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Power Plant, Drawing Energy from Water Currents, to Power Dent Island Resort

VANTAA, FINLAND—Vancouver, B.C.-based Water Wall Turbine Inc. (WWT) has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its innovative self-floating power plant. This new commercially viable system extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electric energy. The Switch will supply its first 500 kW full-power converter in October 2014 for WWT’s prototype project, which will be used for the Dent Island Resort, near Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. System testing of the integrated equipment is planned for the first quarter of 2015. The vessel will power the resort, replacing existing diesel generators as the primary energy source, and is integrated with battery energy storage. The diesel generators will provide system backup. Additional 1 MW plants are being planned for other remote resorts and communities in British Columbia. The WWT vessel leverages patented technology in a tethered above-water design to provide superior advantages over other tidal flow power generation concepts.

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Greenview Explores ‘Honey-Sweetened Hospitality’ in New Report

It is more than five years now since I first posted an article about beekeeping on the Green Lodging News website. That article referred to The Fairmont Washington, D.C. and its three rooftop hives that included 105,000 Italian honey bees. There are now almost 20 articles on our site that mention beekeeping. I wrote a column about the topic in 2010. It included some beekeeping best practices. For example, did you know that if you are going to have hives on your property, you need to have at least two hives and they should not all be oriented in the same direction? I bring up honeybees this week because Greenview just released a study on beekeeping entitled, “Honey-Sweetened Hospitality.” (See related guest column.) In the study Greenview attempts to quantify the beekeeping phenomenon in our industry—particularly in urban locations. They identified 55 hive hotels globally.

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Why Beekeeping is Relevant to Hotel Sustainability

If you frequent Green Lodging News, you are likely someone who appreciates innovative best practices that not only have curb appeal, but also have a real opportunity to occur. The trend in urban beekeeping within the hotel industry might just be slated for that kind of trajectory. Over the past two to three years, we have seen an increase in articles highlighting hotel beekeeping as a growing trend among popular brands, such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental and InterContinental to name a few. This trend continues to gain popularity among hoteliers as I have seen myself in the hundreds of hotels I have visited over the past two years tracking practices related to sustainability. So much so that my company, Greenview, conducted a study on urban hotel beekeeping earlier this year. That study is available for download. From the study, we found out several interesting facts.

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Adds Two Bee Colonies

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.—Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality honeybees are important contributors to the many fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing 20,000 bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally friendly resort. Honeybees are the major pollinators of the resort’s many flower beds and its on-site orchard, vegetable and herb gardens. It’s estimated that in the first year, these bees will produce 70 to 80 pounds of honey as well as beeswax. While the bees will need much of this honey for the winter months, as much as 25 to 30 pounds will be harvested by the resort and used in the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon and in the resort’s kitchens.

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Tom Griffin is Driving Force Behind New Virginia Green Travel Alliance

RICHMOND, VA.—This year marked a time of big change for Tom Griffin. The original developer of the Virginia Green program and its overall coordinator since 2008 gave up his coordinator responsibilities to lead the creation of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance (VGTA). Griffin officially took on the position of Executive Director of VGTA on July 1. To help him with VGTA, Griffin has put together a board of 12 people who are influential in Virginia’s tourism industry. In his new role Griffin will remain extremely close to the original Virginia Green program. In fact, one of the missions of VGTA is to support the Virginia Green program and expand its marketing potential. The initial focus of VGTA will be on staff-level training and certification opportunities. VGTA is developing a staff training program geared toward new-hires that will orient trainees on what it means to work in a Virginia Green-certified facility. Upon completion of the orientation, participants will receive a Virginia Green All-Staff Certificate.

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The Season for Sustainability Reports—A Peek at Wyndham’s
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This must be the season for the release of sustainability reports. Marriott International issued its 2014 Sustainability Report last month. Hyatt Hotels Corp. released its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report in the past few weeks. Last week Caesars Entertainment released its Corporate Citizenship Report and Wyndham Worldwide just released its 2013 Sustainability Responsibility Report. Articles about all but the Caesars report can be found on Green Lodging News. In this blog I would like to focus on Wyndham’s report. First off, the company’s Wyndham Green program is now in its eighth year. As has other companies, Wyndham has set 2020 goals for its operationally controlled assets. Using 2010 as a baseline, Wyndham intends to reduce its carbon emissions and water consumption per square foot by 20 percent by 2020. So far it has reduced water usage globally by 16 percent per square foot and carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot when compared with the 2010 baseline.

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