EPB and Moxy Hotel Partnership Supports Green Lodging and Special Events Powered by Solar Share
Chattanooga, TN (May 2, 2019) - In celebration of Earth Month, Moxy Chattanooga Downtown, which hosts a signature event every month to engage hotel guests and locals alike, has partnered with EPB to express their commitment to environmental sustainability. Through the partnership, Moxy will purchase renewable energy credits equivalent to the environmental impact of powering their events. EPB will provide 100% solar generated energy toward the credits from the Solar Share facility on Holtzclaw Avenue, which is Chattanooga’s only community solar deployment.
Through the partnership, Moxy is purchasing enough renewable energy credits to cover all 12 of the events planned over the next year. In doing so, Moxy is reducing the estimated equivalent environmental impact of charging 1.4 Million smart phones. More information and online guest signup is available at solarmystay.com/.
“EPB is proud to partner with Moxy Chattanooga Downtown, which is our first business customer to take advantage of Solar Share to host green events,” said Elizabeth Hammett, EPB’s Director of Community and Environmental Stewardship. “Solar Share is a great way for companies to express their commitment to sustainability in a way that is meaningful to their customers.”
Moxy is also the first Chattanooga hotel to use Solar Share to offer guests the option of reducing the estimated environmental impact of their lodging at a cost of $1.58 per night. Participating guests can support local solar power generation while reducing the estimated equivalent impact of burning 16.4 pounds of coal.
"Moxy Chattanooga is pleased to be participating in the Solar Share program. It’s important to us and our guests that we do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We take other, smaller steps in sustainability, like only offering paper straws," said Dwayne Massengale, Captain (General Manager). “But the solar panels on our roof and our commitment to the Solar Share program are what really show our dedication to green initiatives. We want to be a leader in promoting sustainability in the hospitality industry. Chattanooga is a beautiful city, in a spectacular area. People come from all around the world to see it. We want to keep it as it is so that future generations get to enjoy it as much as we do."
EPB provides businesses and individuals that participate in Solar Share with a digital certificate and the authorized use of a special Solar Share logo for inclusion in signage, invitations, and web placements.
In addition, Solar Share is an easy and affordable way for EPB customers to make their own events greener whether they are planning an environmentally sustainable birthday party, wedding or business conference. Simply go to EPB’s Event Carbon Calculator at EPB.com/SolarEvents. It takes less than a minute for a customer to input some basic
information about their gathering and get more information about how to purchase offsets to make their event green.
For customers who want to participate in local solar power generation on a continuing basis, Solar Share is the easy way to go solar for as little as $5 a month. Find out more at EPB.com/SolarShare.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. Go to EPB.com for more information.
About 3H Group Hotels:
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, 3H Group Hotels has become a prominent and respected name in the hospitality industry since the company’s inception in 2000. Nationally recognized among top hotel development companies, its primary focus is the development and investment of high caliber hotels and an unparalleled commitment to each property’s continued success through proven management, leadership, and operational standards. As a result of this commitment and focus, 3H Group Hotels has received multiple honors from Marriott International. This includes the 2018 Marriott CONNECT Developer of the Year as well as the highest honor for Hospitality Excellence in 2014, the Partnership Circle Award. Consistently ranked as a top hospitality management and hotel development company, over the past few years, 3H Group strives to be a respected, premiere developer of hotels, and continues that philosophy by providing a management style that thrives in the hospitality industry. All hotels under 3H’s portfolio participate in green efforts such as establishing and maintaining a Silver LEED Status - Spring Hill Suites Chattanooga Cameron Harbor, featuring solar panels on the roof, and all Marriott hotels are part of the Global Soap Project, soaps
are cleaned and reprocessed for shipment to impoverished nations. To learn more about 3H Group Hotels, visit https://3h.group/.
About Moxy Hotels:
Moxy Hotels is Marriott International's new millennial-focused brand that debuted in September 2014 with the opening of the Moxy Milan. A boutique-hotel concept for the next-Gen traveler, Moxy is a fresh and innovative brand combining stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price point. With tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and warm, modern service, Moxy aims to surprise travelers with a thoughtful, spirited and fun guest experience. Moxy Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more about Moxy Hotels, visit www.MoxyHotels.com.
About Renewable Energy Credits:
A renewable energy certificate, or REC (pronounced: rěk), is a market-based instrument that represents the property rights to the environmental, social and other non-power attributes of renewable electricity generation. RECs are issued when one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity is generated and delivered to the electricity grid from a renewable energy resource. - US E.P.A.