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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

ROBES & SLIPPERS

Majestic International Majestic International At Majestic International, Hospitality has always been a vital part of our company throughout our 90+ year history. Our mission is to provide quality product and superior personalized service. We are proud to offer the finest robe, towel, and slipper selection designed to meet the needs of our hotel and spa clients around the world. We offer an eco-friendly robe and towel program that requires less detergent, saves 20% in drying time and reduces water consumption by 30%. They are 100% natural and biodegradable yet thick and thirsty and luxurious. Our biodegradable slipper made from jute will...

Gearing Up for Winter? Here’s What Hotels Should Be Doing

NATIONAL REPORT—Heating and electricity are two of the biggest operating expenses of hotels and lodges—eating up to 6 percent of energy costs. Energy consumption is also responsible for 60 percent of a hotel’s carbon emissions. With winter just around the corner, prepping up the accommodation to keep guests warm is an important concern for property owners. At the same time, finding ways to reduce carbon footprint and save on energy are vital to strike a balance between keeping financial books healthy and helping the environment without compromising customer comfort. Back-up Power in Winter is Critical The move towards using renewable sources of...

Saudi Arabia’s 2028 Amaala Resort Project Aims for Zero-Carbon Footprint

SAUDI, ARABIA—Amaala, one of the largest ultra-luxury sustainable resort projects ever conceived—one that will create 22,400 jobs and attract 310,000 visitors annually—is in the design stages for Saudi Arabia’s northeastern coast along the Red Sea. (See video.) Amaala, which is derived from the Arabic word for “hope,” will be set in a pristine natural reserve and includes three sites: Triple Bay, The Island, and The Coastal Development. Unique to the project is its environmental story. It will be built to have a zero-carbon footprint. Reaching zero-carbon status will be a challenge, as the project will also include an airport, 200 retail...

Mattress Recycling Council Launches Sleep Products Sustainability Program

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has launched the Sleep Products Sustainability Program (SP2), a new environmental certification and sustainability initiative for mattress manufacturers in the state of California. SP2 training and certification is offered at no cost to mattress manufacturers that want to improve operations at their manufacturing plants, distribution centers, warehouses and/or offices. “SP2 is designed to reduce waste and energy consumption in the manufacturing process while increasing operational efficiencies and generating cost savings,” says Ryan Trainer, President of the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) and the International Sleep Products Assn. (ISPA). “Developed as part of the bedding industry’s...

At Very Low Cost, a Heated Towel Rack Can Prolong a Towel’s Trip to the Laundry

NATIONAL REPORT—For guests staying multiple nights at a hotel, the ubiquitous towel/linen reuse program has been an effective way to keep towels out of the laundry. According to the 2018 Lodging Survey, 95 percent of lodging establishments now offer the program. Yet another way to prolong a towel’s trip to the laundry is to offer a heated towel rack in the guestroom bathroom. According to Amba Products, utilized in Europe for decades due to their energy efficiency, heated towel racks use much less energy than a standard dryer (about the same amount of electricity as a few light bulbs)....

What Meeting Hosts Should Consider When Helping to Green an Event

Almost every sporting event, wedding, conference, and public gathering has an accommodation partner. Often the accommodation partner is benign and not really part of the organization committee. However, there could be a significant value added for leading facilities to look beyond their own practices and provide leadership and tools for making the hosted event or activity environmentally sustainable. In fact, this could be an important choice decision point in the very competitive accommodation market. We find most caring leaders want to become more considerate of the environment, but don’t know where to start. Below are listed areas of consideration with...

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

GoSpace Trusted by AAA, Nissan & Volkswagen to Manage Their EV Charger Programs GoSpace is a national provider of electric vehicle charging solutions, serving the hospitality, retail & public use sectors. Trusted by industry leaders such as AAA, Nissan & Volkswagen to manage their EV charger programs, GoSpace has the experience to offer you the turn-key solution that best fits your needs. We offer free consultation and welcome the opportunity to assist you on your next project and look forward to speaking with you. Call (813) 421-5121, e-mail energize@gospacego.com or go to www.gospacego.com for more details. GoSpace » Email for Details »

Dyson Launches the Airblade 9kJ Hand Dryer

NEW YORK—Today, Dyson launched the Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer. With a completely unique design and cutting-edge technology, the Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer enables people to dry their hands quickly and hygienically, while using low energy and offering an alternative to single-use paper towels. “At Dyson we believe hand drying should be fast, hygienic and responsible in its energy use. We solved many of these problems when we disrupted the industry with the launch of the first Dyson Airblade in 2006,” explains Jake Dyson, Chief Engineer. “We continue to pioneer with the Dyson Airblade 9kJ hand dryer—our latest hand...

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Seeks Inspiration from the Sea for $23 Million Guestroom & Corridor Renovation

SAN DIEGO—Hilton San Diego Bayfront recently underwent a $23 million renovation to all 1,190 guestrooms and guestroom corridors. Keeping guests’ needs in mind, the enhanced guestrooms and suites feature a nautical, contemporary design and premium amenities including modern furniture, new mini coolers, updated restrooms, additional power and USB ports, 55” HD TVs and more. With both city and coastal elements, the hotel’s elevated look embraces everything Southern California has to offer, and the sophisticated seafaring-inspired design is a nod to the hotel’s stunning, prime location on the edge of the San Diego Bay. In conjunction with the renovation, this year Hilton...

UPS to Add More Than 6,000 Vehicles to Its Natural Gas Fleet

ATLANTA—UPS announced plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks beginning in 2020 and running through 2022. This three-year commitment represents a $450M investment in expanding the company’s alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet as well as supporting infrastructure. The new vehicles will be equipped with compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems provided under an exclusive agreement with Agility Fuel Solutions, a business of Hexagon Composites. The investment in CNG fuel systems expands UPS’s relationship with Agility Fuel Solutions and supports UPS’s fleet sustainability efforts. It will help reduce UPS’s carbon footprint and is expected to have a positive influence...