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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

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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.

Venetian Macao Earns Platinum-Level Green Hotel Award

MACAO—The Venetian Macao has been awarded the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award, the first and only hotel in Macao to earn the new top designation of platinum, which was introduced in the latest edition of the awards. Award criteria met by the integrated resort include showing evidence of year-on-year waste reduction; availability of electric vehicle parking spaces and charging stations for staff and guests; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement program; monitoring the environmental performance of shuttle buses, including turning off idling engines; establishing a management plan for reducing food waste; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement. The...

Soul Community Planet Opens First SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the opening of its first SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs after a nine-month, $6 million renovation. The 98,000 square-foot, 176-room property, located at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak, is in its final stages of renovation. SCP Hotels represents a fresh holistic hospitality concept for both travelers and the surrounding community. Inside each SCP Hotel, guests will find opportunities to recharge their minds, refresh their bodies and re-center their souls, while connecting with fellow travelers and the community. SCP Hotels aims to help make the planet a better place through the extensive...

Evolve Controls Releases Guest-Facing Room Controls Interface

CHICAGO—Wireless, cloud-based in-room control and management solutions provider, Evolve Controls, announced the launch of Evolve Guest Interface (eGI), the hospitality industry’s first multi-protocol gateway built into a touch-screen interface device. The eGI device will interface with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. “With the multiple options for connecting IoT solutions in today’s fragmented technology industry, any product for the hospitality industry isn’t complete without multiple radio frequency connectivity options that include Wifi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave,” according to Armand Rabinowitz, Senior Director of Strategy and Workgroups at Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG). “These options enable operators to choose the most reliable...

Delaware North Locations Announce Environmental Management News & Initiatives

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North’s proprietary stewardship platform, GreenPath, helps ensure the company carefully manages its environmental impact and positively contributes to the communities it serves. In recent months, locations throughout Delaware North’s parks and resorts portfolio have taken on several high-profile, impactful and innovative initiatives in support of GreenPath. Through GreenPath, Delaware North sets strict guidelines for energy and water consumption, waste management and other standards at its 200-plus operating locations around world. Since its inception in the 1990s, GreenPath has won dozens of awards from the likes of NASA, the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

GLN Adds HydroTech Solutions Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has just added a new case study to its Vendor Case Studies section. The case study details the efforts of a Fortune 100 company to improve water conservation in its cooling system to reduce costs, save energy and reduce chemicals. HydroTech Solutions initiated its Total Water Management program in April 2016 that continues as a monthly service. Each of the two headquarters buildings has a 1,000-ton cooling tower on the rooftop and two chillers in the basements. The water consumption for each building exceeded 500,000 gallons per month during summer. The facility manager sought to safely...

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Set to Launch July 9

NATIONAL REPORT—The Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey will be launched by Greenview on July 9, 2018. The survey will close on August 10, 2018. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some 2,100 properties participating from 46 countries. The survey encompasses topics ranging from energy management to communication to Health & Wellness. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of Green Lodging...

New ‘Accessibility’ Regulations for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

This article first appeared at www.HotelLawBlog.com. As the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in California continues to grow, we are also seeing the proliferation of electric vehicle charging stations in the parking areas provided by hotels, theaters, stadiums and hotel mixed-use properties. While owners and managers of these facilities are providing a much-needed service to their guests, many are unaware that—at least in California—if their facility provides electric vehicle charging stations, a certain number of them must be accessible to the disabled. The regulations and requirements for these accessible charging stations are very specific, and the article below, written by...

EarthTronics Expands Its Vintage Filament LED Line

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact, expanded its line of vintage EarthBulb filament LEDs with the introduction of its energy-efficient, clear finish 1-watt S14 and 5-watt T10 decorative LEDs for home, hospitality, restaurant and commercial applications. The new 2700K, 1-watt S14 and 5-watt T10 decorative LEDs provide an incandescent “retro” lighting experience, while saving 80 percent in energy costs over a 15,000-hour rated life for a quick return on investment. These lamps utilize a filament style LED array that provides extended performance life with high color rendering of...

A Total Water Management Service Delivers Cost Savings & Cooling System Efficiencies

A Fortune 100 LEED Gold certified headquarters in Houston, Texas identified the need to improve water conservation in the cooling system to reduce costs, save energy and reduce chemicals. HydroTech Solutions initiated the Total Water Management program in April 2016 that continues as a monthly service. It’s important to note that it took a few months to remove existing deposits and stabilize the system, to allow significant cost savings. The Challenge Each of the two headquarters buildings has a 1,000-ton cooling tower on the rooftop and two chillers in the basements. The water consumption for each building exceeded 500,000 gallons per...

HITEC Wrapup—Guestroom Energy Management Innovations Grab Most Attention

HOUSTON—HITEC, the lodging industry’s leading technology trade show, was held at the LEED Silver George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston June 18 to 21. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) just announced that the event broke barriers as the highest attended event in the association’s history with over 6,650 attendees. There were approximately 400 exhibitors, many of whom displayed their latest innovations to help reduce energy consumption in the guestroom. Other exhibitors concentrated on other aspects of sustainability—indoor air quality, for example. The following is a summary of the HITEC announcements having some type of “green” connection: Honeywell launched the...