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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes DryFast B2B as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The company is the lodging industry’s No. 1 supplier of the DryFast Energy Saving Dryer Blanket. The blanket can save 15 to 25 percent on energy costs.
MONTEREY, CALIF.—Security National Guaranty (SNG) announced plans to develop the greenest ecoresort in the world on the Monterey Peninsula. To be located on a degraded former sand mining site, Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort will be an environmentally friendly development that will provide visitors, tourists and residents with an ideal green living environment.
DOVER, DEL.—Three grants have been awarded to the Delaware hospitality industry for projects that will prevent pollution by conserving energy and water resources, recycling and other sustainable practices. The grant funds, which total $13,290, were provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Delaware Pollution Prevention Program grant. According to Crystal Nagyiski, manager of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Pollution Prevention Program, the proposals were accepted based on the project’s plans to implement sustainable practices that reduce pollution and conserve energy and natural resources. One of the grants includes $4950 for the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Assn. to implement and demonstrate the cost and environmental effectiveness of single stream recycling programs in five Delaware lodging facilities.
ALSIP, ILL.—Litetronics International, Inc. announced that it is now carrying a full line of Plug-in Compact Fluorescent Tube (PFT) lamps in 2700K, 3500K, 4100K, and 5000K. PFT lamps are equipped with a two- or four-pin base that is specific to the lamp’s wattage, and they utilize a ballast that is built into the fixture.
SEATTLE—The Hyatt at Olive 8 has opened its doors in the heart of Seattle’s thriving entertainment and dining district. Located at the corner of Olive and 8th, the new hotel—on track to be Seattle’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified hotel—is a striking addition to the city’s skyline and adds a new, more eco-friendly experience to the Pacific Northwest hospitality market. One of the first in a new generation of environmentally conscious hotels across the country, Hyatt at Olive 8 offers its guests a uxurious “green” stay, from energy-efficient rooms to the locally sourced food and beverages at Urbane and all-natural, results-driven spa treatments at Elaia.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—With climate change a growing concern and the economic crisis affecting their bottom line, European hoteliers are about to take part in a United Nations backed program designed to reduce energy consumption and generate significant savings in operating costs. The specific goal is to achieve a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency and a 10 percent increase in the use of renewable energy technologies. The Energy Efficiency Excellence for the Tourism Industry (EEETI) project aims to research and develop future energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for hotels in the 27 member countries of the European Union. According to the UNWTO, the international hotel sector is one of the tourism industry’s largest drivers of employment and economic revenue, and also is among the most energy-intensive sectors.
PEACHTREE CITY, GA.—Rinnai Corp., the world’s largest gas appliance manufacturer and leading tankless water heater manufacturer, announced that six models from its line of tankless water heaters have earned the U.S. Department of Energy’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s exclusive Energy Star rating for energy efficiency.
ATLANTA—IHG, the world’s largest hotel company by number of rooms, is trialing a new online system called “Green Engage,” which will help hotel general managers manage energy consumption more effectively. Early trials have shown potential energy savings of up to 25 percent. If fully adopted by all hotels across the 4,000-strong IHG portfolio, it is estimated that the savings for hotel owners could be as much as $200 million. The system, which was developed by IHG, will be rolled out across IHG’s seven brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental following final trials in 650 hotels which started in late January 2009.
VENTURA, CALIF.—Planet Minder LLC introduces ShowerMinder, a product invented to help hotels dramatically save water, energy, money and reduce greenhouse gases by lowering hotel guests’ shower time. ShowerMinder, similar to the highly successful towel/linen reuse programs, invites hotel guests to participate in the conservation of valuable natural resources by asking them to be mindful of their showering time.
SAN DIEGO—Bekaert Specialty Films, LLC announced it has received the status of Climate Action Leader by the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR), the country’s most rigorous voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program. The company’s carbon footprint had to be verified by independent auditors Bureau Veritas before being accepted by CCAR.
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