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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.

CIRQ+ is Finalist for HX TECHPitch November 11

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.—CIRQ+, a disruptive IoT technology, has been selected as one of five finalists for the HX TECHPitch, a technology innovation competition Sunday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. as part of HX at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. HX, set for November 11 and 12, is a high visibility, hospitality focused conference that is attended by more than 7,000 hotel owners, GMs and operators from around the world. CIRQ+ Founder and CEO Yani Deros will have a 1:11 to 1:18 p.m. window to pitch the innovative solution followed by questions and feedback...

Glorietta Bay Inn Invests in Eco-Friendly Operations

CORONADO, CALIF.—The historic Glorietta Bay Inn  announced several recent investments in environmental initiatives and sustainable solutions for daily hotel operations. The initiatives include installing a new renewable energy source, implementing a chemical-free cleaning program and introducing a digital application to reduce paper waste across several different hotel departments. Recently, Glorietta Bay Inn installed more than nine large solar panels to generate its own renewable energy to power lighting, HVAC, heat water and more around the resort. As the first historic hotel in the region to install solar panels, Glorietta Bay Inn looks to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Located on Coronado Island, the...

Why Green Workplace Design Creates a Feel-Good Factor for Employees

LOS ANGELES—In the Los Angeles offices of Cuningham Group architecture firm, natural daylight streams in through four skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, while discreet vents manage the flow of fresh air. Individual offices are set in upcycled shipping containers, with a central indoor garden that filters the air and enhances the space with morale-boosting greenery. “Sustainability in the office has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last five or ten years,” says Stuart Finnie, Head of Design at Tétris. “Design measures that can enhance a firm’s environmental credentials are coming to the top of every client’s wish list.” Common eco-friendly measures include the...

3 Pillar Solutions Releases Cloud-Based Hotel Sustainability Assessment

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—3 Pillar Solutions, LLC announced the launch of their online 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Assessment, eliminating what can sometimes be unaffordable on-site consulting and travel fees. This comprehensive 238-question assessment takes a comprehensive snapshot of the entire operations. Shortly after submittal, a custom-tailored report of recommendations for improvement and cost savings are provided, along with a 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Guide offering education in all areas of sustainable hospitality, from food waste prevention, stakeholder engagement strategies, to adopting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 2030 locally. “The 3P Hotel Sustainability Assessment by 3 Pillar Solutions provided a comprehensive and affordable...

Song Saa Reserve, a Unique Development in Cambodia, has Sustainability at its Heart

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA—The owners of Song Saa Private Island—Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort, renown internationally for its commitment to environment and social sustainability—announced the launch of a new project, centered in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap: the Song Saa Reserve. Building on the knowledge and success of Song Saa Private Island and its sister NGO, the Song Saa Foundation, the Song Saa Reserve seeks to fulfil Rory and Melita Hunter’s vision of creating a commercially successful, ethically led integrated resort: a place where all luxury tourism blends effortlessly with initiatives that restore and improve the local natural and human...

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel Returns to Alabama’s Gulf Coast

GULF SHORES, ALA.—The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel opened its doors after a much-anticipated return to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Guests of the 350-room, beachfront hotel, located within Alabama’s Gulf State Park, will enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby with direct access to the emerald green waters of the Gulf and over 6,150 acres of trails and activities within the Park. The Lodge at Gulf State Park is the first full service hotel to open in the area in 20 years. It is a premier meetings and events destination, offering a wide array of...

Telkonet Launches EcoTouch Flex WiFi Thermostat

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions, announces the launch of its next generation thermostat, the EcoTouch Flex WiFi. The EcoTouch Flex WiFi features the ability to provide individualized WiFi thermostats for markets beyond hospitality. Positioning Telkonet to further expand into the residential market, the EcoTouch Flex WiFI allows residents to control and automate their thermostats with the Symphony Sonata mobile app. Currently being deployed for a large commercial customer in Hawaii, the EcoTouch Flex WiFi features all of the features of the EcoTouch+, with its modern glass design and built-in occupancy and humidity sensors....

Hampton Inn Decommissions Washer for Headache-Free Alternative

OSHKOSH, WIS.—Frequent outbursts by an aging hard-mount washer forced the Hampton Inn in Kansas City to seek help. After years of stress, the washer’s violent vibrations ripped it from its anchor point on the floor. Frustrated, General Manager Glenn Koch contacted Bruce Kusgen, of All Pro Laundry Equipment, in Lees Summit, Mo., for help. The solution? A new soft-mount Continental E-Series Washer-Extractor. Initially, Kusgen tried to fix the existing washer. “We drilled through the concrete pad and into the floor to install new anchor bolts to tie it all back together,” he said. “Soon after, however, the washer’s inverter blew...

Plans Announced for $500 Million Eco-Engineered Luxury Destination in The Bahamas

THE BAHAMAS—Star Resort Group Inc. announced plans for The Bahamas’ first eco-engineered luxury waterfront destination, Port St. George. Located on the pristine Long Island, known for its contrasting coastline of limestone cliffs and tranquil beaches, Port St. George is taking a major step toward operating entirely off-grid through extensive use of solar tiles and storage batteries. The mixed-use development will be designed for those seeking an experience characterized by an authentic Bahamian environment, luxurious, modern amenities and an eco-friendly lifestyle. Port St. George will exemplify the next evolution of luxury destinations, as eco-engineering and future-proofing is being incorporated into every...

Six Senses Fiji Wins Climate Action Category at HICAP 2018

MALOLO ISLAND, FIJI—The annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) has announced the winners for the HICAP 2018 Sustainable Hotel Awards and Six Senses Fiji has taken the title in the Climate Action Category. The awards are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region, creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region. For climate efforts, Six Senses Fiji is honored to have been awarded top spot for a range of initiatives that are practiced within the resort....