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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.

Xeros Million Gallon Club Grows

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of polymer cleaning technologies, announced that 33 hotels and commercial laundries have now joined the Xeros Million Gallon Club, each saving more than one million gallons of water using Xeros’ award-winning polymer cleaning laundry system. The patented, award-winning system uses up to 80 percent less water, up to 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent than traditional systems while delivering superior cleaning performance. Environmentally conscious hotels and commercial laundries across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and United Kingdom are among the latest Xeros customers to reach the million-gallon savings mark. Additionally, the...

Indoor Fresh Farms of America Launching in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—Fresh Farms of America announced the first farm under its brand name, located in Las Vegas. The local operation is named Vegas Fresh Farms, and is on track to serve and sell its first customers with locally grown, fresh-harvested daily produce in the dynamic market of Las Vegas, starting January 2018. The Fresh Farms of America brand exclusively utilizes the propriety vertical aeroponic equipment from leading R&D and equipment manufacturer Indoor Farms of America, which is headquartered in Las Vegas. “This new brand of indoor farm operation represents the best in the industry for farm performance, using any metric,” states...

Xeros Continues Global Expansion in UAE

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of polymer cleaning technologies, announced a partnership with Consolidated International Corporation (CIC) Middle East to distribute and service its award-winning commercial laundry system in the UAE. The UAE has an exceptionally arid climate which receives less than four inches (100 mm) of rainfall a year. It is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world so the Xeros system with its dramatic reduction in water consumption is the perfect solution for hotels and commercial laundries in the region. Xeros recently showcased this system at popular exhibitions in the region—The Hotel Show Dubai and Gulf Laundrex. “CIC...

How to Be Sustainable in Your Food Choices on Vacation

A staple of every great hotel or lodging is having an incredible menu on offer for visitors. On a global scale, hotels and resorts are working to integrate more selections in their dining menus that utilize organic produce, natural products, and hormone-free meats and dairy items. These specific efforts will, in time, reduce the carbon footprint of the lodging in a way that supports the health and wellness of guests and the environment. In order for travelers to take more eco-friendly trips, hotels should be prepared to offer dining services that comply with the mission of sustainability. After a long day hiking with...

Bottles Become Sand at Globally Recognized Ranch at Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—It was not long ago that beer and wine bottles at the 97-room Ranch at Laguna Beach left the property in the same shape in which they came—only empty and bound for an off-site recycling center. Today those same types of bottles stay at the property but are pulverized by a GL Sand Machine that turns the glass into sand that can be used to replenish the sand in bunkers on the resort’s golf course or the sand at the nearby beach. Signage on the golf course explains the story behind the new sand. According to General...

Vulcan Introduces ABC7-P Combi Oven

TROY, OHIO—Because combi ovens shouldn’t require intensive training before they can be used, Vulcan is introducing a new restaurant combi that features both high performance and intuitive, simple operation. The Vulcan ABC7-P Combi is the newest addition to Vulcan’s ABC line of combi ovens. It’s built to deliver the precision cooking chefs require with the ease of use the line needs to take advantage of the speed, versatility and product quality combi cooking offers. “Combi ovens in restaurants are often too difficult to use,” said Ray Bittikofer, Vulcan’s Business Unit Manager of combi ovens. “When this happens, kitchen staff tend to...

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Reopens, Includes an On-site Farm, Greenhouse, Apiary

LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL.—Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort unveiled the details of its $25 million renovation that has transformed nearly every aspect of the resort—from introducing two new restaurants to the Chicagoland dining scene—Three Embers and Wrights Brew & Bistro—adding a full-service Starbucks Café, new day Spa—Xhale Spa—and renovating all the resort guestrooms with comfort and modern technology in mind. The iconic resort is managed by The Bricton Group and home of the award-winning Marriott Theatre. Three Embers, the resort’s signature restaurant, celebrates Midwest cuisine with simple, locally grown and sourced, farm-fresh ingredients, while integrating influential flavors from various regions throughout southern Europe. Local diners,...

New Hotel Kitchen Site Offers Road Map to Food Waste Reduction

As referenced in last week’s column, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, recently released results from a set of projects demonstrating innovative strategies aimed at reducing food waste in the hotel industry. I believe it is one of most worthwhile sustainability projects in which AHLA has participated. Based on the results of the project, a website—an online toolkit—was launched. You can find it at www.hotelkitchen.org. Ten hotel properties participated in the 12 weeks of demonstration projects, including a mix of full-service branded hotels and several independent operations across...

Eco-Products Earns Awards for Compostable Containers

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products has earned awards for two of its compostable containers: an innovative snack cup and a take-out container. Eco-Products was the only company to be honored for two separate products in this year's QSR/FPI Foodservice Packaging Awards competition. Eco-Products’ Grip & Dip Snack Cup earned first place in the Innovation in Manufacturing category. Its WorldView Three-Compartment Take-Out Container earned the second-place award for Innovation in Convenience. “We are proud that our products were recognized for making life easier for everyone from stadiums to fans, from restaurants to their guests,” said Sarah Martinez, Director of Marketing for Eco-Products. “We are committed to...

News-Packed HX, BDNY Wrap Up in Big Apple

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York wrapped up earlier this week at the Javits Center in New York. As posted on Green Lodging News, it was announced that HX: The Hotel Experience has transitioned to full ownership under Hospitality Management Group (HMG), a division of ST Media Group. HX was previously co-owned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSHTA). Also posted on Green Lodging News during the trade shows: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel...