The first solar-powered hotel in America of its kind, the Hotel at Oberlin has a variety of environmentally friendly features and attributes.
The recently opened hotel is the first one in America that is temperature controlled with geothermal energy -- which utilizes energy found and stored in the Earth. The Ohio-based hotel also used reused materials in its building construction and helps support the community by using locally sourced food in its restaurant. The solar-powered hotel is part of an initiative to "transform Oberlin into a model for environmentally aware economic development."
The hotel sets an important precedent as it provides a space for tourists while also empowering the local community -- all while reducing the use of limited energy resources and utilizing solar energy.