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Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff Celebrates LEED Prototype Precertification


KANSAS CITY, MO.—Marriott International announced that the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff in Missouri is the company’s first hotel to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building program status through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) prototype precertification program.

MaxLite Named 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named MaxLite 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The EPA is recognizing MaxLite for the second time in five years as a Partner of the Year for demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency through the development and education of energy-efficient lighting solutions.

Nora Lighting Releases LED Lighting Pocket Guide


COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting has released a new 2014 LED Lighting Pocket Guide featuring photos and specifications for more than 500 LED fixtures and accessories. The 100-page guide is available free to industry professionals. The guide showcases Nora’s newest offerings, including the Diamond II, Marquise and Sapphire Series of downlights.

Osram Sylvania Debuts Educational Campaign on Lighting


DANVERS, MASS.—North American lighting company Osram Sylvania has introduced a new educational campaign to help consumers learn about their lighting choices. The phase-out of the popular 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs went into effect on January 1, 2014, so many consumers are seeking guidance as they replace their traditional incandescent bulbs.

Registration Opens for Green Hotel Webinar Series


NATIONAL REPORT—A series of six webinars with topics ranging from water efficiency to green cleaning to window film will launch on March 26 and wrap up on May 21. In total, there will be 18 different presentations throughout the six webinars that are sponsored by the U.S. EPA. The free webinars are being organized by Dan Ruben of Boston Green Tourism and Peter Cooke of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Those who attend all six sessions will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion.

Cerno Adds New LED Light Fixtures


IRVINE, CALIF.—Cerno’s line of modern LED light fixtures continues to evolve: the California based design and manufacturing company has introduced several new products designed specifically for the hospitality market. Cerno will be exhibiting at BD West, California’s largest hospitality design show, on March 20 to 21 at the San Diego Convention Center (booth 647).

Miraval Resort Opts for Definity Digital Good Night LED Bulbs


TUCSON, ARIZ.—Miraval Resort & Spa announced that each of its 116 guestrooms now feature Definity Digital Good Night LED light bulbs designed by Lighting Science. Miraval is the first U.S. resort and spa to offer Definity Digital LED lights in their guestrooms. The installation of the specialty light bulbs, which is intended to further enhance the overall sleep experience at the destination retreat, coincides with the introduction of new sleep-focused programming.

Peerless Introduces Edge-Lit Vellum Luminaires


BERKELEY, CALIF.—Peerless, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella, announces the release of Vellum linear suspended LED luminaires. The product is well suited for use in commercial offices, retail spaces, academic institutions, as well as hospitality and healthcare settings.

After the Incandescent Light Bulb, What’s Next?


COOPERSBURG, PA.—Under a little-known requirement that went into effect at the beginning of this year, the last of the “general service” incandescent bulbs—descendants of the original light bulb invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1879— can no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States.

Cornell’s Statler Hotel Earns Good Earthkeeping Award


ITHACA, N.Y.—The Statler Hotel at Cornell University received the 2014 Good Earthkeeping Award, the greenest award bestowed by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association. The award recognizes the Statler, which has developed a culture of integrating superior environmental management practices. The honor was given March 3 in Albany, N.Y., at the association’s 2014 Stars of the Industry Gala and Awards Banquet. “This is a very prestigious award, and all of our staff and our student-employees are very proud to have earned it,” says Rick Adie, the general manager of the Statler. “Our initiatives align with the university goals established by President David Skorton. We are very serious about protecting the environment. Here at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, we teach our students state-of-the-art, exemplary business practices, and in doing so, we’re keeping the Earth.”

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