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Motel 6 Franchise Property in California Gets Solar-Powered Boost

ANDERSON, CALIF.—G6 Hospitality, known for its economy lodging brands, Motel 6 and Studio 6 in the United States and Canada, announced another of its Motel 6 properties is now drawing power from the sun. The Motel 6 franchise located in Anderson, Calif., has installed more than 350 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels that are expected to generate 100 percent of energy used by the property. “We are very proud to see our franchise partner’s committed to finding innovative ways to improve our environment,” says Dean Savas, EVP Franchise and International Development at G6 Hospitality. “This solar initiative aligns with our intention to embed sustainability into every part of the G6 Hospitality business operations.” NC Lodging Inc. opened its first Motel 6 in 2010 and has been a member of the G6 Hospitality family for nearly five years. Currently, they have two properties in the network including: Motel 6 Fairfield (Calif.) and the Motel 6 in Anderson (Calif.) This Motel 6 in Anderson, Calif., is a partnership with Sam Patel.

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Thanks to Heroic Efforts, Proper Training, Man’s Life Saved at New York Hotel

The evening of Friday, May 8 was unlike any other for Ruben Hernandez, Security Supervisor at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. Ruben had just started his shift, which typically runs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when he got a call that a guest was unresponsive in a fifth floor room. Ruben grabbed the hotel’s automated external defibrillator (AED) and started running. Fortunately, the elevator door on the ground floor was open. That alone could have meant life or death for the guest. When Ruben arrived at the scene, he and his fellow Security Officer, Danny Sandoval, began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When CPR failed to revive the guest, Ruben made the decision to activate the AED. The AED told Ruben to administer a shock to the guest using the AED.

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Teknor Apex Manager Responds to ‘Future Without Vinyl’ Column

One glance around a hotel lobby and the trained eye can see many opportunities for flexible and rigid polymeric materials necessary for efficient, effective and safe construction. It would seem that Cliff Goldman, author of the guest column in January entitled, “A Hotel Industry Future Without Vinyl Products,” would have these potential opportunities exclude vinyl as an option, for reasons he may not fully understand. Most professional designers and engineers know the benefits of flexible vinyl, including its inherent flame retardant advantages, UV resistance, stain and scratch resistance and low VOC properties, not to mention recyclability. These characteristics all fare very well when compared to other polymeric materials.

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Experts Agree On Sterling's Sustainable Modular Mattress

Max H. Tucker, CHA, General Manager, Best Western Big America: “Sterling mattresses are an important part of our strategy for meeting guest comfort and working towards a more sustainable hotel operation.” Brian Keller, Director of Property Services, Oakwood Worldwide, LEED Green Associate: “One definite advantage is the concept of replacement components…this has been a great find for Oakwood.” The top three reasons buyers are choosing the Sterling Hospitality Sustainable Modular Mattress: 3) Shows guests you care about their comfort. 2) Reduces maintenance and replacement costs and downtime. 1) Reduces your carbon footprint. For more information, call (888) 281-2817 today!

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Hotel Indigo in Development for The Sustainable City in Dubai

DUBAI, U.A.E.—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of a management agreement with Diamond Developers to launch the second Hotel Indigo in the U.A.E. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s boutique brand and each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighborhood it is located in. From the design of the building to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, each Hotel Indigo property is unique to its surroundings, so no two properties are the same. In addition, guests can look forward to immersing in stories of the neighborhood through creatively crafted spaces reflecting the area’s heritage—a key cornerstone of the brand.

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IHG’s Lindsay Wilkinson Helps Push Company Toward 100 Percent IHG Green Engage Participation

ATLANTA—Late last year, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that its IHG Green Engage program would be rolled out across the company’s global estate of 4,900 hotels as of January 1, 2015. All properties flying an IHG flag—Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Candlewood Suites, etc.—now have until the end of this year to reach at least Level One within IHG Green Engage. In a franchisor/franchisee relationship, mandates sometimes do not go over well but in this case, says Lindsay Wilkinson, Manager—Environmental Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility for IHG, reception has been widely positive. Helping to oversee the transition to IHG Green Engage is just one of Wilkinson’s many responsibilities within IHG. Those properties working to achieve Level One must accomplish 10 action items—setting up a green team and tracking utility data are two of the items.

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One More Energy-, Water-Saving System to Consider for Your Laundry
2 days ago

Earlier this month I posted an article on ozone laundry systems, the suppliers who offer those systems, and the many benefits that can be derived from using ozone in washers. I just heard from a company that does something very similar to the suppliers I mentioned in my article. The company is OMNI Chemicals. OMNI, not a Green Lodging News advertiser, is somewhat different from the other ozone system suppliers in that they also manufacture the chemicals used in the laundry in conjunction with their system that uses hydroxyl radicals. According to OMNI, its advanced oxidation system uses the heavy humid air in a washroom to fuel its UV dispenser which creates hydroxyl radicals. What is created stimulates all facets of the wash process as the radicals are 500 percent more reactive than chlorine bleach or the older ozone technology. This next generation technology is dispensed just like one of the other chemicals in measured precise doses to achieve the desired outcomes.

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