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Green Lodging News Adds GE Lighting as Founding Sponsor


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes GE Lighting as a Founding Sponsor. GE Lighting offers next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and intelligent devices for the hospitality industry. GE Lighting partners with hospitality professionals to create lighting plans that get the most out of every space. The company’s comprehensive portfolio allows customers to maximize energy savings, minimize maintenance and add to LEED credits.

Starwood Marks Element Brand’s International Debut


STAMFORD, CONN.—In an event that culminated in a pedal-powered “spin” on traditional ribbon-cuttings, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide celebrated the grand opening earlier this month of the Element Vaughan Southwest. The Toronto-area hotel represents the international debut of Element Hotels, Starwood’s extended-stay, eco-wise brand.

OBM International’s Hinds Appointed Chair of USGBC, Miami


CORAL GABLES, FLA.—K. Denaye Hinds, Director of Sustainability with OBM International (OBMI), one of the world’s leading international architectural and planning firms, has been appointed Chair of USGBC Miami, a branch within the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter.

Aquamenities Gaining Traction with Dispenser Fixture


LAFAYETTE, CALIF.—Aquamenities reports that its dispenser fixture is gaining traction in the marketplace with brand approval and installations in properties including Four Seasons (multiple locations), The Nines (Starwood Luxury Collection), several Kimpton hotels, Destination Resorts, and Affinia properties (New York City), as well as numerous other flag, independent and boutique properties.

Zandur Relaunches Sustain Cork Flooring Under Sustain Name


NOTTINGHAM, PA.—Zandur has relaunched its Cork Rubber Flooring under the Sustain brand name. The new color line features extensive options in cool and warm neutrals as well as brighter primaries. This updated pallet coordinates with current trends in wall coverings, fixtures and other flooring materials.

Osram Sylvania Unveils Portfolio of LED Lamps


DANVERS, MASS.—Osram Sylvania is offering a full portfolio of Sylvania ULTRA 25 LED lamps that offer energy and cost savings and a 2500K color temperature. The ULTRA 25 LED portfolio includes lamp types most often found in ambient, accent and decorative luminaires in hospitality settings such as B10, B13, BR40, PAR20, PAR30 and MR16 lamps.

Hilton Garden Inn Saves $50,000 with The Refinishing Touch


ALPHARETTA, GA.—The Refinishing Touch, a leader in on-site environmentally safe and sustainable furniture refinishing and re-upholstering for private and public organizations, has completed a guestroom desk preservation project across 143 rooms for the Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Northeast hotel, in Columbia, S.C. The Refinishing Touch refinished the desks and applied protective edge molding on-site with minimal disruption in room use and environmental impact, and saved the hotel $46,439 compared to buying new assets.

USGBC Releases LEED in Motion Report


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its inaugural LEED in Motion report, a holistic statistical snapshot of the green building movement aimed at equipping its members with the insight to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.

Duravit Enhances Mirrored Cabinets with LED Lighting


NEW YORK—Duravit has applied its innovative design sensibility to bathroom lighting with the introduction of its LED mirrors. This feature, now available across a range of classic and newly launched Duravit collections, lends a soft and natural effect to the bathroom, and the even source of light is ideal for grooming and makeup application.

Refinishing Touch Named Preferred Vendor by Fairmont Raffles


ALPHARETTA, CA.—The Refinishing Touch, a leader in on-site, environmentally safe and cost-effective furniture asset management services for private and public organizations, has announced its preferred vendor partnership with Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), and its contract to provide furniture asset management services to each of the hotel group’s premier locations.

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