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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Energy Management

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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Hyatt Goes Green at New Chicago Headquarters with Ecova

SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a leading energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Hyatt Corp. to provide comprehensive energy management services for the company’s new headquarters that opened in August 2017. Hyatt has also renewed its existing contract with Ecova to continue delivering intelligent energy management strategy options/recommendations for hotels within its select service portfolio. Ecova understands that many businesses, particularly those in the hospitality industry with hundreds of sites, are challenged to identify trends for energy, water, waste, and telecommunications expenses. Ecova maintains the largest database of utility data for the hospitality market, which drives robust benchmarking for organizations. In...

Mission Linen Supply Honored for Environmental Responsibility

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.—Mission Linen Supply, a leading provider of linens, uniforms, laundry services and select supplies, received a silver 2017 Best in Biz Award in the Most Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category. Judged by an objective panel of prominent editors and reporters from some of North America’s most respected media outlets, this year’s Best in Biz Awards drew more than 650 entries across various categories. Mission was recognized for its efforts to put environmental sustainability at the forefront of its daily operations and long-term business initiatives. As early as 1973, Mission installed one of the industry’s first wastewater...

Kambaku Lodges Match Animals’ Carbon Footprint and Maintain Creature Comforts

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA—In nature, nothing goes to waste, and nothing is left over in the ecosystem of South Africa’s bush country, which is home to Kruger National Park and numerous game reserves. Thousands of visitors flock there every year to see animals in as-close-as-you-can-get to their natural environment, where even animal bones provide food for some animals and help others keep their teeth healthy. That ecosystem is the inspiration for Bryce Landsman, the owner of the Kambaku Safari Lodge and Kambaku River Sands in the Timbavati Game Reserve, located on the western border of Kruger. His lodges went totally...

SOFTWARE/UTILITY ANALYTICS

Verdafero Inc. MyVerdafero—Utility Analytics Platform Developed for the Hospitality Industry MyVerdafero—Utility Analytics Platform is an easy to use cloud-based software platform developed to provide hospitality owner/operators with the valuable insights they need to make informed decisions during the asset acquisition, operations and disposal process. Specifically designed for the hospitality industry, we run automatic billing analysis on every bill for errors, help identify saving opportunities and alert you to problem areas within a single property or across multiple properties and multiple utilities (electric, gas, water usage, waste streams) while calculating real-time accurate CO2 calculations for the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) reporting....

Conscious Hotels Has Sustainability in Mind

I recently came across a group of hotels that are a perfect fit for Green Lodging News: Conscious Hotels. In case you are not familiar with the properties, there are three located in Amsterdam and one more in The Netherlands slated to open in 2018. Details can be found on the company’s website but here is how the hotels are described: “Conscious Hotels strive to be as green, sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. But they’re more hip than hippy. And by hip we don’t mean our staff are too cool to answer the phone. You might not even notice...

Dometic Introduces Noiseless Minibars

ELKHART, IND.—Dometic recently attended the Boutique Design Show in New York City and displayed the new NTE minibars for the first time in the United States. Dometic’s Eco Class Minibars have a compact design, and are now available in three types of cooling technologies: Compressor, Absorption, and the new Noiseless Thermoelectric (NTE). The NTE minibars use an energy efficient and silent thermoelectric cooling technology. Available in both a 30 and 40-liter capacity, they are designed to fit into new build projects as well as replace older generations of Dometic minibars within an existing hotel. The Dometic RH 40 NTE 40-Liter Class...

Peninsula Papagayo Plans to Develop Green Designed Luxury Oceanfront Villas

MIAMI—New ownership led by Gencom, a leading Miami-based international luxury hospitality and residential real estate investment and development firm, announced that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, will assume management of a new collection of environmentally designed private villas and estate homes set to commence construction in February 2018. Construction completion is targeted for mid-Q4 2019. The exclusive enclave of 20 wholly owned properties will be known as Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay at Peninsula Papagayo, situated on 17 acres of prime oceanfront real estate adjacent to the famed Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. A...

Hilton Announces ‘Connected Room,’ the First Mobile-Centric Hotel Room

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton unveiled Connected Room, a first-of-its-kind, high-tech guestroom that enables guests to personalize and control every aspect of their stay from one central point—their mobile device. Currently in beta testing, Connected Room is live in one hotel, will deploy in coming weeks in several more, and will begin to scale rapidly to hotels across the United States in 2018. The Connected Room Experience Guests who stay at Connected Room-enabled properties will soon be able to use the Hilton Honors app to manage most things they would traditionally do manually in a room, from controlling the temperature and lighting to the...

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Receives LEED Silver Certification

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown announced it recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second hotel in Alabama to receive this certification. “We are honored to receive the LEED Silver certification for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, and thankful that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes our efforts in environmental protection, energy saving and the improvement of overall environmental quality,” said Judd Bobilin, of Chance Partners, LLC, the developer. “One of the key tenets of our company is to ‘Partner with the Community’ and we are excited to...

EarthTronics Introduces Mini Panel LEDs

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact for its customers, combines energy-efficiency and aesthetics to introduce new architecturally designed square and round Mini Panel LEDs for interior and exterior commercial and residential surface-mount applications. “EarthTronics Mini Panel LEDS could be considered the first major change in flush-mount fixtures in the last 20 years,” said Matthew Wagner, Business Development Manager—LED Products. “This important fixture category has been lifted from being simple drum or cloud fluorescent interior fixtures to a contemporary architectural design that includes upgraded color characteristics, mounting options and wet...