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Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn receives Silver LEED Certification

The Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn is the first new hotel in Tennessee to be awarded silver level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Built in 2009, the Hilton Garden Inn recently completed the certification process and confirmed that the hotel satisfies criteria for sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality.

“With the Smoky Mountain National Park in our backyard, it is a natural fit for Gatlinburg to be an innovator in promoting efficient and sustainable green development and we encourage others to follow our lead, said Logan Coykendall, President of Hospitality Management Solutions.

LEED is a third-party certification program and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. The LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees, diverse groups of volunteers representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry.

The Hilton Garden Inn has reduced water usage by 30 percent and showed an energy reduction of nearly 20 percent to achieve Silver level LEED certification. The property also implemented a recycling program for both guest and owner participation. The contractor was an integral part of the team establishing a waste management plan designed and implemented to divert more than 75 percent of the construction waste from the landfills. Additionally, the products used in the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn were 20 percent recycled content and regionally extracted and manufactured.

About Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn:

The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Gatlinburg opened in summer of 2009 and offers 118 guest rooms and luxurious suites. The property is located on River Road with access to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the main downtown parkway and walking district. The hotel is 100 percent nonsmoking and offers the Garden Sleep System bed, complimentary WiFi, a 24 hour business center, 24 hour Pavilion Pantry convenience market, workout facility, meeting space and indoor pool.


Get Plugged in at Johnson Family of Restaurants Locations!


Alamo, Bennett’s, Mama’s and Big Daddy’s are first businesses in Sevier County to get EV stations! Wondering what those space age boxes are that have been mounted in front of The Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que, Mama’s Farmhouse and Big Daddy’s Pizzeria? Answer: electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The Johnson Family of Restaurants is proud and excited to announce its seven locations are the first businesses in the county (and some of the first businesses in East TN) to receive electric vehicle charging stations through the EV Project. The stations will enable customers with electric vehicles to top off the charge on their vehicles while dining at one of the locations, whereas the majority of the charging will be done at one’s residence. Some participants of the EV Program will charge users for the cost of electricity, but the Johnson Family of Restaurants is offering the service free to its customers.


The Johnson Family of Restaurants believes in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, their potential ability to improve air quality in the Great Smoky Mountains (and beyond) and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy. We are proud of our customers who choose alternative vehicles and we are happy to help them out. In a nutshell, we are thrilled to be part of this great project!


Wondering where to get a bite and charge up? Locations are as follows:

Please feel free to contact Jonathan Wimmer at or (865) 429-0082 with questions.


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