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BOSTON—The Patrick Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s waste stream. “We are committed to protecting our natural resources and creating jobs as the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy grows,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “The disposal ban is critical to achieving our aggressive waste disposal reduction goals and it is in line with our commitment to increase clean energy production.” The ban, regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will require any entity that disposes of at least one ton of organic material per week to donate or re-purpose the useable food. Any remaining food waste will be shipped to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, where it will be converted to clean energy, or sent to composting and animal-feed operations. Food materials and organics make up 25 percent of the current waste stream.
TAMPA, FLA.—Prem Thomas introduces its Guru Sandals, taking inspiration from the ancient wood methiyedi (meth-ee-yed-ee) sandal. Using primarily natural rubber, Guru sandals are biodegradable and much better for the environment than traditional flip-flops or sandals. Because Gurus come from trees, the brand will plant a tree in India for every pair sold.
GURNEE, ILL.—KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort has been honored with the StayGreen designation from the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) for its continued efforts to proactively use eco-friendly products and services to reduce its impact on the environment. IHLA’s StayGreen designation standards are extensive and specific. Environmentally friendly efforts outlined in the StayGreen questionnaire include efforts such as recycling and waste management programs, the use of Energy Star products throughout guestrooms and hotel, the use of only non-phosphate, nontoxic, biodegradable concentrated cleaning products and laundry detergent, and consumable paper products made from recycled fibers.
ALPHARETTA, GA.—The Refinishing Touch has released a three-year snapshot of furniture asset management and refinishing trends from 2011 to 2013 as it prepares for growth in 2014. “Our proximity to brands and institutions through many completed refinishing, upholstery and remanufacturing projects and a broad client base gives us the opportunity to analyze furniture asset management trends and to ensure we maintain a strong vision as we head into 2014 and our 37th year in business,” said Mario Insenga, founder and president of The Refinishing Touch.
PASO ROBLES, CALIF.—Nature’s Reward, a new line of compostable bags manufactured and marketed by Lindamar Industries, Inc., an ISO 9001-2008 certified, California-based plastic packaging manufacturer, recently received the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) ASTM-D6400 certification, proving 100 percent biodegradability.
DEARBORN, MICH.—Boxed Water is Better, the sustainable boxed water company, announced that the adoba Eco Hotel & Suites Brand, the eco-friendly independent hotel brand with a commitment to green responsible design, has added its single-serve, boxed water product to its 773-guestroom Dearborn, Mich. location. The hotel selected Boxed Water because of the product’s focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and its distinct package design.
LISLE, ILL.—Air Cycle Corp. has released the next generation of its Bulb Eater lamp crushing machine—The Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli Technology. In less than one second, The Bulb Eater 3 system crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length, u-tubes, and CFLs into 100 percent recyclable material, while capturing more than 99.99 percent of the vapors released.
GUIYANG, CHINA—Johnson Controls, a leader in building technology and services, recently helped Hyatt Regency Guiyang become Hyatt Group’s first hotel in China to achieve gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, New Construction (LEED-NC Gold). Peter Templeton, vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Nellie Cheng, China director of USGBC, officially awarded the certification to Qiao Gencai, general manager of Hyatt Regency Guiyang.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EndInMind Design as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. EndInMind Design’s RecyclerSack reinvents in-room recycling through unique engagement with hospitality guests via fine art. When placed prominently in properties’ rooms, guests will be encouraged and reminded to recycle the water/beverage bottles, etc. that they’ve accumulated during their stay.
MANKATO, MINN.—All that’s left is the waiting for the official plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council. When it arrives the Courtyard Mankato Minnesota will become the first hotel in the Gopher State to receive LEED certification. Considering all of the property’s green features, the honor will be well deserved. The 93-room property, about a year old, is owned by Mercury Investments L.P. Preston Lougheed is the general manager. “As far as we know we are the first Marriott in the United States to have solar panels,” Lougheed says. “It was a big investment.” The 40 kW, 192 panel system on the roof of the hotel supplies about 3 percent of the property’s electricity. Including a monitor in the lobby that provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual savings information, the solar system cost $279,182. With state, federal and utility credits, the return on investment is expected to be about 10 years.
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