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VAIL, COLO.—Having guests check in to recharge is nothing new at the Antlers at Vail where the peaceful Vail, Colo., creekside setting and spacious guest suites foster relaxation. But now the Platinum-ranked Colorado hotel is receiving bookings from guests set on literally recharging—their cars. The Antlers has just added a complimentary-for-guests SemaConnect Electric Vehicle Charging Station to its long list of eco-initiatives that has earned the hotel honors that include GreenLeader status from TripAdvisor. Budget Travel has called electric vehicle charging stations “the new must-have hotel amenity.” Indeed, for Antlers at Vail, not only does the charger fit the hotel’s green directives, but it suits its commitment to providing an array of unusual complimentary amenities to increase guest comfort and convenience. From gourmet appliances for use in the guest suites’ full kitchens, to snowshoes and GoPro cameras for winter hiking, to Ski Butlers ski valet for ski and snowboarding ease, the Antlers is known for having Vail Valley’s most attentive, amenity-filled accommodations—as well as some of the greenest.
MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide announced an upgrade to LightStay, its in-house corporate responsibility measurement platform, across the company’s more than 4,440 properties globally. With new features and enhancements, this next generation of LightStay now serves as the comprehensive, one-solution platform for all environmental, operational and social impact reporting for Hilton’s global portfolio of hotels. The year-long upgrade was based on in-depth analysis of hotel data across Hilton’s global portfolio from the last five years. With thousands of metrics, Hilton improved LightStay to help hotels better manage energy and water usage as well as drive improvement across hundreds of indicators over time. This next generation of LightStay tracks historical energy and weather data to forecast future energy usage levels and predict the impact of performance on cost and annual consumption, taking into account variables such as occupancy and weather. The system cross-references the data hotels submit with expected performance and sends automatic alerts to hotel teams when performance falls below expected levels.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.—Recognizing LG Electronics’ leadership in environmental sustainability, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the leading voice of corporate responsibility, has named LG Electronics USA President and CEO as 2015 Responsible CEO of the Year.
At the management team meeting for a major hotel in a Northeastern city, the consensus is that the priority for the 2016 capital budget is to update the lobby. Earlier in the meeting, the facilities team presented a report on the state of the hotel’s core systems, including HVAC, lights and water infrastructure. The management team decides to do the lobby upgrade in 2016 and the HVAC/lighting and water conservation projects in 2017 and 2018. This is a very logical and thoughtful plan, with one hidden problem: The team just cost the hotel money. Funding the energy system upgrades now with third party funding and paying for the project out of energy savings would provide a higher net present value to the hotel ownership group than waiting and doing the project out of the capital budget over the next couple of years and keeping all the savings.
LONDON—The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and Greenview have launched the free Hotel Footprinting Tool which allows anyone easy access to the carbon and energy footprint of hotels worldwide. The Hotel Footprinting Tool uses data from the annual Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Study. It’s now far easier for hotels to compare their own carbon footprint to industry averages in their locality. Businesses seeking to map the footprint of their own hotel stays and meetings can now access more accurate figures for hotels in the area and market segment, rather than using broad industry averages or having to contact individual hotels for information. The footprint report function enables businesses and event organizers to create and download reports for reporting of their scope 3 business travel emissions, or to offset those emissions. Hotel Footprinting data is compliant with the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology, developed by ITP, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and a working group of 23 global hotel companies which created a universally recognized methodology for measuring and recording carbon outputs in hotels.
CHICAGO—In its continuous effort to innovate around sustainability and improve the communities that it calls home around the world, Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced a new relationship with Bloom Energy, a fuel cell technology company known for its unique on-site power generation systems. Hyatt Regency Greenwich has been selected as the recipient of Hyatt’s first 500kW fuel cell, which will provide up to 75 percent of the hotel’s energy load, generating significant cost savings. By generating its own electricity on-site with Bloom Energy, the hotel will reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to electricity purchased from the grid. Hyatt is announcing this news on the heels of the release of its 2015 Scorecard Report, which outlines the company’s progress against its social and environmental commitments and goals. The investment in fuel cell technology reflects the company’s 2020 goals to further its commitment to environmental stewardship. Among Hyatt’s 2020 vision goals are ones using resources more thoughtfully, making more environmentally responsible purchasing decisions, building more efficient and sustainable hotels, and encouraging broader adoption of sustainable practices.
DUBAI, U.A.E.—INTEREL, a leading manufacturer of integrated room technologies in the luxury hospitality industry, introduced its latest technology solution to hoteliers recently at the Hotel Show Dubai. “For a number of years, hoteliers around the world have focused on reducing their properties’ energy consumption and costs to make their operations greener and more sustainable, and we see great results in this space,” said Florian Gallini, Group CEO of INTEREL. “However, water consumption remains a huge challenge for hotels.”
PLANTATION, FLA.—DHL Express was honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and recognized as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J.—Hersha Hospitality Trust has selected AspirEnergy, a New Jersey-based Energy Services Company, to implement energy efficient solutions across its portfolio of hotels.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building.
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