Greensboro is an apt name for a town that will be home to one of the greenest hotels in the country. The Proximity Hotel, in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, is striving for gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. Only one hotel in the country — the Gaia Napa Valley in California — has that rating so far.
To be the second, Proximity is planning to use 100 rooftop solar panels; recycle 75 percent of its construction waste; capture rainwater to irrigate its gardens; grow vegetables on the restaurant’s roof; and use about half the energy of a conventional hotel through an air-exchange system. The hotel, named after a former cotton mill nearby, will have a warehouse look, above, and loft-style guestrooms, all with original art on the walls. And the windows will actually open.
The hotel will celebrate its Nov. 1 opening with starting rates of $119 on weekends through Jan. 13.