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Acuity Manufacturing Facility Achieves Zero Landfill Certification


ATLANTA—The Acuity Brands, Inc. Carlisle, Penn. manufacturing and distribution center has achieved zero landfill status, as certified by Link International, a California-based full-service waste and recyclable commodities company. This is the second Acuity Brands manufacturing and distribution site to operate as a zero landfill plant. Waste generated by the Carlisle plant is now recycled or composted.

MaxLite Expands Roster of LED PAR30, PAR38 Lamps


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a global manufacturer and marketer of the MaxLED line of energy-efficient luminaires and lamps, has expanded its line of LED PAR30 and PAR38 lamps with the addition of new styles, beam angles and color temperatures. The LED PAR lamps are ideal for retrofitting recessed and other lighting fixtures used in architectural, residential, retail, office, hospitality and commercial applications.

Radisson Blu Mall of America: a Green Star in the Gopher State


BLOOMINGTON, MINN.—The 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America was green out of the gate when it opened in March this year just next to the bustling 520-store Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. A highly energy efficient building, typical of all new Radisson Blu properties, it is on its way to be the first hotel in Minnesota to achieve LEED certification. While the hotel is the second Radisson Blu in the United States, all future hotels will strive for LEED certification. “Why would we do it any other way?” says Ted Lorenzi, Senior Director of Technical Services, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Building in the most energy efficient and sustainable way possible just makes good business sense and keeps our guests comfortable and happy.”

LRC Video Instructs on LED Selecting, Installing


TROY, N.Y.—The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently released an interactive video that offers guidance about selecting and installing LED lighting. The video was designed for contractors, builders, electricians, and others who professionally install LED lighting. Topics include product selection, advantages and challenges of LED products, economic calculations, installation tips, and links to other available resources.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino to Expand Stay Well Program


NEW YORK—MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Delos, a real estate developer, have decided to expand Stay Well, their wellness hotel room concept. After a positive guest response and growing demand since launching in October 2012, Stay Well at MGM Grand is quadrupling its Stay Well room count from 42 to 171 rooms and suites, encompassing the entire 14th floor of the hotel’s main tower. “The success of the Stay Well rooms exemplifies the large consumer demand and appetite for a healthier, wellness-oriented travel experience,” said Delos founder Paul Scialla. “We are thrilled to expand the Stay Well experience within MGM Grand and look forward to introducing Delos’ latest and most advanced health and wellness designs to guests.” Unveiled in 2012 at MGM Grand, Stay Well by Delos is the first of its kind to integrate medical science and technology into a hotel experience that optimizes and supports guests’ health and well-being. “The feedback we’ve received from our guests since launching Stay Well by Delos has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Scott Sibella, president and COO of MGM Grand.

Osram Sylvania Unveils Portfolio of LED Lamps


DANVERS, MASS.—Osram Sylvania is offering a full portfolio of Sylvania ULTRA 25 LED lamps that offer energy and cost savings and a 2500K color temperature. The ULTRA 25 LED portfolio includes lamp types most often found in ambient, accent and decorative luminaires in hospitality settings such as B10, B13, BR40, PAR20, PAR30 and MR16 lamps.

Kimpton Hotel, Once a Post Office, Axes Environmental Impact


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The green team at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C. has had a lot to smile about lately. The hotel was presented with the Technology Innovation, Medium Property award earlier this summer by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. That honor followed last year’s Mayor’s Sustainability Award. More importantly, in the last two years the hotel has completed a long list of projects—$2.4 million worth—that have resulted in a drop of 48 percent in utility costs, 24 percent reduction in energy use, 31 percent reduction in energy rates, and 32 percent drop in water consumption. Getting to its current operating condition has been a long road for the property that originally was built in 1842. It once served as the U.S. General Post Office and was converted into a hotel in 2001. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) owns the building and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has owned the ground lease since 2010. Not long after Pebblebrook got involved in the hotel, it began identifying projects to invest in.

ASHRAE Announces New Buildings Conference


ATLANTA—ASHRAE announced its next High Performance Buildings Conference will take place April 7 to 8, 2014, at Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Building upon the 2012 High Performance Buildings Conference and 2009 Net-Zero Energy Conference, the conference seeks to advance the industry’s efforts to accomplish a true high-performance built environment.

Acuity Brands Launches New Fixture-Mount Occupancy Sensor


ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc., a leader in energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, announced the launch of its new LSXR Fixture-Mount Sensor from Sensor Switch. This sensor offers up to four interchangeable lenses and an integrated, adjustable mounting bracket, making it ideal for both high-mount and low-mount lighting control applications.

Drake Hotel Moves to Update Rooftop Signage


CHICAGO—The Drake Hotel’s landmark rooftop neon sign will be replaced with environmentally friendly Sloan LED lighting with the help of Olympic Signs of Lombard (Ill.). Licensed by the EPA, Olympic Signs will dispose of the antiquated neon piping that used to adorn the 20-foot “The Drake” sign. Thus, neon’s 70-year run illuminating Lake Shore Drive officially ends.

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