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BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone National Park recently received a 2008 EcoStar Award for its successful and efficient waste reduction efforts at the historic park. EcoStar Awards are given to companies and organizations leading the way in pollution prevention.
Delaware North expects to recycle more than 175,000 pounds of cardboard and 2,000 pounds of paper at Yellowstone this year. The company will also recycle more than 28,000 pounds of glass and 17,000 pounds of plastic in 2008. “Our company is thrilled and honored to receive this EcoStar Award,” said Derek Zwickey, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts regional general manager.
NEW YORK—Five exhibitors in five green categories were honored with Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS), Sunday, November 9, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The awards program recognizes best new products within the categories of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology. The first day of the IH/M&RS was also highlighted by a keynote presentation on “Sustainability” by Christine Ervin, former president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and president of Christine Ervin/Company.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Member balloting for LEED 2009 is underway, marking the U.S. Green Building Council’s final step in this latest evolution of the LEED green building certification system. Member approval is the final stage of the process used to develop, test, evaluate, revise and publish all LEED rating systems. Member ballotting opened on October 14 and will close November 14, 2008, at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. LEED 2009 represents an important major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings, and includes a series of major technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other environmental and human health outcomes.
KEYSTONE, COLO.—As the public becomes increasingly conscious of being green, choosing a meeting space that is environmentally-friendly has become a top priority for many incentive groups. Keystone Conference Center has made a commitment to the environment by introducing clean energy technology.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced that the 2010 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) will be June 21 to 24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world’s largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. It offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology sessions led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Buffalo Lodging Associates, LLC, a hotel development and management company, announced that four of their eight Florida hotels have been designated as “green” through the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Green Lodging Program. Earning the designation demonstrates a responsibility to protect Florida’s environment while providing the comforts of home. The following Buffalo Lodging hotels have demonstrated their commitment to succeed in protecting Florida’s resources: Homewood Suites UCF Area-Orlando (the first Green Lodging hotel in the UCF Area); Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Nearest Universal Orlando; Comfort Suites Universal Studios Area-Orlando; and Comfort Suites University Park/Sarasota.
NATIONAL REPORT—It is odd that the most-recognized graphic symbol for a good idea is a lit incandescent bulb, but that’s been the case for at least a century. It’s getting to be common knowledge, however, that the incandescent is likely to go the way of its immediate successors in commercial lighting, the High-Intensity Discharge (HID) and conventional fluorescent varieties, which are also likely to rapidly disappear soon. Part of this change has been underway in the hospitality industry for some time now, of course, thanks to the screw-in compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) that now seem to be the rule rather than the exception in guestrooms. These bulbs are of the relatively new type of lighting, solid-state High-Intensity Fluorescent, or HIF, which will replace commercial and industrial incandescent and HID lighting soon.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Hotel owners now have more energy efficient choices when shopping for televisions. Since November 1, televisions meeting EPA’s new, more comprehensive energy efficiency specification have been available. Televisions that meet the new Energy Star specification will be up to 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional models. If all televisions sold in the United States met the new Energy Star requirements, the savings in energy costs would grow to be about $1 billion annually and greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the equivalent of about 1 million cars. The new specification requires energy efficiency when televisions are on, as well as off or in “standby” mode.
CHICAGO—The InterContinental Chicago is offering eco-conscious travelers one of the greenest hotel stays in the city of Chicago. On October 16, the historic hotel, housed in a building built in 1929, received the Green Seal Silver certification for superior eco-friendly initiatives and highly efficient energy use. The InterContinental was one of only five hotels in Chicago to receive the certification, and the only “big 10” hotel—the 10 largest hotels in the city by capacity—to be honored. Green Seal certification is awarded by Green Seal, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO—Emerging on the hotel scene with an environmental focus, Sandos Hotels & Resorts unveiled plans to convert Sandos Caracol Beach Resort & Spa and Sandos Select Club Beach Resort & Spa in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, into an Eco-Resort and Eco-Versity in which guests will view, learn and engage in ecological techniques and practices. The new Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa will debut in 2009. “In order to move towards a sustainable future, we decided to transform our Caracol complex into an Eco-Resort by implementing a variety of ‘green’ practices that are taken to the next level,” said Jacques De Paep, director of sales and marketing, Sandos Hotels & Resorts.
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