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Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Kitchen & Laundry

Home Kitchen & Laundry
Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Whirlpool Awarded Gold, Silver LEED Certifications

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has been awarded a prestigious LEED Certification for two of its recent building projects, both located in Benton Harbor, Mich. Riverview Campus, the North American Region Headquarters, is now LEED Gold certified for Phase 3 of its development, and the Global Headquarters is LEED Silver certified for the South and East wings of the building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized symbol of excellence in green building. These are the 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool since 2009, with all projects now totaling more than 9.4 million sq. ft. “Being...

BioHiTech Global Launches BHTG Smart Mode Technology

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that develops and deploys innovative and disruptive waste management technologies, announced the launch of BHTG Smart Mode, a new technology for its Eco-Safe Digester and Revolution Series Digester lines of on-site food waste disposal equipment. Smart Mode leverages cloud computing, machine learning, and the on-board internet-connected computer in the digester to intelligently drive the equipment in order to optimize performance and reduce servicing downtime. “Smart Mode essentially makes our equipment much smarter,” said Bill Kratzer, Chief Technology Officer of BioHiTech Global. “By harnessing the computing power and data in our cloud,...

Green Lodging News Adds SolaBev as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added SolaBev to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Coffees/Teas/Single Serve” category. SolaBev enables you to offer your guests distinctive tasting cups of coffee, tea, and cocoa in private label capsules promoting the identity of your property and enhancing your brand. The SolaCap is the largest single serve capsule available and the patented capsule design delivers a terrific tasting cup of coffee in a recyclable plastic container for your guests. SolaBev capsules and Mini Brewers are only available to commercial customers, eliminating pilferage and reducing...

Swire Hotels Steps up Sustainability Measures Around the Globe

HONG KONG—Swire Hotels announce recent measures dedicated to developing sustainable and environmentally friendly hotels at EAST Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami. Swire Hotels is committed to making a positive impact on the environment through implementing new and innovative programs to strengthen the priority given to the sustainable operation of its hotels. These measures form part of the new sustainable development strategy launched by Swire Properties, Swire Hotels’ parent company. Swire Properties developed this new strategy with vision of becoming the leading sustainable development performer in its industry globally by 2030. Under this new strategy, Swire Properties identifies and manages the...

How Restaurants Are Helping to Make the Planet a Better Place

NATIONAL REPORT—The foodservice sector is putting sustainability on the menu, serving up innovative solutions to help cut waste, use resources more efficiently and change ingrained habits. For a sector that is often portrayed as wasteful it’s not an easy, nor a straightforward task yet as the stats show, change is very much needed. According to a study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, for example, almost 85 percent of unused food from U.S. restaurants is thrown away annually. In the United Kingdom, around 920,000 tons of food is wasted at outlets each year, the equivalent of 1.3 billion meals. And this comes with big consequences....

House Appropriations Bill Would Slash Energy Star

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan regarding a House Appropriations bill report that was to be taken up yesterday that would slash the budget for the Energy Star program by approximately 40 percent: “We appreciate that the committee has rejected the administration’s proposal to eliminate Energy Star, but a 40 percent cut would be crippling as well. I have to wonder where this is coming from. Energy Star is one of the most popular government programs in U.S. history and has enjoyed broad bipartisan support since it was created under President George...

Hoteliers in Extended-Stay Segment Benefit from Cooktop Advancements

NATIONAL REPORT—When a new Residence Inn by Marriott opened in Denver last month, it did so with fully-equipped guestroom kitchens that each include a radiant electric ceramic cooktop. According to Suzanne Owens, VP, Sales, Kenyon International, Inc.—the company that supplied the cooktops—the hotel’s owners made a wise, green choice because of the energy efficiency of the ceramic cooktops. Compared with gas cooking with average efficiencies of 50 percent, cooking with smooth top ceramic cooktops is 75 to 80 percent efficient. Coil cooktops, still found in many extended-stay hotels, are about 65 percent efficient. While requiring more investment, cool induction...

Maytag Commercial Laundry Honors Best Wash Inc. for Excellence

ST. JOSEPH, MICH.—Maytag Commercial Laundry recently honored Best Wash, Inc., Humble, Texas, with the prestigious Fred Maytag Award at the brand’s 58th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. As the longest-running award in the commercial laundry industry, this prized accolade recognizes the most deserving commercial laundry provider each year. “Best Wash boasts vast accomplishments throughout 2016; most notably, committing to being an exclusive Maytag Commercial Laundry distributor,” said Trey Northrup, General Manager of Maytag Commercial Laundry. “In addition to this, they pushed their company’s sales record to new heights. They advanced their reach in a competitive market by investing in new...

Aramark Makes Progress Minimizing Food Waste

PHILADELPHIA—Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities and uniforms announced the latest step demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability by reducing, reusing and recycling food waste through responsible practices, from the initial purchase to final waste disposal. Aramark’s Food Waste Progress Report highlights recent steps toward its goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. Progress includes: 100 percent of the company’s food locations tracking waste, enabling better decisions about what to purchase and how much to prepare. 500 of its largest accounts using cutting edge waste tracking technology provided by LeanPath, a food waste prevention company. 100,000...

Vulcan Introduces Energy Star Certified Value Gas Fryer

TROY, OHIO—Providing restaurants and food service operations with both productivity and durability, Vulcan introduces the 35-pound, Energy Star certified VEG Series. Rated at 70,000 BTU/hr., the VEG fryer has a production capacity of 56.8 lbs./hr. and a 50 percent cooking efficiency rating. Compared to a standard economy fryer, the VEG cooks 10 lbs. more per hour and reduces operational costs. The VEG meets criteria to be Energy Star certified, making it eligible for rebates at time of purchase in many states (with some as high as $1,900), for an immediate payback on the unit. “With a large demand from dealers...