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ITHACA, N.Y.—A team of three researchers has developed a standard measurement of expenses for energy and supplies that can be used as a sustainability gauge for the hotel industry. The researchers, Jie Zhang and Nitin Joglekar, of Boston University, and Rohit Verma, of Cornell University, explain their measurement in a new report from Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research, “Developing Measures for Environmental Sustainability in Hotels: An Exploratory Study.” The report is available at no charge from the center. “Looking at the hotel chart of accounts, we see that managers have to analyze expenses in at least five areas of their operating statement to get a sense of their energy and resource use, which affects their operation’s sustainability,” said Zhang, a doctoral candidate at Boston University. “We analyzed operating-statement accounts for 984 U.S. hotels over the span of 2001 to 2008.”
EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Made in USA Certified, Inc., a leader in independent, third party assurance verification for genuine Made in USA products, announced that the XLERATOR line of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers have been granted the Made in USA Certified Seal of Certification.
TROY, OHIO—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that ITW Food Equipment Group–North America (ITW FEG) has been honored with a 2010 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award. ITW FEG was the only commercial foodservice equipment manufacturer that received the 2010 Sustained Excellence award.
TROY, OHIO—For the fourth consecutive year, the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) is awarding a $5,000 grant to the individual or company judged to have the best-executed foodservice or food retail sustainability project of the year. Submissions are currently being accepted, and the recipient will be announced at the 2010 Greenbuild Expo scheduled for November 16 to 19 in Chicago.
OREM, UTAH—ILLUMRA, a leader in wireless battery-free controls, announced the release of a new solar-powered light sensor that can run indefinitely on a few hours of light a day. The new product, when used with other wireless devices, creates a daylight harvesting solution that is both easy to install and use.
ROSWELL, GA.—Dectron Inc. introduces the DRY-O-TRON DSV Series, a dehumidifier designed for light commercial indoor pool and spa areas. Besides Dectron’s signature feature of heat recovery for free pool water heating, the new DSV Series includes green features such as a variable frequency drive controlled plenum fans, optional electronically-commutated motors, and micro channel condensing coils.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring the first national energy efficiency contest of its kind, featuring 14 commercial buildings from across the country. Two hotels are among the 14 contestants. They include the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown and the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Texas. The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be declared the winner at EPA’s final weigh-in on October 26, 2010. “It’s time for buildings to tighten their belts and we’re happy to help them go on an energy diet,” said Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation. “Cutting energy use will reduce their monthly expenses and their carbon footprint, showing that environmental protection and economic growth can go hand in hand.” Nearly 200 applications were received for EPA’s National Building Competition.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc. unveiled an upgraded version of its Telkonet SmartEnergy (TSE) energy management thermostat, the SS5200 smart thermostat. The SS5200 is the newest member of Telkonet’s energy management smart thermostat family. The SS5200 incorporates modifications in both its hardware and software.
NEW DELHI—ITC Welcomgroup turned to the experts at Carrier Airconditioning & Refrigeration Ltd. (Carrier India) to provide an energy efficient cooling solution for the ITC Hotel Royal Gardenia, Bengaluru, which was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council, making it the world’s largest and Asia’s first LEED Platinum rated green hotel, according to ITC.
SOUTH EGREMONT, MASS.—Monarch Bath, Bed & Spa, a leading global provider of bathrobes and luxury hotel linens, announced that they have signed an exclusive agreement with The Comphy Company to provide their eco-friendly line of bed sheets to hotel markets worldwide. Comphy sheets are the latest addition to the MONARCH ECO product line.
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