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HOLLYWOOD, FLA.—The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been awarded the Florida Green Lodging Program One Palm designation from The Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels to adopt green practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the first hotel/casino in the State of Florida to earn this distinction.
CARLISLE, PA.—EcoStar, a leading manufacturer of steep-slope roofing products, recently won an award in the 2009 PCBC Annual Cool Products Competition for its 10-inch Majestic Slate roofing tiles. The synthetic slate tiles were named the winning product of the Conserves Natural Resources category.
NATIONAL REPORT—Last summer, when oil prices were at record highs, thieves were actually stealing yellow grease—used vegetable oil—from storage bins outside of restaurants. Since that time, oil prices have fallen of course but used fryer oil has remained a valuable commodity. Some is still picked up and ultimately used in fertilizers, as animal feed, or in cosmetics, but waste vegetable oil is beginning to be used as a biofuel in cogeneration systems to generate electricity and useable heat. For quite some time it has been converted into biodiesel to power automobiles or even trains. Hoteliers and restaurateurs around the United States are discovering that there is gold in grease.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EcoHangersExpress.com as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. EcoHangersExpress.com offers environmentally friendly clothes hangers as a green alternative to non-recyclable wire, wood or plastic hangers.
ATLANTA—Brintons, the world’s largest producer of custom woven Axminster carpet, has reached a significant landmark in its bid to guarantee its customers the best possible service after becoming the first Axminster carpet supplier to launch its own large format strike-off simulation program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—NYLO Providence/Warwick has received Green Hospitality Certification from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). In a ceremony before Rhode Island’s hospitality industry elite, the 163-room, urban loft hotel was honored for its outstanding conservation and recycling programs. NYLO Providence/Warwick is the state’s first hotel to run on 100 percent renewable energy. Through a partnership with People’s Power & Light, the property offsets its entire electricity usage with a mix of local and regional solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power sources.
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII—Hydrologix Grease Reduction Systems, Inc. announced that its new Hydrologix Grease Reduction System, the Hydrologix GRS, is being used by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Waikoloa, Hawaii, to turn its restaurants’ brown grease waste into clear water—on the spot, in the grease trap.
TEMPERANCE, MICH.—MTS Seating and True Textiles teamed up recently to divert nearly two tons of waste from the landfill during a re-upholstery project at the historic Waverly Renaissance Hotel in downtown Atlanta. MTS Seating had been specified to re-upholster the 2,000 banquet chairs at the hotel.
HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII—You’ve spent several glorious days playing in Hawaii and as you pack up to go home, you’re wondering: What to do with the beach floaties and body boards you’ve amassed during the trip? Well, if you’re into being green, and if you’re staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, you should just “dump” them…in your hotel room, not the garbage bin. The oceanfront hotel’s housekeeping staff will gladly collect them as part of its eco-friendly efforts.
SURREY, B.C.— Biway Products, based in Surrey, B.C., has introduced the Loo Loo. This patented product was designed to decrease the excessive waste of toilet paper. While doing that, it will save consumers and businesses money and will have a positive impact on the environment. The Loo Loo is a small, lightweight device made out of expanded polymers that attaches to a standard spring-loaded toilet paper roller.
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