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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.
SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald Brand has added Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper hot cups to their line of 170 environmental disposable products, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible forest management and environmental protection.
WILKES-BARRE, PA.—When King’s College purchased the downtown Ramada Inn in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in late 2013, the 190-room hotel came with just about everything one would expect to come with a full-service hotel. The kitchen was fully stocked with appliances. The guestrooms still had furniture, linens, etc. Meeting rooms also still included furniture. The previous owner left just about everything for the new owner to remove—more than 4,500 items. King’s College had no intention of running a hotel; it purchased the property in order to convert it into a dormitory and administrative space. King’s College could have called on a liquidator, a waste hauler, or both, but instead it called on IRN—The Recycling Network to manage the removal and placement of all unwanted items. IRN, based in Concord, N.H., specializes in the recycling or placement of items typically removed from hotels or other commercial spaces—paper, electronics, metals, furniture, cooking equipment and utensils, etc. IRN has even managed the recycling of pavement, roofing materials and AstroTurf.
TEMPE, ARIZ.—Refresh Glass, a Tempe, Ariz.-based company that creates functional wine bottle art made from empties rescued from landfills, is helping restaurants, hotels, and retailers generate revenue while contributing to their 10 Million Bottle Rescue Mission.
INDIANAPOLIS—Buckingham Companies and The Alexander, a Dolce Hotel, announced that they’ve been awarded LEED Silver certification in LEED’s New Construction & Major Renovations category. The Alexander is the only hotel in Indianapolis with LEED certification and is part of the 10-acre CityWay neighborhood, located at South and Delaware streets, developed by Buckingham Companies. “Sustainability was central to the vision for The Alexander and CityWay,” said Scott Travis, Senior Vice President of Development at Buckingham Companies. “From construction through completion, environmentally-friendly practices were a priority.” LEED is the primary program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems. “Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Alexander efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on Indianapolis and our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
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