Sustainable Design Winners Selected for the 2010 EMA Awards

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Winners selected for the Earth-Minded Awards presented by Hospitality Design magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 8, 2010)  |  It was stiff competition and an impressive array of work displayed at the 2010 Earth-Minded Awards this month, but four talented competitors stood out from the crowd with their unique and dynamic sustainable design creations. Projects demonstrating a successful pairing of sustainable innovation and aesthetically pleasing design were selected as winners of the 2010 Earth-Minded Award for Hospitality.

The contest was divided into three categories: hospitality design product, hospitality design project (including hotel practices) and student hospitality design project. Winners were selected based on a criteria including:

  • Efforts to create a product or space that is environmentally innovative and aesthetically pleasing
  • Products that promote sustainability including energy savings, lighting, flooring, fabric, wall covering, seating, case goods, etc.
  • Resource efficiency and recycling and waste management within the development and manufacturing process

The Earth-Minded Award for Hospitality Products: Glass Series Guest Interface Device Suite by INNCOM

Glass Series Guest Interface Device Suite by INNCOM is an eco-friendly lighting and thermostat central control system. Made from recyclable glass and plastics, all models are capable of simultaneously controlling lighting, fans, drapes, privacy notifications and thermostat settings. A standout feature, the “green button,” allows guests to opt into the hotel’s conservation program with the touch of a button. From a design standpoint, the glass touch surface offers a blank canvas for the designer wishing to customize a look with colors, fonts, images and functionality.

The Earth-Minded Award for Hospitality Projects: Shared by ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia.

The largest LEED-certified building in the world, ARIA Resort and Casino boasts pioneering green technology and careful design choices that greatly reduce the ecological impact of the project itself. Reclaimed barn wood is used on the hotel registration desk and green label carpet is used throughout the building. Among its sustainable distinctions, ARIA possesses the first fleet of clean-fueled CNG stretch limousines and is the first resort on the Las Vegas strip to generate its own electricity at an onsite power plant.

Developed completely with materials sourced from Bali and surrounding islands, Alila Villas Uluwatu resort is registered for Green Globe certification and will be the first hotel in Bali to get the highest level of certification for Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD). The resort encompasses many ESD measures into its design including using local materials, water conservation with rain gardens and grey water systems that will recycle shower and bath water and landscaping that has been designed to maximize use of local plants.

The Earth-Minded Award for Tomorrow: AIS Senior Studio by Michelle Kiese, Student Member ASID

An interior design student at the Art Institute of Seattle and ASID student member, Kiese designed the building to function like a living structure, using a flower as inspiration. Like a flower, the building opens and closes at different times of the day to conserve energy. The building uses solar panels to sustain both heat and electrical needs and shuts down resources when they are not in use. Additionally, the building captures rainwater throughout the year, saving more than 41,000 gallons per year to be reused around the resort.

The winners will be honored at the Hospitality Design Green Luncheon to be held in conjunction with the HD expo, May 19 – 21 in Las Vegas.

The judges:

Tama Duffy Day, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP, principal and national interior design healthcare practice leader at Perkins+Will

Past EMA winner Peter F. Hapstak III, AIA, IIDA, RDI, design principal with CORE Architecture

Ron Sheldon, vice president of development & construction, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group

About Hospitality Design: Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, published 10 times a year, is the premier trade magazine serving the field of hospitality design. It connects owners, operators, purchasing agents, designers, and architects involved in the design of hotels, resorts, restaurants, cruise ships, nightclubs/lounges, spas, and all other hospitality-oriented projects. HD continues its 30-plus-year mission to publish the accomplishments of various design teams that collaborate to bring the most innovative examples of new construction and renovation to the industry.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.


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