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RENO, NEV.—The capital costs and the environmental impact of operating a large resort hotel almost always coincide. Heating, laundry, lighting, landscaping—they all have an impact on both a resort’s bottom line and the natural environment. Hotels have the opportunity to save money and save the environment at the same time, but launching conservation projects that significantly reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint and operating budget takes strategy, some innovative thinking and a commitment to capitalize conservation efforts. Here are five ways The Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino saves millions of dollars each year while conserving water and energy and reducing the resort’s overall environmental footprint. The Peppermill made a huge bet on geothermal energy in 2011.
WAILEA, HAWAII—The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa located in the luxurious Wailea Resort destination has recently been recognized with the ‘Aipono “Excellence in Sustainability Award”. The reader’s choice award, presented by Maui Magazine, acknowledges the resort’s accomplishment as a top sustainability performer and recognizes its role in environmental leadership.
BOULDER, COLO.—SERI announced the R2 Leader program, which is designed to support efforts by companies and organizations to advance the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics. R2 Leaders launches with a coalition of 10 partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corp. and Xerox.
LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) and Clean the World, a not-for-profit global hygiene organization, unveiled new manufacturing equipment at Clean the World’s Las Vegas facility that will help the organization double its production of recycled soap, helping people in need both domestically and around the globe. At an event launching the new equipment, the two organizations also announced LVS’ underwriting of 100,000 Clean the World hygiene kits for distribution through the American Red Cross to local and national disaster victims and a mass community effort to build the kits at LVS’ Venetian and Palazzo properties in the coming months. The new soap recycling equipment and disaster relief kit build have been made possible as part of a $1 million corporate partnership between LVS and Clean the World in 2014—the largest corporate donation in Clean the World’s history. The new machinery unveiled will sanitize and recycle enough soap gathered from Las Vegas-area hospitality properties to produce nearly 20,000 three-ounce bars of soap a day.
UPLAND, CALIF.—As part of its mission to provide profitable solutions to the lodging industry that enhance, promote and preserve the environment, Green Suites Hotel Solutions has announced a newly formed partnership with Saint Francis Organics. The partnership will enable hotels to affordably offer their guests high quality organic personal care products site-wide, from guestroom, to the spa and gift shop, while dramatically reducing environmental impact.
NEW YORK—Trump Hotel Collection launched a new digital newspaper service for guests on June 2. The company is providing complimentary, unlimited access to top newspapers and magazines through digital access to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and PressReader, which features over 2,500 domestic and international titles. The number of paper newspapers distributed to guests dropped by 80 percent in the first week after the service was launched.
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.—More than two years after going “live” with their 756-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system—a structure based on 10 carports in the hotel’s parking area—the owners of the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel are investing in additional systems to further reduce energy and water consumption and costs significantly. Investments involve a switch from heating oil to natural gas for air and water heating, an LED retrofit project, and an upgrade to ultra high efficiency toilets. Rishi Shah, Asset Manager of the hotel, says the current transition to natural gas for heating involves a significant mechanical system upgrade. “We are upgrading boilers and storage tanks,” he says. “It will result in tremendous operating savings and have a payback of three years. We are estimating a savings of $7,000 to $8,000 per month.” Shah says the upgrades will cost $320,000 and are being paid for without any incentives. This past January the hotel’s owners (Shah’s family) wrapped up a transition to LED lighting throughout the hotel, including guestrooms.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Global Sustainability Solutions (GSS) as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. GSS is a woman owned and operated recycling business committed to providing economical and environmental solutions for the hospitality market. GSS offers cost efficient solutions for reuse of end of life materials through customized recycling programs for mattresses, TVs, small appliances and carpet.
ORLANDO, FLA.—In keeping with its dedication to employ environmentally sound practices at the 500-acre property, Grande Lakes Orlando announces a boost to its growing eco-positive actions at its 18-hole golf course, and surrounding natural preserve as well as a significant recycling and waste reduction initiative in collaboration with Harvest Power. The green practices carried out on the golf course and towards the protection of its natural surroundings have earned the course the designation of “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” as well as a certification from the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). Most recently, it received the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Sustainability Award, one of the highest honors in the industry for its comprehensive high performance across all aspects of maintaining the course. This includes nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community. The course borders the Shingle Creek Basin, an Environmental Preserve that will never be subject to further development. Guests now also have the opportunity to learn more about the resort’s natural surroundings with the addition of six certified Florida Master Naturalists.
SAN DIEGO—Hilton San Diego Bayfront has been named the number one most sustainable Hilton hotel in the United States of America by Hilton Worldwide. Hilton San Diego Bayfront has recently received a number of green sustainability awards for the property’s multitude of recycling and energy conservation efforts. These notable recognitions come from a national and local level. In addition to being named the most sustainable Hilton property in the United States, City of San Diego has awarded the hotel with the 2014 Director’s Recycling Award, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently recognized the hotel as the Energy Champion in Hospitality at their 2014 Energy Showcase Awards. “We have achieved a nearly 20 percent reduction in energy use,” says Tip Jozsa, Director of Property Operations for Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
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