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Feb 1, 2008
Outside Magazine
Green Resorts: Proximity Hotel

Solar panels top the new Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina    Photo: courtesy, Proximity Hotel

Striving for the country's first LEED Platinum certification in a hotel, five-month-old Proximity features green tech that doubles as decadence: One hundred solar panels heat 60 percent of the hotel's water, and each of the hotel's 147 rooms comes with a seven-foot-square window to maximize natural light.

Proximity is home to the first regenerative-drive elevator in North America, which captures electricity produced by brakes while the car descends. Doubles from $199;

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