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CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHitech America, a green technology company that provides an innovative data-driven solution for food waste removal, along with their U.K. distributer GreenComm Environmental Ltd. and their Israel distributor Ramona Municipal Services announced two new customers overseas: Athenaeum Hotel, a small family-owned five star hotel in Mayfair London that was recognized as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2014 and Nir Etzion Hotel & Catering Hall in Israel, one of the leading hotels in Israel with a large conference center for groups of up to 350.
KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms announces the introduction of a new litter and recycling system designed by leading design and branding firm Landor for the Central Park Conservancy (CPC), a nonprofit that funds maintenance and capital improvements for the New York City landmark and nation’s largest public park. “This is our first product to start as a custom job and then become a standard product—and our first experience working with Landor,” says Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford. “It was a great collaboration that resulted in a great product.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Extended Stay America (ESA), owner and operator of 682 hotels across the United States and Canada, is more than half way through a renovation program that began in 2012 and is projected to be completed next year. As it has worked its way through each hotel, ESA has been faced with the challenge of finding what to do with old carpet, mattresses, box springs, bedding, lighting and other items. Through partnerships with suppliers, recyclers and various charities ESA has found a way to keep the “retired” items out of the landfill. So far, 25 million cubic feet of materials has been diverted, a volume ESA says is equivalent to 5.3 Titanic ships full of waste. More than 437,000 square feet of cardboard and more than 9 million square feet of carpet have been recycled, and 11.7 acres of fabric has been donated. David Crider, Director of Utilities and Sustainability at Extended Stay America Hotels, says ESA’s sustainability efforts are an integral part of its corporate culture and operations.
MANASSAS, VA.—DH Hospitality announced the appointment of Janet Harrington to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Harrington will oversee operations for DH Hospitality Group, Global Sustainability Solutions and DH Global Logistics. She will also be involved with the planning strategy and growth for each business unit.
MIAMI—The JW Marriott Marquis Miami continues its commitment to sustainability by investing in Power Knot’s Liquid Food Composter (LFC). The Liquid Food Composter digests food waste in a clean, sanitary and odorless manner. As a result, it reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint by eliminating the amount of waste sent to landfills and decreases the amount of methane gases released into the environment. It digests all food within 24 hours and then converts it into nutrient-rich grey water that can be released down the drain or used for landscape maintenance.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel has checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. Dignitaries at the opening included Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
NATIONAL REPORT—The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers (AGPOM), along with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), are planning several educational webinars. The first one, “How to measure and report your carbon footprint using the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology,” will take place on Tuesday, March 17.
MORGANVILLE, N.J.—Baronessa Cali Tarocco has been refined to include softer, more easily recyclable liquid packaging, one-handed easy dispensing caps and organic bio-additives to reduce environmental impact.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Sterling Sleep Systems as a Founding Sponsor. Since starting its business 27 years ago, Sterling Sleep Systems has produced more than a million specialty mattresses sold in over 30 countries. The company builds only modular bed systems. All components are removable, interchangeable and replaceable. When beds are damaged or soiled one need only buy a replacement part instead of the complete bed system.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—T&S Brass and Bronze Works announced that EnviroPure, its organic food waste disposal system, was a finalist in Catering Insight magazine’s Catering Equipment of the Year competition. EnviroPure was one of five “Highly Commended” contenders in the Waste & FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) Management category.
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