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SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the Hilton Concord of Concord, Calif., has won a 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its outstanding commitment to sustainability and the environment. Hilton Concord was the recipient for the GEELA Environmental and Economic Partnerships award and is the first Hilton brand hotel to ever win this award. GEELA is California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. This program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable contributions in conserving precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships. “Hilton Concord is a true leader in the hospitality industry and their sustainability project was deemed exceptional for its innovative spirit and value to California’s environment and economy,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez. “Hilton Concord proves that you can support and promote environmental values without sacrificing business objectives. They understand that going green can be a successful economic strategy that can also lead to sustainable growth and development.”
CHICAGO—Johan Bosman has been named Director of International Sales at Protect-A-Bed. Bosman brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to Protect-A-Bed. In his position, Bosman will focus on maintaining and growing relationships with current Protect-A-Bed hospitality customers while forging new relationships with prospective clients across the globe.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Planglow USA as a founding sponsor. Planglow USA supplies a range of branded eco food boxes, cups and containers for “grab and go” markets. Along with unique labels and proprietary labeling software “LabelLogic” and “NutriLogic”, clients can personalize their branded product identity.
BLOOMSBURG, PA.—Bloomsburg Carpet, a maker of highly styled and woven broadloom carpet, introduces two new sophisticated patterns through its alliance with Tuva Looms: Metal Edge and Structure. Both products are made with Zeftron nylon, a fully renewable nylon 6 fiber that offers style, performance and recyclability.
NATIONAL REPORT—Hoteliers looking to dramatically decrease the volume of food waste sent to landfill or elsewhere for composting are increasingly turning to food waste decomposition machines. These machines quickly reduce the volume of waste down to either drainable liquid or dry soil amendment. While just a few years ago there were just a handful of vendors selling the machines, today there are more than a dozen. Machines available work similarly but features vary from one supplier to the next. The good news for green lodging establishments is that suppliers are making it very affordable to implement the machines and are creating a service infrastructure to maintain them. Properties ranging from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. are using food waste decomposition machines. In some cases existing or pending commercial food waste bans are driving hoteliers to seek new food waste disposal solutions. Properties using the machines are benefiting in many ways.
NORTHBROOK, ILL.—One Plus Corp. introduces the Wireless Waste Edge compactor monitor. As with previous models, the Waste Edge System accurately monitors the fullness of an industrial/commercial waste compactor. When the compactor container becomes full, the monitor automatically sends a pickup request to the hauler and/or other designated recipients. Typical reduction in hauls is 30 to 50 percent versus manual call-ins or scheduled pickups.
VANCOUVER, B.C.—Research has confirmed that a growing number of travelers select their hotels based partly on sustainable practices, with green certification being the single most important factor affecting their choice. “One of the major concerns among environmentally conscious guests is the waste of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other amenities in hotel bathrooms,” says Susan Howard Memory, President and Creative Director of JRS Amenities Ltd. and creator of the Mosaic Dispensing Solution (MOSAIC).
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Totally Green as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. With Totally Green’s ORCA on-site waste digestion equipment, customers are able to dispose of organics at the source, eliminating the need to truck the waste to landfills or remote composting facilities.
LIVONIA, MICH.—American Dryer recently unveiled a new product that incorporates cold plasma, a natural occurring phenomenon, into its hand dryers. The company worked to perfect its new, patent-pending Cold Plasma Clean (CPC) technology for several years.
CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Crossville, Inc. announces the introduction of Reclamation, the brand’s first digitally produced porcelain tile collection. Inspired by the renewal of urban settings and reclaimed materials, the expansive line features a blend of meticulously designed facings and colors to achieve a range of textured, detailed looks.
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