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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

Tornado Industries Releases Green Commitment Statement

CHICAGO—At the recent ISSA/Interclean trade show in Chicago, Tornado Industries released its Commitment to Environmental Sustainability, establishing the company’s goals when it comes to cleaning, health, and protecting the environment. Tornado, which recently became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, is an 80-year-old manufacturer of professional carpet and floor care equipment based in Chicago. According to its statement, the company has manufactured and will continue to manufacture products that, “enhance indoor air quality (IAQ), use less water and chemical, create less noise, and contribute to source reduction.” Mike Schaffer, president of Tornado Industries, says...

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...

greenhotelier Addresses Importance of Partnerships

LONDON—Individually, members of the tourism industry are no more able to solve the world’s problems than members of any other business sector. However, the industry has significant potential to address issues and achieve positive outcomes for communities and the environment. This is the message in the October issue of greenhotelier magazine, which examines how the industry has begun to engage with sustainability issues and form different cross-sector partnerships to address them. The article looks at the global issues that relate to the tourism industry and maintains that the partnership model of development is often the best way of...

Mohawk Group Carpeting Achieves Sustainability Certification

KENNESAW, GA.—Reinforcing its commitment to providing customers with an expansive collection of sustainable carpeting for contract interiors, The Mohawk Group announces that numerous product platforms have achieved SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Sustainable Choice Platinum and Gold/Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification. Platinum and Gold are the highest levels of achievement recognized under the new national Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, NSF-140-2005. The standard is the industry’s new sustainability benchmark for ensuring environmentally and socially responsible carpeting products. “Providing our customers with high quality sustainable products has always been a driving force in The Mohawk Group’s design and manufacturing processes,”...

Power Efficiency Corp. Announces Sale to Three Casinos

LAS VEGAS—Power Efficiency Corp., a developer and manufacturer of advanced energy savings technologies for electric motors, announced it closed initial sales of its Power Genius energy saving technology to three prominent Las Vegas casinos. “We believe these initial sales to three casinos, which are owned by different national casino groups, are the beginning of a broader adoption of our technology by the gaming and hospitality industry,” says Steven Strasser, Power Efficiency’s chairman and c.e.o. “These sales follow previously announced tests at these three facilities. The tests, which were verified by the local utility, confirmed the Power Genius saved...

Carrier Hourly Analysis Program Helps Commercial Building Owners Claim Tax Deduction

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved its E20-II Hourly Analysis Program (HAP) v4.31 for calculating and certifying energy savings. Commercial building owners and leaseholders can now use the software to receive energy efficiency tax deductions under the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) 2005. To date, HAP is one of only four software programs to receive this approval. EPACT 2005 allows commercial building owners and leaseholders to claim a federal tax deduction for installing energy efficient equipment. Under the act, all energy savings claims must also be...

Litetronics Adds Neolite T2 CFLs to Product Line

ALSIP, ILL.—Litetronics International Inc. announces the addition of the new Neolite line of T2 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The reduced tube size gives Neolite lamps a shorter maximum overall length (M.O.L.), so they easily fit into more applications. This gives Litetronics customers a new option when replacing incandescent lamps with energy-saving fluorescents. Neolite T2 lamps are available in three different color temperatures: 2700K, 4100K and 5000K. Every Neolite lamp has a 10,000-hour average life—five times that of an incandescent lamp—and a one-year warranty. Though small in stature, Neolite lamps generate up to 70 lumens per watt; more than...

FuelCell Energy Expands into California Resort Market

DANBURY, CONN.—FuelCell Energy Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power plants for commercial and industrial customers, announced the sale of a 750-kilowatt generating plant to a premier hospitality and entertainment resort, making it FuelCell Energy’s third hotel and lodging site in California. The unit was sold through FuelCell Energy’s distribution partner, Alliance Power Inc. The facility will use the Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant to provide base load power around the clock for hotel operations, and will transform the plant’s heat byproduct into hot water for the guests, adding to the system’s overall operating efficiency....

Pineapple Hospitality Celebrates Energy Star’s Change a Light Day

SAINT CHARLES, MO.—Yesterday was Energy Star’s Seventh Annual Change a Light Day. It was the day Saint Charles-based Pineapple Hospitality saluted its clients who already have replaced 75,000 incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents this year. “In just the first nine months of 2006, our lodging lighting retrofits have saved a combined 6.8 million kilowatt hours, which is the equivalent of planting 1,332 acres of forest and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million pounds,” says Ray Burger, president of Saint Charles, Mo.-based Pineapple Hospitality. “These green retrofits, which literally are as simple as changing out a few...

Sylvania Makes Significant Commitment to Energy Star’s ‘Change a Light’ Campaign

DANVERS, MASS.—Sylvania announced the largest pledge commitment to date for the Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World campaign, which encourages Americans to change one lightbulb to an Energy Star compact fluorescent bulb, helping preserve energy resources and the environment. As part of the national program, which kicked off Wednesday, Sylvania has committed to collect 100,000 Change a Light pledges on its website, www.sylvania.com. This is the company’s largest commitment ever to the energy saving campaign. “The pledges Sylvania collects as part of the Change a Light campaign can lead to greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to...