compliment its unique setting and is committed to expanding its green initiatives, including working with Green Star.

The new hotel was developed by NANA Development Corporation and is managed by NMS Lodging.

As a sign of solidarity with the U-Med district businesses' sustainability goals, NMS Lodging's Vice President of Operations Jeannette Duenow presented Green Star with a check for $2,500. "NMS Lodging recognizes the importance of incorporating sustainability practices into our operations," commented Duenow. "We are proud to be a part of Anchorage's first 'green' district and are looking forward to working together with the other institutions in the district to further optimize the U-Med Green District's sustainability practices."

Receiving the donation on behalf of Green Star was Kim Kovol, Executive Director of Green Star.

The U-Med District was designated as Anchorage's first "green" district on October 1, 2008 by Mayor Begich and leaders from other area institutions such as Providence Alaska Medical Center, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The participating institutions pledged to implement sustainable policies in the areas of recycling and waste reduction, transportation, energy efficiency and toxics reduction.

The Anchorage University Lake SpringHill Suites by Marriott has already implemented several green practices at the hotel. Low-flow showerheads and toilets were installed to reduce water consumption, and the hotel also participates in Marriott's linen re-use program which allows guests to re-use their linens and towels rather than having fresh linens and towels placed in their rooms every day. The Anchorage University Lake SpringHill Suites is utilizing energy efficient light bulbs and is recycling newspapers, aluminum, plastics, mixed paper and cardboard. Additionally, Marriott has a "Green Your Hotel Stay" program. Through this program, guests can offset their carbon footprint for as little as $1 per night. The donation is tax deductible and goes to protect the Juma rainforest reserve in Brazil. Guests can learn more about this program and donate at www.marriott.com/green-brazilian-rainforest.mi. 

About NMS
NMS is a limited liability company, owned by NANA Development Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation subsidiary and Sodexo. NMS clients include the oil & gas industry, federal, state and local governments, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, senior living centers, air carriers, the telecommunications industry and more. NMS provides management and services in food, facilities, camp services, lodging, security and workforce solutions. More information on NMS and their services is available by visiting www.nmsusa.com



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