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AUSTIN, TEXAS—The expansion of the Hyatt Regency Austin’s already progressive green initiatives and forward-leaning sustainability practices have led to increased amounts of waste diversion, new conservation measures throughout the hotel and designation of GreenLeader status by the popular travel site, TripAdvisor. For years, Hyatt Regency Austin has been a green leader in the Austin hospitality industry, from its daily hotel operations, to its restaurant, Southwest Bistro, Marker 10 bar and coffee shop. The hotel was the very first in Austin to have its own compost pulper, and has regularly donated barely used shampoos and soaps to charity since 2011, a practice that is now standard in the industry. In 2013, the hotel proactively went even further with its green efforts across the board, with single stream recycling and an eco-friendly laundry cleaning process that conserves both water and energy. The hotel also planted an on-site herb garden which is incorporated into the landscaping for aesthetics and for culinary use. In 2014, the hotel made recycling bins standard in all 448 guestrooms.
LOUISVILLE, KY.— Ask a hotel front desk employee or read an online review to learn quickly that temperature and noise are two of the biggest complaint opportunities for guests, and both can result from a faulty air conditioner. Hospitality industry data proves that when guests are not pleased with the temperature or noise of their room, two-thirds are unlikely to return to the hotel, and one-third are unlikely to recommend a hotel.
LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—AirRevive, a leader in sustainable HVAC refurbishment and re-commissioning services for the hospitality industry, announced its completion of a guestroom fan coil unit refurbishment project for the Little Rock Marriott. Marriott engaged AirRevive to refurbish the guestroom’s Whalen fan coil units after the property’s $16 million dollar renovation in 2014. The renovation included upgrading the guestrooms to Marriott’s new design. The only former asset remaining was the 35-year-old Whalen fan coil units.
UNIONDALE, N.Y.—PSEG Long Island, through its Commercial Efficiency Program, announced that it is helping the Islandia and Melville Marriotts save more than $173,000 per year in combined electricity costs, solely from the retrofitting of more than 10,700 of the hotels’ inefficient lighting fixtures and lamps to energy-saving LED lighting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated in a 2009 study that lighting represents nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed in a typical hotel, not including its effect on cooling loads. The study went on to indicate that lighting retrofits can reduce lighting electricity use by 50 percent or more, depending on the starting point, and cut cooling energy requirements by 10 to 20 percent as well. The improvements made by the Islandia and the Melville Marriotts, owned by Columbia Sussex, will help the hotels cut electric demand by 286 kilowatts (kW) and reduce electricity consumption by 964,974 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. This is the equivalent effect of reducing 102 cars from the road or 62,909 gallons of gasoline not consumed per year.
CHICAGO—The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels LLC announced that Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center in Chicago’s iconic Hyde Park neighborhood has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the New Construction category. The hotel is the first Hyatt Place in the world to be LEED Gold certified. The property was designed by Legat Architects, one of the leading green design firms in the Midwest, and built by William A. Randolph Construction Co. The Olympia Companies, an innovative privately-owned real estate company specializing in hotel investment, development and management, partnered with SMART Hotels LLC to develop the 131-room Hyatt Place Chicago-South/ University Medical Center. “This certification from USGBC is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the Hyde Park community and the city of Chicago,” said Mike Zimmerman, Vice President of Development at The Olympia Companies, which also manages the property. “Providing a sustainable, environmentally sensitive hotel facility is good for our guests, our employees and our neighbors. We are thrilled to be able to share this news with them all.”
LOS ANGELES—DryWired introduces Liquid Nanotint, a non-invasive and cost effective alternative to the installation of new windows capable of delivering year round energy savings in any type of climate. With a lifespan of more than 10 years, the coating provides total protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and greatly reduces infrared heat transfer without compromising visible light transmission—effectively keeping indoor environments cooler in summer and preventing heat loss in the winter.
HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics introduces a completely new family of LED SignLight bulbs. This new family includes energy-saving, high-performance, long life screw base retrofits for common indoor/outdoor incandescent sign lamps, in illuminated sign installations of all kinds that typically use screw base bulbs.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 22 Green Power Partners and three renewable energy suppliers across the country—including Apple, Microsoft, TD Bank, Intel, Kohl’s, the National Hockey League and Northwestern University—for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
NEW YORK—Dometic Group announced that it will exhibit its DM50 at the HX: The Hotel Experience expo in New York City, November 8 to 10. The DM50 is the world’s first drawer minibar designed to operate silently and provide an array of luxury features to both enhance guests’ in-room experience while saving energy for the hotel. Show participants can see the DM50 at Booth #1936.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—From its Endurance series, WAC Lighting introduces Hawk LED Luminaires. These exterior fixtures can be mounted in any direction for direct and indirect illumination for hospitality applications.
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