Our industry’s leading technology trade show, HITEC, is set to take place June 18 to 21 at the LEED Silver George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. I will be attending the event this year. Be sure to watch for coverage here on Green Lodging News. HITEC will be thin on green educational content this year with just one session but the trade show floor is worth the trip with a significant group of companies highlighting their latest guestroom energy management technologies—technologies that can help save you a lot of money while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time. Of course, HITEC is a great networking opportunity and a chance to get up to speed on the many other technologies impacting our industry. The HITEC website currently lists 400 exhibiting companies.
The educational session I will be attending on Monday, June 18, “Saving Energy While Others Pay the Bill: Sustainability and CSR,” has the following description: “Hospitality organizations that implement and maintain corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices are in a position to better attract, improve and retain business; making an environmental sustainability plan crucial to corporate strategy. Discover CSR as a company initiative and hear real life examples from industry experts.” The moderator will be Diane Estner, President at DANNI Enterprises. Panelists will include: John Picard, 2016 USGBC nominee, a sustainability expert and founder of JPA; Henry Shields, Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International; and Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel, a member of the HITEC Advisory Council and the HFTP Global Immediate Past President.
From a guestroom energy management perspective, HITEC companies to pay attention to include: Control4; Evolve Controls; Goodman Co., LP – Amana PTAC Sales; Honeywell – INNCOM; Onity; Telkonet; and Verdant Environmental Technologies Inc. There will be other companies at the show with energy-saving products outside the guestroom energy management category—Minibar Systems, for example. Many of the suppliers will be offering technologies that result in significant paper savings.
I am looking forward to seeing the George R. Brown Convention Center, a venue that first began seeking opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint in 1998. The Center earned its LEED Silver status in 2011 and has since renewed it through 2021. The Center diverts more than 42 percent of its waste from landfills. The Center regularly partners with local organizations to recycle, reduce and reuse waste from events.
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