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Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels. As travelers and workers demand clean air, hotels are finding new and innovative ways to provide it, and getting a marketing kick to boot. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Air Quality

Home Air Quality
Allergy friendly rooms, air purifiers, smoke-free hotels. As travelers and workers demand clean air, hotels are finding new and innovative ways to provide it, and getting a marketing kick to boot. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Madrid’s VP Plaza España Design Earns LEED Gold

MIAMI—VP Plaza España Design, a luxurious 214-room hotel located on Madrid’s famous Gran Vía, has earned the prestigous LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification, solidifying its position in the city as an example for environmentally conscious design and operation. The five-star hotel, which opened March 2018, scored well in several areas including its sustainable setting, innovative design, water and energy use efficiency, and use of quality materials and resources, all efforts which meet the priorities outlined by LEED for Spain. “We are honored to be one of the only hotels in Spain to achieve this important designation,”...

Oxy-Gen Powered Launches Fab 30 Urinal Screens

ATLANTA—Oxy-Gen Powered, a leader in innovative air-freshening solutions, has launched its Fab 30 urinal screens for men’s restrooms. Infused with high-quality fragrance and Neutra-Lox, a proprietary malodor eliminator, the screens eliminate rather than mask foul odors to keep urinals smelling fresh for 30 days. Fab 30 features a unique design to eliminate splashes and is available in 10 distinct fragrances that complement Oxygen-Pro air freshener scents for a total odor control solution. “Foul smells and urinal screens that don’t prevent splash-back can negatively impact the satisfaction of individuals using a facility’s restrooms,” said Andy Piucci, Vice President of Sales-North America,...

What to Look for to Be Sure Your Event Seating is Green & Sustainable

Whether you operate an event space, offer lodging, or both, you know how time consuming it can be to find the right furniture. This can be especially challenging when you require a large quantity of seating, particularly for an event space. In all this bustle, it’s easy to overlook the importance of purchasing environmentally friendly furniture. If you are trying to be mindful of your environmental impact and wish to find green, sustainably produced seating, this can pose an even greater challenge. Fortunately, to meet the demand for eco-friendly products, we’ve seen an increase in the number of green furniture...

Oxy-Gen Powered Introduces Continuous Odor Control Solution

ATLANTA—Oxy-Gen Powered, a leader in innovative air-freshening and hygiene solutions, is introducing Oxygen-Pro, a programmable and continuous air freshening system that eliminates malodors. Oxygen-Pro allows users to customize the fragrance intensity with various cartridge sizes and settings. The Regular cartridge offers 30-day odor control and the Grande cartridge can be set to 30-, 60- or 90-day scent delivery. The fragrances have no CFCs, propellents, alcohols or allergens, and no added VOCs or solvents. “Many air fresheners simply mask odors and only release scent periodically, either via gels, solids or aerosols,” said Chris Whiting, Executive Vice President—North America, Oxy-Gen Powered. “Our...

Air Purifier Incorporates Potted Plant to Filter Out VOCs, Odors & More

PORDENONE, ITALY—It has long been known that certain types of plants are effective indoor air cleaners—Spider Plants, Dracaena, and Boston Fern are a few examples. Vitesy, an Italy-based company, has combined the power of plants with cutting-edge technology and design to create a natural air purifier that removes air pollution and analyzes indoor air quality. Natede is the name of the product that utilizes the roots of a plant and a photocatalytic filter covered with titanium dioxide to capture and eliminate VOCs, viruses, odors, and bacteria. The technological core of Natede pumps the air through the roots where harmful...

Friedrich Named ‘Supplier of the Year’ by Ad HVAC

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., a leading manufacturer of room air conditioning and other home environment products, earned the industry’s top “Supplier of the Year” award for 2019 from AD HVAC. The award, which was presented during AD HVAC annual member meeting held earlier this month, reflects Friedrich’s strong commitment to support independent distributors by offering a wide range of innovative product solutions, training, customer service and personalized support. As a member-owned organization, AD brings growth-oriented independent distributors and best-in-class supplier partners together with the purpose of outperforming the market and staying ahead of the competition. For nearly six years,...

Legionella Conference 2019: Water Management Programs, Policies, Communication and Regulation Needed to Stem Spread of Legionnaires’ Disease

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—Environmental and public health experts agree that proactive water management plans, stronger policies, collaboration, communication and regulation are needed to stop the rapidly increasing number of Legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreaks. Representatives from public health agencies, water utilities, water industry organizations, regulatory bodies and academia were among 360 international attendees at Legionella Conference 2019, Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus, co-hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association September 11 to 13 in Los Angeles. The conference emphasized the importance of building water management plans and served as an important driver in thought leadership...

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Exhibitors Unveiled Latest Green Innovations

ORLANDO—The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show wrapped up last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando with more than 400 exhibitors demonstrating their products to restaurateurs and hoteliers from all over the state and beyond. Many of the suppliers on hand offered products to reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste. The following is a list of some of those suppliers along with descriptions of the products they introduced. True Green Enterprises, Inc.—The maker of tree free paper straws, bath tissue, jumbo roll tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, and paper cups, announced that it will...

Travelers Have Option of Sleeping with Succulents, Palms & Ferns at First Plant Pop-up Hotel from Orbitz

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Millennial travelers have spoken: they want more plants, please. In a recent survey by Orbitz, 63 percent of millennial vacationers said the hotel amenity they’d most like to see is more plants in their hotel rooms and the same amount said they are seeking out plant-filled spaces and activities such as botanical gardens and parks on vacation. That’s why Orbitz, in collaboration with Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC) and The Kimpton Gray in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, are teaming up to create the first plant pop-up hotel, bookable exclusively on Orbitz.com during National Indoor Plant Week September 16 to...

ASHRAE Resources Can Help Reduce Risk of Legionella

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, a nonprofit technical society headquartered in Atlanta, has developed resources to help reduce the risk of Legionella, including Standard 188, which provides a comprehensive approach to help prevent the growth and spread of Legionella within building water systems. “With the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Atlanta, we would like to increase awareness of the resources available to help minimize health risks associated with building water systems,” said Darryl K. Boyce, P. Eng, 2019-20 ASHRAE President. The CDC estimates approximately 6,100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States each year. Most of those cases result from exposure to Legionella...