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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Water Conservation

Home Water Conservation
Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Vermont’s Well-Designed Stone Wall Inn Heated with No Fossil Fuels

WINDHAM, VERMONT—If a building becomes as one as possible with its surrounding environment, can it be energy self-sufficient? Yes, it certainly can. Just ask Bob Shannon, President of The Fourth Corner Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs A Stone Wall Inn in Windham, Vermont. Shannon, an architect with two degrees from Yale University, first thought about the 10-room inn on 12 acres in 1969. The three-building inn with a post-modernist feel is heated entirely by solar energy and wood stoves. Every aspect and angle of the well-insulated inn was designed to maximize the power of the sun. “We are making...

Kohler Awarded US Water Prize by US Water Alliance

KOHLER, WIS.—Kohler Co. was awarded the US Water Prize for its water conservation efforts by the US Water Alliance during its One Water Summit in New Orleans. The Water Prize is presented annually in five categories, including a private sector organization for outstanding achievement in advancing sustainable solutions to water challenges. Water Alliance leaders recognized Kohler as this year’s private sector honoree for its development and promotion of water-efficient products that meet the EPA’s WaterSense efficiency requirements. “Since 2011, the US Water Alliance has worked to advocate for the true value of water and promote policies and practices that ensure safe...

Green Lodging News Adds HydroTech Solutions Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a HydroTech Solutions, LLC case study to its website. The case study details the success a Fortune 100 headquarters had in utilizing HydroFLOW electronic water conditioning for its cooling system to improve water conservation, energy savings and chemicals reduction. The headquarters campus features two buildings; each with a 1,000-ton cooling tower situated on the rooftop. The cooling towers exhibited scale buildup on infrastructure, fill, and piping. The chiller units are opened for cleaning and inspection annually, with scale accumulation at entry sections. Three cycles of concentration were allowed...

California Faucets Launches New Faucets with Pixar-Style Video

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—California Faucets introduces Aqua Pella, its latest Pixar-inspired video introducing the company’s new lineup of single-hole faucets. In the tradition of Tub Filler Fever, which went viral in the industry, Aqua Pella is the fun and memorable story of five faucets showing off their unique design personalities while performing before judges in a singing competition. The headliners stepping up to the stage in the video production include the clean-lined Arpeggio, the geometrically inspired Bel Canto and the sleek Zen-like Morro Bay. Each single-hole faucet in the group auditions in a different size or artisan finish from the company’s...

Gerber Adds High Efficiency 1.0 GPF Toilet to Viper Collection

WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Gerber, an industry leader in high performing and decorative plumbing fixtures, has introduced its newest water-saving high-efficiency toilet—the Viper 1.0 Toilet. This two-piece high efficiency toilet flushes at 1.0 gallons per flush (3.8 liters per flush). The toilet is WaterSense certified, saving 20 percent in water consumption than recent 1.28 gpf toilet options. To ensure a powerful flushing performance (even at this lower flow rate), the Viper toilet has a 2” trapway (51 mm) for clog-free waste removal, a 3” flush valve (76 mm) for faster water flow and flushing power, and a best-in-class Fluidmaster 400A fill valve for durable,...

The Ellis Hotel Awarded Green Seal Certification

ATLANTA—The Ellis Hotel has a heart of green. The recently renovated property, downtown Atlanta’s only independent hotel, has earned Silver certification to Green Seal’s Standard for Hotels & Lodging Properties (GS-33). This achievement, which has only been attained by four other Georgian hotels, is based on a rigorous, independent evaluation of The Ellis Hotel’s features, operations and processes. “We salute the Ellis Hotel for its leadership in sustainability as a Green Seal-certified hotel,” said Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal’s president and CEO. “Its continual innovation shows how sustainability can position hotels at the cutting edge of the market and...

Six Senses Planning New Resort in Switzerland

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced plans to open its first resort in Switzerland. Upon completion, the 47–room Six Senses Crans-Montana will operate under a long-term management agreement with 1875 FINANCE, one of Switzerland’s premier finance companies, representing the investors involved in the project. The resort marks a significant milestone for Six Senses development and will be in one of the region’s most prominent ski areas. Located in the canton of Valais, Geneva is located two hours away by car and train. “We are thrilled to collaborate with 1875 FINANCE and are eager to expand our presence in Europe,” said...

Blu Planet By Radisson Blu Wins IMEX-GMIC Sustainability Award

BRUSSELS—Radisson Blu is the winner of the 2017 IMEX-GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award with its Blu Planet program, the responsible business initiative of Radisson Blu hotels around the world. The IMEX-GMIC award celebrates inspiring brands that drive sustainability forward through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. “We are determined to help protect the Earth’s priceless water supply,” says Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President of Responsible Business for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “We launched Blu Planet to conserve water and help bring safe drinking water and sanitation to communities in need. Blu Planet is a key pillar of our group’s Responsible Business...

Javits Center Releases First Sustainability Report

NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel announced the issuance of the Javits Center’s first-ever Sustainability Report, which outlines the efforts to green the largest convention center in New York. The 31-page report details a host of sustainable initiatives implemented at the Javits Center, including a significant reduction in the building’s energy consumption, the creation of a wildlife sanctuary and the establishment of partnerships with educational and community institutions, as well as customers and other government organizations. To read the entire report, visit www.javitscenter.com. Since 2014, 26 bird species have been observed on or...

Eco-Focused Resort, Marina Coming to Cortez, Fla.

CORTEZ, FLA.—A new recreational focused resort and marina is coming to Cortez from the developer behind Mirabella, the LEED Platinum certified, 160 home, adult community in nearby Bradenton, Fla. The 148 cottage community, named Hunters Point Resort and Marina, will also feature 49 boat slips, a public marina and community center, all designed to provide a modern, environmentally respectful and energy efficient fishing village style community to the historic town of Cortez, Fla. Of the 148 “Cracker” cottages, 62 are designed as hotel rooms for short term rentals. The development seems to be in line with the long-time quest of...