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CORAL GABLES, FL (Dec. 2, 2009) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has signed a Strategic Partnership agreement with Green Globe Certification to work with and support the Caribbean hospitality industry. The agreement designates Green Globe Certification as both a Strategic Partner of CHTA and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism Governing Council.
GARDEN GROVE, CALIF.—Sterling Sleep Systems’ modular mattress system will be part of the winning Sustainable Suite that will be on display at Hospitality Design Expo 2010. The mattress system was included in the winning Sustainable Suite Design Competition entry by WATG, a destination design firm. WATG led the creative design and specification process, in conjunction with IDEO, an innovation and design firm which brought expertise on human-centered sustainability.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIF.—LG Electronics USA announced the opening of the LG Training Academy in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to support the company’s expanding commercial air-conditioning business in the United States. As a growing participant in the climate control industry, this second U.S. training facility for LG Electronics Commercial Air Conditioning illustrates a burgeoning U.S. HVAC business. The first was opened a year ago near Atlanta.
GERMANTOWN, MD.—Telkonet, Inc., a clean technology company that develops and manufactures proprietary energy management and smart grid networking technology, is conducting a restructuring which includes the relocation of its offices from Germantown, Md., to Milwaukee. This transition is part of an ongoing focus to competitively position the company within the $50 billion smart grid and clean technology industries.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics was presented with a Merit Award from Interior Design Magazine for being a finalist in the 2009 Best of Year Awards. The finalists and winners were announced during a celebration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In the Best of Year Product category, Valley Forge was applauded for the Volumes of Velvet pattern Nixon. This was designed for Valley Forge by Jonathan Adler.
HORSHAM, PA.—Green Key Global, the exclusive provider of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program (“Green Key”), and Travelocity have partnered to recognize green hotels and resorts. Travelocity, the online travel website, will include Green Key members in its Green Hotel Directory; likewise, those hotels will also be tagged with an “Eco Friendly Hotel” symbol within Travelocity’s hotel shopping path.
LAS VEGAS—Control4, a leader in IP-based home and hospitality control systems, announced that Control4 Suite Systems is being used to enhance the guest experience in more than 4,300 guestrooms in the ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter. Control4 Suite Systems enables guests to control every aspect of the room environment and interact with entertainment and hotel services.
HERNDON, VA.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Energy Star qualification to Renaissance Lighting Inc. on seven more of its newest 4-inch all-white solid-state LED downlight fixtures. Recently, 11 of the company’s all-white 7-inch downlights became the first to receive the Energy Star qualification.
HONG KONG—The InterContinental Hong Kong has launched CarbonCare Events. According to the hotel’s managing director, Jean-Jacques Reibel, the InterContinental Hong Kong is the first hotel in Hong Kong and currently all of Asia to offer CarbonCare Event solutions to its meeting and event customers, in partnership with Carbon Care Asia.
TEMPERANCE, MICH.—MTS Seating, a leading manufacturer of hospitality stackable seating, was recognized by Consumers Energy of Michigan for its commitment to renewable energy through the Green Generation program. As one of the top 10 largest participants in the program, MTS utilizes more than a half a million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year. This equals nearly 20 percent of the company’s total annual consumption.
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