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8/27/2014

Mohegan Sun Massachusetts to Incorporate Numerous Renewable Energy Technologies

REVERE, MASS.—Mohegan Sun Massachusetts is expected to be among the greenest resort casinos in the nation, with one of the highest LEED scores of any such facility in the industry. This is according to points earned from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program that recognizes building best practices and scores various elements and features. The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA MA) has also commended Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, calling it “markedly superior in every design aspect” compared to a Wynn Resorts proposal for Everett, Mass. In a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the AIA MA praised Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ design for its creativity, sustainable features and strong connections to public transportation, the beach and the surrounding community. “The Revere design is curvy, playful, fun architecture that fits Revere’s long history of recreation and entertainment....The proposed project feels like a true destination,” said the AIA MA in the letter to the Gaming Commission.

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Report Highlights Marriott’s Green Goals, Leadership in Many Different Areas

Marriott International just released its 2014 Sustainability Report. It is the third time Marriott has issued a Sustainability Report using guidelines established by the Global Reporting Initiative. One can either read it as a whole or select from a series of Issue Reports in areas such as Environmental Performance, Community Engagement, and Ethics and Human Rights. This new approach, according to Denise Naguib, Marriott’s Vice President of Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, makes the report a lot more readable. “The graphical changes are also much more appealing,” she told me in an interview this past week. There is much to pay attention to in the report. Marriott is still on pace to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020 (baseline year 2007). So far Marriott has reduced water intensity by 13 percent, energy intensity by 11 percent, and greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 12 percent.

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An Analysis of the Many ‘Green’ Upsides to Adaptive Reuse Projects

Considered the largest sector of the travel and tourism industry, the hotel business will be increasingly challenged in its effort to keep up with demand without causing damage to the environment. There are various challenges that the hospitality sector faces with regards to green initiatives, including rapid growth in the travel industry, transient occupants, and long hours of operation. Nevertheless, strong efforts have been made throughout the industry to realize the environmental and financial benefits of upgrading existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, and improve the quality of the space in terms of air, noise and natural light. While innovative construction and design methodologies continue to optimize environmental performance in new-build developments, a significant contribution that the hotel industry is making in the area of sustainability is by making better use of pre-existing infrastructure.

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Pre-Constructed Canyon Lodge Units Enter Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—The large structures arriving in Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village are tangible indications that the Canyon Lodge & Cabins redevelopment project is truly taking shape. Constructed in Boise, Idaho by Guerdon Enterprises, the modules will eventually comprise five multi-story lodges featuring stone and wood that blend into the surrounding area. The first three lodges will open in 2015 and the remaining two the following year. The modules are being created in a controlled environment that allows for year-round work while minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency. As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts is overseeing the $70 million project that will replace more than 300 cabins with five modern lodge buildings.

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Erin Rowland a Leading Force Behind Oregon Convention Center’s Most Notable Achievements

PORTLAND, ORE.—Among U.S. meeting facilities, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in Portland, Ore. is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious when it comes to accomplishments in green building and sustainability. This past March it became only the second meeting facility in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification. Earlier this summer, OCC achieved Level Four certification for the ASTM Standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. As a cherry on top of those accomplishments, OCC recently received the 2014 Green Award at Travel Portland’s 35th Annual Tourism & Hospitality Industry Awards Celebration. A leading force behind OCC’s many achievements is Erin Rowland, the Center’s Sustainability Coordinator. Rowland, who recently earned her LEED AP for Existing Buildings Accreditation, has been working in her current position since November 2012.

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The Urban Heat Island Effect & Your Warming Hotel
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If you operate or plan to operate a hotel in an urban center, you would be wise to understand the urban heat island effect and its relationship to climate change. According to Climate Central, urban areas can be significantly hotter than areas outside of the city and climate change is making that difference in temperature more dramatic. Climate Central says summers in the United States have been warming since 1970. But on average across the United States cities are even hotter, and have been getting hotter faster than adjacent rural areas. Single-day urban temperatures in some metro areas can be as much as 27°F higher than the surrounding rural areas. The top 10 cities with the most intense summer urban heat islands (average daily urban-rural temperature differences) over the past 10 years are: Las Vegas (7.3°F); Albuquerque (5.9°F); Denver (4.9°F); Portland, Ore. (4.8°F); Louisville (4.8°F); Washington, D.C. (4.7°F); Kansas City (4.6°F); Columbus (4.4°F); Minneapolis (4.3°F); and Seattle (4.1°F).

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