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FARMINGDALE, N.Y.—LaMar Lighting Co. announced that its LED and fluorescent occu-smart fixtures qualify for the Demand Management Program incentives offered by Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Created specifically for seldom used areas, occu-smart helps reduce energy consumption by dimming to minimum-code illumination when the space is unoccupied while switching on to full illuminance upon occupancy.
DENVER—The piece-of-pie shaped Brown Palace Hotel, a fixture in the heart of Denver since 1892, has been undergoing a green transformation the last couple of years that has caught the eye of many. The 241-room property won the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2013 from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Assn. and the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2014 from the American Hotel and Lodging Assn. While dabbling in sustainability for a number of years—bee hives have been on the hotel roof as part of the hotel’s Bee Royalty Initiative since 2009—it was in October 2012 when good things really started to happen. That is when Brenna St. Onge was hired as Executive Housekeeper. She brought a passion for sustainability to her job and it was a year ago that she was promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms and Chair of Sustainability.
CHICAGO—A dirty packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) often has to work twice as hard and consumes twice the electricity to reach cooler room temperatures. To help hoteliers select the best A/C coil cleaning process as they plan their 2015 budgets, Cintas Corp. released a complimentary white paper covering the results of two independent A/C coil cleaning studies while providing tips for improving unit life.
ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—As Chief Visionary Officer and owner of the eight-suite Eco Serendib Villa and Spa on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Harith Wickrema is adamant about providing luxury experiences for guests that “excite, educate, and entertain.” “Eco Serendib Villa and Spa is proof that you do not necessarily have to sacrifice luxury and modern conveniences to live a greener existence,” Wickrema says. Wickrema, who grew up in Sri Lanka where “eco” efforts were standard out of necessity, readily admits that his property is not perfect when it comes to sustainability but he has gone far beyond what is standard to reduce the property’s environmental footprint. The list is very long and can be seen on Eco Serendib’s website but some of the property’s most significant initiatives include: 69 rooftop solar panels, kitchen appliances that use less energy than a 100-watt bulb and are made from as much as 75 percent recycled materials, a gray water system for irrigation, and three separate 20,000-gallon cisterns to collect rainwater.
HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics International, Inc., a 45-year innovative manufacturer and marketer of advanced-design, energy-saving light sources for commercial, institutional and residential interior and outdoor applications—and a company which popularized ultra-energy-saving, long-life screw base LED light bulbs—announced that its largest single expansion in company history is now completed. Announcement was made by Robert C. Sorensen, Founder, President and CEO of Litetronics.
EXETER, N.H.—Hay Creek Hotels is now providing Tesla electric charging stations at all of its properties. “The Tesla stations are a great service to be able to provide to our guests and we are proud to be able to offer this amenity to our travelers,” said Norman MacLeod, President & CEO of Hay Creek Hotels. “We continue to seek ways to surprise and delight our guests, and hope these charging stations make them feel at home, while providing us with an opportunity to contribute to the environment.”
NEW ORLEANS—The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22 to 24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how booths in the exhibit hall can unplug from the utility grid and operate totally on power generated by solar panels. If any of the power sources are interrupted, the remaining sources pick up the slack, exemplifying Greenbuild’s key theme of resiliency. Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. USGBC, the sponsor of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—A partnership between 3M Architectural Markets and designer Todd Bracher has resulted in the development, and now the commercialization of Lightfalls, an innovative new architectural lighting fixture. The fixture capitalizes on the laws of physics to distribute light from a single LED source over a large space, pouring light from one highly reflective surface to another.
NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel bars and restaurants operate, at least in terms of energy efficiency, much the same as free-standing commercial restaurant operations. Small energy inefficiencies add up in the same ways that they do in commercial operations. When you create any personal budget, the first thing that you do is look at how much you’re currently spending. Saving energy in your commercial kitchen begins the same way: know what your energy expenditures are.
NEW YORK—Turks & Caicos has deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. The Premier of Turks and Caicos, The Honorable Doctor Rufus Ewing, and Carbon War Room’s Operations Director, Justin Locke, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to work together to reduce the island’s dependence on fossil fuels through increased renewable energy production and improved energy efficiency. The Ten Island Challenge provides the Government of TCI the opportunity and platform to define and realize its own vision of a clean economy. In order to achieve this vision, the Carbon War Room, a global nonprofit founded by Sir Richard Branson, and Rocky Mountain Institute will provide a range of technical, project management, communications, and business advisory support services. “With the addition of Turks & Caicos, the Ten Island Challenge continues to expand its efforts to transform Caribbean economies and help the region achieve independence from fossil fuels,” said Sir Richard Branson, Co-Founder of Carbon War Room.
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