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BROOKLYN, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand announced that the newest addition to its portfolio, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, is set to make its debut in February 2017. Located at Pier 1, just south of the iconic bridge in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and minutes from downtown Manhattan, the 10-story sustainable ground-up development is designed by New York-based architecture studio Incorporated and will feature 194 guestrooms with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows—many offering views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and New York skyline—including 29 two to six bedroom suites and The Riverhouse, its Presidential Suite. Guests of the hotel will enjoy a nine-treatment room Bamford Spa, a state of the art signature Field House fitness center, a yoga and barre studio operated by POE Yoga, and a 50-seat screening room. All aspects of the hotel’s design and construction will be carefully chosen to reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to environmentally responsible hospitality. “The 1 Hotels brand aims to show sophisticated travelers they can live well, do good, and connect with the world around them,” said 1 Hotels founder and SH Group CEO Barry Sternlicht.
MADISON, WIS.—OMNI Solutions, a Wisconsin-based energy-saving laundry and cleaning solutions company, has been named Trade Ally of the Year by Southern California Gas Co., (SoCalGas), their highest honor achievable, for helping businesses throughout Southern California save energy and operating costs.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Ozomax, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. In 2013 Ozomax developed and patented the Insitu AOP Ozopen (a low voltage electrochemical process that creates a mix of powerful oxidants—in your water from your water). This product was developed specifically for cooling towers, swimming pools and water features. The Insitu AOP Ozopen achieves large amounts of water, chemical and energy savings in each of these applications.
DAHLONEGA, GA.—Breakthrough technology designed to completely eliminate water bourne bacteria legionella, tested by a research chemist at the Centre Des Technologies De L’Eau (CTE) in Montreal, is a proven strategy to save lives and possibly prevent future disease outbreaks. In July 2015, a deadly outbreak of Legionella in New York City claimed 12 lives. Legionella outbreaks have also been recently reported in Illinois, Detroit, Orlando, San Francisco, Maryland, Georgia, Spain, England and Australia.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has agreed with Jamsan Hotel Management (JHM) Group that its award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system is to be installed in each of its hotels. The program will see the replacement of conventional washers in more than 50 properties with Xeros laundry systems which reduce water and energy costs without sacrificing the quality of service to hotel customers.
TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA—The Brando announced its LEED Platinum certification. The luxury property earned the prestigious designation based on its commitment to conservation and sustainability efforts in the development and overall operation of the pristine island resort. This certification is the culmination of more than six years of work carried out by the resort’s owners, designers and architects, and establishes The Brando as the first project to earn LEED certification in French Polynesia. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. “It was understood from the first conversation with Marlon Brando regarding Tetiaroa’s future, that any development must keep the island’s atoll protected and preserved in its native state and be a model of sustainability,” says Richard Bailey, Chairman & CEO of Pacific Beachcomber.
SAN FRANCISCO—Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association, is congratulating San Francisco on its policy leadership. Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation on September 6, which was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission last week, that builds on their existing solar roof mandate. This makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to require green roofs and/or solar panels on new construction projects. “Rooftops are one of the last untapped environmental resources in our growing city, and we need to be strategic about how we activate these spaces,” said Wiener. The new legislation will allow owners and developers the option of building 30 percent of roof space as green roofs, or a combination of green roofs and solar panels. The proposed ordinance builds on legislation requiring 15 percent roof space to be set aside for solar panels adopted earlier in 2016, and allows owners and developers to implement two square feet of green roofs instead of one square foot of solar panels if they wish.
DES PLAINES, ILL.—Chicago Faucets announces the release of a new white paper, “Cheap Water No More.” The white paper discusses the continually escalating cost of water businesses will experience due to replacement of the country’s aging water and sewer systems, specifically the thousands of miles of pipes and the tens of thousands of treatment plants, storage tanks and water distribution systems in need of repair or replacement, according to a Black and Veatch report.
PLAYA GUIONES, COSTA RICA—In a country so well known for its ecotourism and renewable energy leadership positions, it should come as no surprise that one of its hotels has earned the rare LEED Platinum certification. That is what happened this summer at the Olas Verdes Hotel in Playa Guiones, Costa Rica. Luis Pardo, General Manager of the boutique hotel with five casitas, said the property is the first surf hotel in the world and the first hotel in Costa Rica to reach the LEED Platinum level. The Olas Verdes Hotel opened last December, Pardo says. “The owners wanted to have the least impact,” he says. “They wanted to have the community involved and everyone here local.” Efficiency was built into the property’s five casitas which each have from two to four suites. Water fixtures are low-flow. All wastewater is treated and is 96 percent clean when it enters the ground. Greywater is used for irrigation and to flush some toilets. A total of 14,000 liters of rainwater storage is available. The plants are all native.
LONDON—InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, celebrated World Water Week by providing details on the progress made with its leading global water stewardship program, as well as a number of other water-related initiatives. In partnership with global water-use experts, Water Footprint Network (WFN), IHG has mapped its global estate of more than 5,000 open properties and the majority of its pipeline hotels against risks related to both water quantity and water quality. IHG also has identified the actions needed to address these risks.