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GLENS FALLS, N.Y.—1 Hotels, FOUND:RE Phoenix, HGU New York and Shore Hotel have all chosen to carry JUST water in their relentless efforts to further reduce their carbon footprints. JUST water—100 percent ethically sourced spring water—is packaged in a paper bottle made up of 82 percent renewable resources by using FSC-certified paper and plant-based plastic derived from sugarcane. This use of renewable materials results in up to 74 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional PET plastic bottles.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Milliken & Co. raised more than $500,000 for local nonprofits in Spartanburg, S.C., during the company’s new, multifaceted corporate giving campaign. The program supported United Way of the Piedmont and three Strategic Community Impact Organizations: Northside Development Group, Partners for Active Living and Spartanburg Academic Movement.
OLDSMAR, FLA.—NovaCharge LLC, a leading provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, announced the general availability of the NovaCharger NC-5000 series of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The NC-5000 series boasts a sophisticated, compact design, and features a customizable front panel enabling businesses to showcase their brand to customers and employees. This level-2 EV charger features a rugged housing and a hardened rubber charging gun making the unit ideal for all weather environments. The NC-5000 line is built for heavy usage, and is available in both wall and pole mount configurations.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, a nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, launched its new Architectural Insulation Standard (GS-54). It is designed to make it easier for the market to identify green insulation products that work and protect human as well as environmental health. It sets challenging yet achievable requirements that reflect environmental leadership among products currently available or emerging in the United States.
HASTINGS ON HUDSON, N.Y.—In2green, a leader in luxury sustainable home goods and accessories, received top recognition in the home and gift industry winning the coveted Icon Honor for Innovation. Hailed as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry, Icon Honors took place Thursday, July 14 and was produced by AmericasMart Atlanta, in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Assn. (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media and in affiliation with Gift For Life.
BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products announced that it has become a Certified B Corp, earning the coveted distinction for meeting “the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.”
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—ZON’s Powersol is changing the way people charge mobile devices by integrating its innovative technology with an everyday object used around the world—a commercial patio umbrella. Powersol has solar panels affixed to the canopy of the umbrella, which harnesses energy into a mobile charging battery hub that sits on top of a table. The battery hub charges three USB devices at once, as fast as a wall outlet, day or night.
SAN FRANCISCO—Bamboo interior finishes manufacturer Smith & Fong announced the debut of Plyboo Ceilings, a line of 40 different carved and textured ceiling panels, according to Smith & Fong President Angus Stocks. The new system employs the company’s carved bamboo panel products—including the Reveal, Sound, Linear, and Linear Sound Collections—all of which are specifically fabricated to fit all standard ceiling grids or can be installed in large panels up to 4’x10’ for custom applications.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes AspirEnergy to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Energy Services category. AspirEnergy is a full service Energy Services Company that specializes in prescribing and implementing energy efficient and renewable energy solutions to lower operating costs and maximize return on investment. It focuses on return on investment for its clients with the maximization of government and utility incentives while keeping the customer experience at the forefront of its recommendations.
CHICAGO—Evolve Controls has been selected to provide their integrated solution for guestroom controls for climate, lighting and shading for the Microsoft Connected Room solution. The Connected Room, which brings hotel services such as in-room dining, spa reservations and other hotel experiences into the digital era, is currently being piloted in two guest suites at The Cromwell, Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Microsoft highlighted the Connected Room solution at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in New Orleans to show how Microsoft technology is helping hospitality companies make digital transformations to improve the guest experience and reduce operational costs.