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NORTH BERGEN, N.J.—Bed bugs continue to be a national scourge of our time. With increasing appearances in the news, homeowners search for solutions, landlords fear legal battles and hotel owners seek out preventive options. Recently, the USDA IR-4 Public Health Pesticides Program newsletter published the results of their funded study that measured performance of a green bed bug killer in infested housing apartments. Based on the field study by entomologists from Rutgers University, the report revealed that EcoRaider, a natural insect killer, shows strong effectiveness in eradicating bed bug infestations in housing apartments, comparable to a leading professional grade pesticide.
Kermit was wrong. It is easy being green. It just takes a close inspection to find out how easy. For a ConservCo client on a Caribbean island with a limited supply of potable water the task was straightforward: perform a comprehensive water audit and full-blown golf course and landscape irrigation audits. Our client’s property is an 18-acre resort with an accompanying 110-acre, 18-hole golf course. The hotel is comprised of 196 guestrooms and suites and four restaurants. Our audits included a thorough inspection of every system on the property that uses water.
UKIAH, CALIF.—In the hospitality business, many owners see only two worlds to spend money: the front of the house—amenities and features that attract and cater to guests; and that other land known as the back of the house. Most owners place these worlds in different galaxies. Raakesh Patel is not like most owners. His Super 8 Ukiah, Calif. property strikes a true balance between the two worlds. Indeed, Patel sees things differently, and the primary color he is focused on is green.
“Loden” may refer to green, high quality, sheep’s wool clothing that originated in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century, or to the Vancouver, B.C.-based Loden Hotel that metaphorically lives up to the “Loden” name. The 15-story luxury hotel features fine wool carpet in its 77 upscale rooms and suites—plus corridors. To help ensure a green, healthy environment for guests and their pets, a MondoVap with TANCS dry steam vapor sanitation system is used daily.
CONCORD, CALIF.—Hilton Concord, located in the suburban community of Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco, is implementing a significant array of 16 integrated sustainability initiatives designed to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel while achieving increased net cash flow from operating cost reductions and creating added asset value. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “Investing in these initiatives will not only contribute to the bottom line, but will also position Hilton Concord as a leader in the market committed to environmentally-friendly practices,” said Ted Knighton, Interstate’s chief operating officer.
INWOOD, N.Y.—When one thinks about the highlights of a hotel property, amenities, restaurants, and overall service come to mind. The on-premises laundry room likely doesn’t figure into even the top 100 features. But if your business is efficiency and turning a property into the pinnacle of green lodging, the laundry room certainly might warrant top billing.
Energy is the lodging industry’s second greatest operating cost with heating, cooling and lighting consuming the most energy. For CoCo Key Orlando, the hot, moist Florida climate combined with the added humidity of the on-site water park created additional challenges for hotel management as they worked to maintain a cool, pleasant environment in all guestrooms while also containing energy costs.
The imposing 23-story, 500-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is located close to the world class attractions of Universal City. Built 30 years ago to the exacting standards of the Hilton chain, the hotel is a magnet for tourists. However, the hotel’s glass atrium, antiquated chillers and soaring room cooling costs made it the perfect candidate for an energy efficiency upgrade. With the goal of gaining LEED certification, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City sustainability team initially approached the Los Angeles PACE program for debt-free funding of energy efficiency measures.