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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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UniMac Redesigns Large UW Series Hardmount Washer-Extractors

8/19/2014

RIPON, WIS.—UniMac, a leading provider of on-premises laundry equipment, has unveiled its redesigned UW 85-160-pound hardmount washer-extractors. “Our renowned UW45 and 65 hardmount washer-extractors design has now been extended to complete our UW series and meet the demand for larger capacities,” said Bill Brooks, National Sales Manager for UniMac. “Our 85- and 160-pound machines are equipped with cutting-edge technologies that competitors simply cannot deliver, maximizing throughput and saving more on utility costs than ever before.”


Marriott Sustainability Report: Conservation Measures on Track to Meet 2020 Goals

8/18/2014

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International, Inc. released its 2014 Sustainability Report—available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports—sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity. One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020[1]. “Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International. The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013. The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices.


Moen Expands Line of Sensor-Operated Faucets

8/14/2014

NORTH OLMSTED, OHIO—Combining additional style options with optimal hygiene protection, Moen Commercial’s M•Power line of sensor-operated faucets has expanded to include new modern and transitional-styled models, with looks that fit with any design preference. These hands-free faucets are suitable for any high-traffic commercial spaces.


Geberit Monolith Toilet Selected Best New Product

8/6/2014

DES PLAINES, ILL.—The Geberit Monolith floor-mount toilet was chosen as the Best New Product for 2014 at the recent meeting of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New Jersey Chapter.


TOTO Launches Redesigned Website

8/5/2014

MORROW, GA.—TOTO USA announces the launch of its newly renovated website, which offers improved usability and resources. The clean, modern redesign provides consumers and building industry professionals with an interactive channel to learn about the company and its expertise. The site also offers easy access to new information and articles.


Gerber Adds Dual Flush Toilet to Logan Square Collection

8/4/2014

WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Gerber Plumbing Fixtures has added a dual flush toilet to its popular Logan Square Collection. The dual flush high efficiency, two-piece toilet features two buttons on the top of the tank to dictate the flush rate—one flushing 1.1 gallons per flush (gpf) for liquid and one flushing 1.6 gpf for solid.


Hostelling International Boston is City’s First LEED Certified Accommodation

7/16/2014

BOSTON—Upon receiving its recent LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Hostelling International Boston (HI-Boston) became the City of Boston’s first accommodation provider to achieve LEED certification. Since its opening in June 2012, this repurposed historic building at the cross section of Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and the Theater District has since welcomed more than 200,000 travelers from more than 85 countries. “HI-Boston is raising the bar for the hospitality industry in Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The city is attracting more and more young people, and I’m thrilled that HI-USA is providing green accommodations for our visitors.” Constructed in the historic Dill Building (1886-1888), the project is an example of historic reuse. Reclaimed materials were used throughout the space, including stairwell floor joists turned into tables. Furniture in the kitchen and dining space include chairs made from recycled Coca Cola bottles and recycled aluminum tables. Facility and operational efforts include LED lights and automatic timers, low-flow faucets and toilets, and Energy star appliances.


ARIA Resort & Casino to Host Second Annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo

7/10/2014

LAS VEGAS—ARIA Resort & Casino, LEED Gold and Green Key certified, as well as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader at the Platinum level, will be the site of this fall’s second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The LODGING Magazine event, with the support of EcoGreen Energy Solutions, will take place October 28 to 30. “This year we anticipate doubling the size of our event in both attendance and exhibit area,” says LODGING magazine Publisher Bill Corsini, who will once again host this annual event. “While still relatively small in only our second year, the conference will again attract the best and the brightest among sustainability experts and professionals in the hotel space. We at LODGING Media are extremely excited by how well the conference was received by all participants last year, and everyone agrees the anticipation for this year is off the charts.” The three-day conference and expo will kick off on Tuesday, October 28 with a tour of ARIA, part of the CityCenter complex.


Xeros Gains Traction as Laundry System Option

7/9/2014

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced its rollout plan to the hospitality industry is on track and the majority of Xeros ecologically-sustainable laundry systems have been sold into the top five hotel groups in North America. According to MKG Group’s annual rankings reported by Skift, HOTELS’ 325 2013 report named IHG, Hilton Hotels, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotel Group and Choice International as the top five hotel groups in the world.


Geothermal, LED & Astroturf: A Resort, Spa, Casino's Secrets for Saving Big by Going Green

6/30/2014

RENO, NEV.—The capital costs and the environmental impact of operating a large resort hotel almost always coincide. Heating, laundry, lighting, landscaping—they all have an impact on both a resort’s bottom line and the natural environment. Hotels have the opportunity to save money and save the environment at the same time, but launching conservation projects that significantly reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint and operating budget takes strategy, some innovative thinking and a commitment to capitalize conservation efforts. Here are five ways The Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino saves millions of dollars each year while conserving water and energy and reducing the resort’s overall environmental footprint. The Peppermill made a huge bet on geothermal energy in 2011.


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