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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Completes Installation of Cogeneration Plant

KAUAI, HAWAII—The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, located on the island of Kaua‘i, announced the completion of a multimillion-dollar project to install a cogeneration plant and reduce its carbon footprint in the Hawaiian Islands. The cogen plant will generate electricity and steam for the 18.5 acre Kaua‘i hotel, powering the resort’s eight buildings, heating water in guest villas as well as the resort’s four pools and three whirlpools. It is the first instance in the Hawaiian Islands where a cogen system has the capacity to generate up to 100 percent of a resort’s energy needs. Kaua‘i’s primary source of electrical generation is fueled by imported diesel, and combined with the islands’ remote geographic location, Kaua‘i has the highest energy costs in the nation. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, with 346 villa accommodations, is among the largest resorts on the island and thus one of the largest consumers of energy. The resort’s new system is known as a Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP) system.

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Thanks to Heroic Efforts, Proper Training, Man’s Life Saved at New York Hotel

The evening of Friday, May 8 was unlike any other for Ruben Hernandez, Security Supervisor at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. Ruben had just started his shift, which typically runs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when he got a call that a guest was unresponsive in a fifth floor room. Ruben grabbed the hotel’s automated external defibrillator (AED) and started running. Fortunately, the elevator door on the ground floor was open. That alone could have meant life or death for the guest. When Ruben arrived at the scene, he and his fellow Security Officer, Danny Sandoval, began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When CPR failed to revive the guest, Ruben made the decision to activate the AED. The AED told Ruben to administer a shock to the guest using the AED.

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Teknor Apex Manager Responds to ‘Future Without Vinyl’ Column

One glance around a hotel lobby and the trained eye can see many opportunities for flexible and rigid polymeric materials necessary for efficient, effective and safe construction. It would seem that Cliff Goldman, author of the guest column in January entitled, “A Hotel Industry Future Without Vinyl Products,” would have these potential opportunities exclude vinyl as an option, for reasons he may not fully understand. Most professional designers and engineers know the benefits of flexible vinyl, including its inherent flame retardant advantages, UV resistance, stain and scratch resistance and low VOC properties, not to mention recyclability. These characteristics all fare very well when compared to other polymeric materials.

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Hotel Indigo in Development for The Sustainable City in Dubai

DUBAI, U.A.E.—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of a management agreement with Diamond Developers to launch the second Hotel Indigo in the U.A.E. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s boutique brand and each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighborhood it is located in. From the design of the building to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, each Hotel Indigo property is unique to its surroundings, so no two properties are the same. In addition, guests can look forward to immersing in stories of the neighborhood through creatively crafted spaces reflecting the area’s heritage—a key cornerstone of the brand.

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IHG’s Lindsay Wilkinson Helps Push Company Toward 100 Percent IHG Green Engage Participation

ATLANTA—Late last year, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that its IHG Green Engage program would be rolled out across the company’s global estate of 4,900 hotels as of January 1, 2015. All properties flying an IHG flag—Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Candlewood Suites, etc.—now have until the end of this year to reach at least Level One within IHG Green Engage. In a franchisor/franchisee relationship, mandates sometimes do not go over well but in this case, says Lindsay Wilkinson, Manager—Environmental Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility for IHG, reception has been widely positive. Helping to oversee the transition to IHG Green Engage is just one of Wilkinson’s many responsibilities within IHG. Those properties working to achieve Level One must accomplish 10 action items—setting up a green team and tracking utility data are two of the items.

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GoFoam Florida Reaches Out to Green Lodging News
7 days ago

I recently heard from someone representing a local foam advocacy site here in Florida. The name of the site is GoFoam Florida. In case you are wondering what kind of foam I am referring to, it is the polystyrene foam found in cups (often referred to as Styrofoam cups, even though Styrofoam is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company that is used for insulation, not food packaging products). Polystyrene foam is also used in egg cartons, serving trays, to-go containers, etc. GoFoam is an affiliate of Dart Container Corp., maker of polystyrene foam containers. Of course it is in the best interest of Dart to do what it can to keep folks using polystyrene foam. For those who do, and there are a lot of you, Dart has provided a map of public drop-off locations for polystyrene foam recycling. A quick check found just four locations here in Florida.

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