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Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Moves Forward with Solar Energy Project


INDIANAPOLIS—The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis, a hotel owned and operated by Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc., has requested a grant from the Indiana Department of Energy and Defense to install solar panels on the roof of the hotel. The initiative would make way for alternative energy use at the property.

It’s Official: Proximity Hotel is First LEED Platinum Hotel


GREENSBORO, N.C.—Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels announced that The Proximity Hotel and Print Works Bistro have been awarded LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

Emory Conference Center Takes Big Chunk Out of its Waste Stream


ATLANTA—The Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) in Atlanta is continuing its commitment to the environment and its “green” guests. The property has recently been re-certified by Green Seal, converted to a new food waste elimination system, began recycling its waste cooking oil into fuel, and introduced single stream recycling. ECCH is the only Green Seal-certified hotel in Georgia.

Lodge at The Amee Farm Opens Powered by Geothermal


PITTSFIELD, VT.—A two-year restoration that included relocating a farmhouse dating to the mid 1800s has created a new, highly eco-friendly, 16-room lodge called The Amee Farm, one mile north of Pittsfield, Vt. The Amee Farm restoration was undertaken by Michael Halovatch of New York City. Amee Farm is managed by Becky Mcmillian, chef/caretaker, and also by Chris Orosz, farm manager.

Q Hotel & Spa's 38-Point Plan Keeps Green Efforts on Track


KANSAS CITY, MO.—Doug Gamble, managing partner of the Q Hotel + Spa here in Kansas City, Mo., is on a mission to make his 123-room hotel as sustainable as possible—even to the point of turning off lights in the lobby during the day and hanging clotheslines to help dry washed linens. Gamble’s company has owned the hotel since April 2007. A renovation was recently completed.

1.5-Megawatt Wind Turbine at Jiminy Peak Passes One-Year Mark


HANCOCK, MASS.—After the price of electricity jumped 50 percent during the 2005-2006 ski season at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, management knew it had to do something significant. It could not just keep passing along rising costs to its customers; it would lose market share. The resort invested in a 1.5-megawatt wind turbine that will pay huge dividends in the long term.

Biltmore Farms to Install Solar Water Heating System Atop New Hilton


ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Biltmore Farms SM Hotels announced that it will install a large-scale solar water heating system atop its new Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park Town Square. The system will provide the 165-room hotel with more than 2,000 gallons of hot water a day, and it’s expected that the system will save approximately $10,000 annually in fossil fuel costs at current rates.

Seaview, a Dolce Resort, Helping to Protect Diamondback Terrapins


GALLOWAY, N.J.—Seaview, a Dolce Resort, is taking environmentally friendly actions to become a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and help preserve the Diamondback Terrapins. Each year, the resort's famed Bay Course is inhabited by nesting Diamondback Terrapins, a species of turtles native to the brackish coastal swamps of the eastern and southern United States.

New Rhode Island NYLO to Be Powered by Renewable Energy


PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The NYLO Providence/Warwick is setting a new standard for living a loft lifestyle in Rhode Island—while using renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and hydro to better meet the demands of its guests in an eco-friendly climate. NYLO Providence/Warwick has become the first hotel in the state to open completely powered by renewable energy from local resources.

Hotels Among EPA Performance Track Members Renewing Commitments


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seven lodging properties and several Fortune 100 companies, including Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, and Xerox, are among the 96 facilities that have renewed their membership in EPA's National Environmental Performance Track program. Among the lodging properties: the Pinewood Cove Resort.

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