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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Bluegreen’s Carolina Grande Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is saving an average of $1,300 dollars a month in HVAC costs and meeting customer needs since installing an Onity SensorStat™ DDC Thermostat system. At the 20-story condominium resort guests enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Strand and warm ocean breezes from their private balconies. The same elements that make this a popular destination also present challenges for energy management.
CHICAGO—In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Program joined the City of Chicago in announcing the Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI)—a component of Retrofit Chicago that aims to dramatically reduce the energy needs of Chicago’s commercial buildings. With the Mayor’s leadership, the owners of fourteen major commercial buildings, with a combined 14 million square feet of space, stood up that day and committed to cutting their energy needs by 20 percent over the next five years through energy efficiency improvements.
CALHOUN, GA.—Since the inception of its recycling program in 2009, Shaw Hospitality Group has reclaimed more than 1 million pounds of carpet from hotel renovations throughout the United States. Through key partnerships with major hoteliers such as La Quinta Inns & Suites, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Marriott and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, this 500 tons of reclaimed carpet has been diverted from U.S. landfills. A commitment to sustainability, attentive customer service and an established reclamation program led La Quinta Inns & Suites to partner with Shaw Hospitality Group in 2009.
ATLANTA—Marriott International has made environmental stewardship a priority for two decades. The company was first in America with a LEED-certified hotel and conference center (Hyattsville, Md.), and it continues to strive for environmental excellence. In 2011 the chain achieved LEED Silver certification for its Atlanta Airport Gateway hotel, which exclusively features American Standard high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
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.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—Growing operational costs and lower than average occupancy rates spurred Apple Farm Inn and Suites, San Luis Obispo, Calif., to explore economic and facility efficiency benefits obtained through the installation of an ozone laundry system. At the Apple Farm Inn laundry facility, an evaluation was conducted in late 2006 to early 2007, comparing the costs of laundering by traditional methods versus ozone laundering.