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From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Starwood’s New aloft Brand to Include Eco-Friendly Features

NEW YORK—Starwood’s new aloft brand, a vision of W Hotels, has announced a “see green” program with guest awareness in mind. The program was created to introduce and promote ecologically friendly products and services, and highlights options both inside and outside each hotel. The aloft landscaping plan takes what used to be the standard parking lot and re-imagines it as an outdoor park-like environment, with a variety of deciduous trees and shrubbery. A special area of parking spots will be reserved specifically for hybrid cars, raising awareness of the benefits of environmentally friendly vehicles. The aloft team is...

Green Cleaning Supplier Orbeco Inks Deals with Two Chains

SAN FRANCISCO—Orbeco Inc. announced that it has signed contracts of two years each with two of the world’s leading hotel chains. The companies represent more than 5,000 hotels. The chains chose Orbeco because it offers safe and environmentally friendly green cleaning products. Orbeco offers products ranging from carpet cleaners to drain cleaners. Orbeco products are harmless to humans, animals and aquatic life. The formulas, all patented, have been designed by a French chemist. The cleaning products include safe, raw materials. All the products have been certified by Green Seal and Woolsafe and are in the process of...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Queenaire Technologies as Founding Sponsor

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Queenaire Technologies, Ashburn, Va., as a Founding Sponsor. Queenaire, with a management team with more than 30 years in the ozone industry, provides ozone generating products that deodorize and eliminate odors safely and effectively. The company sells five different machines for different size rooms and applications. Queenaire also produces the Newaire Plugin, a portable plug-in unit that can deodorize rooms up to 500 square feet in size. All of Queenaire’s products are ideal for eliminating in-room odors caused by smoke, mold and mildew, pets, and other sources....

Steril-Aire Bulletin Focuses on UVC, Commercial Buildings

BURBANK, CALIF.—Steril-Aire Inc. has published a new application bulletin describing how its multi-patented UVC technology can protect offices, stores and other commercial buildings while reducing costs. The bulletin, titled “UVC and Commercial Buildings,” explains how UVC devices installed in the air handling systems can result in a wide range of benefits, including mold and microbial control, enhanced indoor air quality, and energy and maintenance savings. The bulletin includes an overview of UVC features and benefits, a four-year cost-saving example, and product information on the different types of UVC devices for commercial HVAC applications. Customer testimonials are also included....

Florida DEP Partners With DadePaper to Improve Air Quality in Hotels

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has partnered with DadePaper Co. to help Florida’s lodging industry improve indoor air quality in hotels and motels across the state. The partnership is the latest component of DEP’s Green Lodging initiative, which encourages hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving green practices that conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality and reduce waste. “By participating in the Green Lodging Program, DadePaper becomes an example and leader within the lodging industry,” says DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille. “Their environmental commitment serves as a challenge to hotels, suppliers, trade associations and...

Enviro-Solutions Launches Green-Certified Floor Cleaner

PETERBOROUGH, ONT.—Enviro-Solutions introduces its Green-certified Haze Away Neutral Floor Cleaner. With foot traffic, ice melts placed at building entries in wintry climates can leave a hazy white film on hard-surface floors. This ruins the appearance of the floor and also increases the likelihood of slips and falls. Haze Away safely removes ice melt, salts and other mineral deposits, keeping floor and carpet entries clean, bright, and healthy. For more information, visit Enviro-Solutions.

Mintek White Paper Makes Case for Automated Asset Management, Preventive Maintenance

DUNEDIN, FLA.—Mintek Mobile Data Solutions has released a white paper entitled, “The Case for Automated Asset Management & Preventive Maintenance.” The document makes the case for implementation of an automated solution such as Mintek’s Lodging Asset Management Suite to protect and extend the life of a hotel’s physical assets. The white paper includes examples of hotels that have implemented the company’s handheld, bar code and ASP-based systems. “Smart hotel owners and operators know that proper maintenance and management of hotel’s assets will result in extended asset life and fewer breakdowns,” says Lind Hutton, executive vice president and c.o.o....

As Industry Enjoys Strong Occupancy Growth, Maintenance Costs Creep Up

ATLANTA—As the hotel industry continues to enjoy strong trends in occupancy and rate in its third year of recovery, there are increasing signs that the pace of increases in certain areas on the expense side of the ledger is gaining momentum. According to a recent study, from 2001 to 2005, hotel maintenance expenses grew 18.3 percent. This is nearly 33 percent greater than the pace of growth for all other hotel operating costs during this same period. As a result of these relatively strong increases, maintenance department costs as a percent of total hotel operating expenses have averaged...

EcoLogo Program Announces U.S. Campaign

OTTAWA, ONT.—The EcoLogo Program, an environmental certifying and labeling program, is about to launch its “EcoLogo USA Campaign 2006-2007.” The EcoLogo Program certifies products and services as Green and environmentally preferable in a variety of fields and industries. This includes everything from cleaning chemicals, building materials and agricultural products, to automotive and boating tools and equipment. According to Kevin Gallagher, EcoLogo vice president who is heading the program, the goals of the EcoLogo USA Campaign—which will begin September 6, 2007—are twofold: to help U.S. consumers better understand the value of using environmentally preferable products and to promote the...

Educational Institute Releases New Edition of ‘Hospitality Facilities Management and Design’ Textbook

LANSING, MICH.—Creating and managing hospitality facilities requires special knowledge and skills. The third edition of Hospitality Facilities Management and Design, published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn., provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the key issues involved in keeping a hotel’s physical plant running efficiently. Written by David M. Stipanuk, a professional engineer and member of the property asset management faculty of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, this new edition of Hospitality Facilities Management and Design takes a systems approach to hospitality facilities issues. Readers will learn how technology...