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WASHINGTON, D.C.—When light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were first introduced in the mid-2000s for general space lighting, they were considered a disappointment. Almost too dim to be useful, they were expensive and no more efficient than traditional fluorescent technology. Today, LED-based lighting products can successfully compete with rival technologies on the basis of light quality, efficiency, dimmability, and almost any other important metric except for price—which is falling rapidly. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, revenues from LED lighting products (including lamps and luminaires) in commercial building markets will grow from $2.7 billion in 2013 to more than $25 billion in 2021. “The rise of LED technology will transform every part of the commercial lighting industry,” says Jesse Foote, research analyst at Navigant Research. “While other lighting technologies have limited potential for future improvements, new designs for LEDs that push quality and efficacy to new levels continue to emerge from lighting labs around the world.”
LAS VEGAS—Employees of MGM Resorts International more than doubled the amount of food donated to Three Square Food Bank in the largest-ever employee-donated canned food drive in Nevada. Three Square reported that 922,161 pounds—more than 461 tons—of food was donated during a campaign in October across MGM’s Nevada resorts and corporate operations.
NATIONAL REPORT—Not so long ago, the solution for dealing with a hotel pest infestation was to “call the exterminator,” conjuring up cartoony images of a man with a poison-pump, misting unknown chemicals into the air of the business, chasing out customers and pests with the plume. For hotels in New York, where daily business activity is critical for the financial health of the business, this kind of thing could be devastating, but we live in a different world today. Now, safety and health are first and foremost in the mind of any pest control professional. Modern pest control methods often employ green pest control applications, which minimize or eliminate inconvenience to business operators and their clients by ensuring safety to their most important assets; the employees and the guests, as well as minimizing or eliminating the possibility of inhaling toxic chemicals. The modern world of pest control leverages Integrated Pest Control (IPC) or Integrated Pest Management (IPM), as it is sometimes referred to.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its What’s Hot culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. The NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—to find which food and beverage items will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2014. The top 10 food trends for 2014: 1. Locally sourced meats and seafood; 2. Locally grown produce; 3. Environmental sustainability; 4. Healthful kids’ meals; 5. Gluten-free cuisine; 6. Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens); 7. Children's nutrition; 8. Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat); 9. Sustainable seafood; and 10. Farm/estate branded items. “Today’s consumers are more interested than ever in what they eat and where their food comes from, and that is reflected in our menu trends research,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s research and knowledge group. “True trends—as opposed to temporary fads—show the evolution of the wider shifts of our modern society over time, and focus on the provenance of various food and beverage items.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At the recent Greenbuild Conference International Summit in Philadelphia, it was announced that Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region will launch in Verona, Italy in 2014. “Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region is part of the global expansion of the successful Greenbuild Conference & Expo brand,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.
SAN FRANCISCO—Cavallo Point Lodge has received the internationally acclaimed 2013 Travel + Leisure Global-Vision Award in the category of Sustainability. The award winners are recognized in five categories: Culture, Conservation, Community, Leadership, and Sustainability and Cavallo Point was chosen from a pool of 200 international entries. Also recently ranked among the “Top 5 Resorts in the U.S” by Travel + Leisure, the lodge garnered this award for its exemplary commitment to the environment, the community and establishing responsible travel practices. Since opening in 2008, Cavallo Point has earned several top environmental accolades, including LEED Gold certification and America’s top new national green landmarks by Travel + Leisure Magazine. “We are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure for our efforts in sustainability at Cavallo Point Lodge,” said Euan Taylor, general manager of Cavallo Point Lodge. “Our continued business growth, the positive support from guests and honors from media and other prestigious organizations confirms that we are on the right path. Our ongoing promise to current and future guests is our commitment to sustainability.”
PHILADELPHIA—Hersha Hospitality Trust announced that the company was selected to receive NAREIT’s 2013 Lodging & Resorts Leader in the Light Award; the highest achievement for lodging and resort REITs in the 2013 award competition. This national award, presented annually by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), recognizes Hersha and its EarthView program for superior and sustainable portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives.
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.—In Los Angeles County, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is available to commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners to pay for building improvements that save energy or create renewable energy on-site. The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City took advantage of this fixed rate, 100 percent financing to fund $7 million worth of sustainable upgrades. The Hilton project is the largest commercial PACE project in the United States, more than twice the size of two projects completed this past year at just more than $3 million each. The Hilton project will result in an annual energy savings of $800,000 and water savings of $28,000, conserving more than 2.8 million gallons of water. This comprehensive retrofit includes energy efficiency glass installations and new LED lighting, which is expected to reduce energy consumption by 50 percent. Additionally, 500 low-flow shower heads will be installed and 250 bathtubs with showers replaced as part of the water conservation upgrade to save the equivalent to one month of the property’s existing water usage.
LONG BEACH PENINSULA, WASH.—Adrift Hotel is taking more big steps in sustainability with its current $48,000 project to add solar hot water panels and rainwater catchment for laundry. The recent announcement was made jointly by Brady and Tiffany Turner, owners of the 80-room hotel, located at the south end of the boardwalk and nearby Discovery Trail on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The project, with construction taking place from October through December 2013, is being funded utilizing Seattle-based Community Sourced Capital—providers of new financial tools to help local businesses access capital namely via community-sourced small business loans. “Choosing to inhabit the far reaches of this continent brings with it inherent striving for sustainability for many of us who call it home,” said Tiffany Turner, co-owner, Adrift Hotel. “With the support of our community investors, Brady and I are fortunate to be the first Long Beach Peninsula hotel to move toward renewable-resource reliance.” Consistent with their vision, the project includes installation of six solar hot water panels on the south side of both buildings.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In advance of the approaching sequestration and debt ceiling deadlines in early 2014, the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) and hoteliers from across the country sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to act quickly on two bills that would put safeguards in place in the event of future shutdowns. The two pieces of legislation are the Public Access to Public Lands Guarantee Act (S. 1750) authored by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and the Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act (H.R. 3286) introduced by Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT). Each would prevent a reoccurrence of the delay by the National Park Service in authorizing states to reopen and operate national parks using non-federal funds, for which they would be reimbursed if Congress retroactively appropriates operating funds or collected entrance fees during the shutdown. The Park Service delay was a major contributing factor to the lodging industry’s loss of $115.2 million in economic activity during the shutdown.
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