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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Energy Management

Home Energy Management
Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Swissôtel Releases Sustainability Report Update

PARIS—Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, announces the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015. The 2018 Sustainability Update provides insight as to how Swissôtel tackles areas which are most important to its internal and external stakeholders based on materiality assessments conducted by the brand’s sustainability management team and third-party experts. The report includes updated performance data, recent case...

Why It’s the Perfect Time to Go Solar

For those that see the benefits of solar the question is when to make the investment; not if to make it. Although not the right timing for everyone it might be the right time for you. Taking a look at what goes into this investment will help you better decide if now is the perfect time. Should I Wait for Better Technology? The advancement of technology in the past couple of decades has made some hesitant. People that once paid a hundred dollars for a basic calculator can now use one for free on their phone or computer. For those on board...

Eco-Industrial Vibe Works for Soul Community Planet Hotel

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Six months after soft opening in Colorado Springs, the 176-room SCP hotel there is enjoying “off the charts” reviews according to Ken Cruse, CEO of Soul Community Planet, LLC, the parent company of SCP Hotels. The renovation of what once was a Knights Inn and other branded properties is attracting travelers and locals with its eco-industrial vibe and features such as the SCP fitness center. The SCP Hotel Colorado Springs is the first of several green, community-focused hotels planned by Soul Community Planet. The next one will open in Redmond, Ore. Cruse says he and his core team had been...

Green Lodging News Adds SunTap to Green Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added SunTap solar chargers to its Green Product & Service Directory. SunTap is a solar powered outdoor USB charging station designed to keep hotel & club guests fully connected and charged up while lounging pool or beach side. The system’s waterproof design allows it to be left out year-round without worry and is corrosion resistant to survive salty air environments. SunTap lets you charge two devices at once, at the speed of a wall outlet, and is equipped with an 8-hour battery backup for cloudy conditions and late nights. The glass free solar panel...

USB Charging Stations/Solar Powered

SunTap Solar Chargers Ruggedized Outdoor USB Charging Solutions SunTap is a solar powered outdoor USB charging station designed to keep hotel & club guests fully connected and charged up while lounging pool or beach side. The system’s waterproof design allows it to be left out year-round without worry and is corrosion resistant to survive salty air environments. SunTap lets you charge two devices at once, at the speed of a wall outlet, and is equipped with an 8-hour battery backup for cloudy conditions and late nights. The glass free solar panel makes it safe for use around pools and on the...

Mohawk Group, Groundswell Unveil smartflower Solar Energy Unit

EDEN, N.C.—Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell have teamed up to locate a new smartflower™ solar energy unit near three Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina—a project that will bring the benefits of clean solar power to the area, create educational opportunities for students and also contribute to Mohawk’s sustainability efforts to leave more handprints than footprints. The smartflower technology was unveiled on November 29 at a special event in Eden, N.C., which is also the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven carpet plant. The mill celebrated its 90th anniversary of operation this year. Planted on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School, the smartflower is located adjacent to Holmes Middle...

Termite Mounds Hide Secrets to Sustainable Buildings of the Future

RAPID CITY, S.D.—South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been awarded $475,000 from the National Science Foundation to study how termites construct mounds with the idea that humans might one day adapt the energy-efficient homebuilding techniques of the insects. The award is a follow-up to a previous grant by NSF of $300,000. Mines faculty researchers spent time in the African country of Namibia to study the shape and function of termite mounds. The mounds are resilient and naturally energy efficient. Their intricate interior designs provide ventilation and temperature regulation throughout what can easily be a 15-foot-tall home for a...

SunLike Series LEDs Selected as ‘Top 10 Product’

CHICAGO—Seoul Semiconductor, a leading supplier of LED products and technology, has been selected by the influential industry group BuildingGreen as a “Top 10 Product” for its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs, the first solid state lighting source that produces light closely matching the spectrum of natural sunlight. “SunLike Series LEDs create a healthy lighting environment by producing natural spectrum light that brings the era of human-centric lighting closer to our doorstep,” explained Mark McClear, Seoul Semiconductor Executive Vice President for North America. “This recognition by BuildingGreen as a Top Ten Green Building product is another example of how important natural...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Headquarters Recognized as One of Highest Performing Green Buildings in Country

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company, has received a Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The recertification designates Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ corporate campus as one of the highest-performing green buildings in the country, reflecting the company’s commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint. LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of...

Product Highlights from Big Apple’s HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—A solar powered USB charging station. An electric bicycle lending program. A one hundred percent recyclable wine glass. A system that integrates an alarm clock, HVAC and lighting controls, Wi-Fi and more into a single unified platform. A salad-making robot (vending machine) named “Sally” that delivers eight-component meals in seconds. These are just some of the products that were introduced at HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Both events were held November 11 to 12 at the Javits Center in New York City. It would be impossible to list all the eco-friendly products and...