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EPA Overhauling Energy Star Rating System for Better Hotel Energy Measurement

8/25/2016

In one effort to gain better understanding of building energy efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for a more granular level of building data from the multi-billion dollar hotel industry. Based on data collected from a nationwide survey of buildings (the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey—CBECS), the EPA developed its 1 to 100 Energy Star scoring system to benchmark hotels, motels, and other lodging facilities on their energy efficiency, and hotels want honors-level grades. But the industry has grown significantly—2014 marked the fifth consecutive year that hotels and lodging added new jobs to the economy, bringing in $176 billion in sales revenue, according to data from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). With that growth, the variables for characterizing building energy efficiency are changing as hotels make upgrades to differentiate, attract new customers, and keep old customers. To address those changes, the EPA has partnered with the AH&LA’s Sustainability Committee to overhaul the methodology for the hotel scoring system.


Deadline Approaching for Completing Planet’s Premier Green Lodging Survey

8/24/2016

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, remind you to complete the planet’s premier Green Lodging Survey. Owners and operators of lodging establishments around the globe are being asked to participate. The survey will remain open through August 31. The Green Lodging Survey is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. There is no cost to participate in the survey. The Green Lodging Survey is sponsored by The Arbor Day Foundation at the Silver level and Pineapple Hospitality, Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems, PragmaTech Ltd. and reCollect2 Co. at the Bronze level. The survey launched with the support of Travelife, Green Key Global, Mekong Tourism Office, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific and Clean the World. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet—primarily those in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia—are encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey. “I am excited to partner with Greenview on this global project that has been built to uncover and analyze lodging’s leading innovative best practices in the area of sustainability,” says Glenn Hasek, Publisher and Editor of Green Lodging News. “Green Lodging News and Greenview intend to reach tens of thousands of lodging establishments with this survey.”


Fairmont Kea Lani Celebrates Completion of 500 kW Solar Installation

8/23/2016

WAILEA, HAWAII—Today, Fairmont Kea Lani will hold a Power Up Celebration and blessing to mark the completion of a photovoltaic installation project. The 500 kilowatt, 1,528 panel solar installation generates 845,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough electricity to power 139 homes on Maui. The project is expected to reduce the resort’s current energy demand by more than 10 percent and reduce CO2e emissions by 462 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of removing 97 passenger cars from local roads per year. “Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to social responsibility is deeply ingrained in the culture of the resort,” says Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head. “We are extremely proud to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani with this important energy initiative and successful installation of our photovoltaic system.” Fairmont Kea Lani’s photovoltaic installation project is in partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Host Hotels and Resorts, Maui Electric Company, Resort Energy Ventures as the designer and project manager and HNU Energy as the contractor.


Carlota Hotel, in Pursuit of LEED, Opens in Ecuador

8/23/2016

QUITO, ECUADOR—The Quito Tourism Board announced the opening of the Carlota Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Quito’s bustling historic district. Carlota Hotel is located in a renovated house built at the turn of the century in 1905. This property is the first urban-design boutique hotel in Quito’s Historic District and aims to become the first LEED certified hotel in Ecuador and the first LEED certified design boutique hotel in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel opened on July 21.


Exploring the Electronic Water Conditioning/Water Conservation Connection

8/22/2016

NATIONAL REPORT—Electronic devices have changed the way that people work and live, often simplifying complex tasks. The iPhone is said to have combined more than 15 separate devices that Radio Shack offered, and reduced the cost of ownership while decreasing complexity. The water market offers a large set of opportunities to improve conservation using new technologies. Consider the role that chemicals historically have played for controlling water quality and the millions of gallons of hazardous chemicals that are used each day. Electronic devices are able to reduce water and chemical use by over 50 percent. Cooling towers in the United States use trillions of gallons of water per year to keep building temperatures comfortable. They require three or more separate chemicals to maintain efficient operations by controlling mineral scaling, biological activity, and corrosion. Traditional control measures require chemicals specific to each problem, many of which are hazardous. Chemically treated water cannot easily be reused, so it is discarded into a sanitary sewer after brief use.


Premium, Greener, Healthier, Allergy-Conscious Guestrooms Getting More Attention

8/18/2016

NATIONAL REPORT—Two months ago, Delos announced the expansion of its Stay Well hotel room program into six Marriott hotels in the United States. According to Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos, the Marriott properties are the first hotel additions to the Stay Well program since October 2012. It was then that Delos landed the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as a client. (Delos has since launched a Stay Well Meetings program.) Stay Well rooms feature a number of upgrades to enhance the health and quality of a room environment—water purification, vitamin C infused shower, mattress and pillow encasements, etc. Stay Well rooms at the six Marriott hotels will be available for approximately $30 per night above prevailing rates. The notion of packaging together a group of green amenities and features, with the idea of making a guestroom healthier and more eco-friendly, and even deserving of a higher rate, is not a new one. For at least 10 years, PURE Solutions NA has worked with hotels around the world to offer PURE Rooms.


Ritz-Carlton Now Offering Charging Stations Worldwide

8/17/2016

CHEVY CHASE, MD.—The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C is now offering charging stations at properties across the globe. The stations are currently installed at a majority of the brand’s North American locations and select international hotels. The Ritz-Carlton network of destination charging stations make long distance travel convenient and easy from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and Barcelona to Hong Kong with the installation of two charging stations at each property, and the ability to charge up for the next 150 miles in two and a half hours. “Our organization is committed to seek ways to inspire people to live differently,” said Ed French, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Co. “To adopt a lifestyle in which we can travel responsibly, comfortably and create memories that will last a lifetime. Commitment to the community and environment was part of our original 1983 mission statement. Globally, we focus our efforts in three areas, of which one is environmental responsibility. Our approach is to merge our global strategy with local perspective.”


EPA Adds Waste Tracking Feature to Energy Star Portfolio Manager

8/16/2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers. Reducing waste and reusing materials more productively through sustainable materials management over their entire lifecycles conserves resources, helps communities remain economically competitive and supports a healthy environment. EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager is already used to measure energy, water and greenhouse gas metrics in more than 450,000 U.S. buildings, representing over 40 percent of U.S. commercial space, as well as in more than 10,000 buildings in Canada. Now owners and managers using Portfolio Manager will be able to benchmark 29 types of waste across four different management metrics alongside their existing sustainability management indicators. Types of waste include building materials, glass, paper, plastics, and trash. Currently, U.S. commercial buildings and manufacturing activities are responsible for as much as 45 percent of the 150 million tons of waste in the United States that ends up in incinerators or landfills each year.


Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort to Reopen in Fiji in September

8/16/2016

FIJI—Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has announced its grand reopening for September 1, following tropical cyclone Winston in February 2016. The iconic eco-luxury resort has been restored to its former splendor and further enhanced to feature a new dedicated spa and refreshed design elements and furnishings for its guestrooms (bures) and suites, an expanded pier, updated swimming pools and more.


IHG Army Hotels Abrams Hall on Fort Benning Earns LEED Gold

8/15/2016

FORT BENNING, GA.—Regional and national leaders from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the U.S. Army and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gathered at the IHG Army Hotels Abrams Hall on Fort Benning to celebrate the property’s recent LEED Gold certification. The property has also already achieved the highest Level of certification—Level 4—in IHG’s group-wide sustainability program, the IHG Green Engage system, and is a great example of IHG’s commitment to sustainability. The IHG Green Engage system allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption as well as recommending more than 200 Green Solutions which help deliver greater sustainability. Level 4 hotels are leading hotels in the environmental sustainability area. They demonstrate leading and innovative approaches to being sustainable. Abrams Hall received the LEED Gold status by earning points for sustainable practices across key areas such as reducing water and energy use and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Features of the property include software-controlled heating/cooling systems in both common spaces and guestrooms and the use of recyclable materials for construction.


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