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NEW YORK—The New York Convention Center Operating Corp., Empire State Development and the New York Convention Center Development Corp. joined November 11 with the Hotel Association of New York City, FXFOWLE, Epstein and Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, in a celebration of the newly renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. From the installation of a new 240,000 square-foot glass curtain wall to the construction of the largest green roof in the Northeast, the Javits Center has undergone a comprehensive renovation. Located on Manhattan’s West Side in Midtown, the Javits Center is considered the busiest convention center in the United States. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Javits Center generated $1.4 billion of economic activity for New York City and New York State—without relying on government subsidies for annual operating expenses. During that period, more than 140 large- scale events were hosted, leading to the creation of 14,300 jobs for workers in and around the 2.1 million square-foot building, along with $635 million in wages paid.
CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association opened attendee registration for its NRA Show 2014 and the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event. Attendees may register online at Restaurant.org/Show and/or WineSpiritsBeer.org. Members of the National Restaurant Association receive free registration for the NRA Show and a member-exclusive rate of $50 on IWSB registration at any time.
NEW YORK—Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology. From the seven winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected. The Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” winner is Phillips Collection (High Point, N.C.) for its Bicycle Wall Panels. Phillips Collection also won the award in the Green category for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into fun, dramatically-scaled works of art. In the Design category, Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, Iowa) won for the Ribbon Chandelier, an extremely low energy, low profile, even lighting distribution, with remarkable weight to scale ratio.
WESTPORT, CONN.—HVACR professionals attending the 2014 AHR Expo, January 21 to 23 in New York City, will have an opportunity to be immersed in the latest building automation and controls (BAC) technology. From learning about the latest trends during seminars to getting hands-on demos from leading manufacturers on the exhibit floor, AHR Expo is the go-to event to explore BAC solutions for every application.
CONCORD, N.H.—Concord, N.H. entrepreneur Steve Duprey is no stranger to firsts. At 19, he became the country’s youngest elected state representative. As a former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party and national committeeman, Duprey has been central in saving the Granite State’s first in the nation presidential primary. He scored another first recently when a tractor trailer unloaded a 40-foot-long freight container in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center, making it the first hotel in North America to be able to grow all its own organic salad greens on premises. The Leafy Green Machine, as it is called, is the first delivered to New Hampshire by Boston-based start-up Freight Farms. The “farm” is made of a recycled, insulated freight container 40 feet long by eight feet wide and 12 feet tall. The container houses a high-tech infrastructure that will allow the Grappone Center to grow leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, basil, oregano and sprouts hydroponically.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule that will allow the agency to restrict imports of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals that could be used in carpets. The regulation will require companies to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic and imported products, of these chemicals once used for soil and stain resistance in carpets.
NEW YORK—New York State Division of Tourism’s iconic “I Love New York” heart logo has had a green makeover to celebrate the launch of responsibletravel.com’s new guide to responsible tourism in New York State. The guide encourages travelers to escape the confines of the Big Apple and to discover an even bigger secret—the rest of New York State’s 11 regions. Searching out wilderness hiking trails connected to the city by mainline railways, motor-free lakes best explored by kayak and enthusiastic local New Yorkers dedicated to sharing and preserving their local environments, the guide highlights the best, most inspirational travel experiences which also support local New York State communities. The guide, written by Catherine Mack, is now live at responsibletravel.com/holidays/new-york-state/travel-guide. I Love New York celebrated the launch of the guide by showcasing the green heart logo as sponsor of the “Best in Water Conservation” category at the World Responsible Tourism Awards, held at World Travel Market, London on November 6, 2013.
NEW YORK—The 2013 Hilton Humanitarian Prize was presented to ECPAT at the annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Symposium at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 23. The Hilton Symposium gathers policymakers and leaders in the humanitarian field to address the most challenging issues facing the billions of people who make up the world’s most vulnerable populations.
NEW YORK—Underscoring sustainable hospitality and the importance of honeybees for the environment, InterContinental New York Barclay and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute announced the launch of the Barclay the Bee comic series. Aiming to educate and sensitize children to the environment in a fun way, student artist Olga Andreyeva, a senior Illustration major at Pratt, has created sweet, savvy bees-in-the-city characters that playfully highlight the vital work of bees against the backdrop of their New York City home. Printed locally on 100 percent recycled paper using non-toxic inks and renewable wind-powered energy, the comics, starting with book one, are for free to download from the hotel’s sustainability blog New York Barclay Buzz and also available in print at the hotel for a $5 donation to support the Honeybee Conservancy. The first comic book, released this month, introduces the reader to the Barclay Bee character as she goes foraging in the city. Together with her young hive mate Cami, Barclay collects nectar for the hive and meets various city characters, both insect and human.
SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE—The steady rise of ecotourism as opposed to the more traditional model is just the tip of an iceberg of a rising service industry geared towards satisfying customer demands to “do the right thing,” according to the owner of Belize’s first eco-resort.
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