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SOMERSET, N.J.—Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors select organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. For the second year in a row, Philips took Product Manufacturer top honors with Partner of the Year. Philips released a total of 374 Energy Star certified products in 2013, up 40 percent over the prior year, including the world’s first Energy Star certified 100-watt LED equivalent bulb.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a Plus Manufacturing case study to its website. The focus of the case study is the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, Wash. The case study addresses how the Enzian Inn’s housekeeping staff uses Plus Manufacturing’s soap-free, residue-free Procyon to clean carpet in the inn’s nearly 100 guestrooms. Housekeepers at the inn apply Procyon in a Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)-Certified extractor, the AquaClean FLX, from Advance.
SEATTLE—Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle has been awarded Green Globe certification for the third consecutive year. “Pan Pacific Seattle accomplishes the right balance between service to guests, service to environmental stewardship and service to community,” said K. Denaye Hinds, Director of Sustainability for OBM International and Green Globe’s auditor of Pan Pacific. “Through the consistency of their Green Team and support from management, the hotel marries service and sustainability effortlessly.”
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, announces the establishment of its North American sales and distribution network. The company, which was founded in Belgium in 1909 and employs approximately 600 across the globe, is presently growing a North American distributorship for its products, which is initially being established in the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Southeast and Western regions of the United States.
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN—The high standard of environmental performance practiced by Meliá Caribe Tropical has been recognized by EarthCheck; a leading certifier of travel and tourism organizations.
UPLAND, CALIF.—As part of its mission to provide profitable solutions to the lodging industry that enhance, promote and preserve the environment, Green Suites Hotel Solutions has announced a newly formed partnership with Saint Francis Organics. The partnership will enable hotels to affordably offer their guests high quality organic personal care products site-wide, from guestroom, to the spa and gift shop, while dramatically reducing environmental impact.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—Though many travellers want to minimize the environmental impact of their trips, it can be tough to find an eco-conscious hotel, and it can be even tougher to separate the truly sustainable hotels from those that just claim to be. BookDifferent, an Amsterdam-based nonprofit, is the first hotel booking site to bring together lodgings certified by the world’s most reliable sustainability programs. After adding more than 4,500 new spots over the last year, BookDifferent now has 6,980 certified hotels, resorts and campgrounds, making it the largest eco-focused booking site on the web.
WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., a leading On Site Utility offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, announced that BUILDINGS magazine has selected On-Site Utility as a 2014 Money-Saving Product winner. On-Site Utility is part of an elite group of 97 products and services showcased in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.
WAUWATOSA, WIS.—Bostik, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, has brought Dimension RapidCure Glass-Filled, Pre-Mixed, Urethane Grout to market. A patented, reflective, water-based, urethane grout, Dimension RapidCure contains micro-glass beads and a translucent, urethane binder that both reflect light and allow it to pass through. This adds an illuminating sparkle, creating one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional effects within glass tile installations.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Milliken has demonstrated a commitment to transparency by disclosing the components of its modular carpet collections through Declare, a voluntary labeling program and database operated by the International Living Future Institute. All Milliken modular carpet collections are free of Red List hazardous materials and chemicals, which can impact the health of those who inhabit a space.
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