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700 West Main Street - Louisville - Kentucky
Property Audit Overview

There are 88 properties currently listed in Louisville. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. 21c Museum Hotel has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating 21c Museum Hotel completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, 21c Museum Hotel employs 36 eco-initiatives.

For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by 21c Museum Hotel please contact the property directly or email

Property Owner's Statement of Environmental Initiatives
Property's Green Team Leader:
- 502-582-6300 x107
700 West Main Street
Louisville, US 40202

Our Green Commitment With the 21c and Proof on Main projects, owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson sought to make downtown Louisville a more vibrant and attractive place to work, live, and play. Faced with ever-expanding suburban sprawl, they hoped to invigorate downtown, bringing life back to the urban center. To accomplish this goal, they began with a belief that art could drive commerce. While this idea seemed counterintuitive to some, the immediate critical acclaim and subsequent public embrace of 21c and Proof validated the concept.

Since our conception, environmental awareness and a commitment to eco-friendly practices have guided our daily operations. While we believe that generating a profit and being environmentally conscious are not mutually exclusive, we consider eco-friendly practices necessary to being responsible members and supporters of our global community.

Put simply we believe you should: "Always Strive to be Green".

We think it’s important to note that "going green" is not something that happens magically overnight. It’s a process of trial and error, especially when coinciding with an uncompromised luxury experience. To succeed in our goals, we must work together – with our staff, our community, our world. We always welcome suggestions and are open to new innovations. Please forward any green inquires to Monica Claerbout at

Following are some of the ongoing green initiatives in our Louisville property.


The Construction and Design Utilized Historic preservation Architects worked to retain many of the original brick walls and timber trusses.

Reclaimed Natural Materials Reclaimed wood floor joists, cut from the former floor in the atrium space, were used for the hostess stand, the bar, the tabletops in the restaurant, the hotel registration desk, the countertops in the business office, and the ceiling at the front doors. The "corkboard" panels in the guestrooms are a recycled product made from discarded bottles. The upholstery fabric on the Proof's banquettes is natural linen, hand blocked by artisans.

Windows Many of the windows on the Main Street elevations were saved and restored. New windows were chosen to be energy efficient.

Flooring The lobby floor is composed of End Grain pieces. Known for its durability, End Grain flooring does not require subflooring and minimizes manufacturer waste. Proof's bar flooring is product comprised of recycled carpet pads. Rather than select traditional carpet for the basement Galleries, FLOR carpet tiles were installed. FLOR is an industry leader with their environmental position to eliminate any negative impact by 2020. Most face constructions are nylon; others are natural fibers like hemp or wool. The backings are a composite of recycled materials. All FLOR products recyclable and have the lowest VOC among carpet brands.


Proof on Main's Menu Highlights:

Local growers and producers, especially: KY Bison Company Honest Farms

Bison is a sustainable meat. Bison meat has more nutritional density resulting in smaller portions that are equally satisfying. Lean bison cuts require less cooking time, thus decreasing fuel consumption in food preparation. On a broader scale the farming of bison is contributing to the sustainability of our natural ecosystems, in particular, the vast grasslands found throughout North America. Unlike cattle and sheep which tend to remain in one spot, grazing their feed down to the roots and damaging to the soil structure, bison roam as they graze. They also eat a wider variety of grasses than cattle allowing for a more balanced ecosystem in the areas where they range. These factors lead to more meat production on less acreage. Because bison live naturally in this part of the world, growth hormones or antibiotics are not necessary or used.

Composting Finding eco-friendly carryout containers that can withstand hot foods


Property-Wide Recycling Programs Includes: All office paper and newsprint is recycled through a service provided by the city. Each ton we send saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, and 60 pounds of air pollutants from being released. All cardboard waste is recycled through a private service. While there is a fee for the service, the cost is partially offset by the savings incurred by reducing the frequency of garbage hauling. Annually our cardboard recycling saves approximately 240 trees, 384 cubic yards of landfill space, 158.4 btu’s of energy, and 26.4 barrels of oil. All grease waste is recycled at no cost and is converted to biodiesel fuel. Rather than being discarded, all damaged bed linens, partially used toilet paper rolls, and bath amenities are donated to a local homeless shelter.

To Conserve Water Low flow nozzles added to dishwashers and sinks reduce water waste. 21c has a linen resuse program. Sheets are changed every other day for in-house guests to conserve energy and water. Only towels that are left on the floor are replaced. Towels that remain hanging are not replaced. The Penthouse rooftop garden utilizes rainwater to care for its native plants.

To Reduce Our Waste and Carbon Footprint Guests are offered locally sourced Aquadisiac bottled water. Teammates only drink tap water. Glass cups and local stoneware mugs in all guest rooms. No Styrofoam is used throughout property. Office bulletin boards, dry erase white boards, staff in-house email accounts and voicemail communication are used to eliminate unnecessary paper waste. Installing bicycle racks Use of bamboo key cards for guest rooms

To Improve Indoor Air Quality We are a smoke free facility. Researchers have found that secondhand smoke can have a significant impact on the air quality inside a building.

To Conserve Energy The LED light boxes in Proof produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs, thus saving energy. LEDs emit light of an intended color without the use of color filters, reducing manufacturing waste and increasing overall efficiency. Unlike other types of bulbs, LEDs do not contain mercury. They also have an extremely long life span. One manufacturer has calculated the ETTF (Estimated Time To Failure) for LEDs to be between 100,000 and 1,000,000 hours. All the guests room are lit with compact fluorescent bulbs that typically are rated at about 30,000 hours, compared to incandescent light bulbs at only 1,000-2,000 hours, thus reducing waste and conserving energy. A temperature management monitoring system is in place on all walk-in coolers. We install winter vestibule to ease demands on Proof’s temperature control. Regular cleaning of refrigeration coils lends to increased efficiency and lowers energy use. All 21c guest rooms windows to allow natural light into the space.

To Increase Community Awareness Art helps to beautify community and helps to bring life to the urban core. We offer monthly arts events that are free and open to the public. We actively support local environmental non-profits and charitable organizations.


Some of Our Future Goals and Areas to Exploration Include: Leading a downtown restaurant initiative to encourage city wide recycling and composting Removal of paper room service menus in all hotel rooms Water filtration system Carbon offsetting program Glass recycling Installing strip curtains inside walk-in doors to increase efficiency Replacing coffee throughout property with “made in shade”/local product Explore other organics Terry in guests rooms Uniforms Cleaning supplies Replacing paper products with non-bleached, recycled alternatives. Toilet paper Guest hand towels Implementing paperless HR/payroll systems Implementing a program for recycling or donating leftover bath amenities Purchasing recycling receptacles for all guest rooms to encourage hotel guests to recycle Installing a system in hotel rooms to reduce electrical 'waste' via a sensor that realizes when a guest has left the room

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