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Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. The kitchen and laundry can also be large waste generators. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Kitchen & Laundry

Home Kitchen & Laundry
Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. The kitchen and laundry can also be large waste generators. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

P&G, Homewood Suites, National Coalition for Homeless Launch Sheet Donation Effort

CINCINNATI—Procter & Gamble (P&G) Professional, in cooperation with Homewood Suites by Hilton and the National Coalition for the Homeless have combined efforts to donate freshly laundered, hotel-quality sheets to homeless shelters across the United States through their “Mission S.O.F.T.” program. This program provides homeless persons with a way to “Start Out Fresh Today.” “When people donate to homeless organizations, they typically think of the obvious necessities including clothing, food and toiletries,” says Michael Stoops, acting director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. “Sheets are an often overlooked necessity that many shelters need and want.” The three...

Green Restaurant Assn., Chefs Collaborative Form Partnership

BOSTON—The Green Restaurant Assn. and Chefs Collaborative have formed a partnership. Since 1990, the Green Restaurant Assn. has been helping the restaurant industry work through the association’s 11 environmental guidelines. Since 1993, Chefs Collaborative has been educating chefs and consumers about sustainable cuisine. On November 13, Chefs Collaborative chairman Eric Stenberg will announce the partnership to a room full of America’s top chefs and supporting diners. Michael Oshman, Green Restaurant Assn. executive director, will give a presentation on the restaurant/environment connection. Oshman will also announce that the host hotel, Langham Hotel Boston, is about to become America’s newest Certified Green Restaurant....

American Dryer Introduces Improved 75-Pound Dryer

FALL RIVER, MASS.—The AD-758V, which has been a preferred ADC dryer for many years, is now available with an improved 46 percent larger door opening. This 75-pound machine offers rugged, high performance and is ideal for on-premise applications. Available in gas, steam or electric heat, the AD-758V is built for high production, and fast efficient drying. Gas units have a heat input of 175,000 Btu/hr and airflow of 1,000 cfm, providing maximum performance. ADC incorporates an exclusive patented microprocessor control that provides simple and accurate operation. Automatic drying programs take the guesswork out of cycle selection and avoid...

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...

Air-O-Speed Oven Takes Top Honors at Foodservice Event

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—After examining 10 finalists in the Foodservice Consultant Society International (FCSI) 2006 North American Division Symposium’s Innovation Showcase, consultants awarded the air-o-speed by Electrolux Professional the prestigious Product of the Year award. The air-o-speed is the first high speed combi oven that provides an innovative solution to cooking through a combination of convection, steam, combi (steam and convection) and multi-wave for a completely integrated cooking process. Multi-wave is a patented microwave technology that combines with the other cooking modes to dramatically decrease cooking times, while providing the same quality result of a combi oven. It also...

Master-Bilt’s Reverse Cycle Process Axes Refrigeration Costs

NEW ALBANY, MISS.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems for over 65 years, announces patent approval for its reverse cycle process. This proprietary technology involves a reverse cycle valve that is added to the condensing unit which reverses the direction of refrigerant flow during defrosts. The reverse cycle is automatically activated by the Master Controller electronic control system, saving the user energy and money as well as added convenience. When the Master Controller demand defrost feature determines a defrost is necessary, the reverse cycle valve is automatically activated and the high temperature refrigerant flow...

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Receives National Park Service Award

DENVER—National park and resort concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts has received the National Park Service (NPS) 2006 Environmental Achievement Award for its performance at the Zion Lodge in Zion National Park. The NPS Environmental Achievement Award recognizes superior accomplishments in environmental stewardship. Zion Lodge also received the award in 2004. Xanterra also has received National Park Service Environmental Achievement Awards for environmental stewardship at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The 2006 award was presented by Fran Mainella, director of the National Park Service. “Xanterra at Zion...

Scotsman Ice Systems Releases Self-Monitoring Ice Machine System

VERNON HILLS, ILL.—Scotsman Ice Systems has released Prodigy, an ice machine self-monitoring system that provides up-to-the-minute reporting on the machine’s performance, as well as maintenance needs. This latest advance in ice making visually indicates when it’s making ice, as well as when it’s due for critical maintenance procedures. The external diagnostic light panel makes it easy for anyone in the kitchen to read and understand—from senior managers to dishwashers. Scotsman says Prodigy is one of the most energy-efficient machines on the market today. Prodigy’s energy standards make it one of the first cubers to exceed both the 2008...

Intracoastal Introduces Alternative to Chafing Fuels, Gels

LAKE PLACID, FLA.—Intracoastal Innovations Inc. introduces the Buffet Burner, an environmentally friendly alternative to chafing fuels and gels. Green benefits include the elimination of harmful emissions, continual waste, and unending replacement costs. This heater features a “smart” controller, allowing the user to adjust the temperature. It easily attaches to full-size chafing dishes. Go to Buffet Burners.