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LEED Platinum Luxury Hotel to Become New Neighbor to Monterey Bay Aquarium

PACIFIC GROVE, CALIF.—Domaine Hospitality Partners, LLC, and representatives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Foursome Development Co., and the City of Pacific Grove, Calif., announced the launch of Project Bella at a press conference in Pacific Grove. Developed by Domaine Hospitality Partners, Project Bella will be located across the street from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station at the site of the American Tin Cannery, at the end of historic Cannery Row. Now in planning with world-renowned architect Mark Hornberger of Hornberger+Worstell, Project Bella aims to be one of the leading luxury hotels in the United States. Speaking from the future site of the sustainability-focused hotel, Founder and Executive Director Julie Packard of the Monterey Bay Aquarium spoke of how Project Bella intersects with the aquarium’s mission: “We all look out over one of the world’s great ocean stories. Economic boom built on extracting the ocean’s resources can now be converted and transformed into a new story of something more sustainable for humans and animals for the long term.”

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Five-Year Javits Center Renovation was for the Birds

Those attending this November’s HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York will be doing so in a building—the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center—that has undergone some dramatic changes in recent years. High above the trade show floors, up on the roof of the complex, there is a 6.75-acre green roof. “As the second largest of its kind in the country, the nearly seven-acre green roof is serving as a model for sustainability nationwide, reducing our energy consumption while becoming a living laboratory for various groups such as Drexel University, Cooper Union and the New York City Audubon,” says Rebecca Marshall, Energy and Sustainability Manager at the Javits Center.

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It’s Not Too Late to Take the Plunge & Save Water

Maybe your hotel is in an area impacted by drought and under water restrictions. Or it’s not, but drought is a concern for your guests, and you want to demonstrate your commitment to conservation. Or maybe you just want to save energy and money, but you’ve already addressed the low-hanging fruit. In any case, better managing water use is a viable strategy that saves resources while enhancing the guest experience. Linen and towel reuse programs have long been a way for hotels to save water and energy. A recent study by the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University found that 79 to 88 percent of resort guests surveyed participate in these programs.

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Hotel in College Park, Maryland Announces LEED Platinum Certification

COLLEGE PARK, MD.—College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center announces that it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—LEED’s highest level of certification. The designation makes College Park Marriott one of just four LEED Platinum U.S. hotels. The hotel’s Platinum certification follows the completion of an extensive multi-year renovation of meeting and event space, guestrooms and public areas that emphasized green building techniques and enhanced eco-friendly practices in daily operations. This new designation highlights College Park Marriott’s longstanding commitment to preserving the environment. In 2004, the hotel was North America’s first LEED-certified hotel.

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Rebecca Marshall Monitors, Maintains Sustainability Program at New York’s Busy Jacob K. Javits Center

NEW YORK—Rebecca Marshall, Energy and Sustainability Manager at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, says there was a time when the Center was the No. 1 bird killer in New York City. Birds failed to see the windows of the Center as a barrier and collided with the glass. Thanks to the addition of a new glass façade and a 6.75-acre green roof, however, the Center has become an urban sanctuary for wildlife—an amazing turnaround for any building, Marshall says. Bird collisions have declined by 90 percent. As Energy and Sustainability Manager for the Javits Center, Marshall oversees the progress of the green roof—the second largest of its kind in the United States and the largest in the Northeast. She also oversees other aspects of the Center’s sustainability program. “Our sustainability program helps the Javits Center improve the quality of life for our employees, our customers and the community around us,” Marshall says.

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Pollution Incidents Show How Vulnerable Beaches Are
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I have never seen a value placed on America’s beaches but it is certainly in the many billions of dollars. An incredible amount of hotel development is linked to beaches. So too are many other businesses. That said, you don’t just need beaches to keep the tourists coming. You need clean beaches. Incidents in recent weeks demonstrate how vulnerable beaches—and the businesses dependent on them—can be to forces out of their control. The first example is the beaches of Northern Ohio. In recent weeks a monster bloom of algae has closed beaches and sickened some. The algae, as in past years, is fed by nitrogen and phosphorus-rich runoff from the farmlands in Ohio and Indiana. Scientists say the algae this year ranks with some of the worst Lake Erie has seen. You can bet it is helping to keep tourists away—not only from the beaches but from hotels as well.

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