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New Facilities Management Book Includes Sustainability Management Chapter


A big tip of the hat this week to David M. Stipanuk. David is the author of the new book entitled, “Hospitality Facilities Management and Design.” It is the fourth edition of the book and David has authored it each time. David, Professor Emeritus, taught at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University from 1983 to 2008. I highly recommend the book that includes a chapter on “Environmental and Sustainability Management,” as well as chapters such as Water and Wastewater Systems, Electrical Systems, Lighting Systems, Laundry Systems, Facility Design, and Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems. Jeanne Varney, who has taught courses in sustainability and facilities as a Lecturer at Cornell since 2012, contributed to the chapter on Environmental and Sustainability Management.

The new book, published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, touches on sustainability throughout its 12 chapters. The Electrical Systems chapter, for example, discusses green power as well as photovoltaics at hotels. The chapter on Hospitality Facilities Management Tools, Techniques and Trends includes best practices in preventive maintenance and emphasizes the importance of ongoing training for facilities staff and management. Case studies within the book help get across important lessons and “how to’s” and tips address actions such as inspecting and servicing guestroom AC systems.

The Environmental and Sustainability Management chapter explores the drivers behind greater concern about sustainability and includes sidebars with details on what particular hotels are doing to save energy, water and reduce waste. One sidebar, for example, focuses on the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Waterless urinals installed at the hotel are expected to save an estimated 600,000 gallons of water annually.

Content from Green Lodging News

Green Lodging News is mentioned at least a couple of times. My blog about green hotels offering behind-the-scenes tours is featured in the Environmental and Sustainability Management chapter. Clean the World also is mentioned in a sidebar. So too is our industry’s collaborative effort to come up with a way for hotels and meeting planners to measure the carbon footprint per occupied room and per square meter (Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative).

Safety and Security Systems is the emphasis of one chapter—key to any successful hotel operation and definitely environment-related (the Legionella outbreak that killed 34 people at an American Legion convention in 1976 is highlighted). The 2008 fire at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is also discussed.

Hospitality Facilities Management and Design is not just for students but for anyone who runs a lodging operation—owners, managers, engineers, etc. It is one of the few industry books I have seen that pays close attention to sustainability. The book is available from AHLEI at www.ahlei.org.

Green Lodging News Adds Laundrylux Case Study to Website

Green Lodging News, has added a Laundrylux case study to its website. The case study focuses on the Super 8 Ukiah and details owner Raakesh Patel’s decision to go with Electrolux washers with no upfront costs. There are no such costs because Patel opted for Laundrylux’s PLUS (Professional Laundry Utility Service) where he simply uses the equipment as needed and pays only for that usage. PLUS laundering becomes a utility service—just like water, gas, and electricity. Like any utility, one only pays for PLUS when it is used. There is no long-term obligation. There is a lifetime parts and labor warranty and all parts and service are included in the program. Smart Dosing, an Electrolux Professional innovation that automatically ensures the proper amount of laundry chemicals are added to match the load size, and Electrolux’s unique Automatic Water Savings system ensure significant operational savings. In fact, water consumption can be reduced by up to 50 percent. Patel estimates his laundry savings total 20 to 25 percent. Click here to access the case study.

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