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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption--both inside and outside of the hotel building. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Water Conservation

Home Water Conservation
Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption--both inside and outside of the hotel building. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Delta Selected by MGM Mirage & Gensler for CityCenter Project

INDIANAPOLIS—Delta Faucet Co. announces its involvement in the biggest commercial construction project in the western hemisphere—the MGM Project CityCenter in Las Vegas. Chosen by MGM Mirage and Gensler, a leading architecture, interior design, planning, and strategic consulting firm, Delta will provide bath and shower fixtures for the 68-acre urban development. The project will change the face of the Las Vegas strip with a mini city, redefining urban living. Product from both the Delta and Brizo brands of Delta Faucet Co. will be included. “CityCenter is not only design-centric, but it incorporates new products that many people have not...

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Launches New Green Guide

TORONTO—As an environmental ambassador and industry pioneer in responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced it has launched the third edition of its acclaimed Green Partnership Guide, a comprehensive how-to text for companies looking to “green” their operations. The ultimate source for companies looking to introduce or expand their green policies, the latest edition of Fairmont’s authoritative manual once again opens the vault on the brand’s environmental best practices. Forwarded by world-renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, the Green Partnership Guide focuses on key areas such as energy management, water conservation, and innovative community...

Advances in Toilet Technology Pump Up Potential for Water Savings

NATIONAL REPORT—If your idea of a water-saving toilet is 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf), it is time to pull yourself out of the 1980s. Since 1994, it has been a requirement in the United States for new toilets to be installed with at least 1.6 gpf tanks. With today’s high-efficiency models, it is possible to use as little as 1.28 gpf or even less per flush. High-efficiency toilets (HETs) can save thousands of gallons of water per room over a year’s time, reducing expenses and preserving valuable natural resources. That is good news for hoteliers, especially those with hotels in...

In Honor of Earth Day, Accor NA Will Launch Earth Guest Week April 15-22

DALLAS—In honor of international Earth Day on April 22, Accor North America (NA), which operates more than 1,200 upscale and economy hotels, will launch Accor Earth Guest Week from April 15-22. As part of the Earth Guest initiatives implemented at Accor hotels worldwide, Accor NA will plant 20,000 trees representing each Accor employee in North America, implement a 65-point environmental checklist at all properties and corporate, and donate $375,000 to educational and charitable groups. The Accor NA Earth Guest Week efforts are designed to maximize Accor employee involvement in beautifying Mother Earth, educating and helping the community and...

Sloan Makes Improvements to Flush-Valve Cartridge

FRANKLIN PARK, ILL.—Sloan Flushmate announces the availability of its new flush-valve cartridge that was designed to be quieter and require less handle torque than previous generations. The user will experience a much more conventional feel. The new cartridge significantly reduces the actuation force required to flush, (<1.5 lbs.), bringing it more in line with traditional gravity-fed units (3.5 lbs.). As a result, handle kickback has been minimized, extending the life of the assembly, and overall operation is much quieter due to a more “fluid” actuation. “Quite often, people don’t appreciate subtle changes that manufacturers make in products,...

Eco-Boutique Hotel Terra Jackson Hole Slated to Open in December

JACKSON HOLE, WYO.—Proving that luxury and sustainability can join forces with unprecedented results, Hotel Terra will open in Jackson Hole this winter season. The first in a collection of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra will offer the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices. Green practices include Hotel Terra’s pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which will put it in an elite group of just five LEED-certified hotels in the United States. The 72 room, six-story Hotel Terra is a condominium hotel property built...

Greensboro’s Proximity Hotel Developer Aiming for LEED gold Rating

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The greenest hotel in North America? If not, it is certainly among the top few. Dennis Quaintance, CEO and CDO (Chief Design Officer) of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, developer of the 147-room Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., has his sights set on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The property, still under construction, will use 40 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than a comparable hotel. It is expected to open in August or September. What makes the eight-story Proximity Hotel so different than a typical luxury property? The roof is a good place...

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Earns Green Seal Certification

PORTLAND, ORE.—The ongoing efforts of the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower—one of the country’s first hotels to green its operations and the largest hotel in Oregon—have been recognized by Green Seal with the coveted Green Seal Lodging Properties certification (www.greenseal.org). Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that promotes the management, purchase and use of environmentally responsible products and services. In 2005, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower turned its attention to greening hotel operations. Recognizing the enormous consumption and dramatic impact of the hospitality industry on the planet, hotel management decided to take action to decrease its environmental footprint....

Sloan Valve’s New AC-11 Series Showerheads Beat Federal Standards by 20 Percent

FRANKLIN PARK, ILL.–Sloan Valve Company’s new AC-11 Series Act-O-Matic showerheads, which have a flow rate of 2.0 gpm/7.5 Lpm, conserve 20 percent more water than standard showerheads using 2.5 gpm/9.4 Lpm, the maximum flow rate allowable under the U.S. Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992. The AC-11 conserves water while maintaining a consistent, powerful spray. Sloan’s new AC-11 2.0-gpm models with fingertip water volume control are appropriate for commercial applications, such as hotel rooms and health club locker rooms, as well as multi- and single-family residences. Sloan will continue to offer 2.5-gpm Act-O-Matic showerheads that are suitable for...

Marriott Announces Winners of Global Energy, Water Conservation Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marriott International Inc. announced the winners in the first phase of the company’s Energy and Water Resource Management Contest, open to more than 350 hotels outside of the United States. Marriott challenged these hotels to reduce the percentage of total consumption of energy (kilowatt hours per occupied room) and water usage during a six-month period in 2006 in comparison to the same timeframe in 2005. Creativity, innovation and associate teamwork were vital to the success of the three hotels named as winners of the challenge: the London Marriott County Hall, Renaissance Chemnitz Hotel, and Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort...