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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Green Mountain College Now Powered by Vermont Dairy Cows

POULTNEY, VT.—In a state where it’s often theorized there are more cows than people, Green Mountain College believes it may now be the nation’s first cow-powered campus. The liberal arts college, which offers various courses in hospitality management, has just announced its enrollment in Central Vermont Public Service’s (CVPS) Cow Power program. Through it, the utility delivers energy created from burning biogas created from cow manure on Vermont dairy farms. This initiative helps the college do its part to address global warming by reducing its carbon emissions by approximately 3,500 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of...

Wolverine State Launches New Green Lodging Program

LANSING, MICH.—Robert W. Swanson, director of the Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), announced a new program aimed at environmental conservation and a more competitive lodging industry in Michigan. Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving green practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing. “It’s like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval of being green,” Swanson said. “It is the mark of environmental responsibility of hoteliers who show a commitment to green business practices and can...

Don’t Let the Cold Air Walk Out of Your Walk-In Coolers, Freezers

NATIONAL REPORT—When shopping for a walk-in cooler or freezer, it pays to be selective. A quick, uninformed purchase can result in unnecessary energy costs down the road. There are a lot of vendors out there. Before you come to a final buying decision, be sure to keep in mind all of the considerations that impact energy consumption. Insulation is one important factor. It is what provides resistance to heat flow. According to Scott Mallernee, product manager for Parsons, Tenn.-based Kolpak, polyurethane offers the best value. Four inches of polyurethane, he says, provides the same amount of insulation as...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Project Planet as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Project Planet Corp. as a Green Product Directory partner. Project Planet is the lodging industry’s leading provider of promotional materials for linen and towel reuse programs. Project Planet’s colorful in-room materials have a significant impact on guest participation. The Dawsonville, Ga.-based company’s materials can be found in more than 5,000 hotels worldwide. Project Planet’s programs reduce energy, water, labor and chemical costs. The company sells a variety of products including pillow toppers, door hangers and more. Go to Project Planet Corp. for more information or...

Inn By The Sea Turns to Heating Oil Mixed With Fats, Vegetable Oils

CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE—Maine’s Governor John Baldacci introduced Webber Energy Fuels’ biofuel program at The Inn By The Sea this past weekend. This winter, The Inn By The Sea will be the first hotel in Maine to keep guests warm with Webber’s new fuel comprised of heating oil mixed with fats and vegetable oils.Choosing to heat with Webber’s biofuel made with domestic renewable natural products is part of The Inn By The Sea’s ongoing commitment to reduce heating oil consumption and to align business practices with consideration for the environment, according to the inn’s general manager, Tom Petot. South...

USA Technologies Launches Conversion Program for Existing Vending Machines

MALVERN, PA.—USA Technologies has introduced the EnergyMiser Conversion Program to help vending machine owners and operators nationwide convert their installed vending machines to meet Energy Star requirements. The EnergyMiser Conversion Program is a comprehensive turnkey package of services and technology provided by USA Technologies for bottlers to capitalize on the new Energy Star Refurbishment Program. The announcement comes days after the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Rebuilt Beverage Vending Machine Program under which older and existing machines will be able to qualify for Energy Star eligibility and carry the Energy Star label. “The EPA’s Rebuilt Beverage...

Days Inns-Canada Signs On to HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program

TORONTO—Days Inns-Canada announced its participation in the HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program administered by the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC). Days Inns-Canada is the first midscale hotel chain to participate in the program as a brandwide initiative. Through the HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program, Days Inns’ 87 locations across Canada are committed to maximizing efficiency by enhancing energy performance while also reducing operating costs. The brand expects that most of its properties will receive their Green Key rating by the end of 2006. “As active supporters of the HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program, Days Inns-Canada is dedicated...

Wireless WiSuite System Can Reduce Hotel Energy Costs By Up to 40 Percent

BOSTON—A new ZigBee wireless environmental automation system is enabling hotels and other facilities to eliminate energy waste and slash energy costs up to 40 percent. Invented by Riga Development, the new WiSuite Environmental Management System uses Ember’s ZigBee wireless networking technology to let property owners automate and control the energy efficiency of every room, without compromising the comfort of occupants. ZigBee is a global wireless industry standard designed for remote monitoring, control and sensor networks. WiSuite yields huge savings by dramatically reducing wasteful electric and fuel consumption of HVAC systems. Because it’s wireless, WiSuite can be retrofitted...

FuelCell Energy Named One of Connecticut’s Fastest Growing Technology Companies

DANBURY, CONN.—FuelCell Energy Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power plants for commercial and industrial customers, announced it has been named to the prestigious Deloitte Connecticut Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the state by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. Rankings are based on the percentage revenue growth over five years from 2001 through 2005. “We are delighted to gain Deloitte’s recognition,” says R. Daniel Brdar, FuelCell Energy president and c.e.o. “Connecticut is a great incubator for a leading edge business like ours and it is an honor to be...

Boston Green Tourism Positions City as Eco-Friendly Meetings Destination

BOSTON—Formed a year ago as an outgrowth of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), Boston Green Tourism (BGT) is working to position America’s Walking City as the place to go to find green hotels and meeting facilities. The organization already has 76 active members including hoteliers, restaurateurs, vendors, and convention center and government officials. “It is a three-year project,” says Dan Ruben, executive director of BGT, who as executive director of CERC led efforts to green America’s two political conventions in 2004. The goals of BGT are four-fold: • Establish Greater Boston as a preeminent...