Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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Synergistic Lighting Introduces Mercury Free 60-Watt Light Bulb

5/12/2009

NEW LONDON, N.H.—Synergistic Lighting Technologies, LLC announced the arrival of a modernization to the traditional 60-watt incandescent bulb. The Tru-Spectrum bulb is a modular bulb that utilizes a patent pending new filament wire fabrication method in a small replaceable light source driven by a ~91 percent efficient power circuit.


Exploring Greener Alternatives to the Conventional Cotton Bathroom Towel

5/8/2009

NATIONAL REPORT—Alternatives to the traditional 100 percent cotton or cotton/polyester blend towels are becoming more common in the lodging industry—especially at luxury and boutique properties. In fact, many suppliers now offer organic cotton towels, organic cotton towels with a blend of bamboo fibers, or 100 percent bamboo towels. One can also find 100 percent cotton towels with super-fine, Extra-Long Staple (ELS) cotton. Each of these new towel styles are more environmentally friendly in their own way when compared to the towels the lodging industry has been using for so long.


GLN Welcomes Evolve Guest Controls as Founding Sponsor

5/7/2009

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Evolve Guest Controls as a Founding Sponsor. Evolve is a wireless room control system designed to save 30 percent or more on a property’s utility costs as well as offering a return on investment in less than two years.


OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber Receives Energy Star Designation

5/6/2009

HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII—General manager Dean Nakasone announced today that the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber has received an Energy Star designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Energy Star is the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection, and is awarded to qualified commercial and industrial buildings that rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency. “In the rebuild of the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber, energy efficiency was a core component; today we continue to strive towards reducing our carbon footprint in every way possible,” Nakasone said. “The Energy Star achievement is great recognition of our commitment to environmental stewardship for Hawaii and beyond.”


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Includes INNCOM Energy Management System in Renovation

5/5/2009

NIANTIC, CONN.—The luxurious Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, has made the INNCOM Energy Management System (EMS) a key component of an extensive property renovation project—a component which, thanks to a local utility energy rebate program, is even further ahead of schedule in paying for itself.


Cambean Hospitality Takes Steps to Become Carbon Neutral Company

5/4/2009

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—Cambean Hospitality, a Miami Beach-based hospitality group that owns and manages four boutique hotel properties in the historic South Beach area, announced that it plans to install solar panels and a wind turbine on the roof of the Clifton South Beach Hotel. Cambean also announced that it will purchase carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) from Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy to offset its fuel and electricity consumption. In order to quantify energy consumption, Cambean Hospitality hired HVS in Miami to perform an Operations Sustainability Analysis (OSA).


Sandpearl Resort is First Florida Hotel to Be LEED Certified

5/4/2009

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA.—Clearwater Beach’s Sandpearl Resort, developed by locally-owned JMC Communities and managed by Coral Hospitality, has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sandpearl is the first resort or hotel in Florida to achieve this distinguished honor and one of only 15 worldwide. Sandpearl Resort opened in August 2007 and is also a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program. “This certification is the culmination of extraordinary efforts by the entire JMC Communities development team, and proves Clearwater Beach’s commitment to caring for its natural resources,” said Michael Cheezem, CEO of JMC Communities. “We’ve been building on Clearwater Beach for over 15 years, and are thrilled to serve as an example that you can successfully develop in an environmentally responsible manner."


Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn Taps Into 990-Panel Solar Installation

5/3/2009

BIG SUR, CALIF.—Post Ranch Inn, recognized throughout the world as a leading green coastal property, has switched on a 990-panel solar installation, the largest hotel solar project in California and one of the largest in the United States. According to the EPA, the system is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 611,000 pounds annually. That is equivalent to removing more than 50 vehicles from the road. The solar array is owned by Recurrent Energy.


Catalyx, Ramona Tribe Start Work on Off-Grid Ecotourism Resort

4/30/2009

RAMONA INDIAN RESERVATION, CALIF.—Catalyx, Inc. has been contracted to be the technology provider and will team with the Ramona Band of the Cahuilla Indian Tribe to develop the Tribe’s Ecotourism resort near Anza, Calif. The first of its kind, the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Mission Native Americans’ resort is designed as a 100 percent off-grid renewable energy project that will employ multiple alternative energy technologies.


GLN Adds Cypress Luxury Bed & Bath as Directory Partner

4/30/2009

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Cypress Luxury Bed & Bath Amenities as a Green Product & Service Directory Partner. Cypress’ focus is on bed and bath linens that are luxurious, durable, and environmentally friendly.


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