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DOVER, DEL.—When the two-day Sustain 2016 green lodging conference kicks off on March 14, it will be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, a venue with a long list of green initiatives. The 80-acre property, which features a 500-room hotel, casino, horse racing, entertainment, and multiple restaurants, is a Delaware Green Lodging Program participant and dedicated to reducing waste, improving energy and water efficiency, and supporting local farmers. According to Ed Sutor, President of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, the reasons for pursuing sustainability have been many but one reason has certainly been to keep costs under control. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino operates in a state with a gaming tax rate of 62 percent. At one time that was 25 percent. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino also operates in a highly competitive gaming region. In 1996 there were 15 casinos in the Mid-Atlantic region. Today there are 28 with more opening this year. From a waste management perspective, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has seen significant improvement in recent years.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces its new Type A direct install LED linear tube to simply replace T8 fluorescent lamps working on instant start, program rapid start and emergency back-up electronic ballast systems. This technology provides for the first time the opportunity to cost-efficiently change out all T8 fluorescent lamps within a facility. Its 50,000 hour rated life combined with a 46 percent energy savings provide a quick return on investment with total lifetime savings that can exceed $82 dollars per lamp at an 11 cents/kWh energy cost.
CALGARY, ALBERTA—Bullfrog Power, a leading green energy provider, and Hotel Blackfoot, a contemporary hotel minutes from downtown Calgary, announced a new environmental partnership. Bullfrog will ensure green electricity is injected onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power Hotel Blackfoot’s executive floors and meeting rooms use annually (730 MWh). The Bull Frog powering of executive floors is a first for hotels in Alberta.
LAS VEGAS—The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking, which all opened in August. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with the ability to grow current shows and attract new corporate, association and incentive groups. Further solidifying what already is the largest convention center solar array in the world, the expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres. Upon completion in early 2016, the added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes. Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold coveted Five Key ratings.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Combining the energy-saving benefits of LED with outstanding color quality, MaxLite introduces Energy Star certified 7-watt MR16 lamps for commercial, retail, hospitality and other general lighting applications.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Doug Borden and Smart Valve to its Green Product & Service Directory. The patented water valve sits on the hotel side of the water meter. It is designed to compress the air in water pipes and improve meter reading accuracy, resulting in cost savings on water, sewer and water heating bills. Spring tension reduces flow surges, helping with over-consumption and over-spinning of the water meter during heavy usage.
CHARLESTON, S.C.—AM Conservation Group, Inc. (AMCG) announced that Michael Quinn has been named the company’s President and CEO. Quinn assumes this role from Todd Recknagel, AMCG’s current CEO, who will remain on the AMCG’s Board of Directors. Under Recknagel’s leadership, AMCG completed three acquisitions and achieved significant growth, positioning the company for its recent acquisition by Kohlberg & Co.
MORRIS, CONN.—Winvian Farm, the award-winning AAA Five-Diamond resort and restaurant, and New England's only property with an organic working farm, has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable, sustainable amenity: Tesla Destination Charging. Featuring two Tesla 100 AMP charging stations, along with one 40 AMP universal electric vehicle charger, guests can charge their vehicles while on property.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Plaza Suites Hotel Silicon Valley at Santa Clara has chosen SemaConnect as their electric vehicle charging station vendor for the installation of a brand new amenity to their property. Two stations will now be located in the parking garage of the hotel, located in the Santa Clara area of Silicon Valley, Calif. The stations will add to the hotel’s focus on providing sustainable resources to their guests, as well as targeting the many electric vehicle drivers in the area.
NEW YORK—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the seventh signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: dramatically expand and improve the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to stimulate the regional economy. The proposal will expand the Javits Center by 1.2 million square feet, resulting in a fivefold increase in meeting and ballroom space, including the largest ballroom in the Northeast. A four-level, 480,000 square-foot truck garage capable of housing hundreds of tractor-trailers at one time will also be constructed to improve pedestrian safety and local traffic flow. The proposal’s total projected cost is approximately $1 billion, paid for by the Javits Center within existing resources. The proposal includes the installation of a 34,000 square-foot solar energy array, the largest of its kind on a public building in New York State. As a part of the expansion project, the Javits Center will seek LEED Platinum certification. This complements the improvements of a previous renovation completed in 2014 that included a new façade and flooring; mechanical, technology and sustainability systems; and a 6.75-acre green roof.
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