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ITHACA, N.Y.—The hotel industry will be able to compare ranges of energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the “Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015” is available from the CHR at no charge. Chong is an assistant professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and Ricaurte is the founder of Greenview and an adjunct instructor at New York University's Tisch Center. Chong and Ricaurte developed the benchmark ranges using aggregate input for 4,725 hotel properties from 11 international hotel organizations: Hilton Worldwide, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corp., IHG, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott International, Park Hotel Group, PGA Golf Resort, Saunders Hotel Group, and Wyndham Worldwide. For purposes of this tool, the hotels were grouped into the chain scale segments established by STR Global, and the tool also includes an overall measure for hotels in a particular geographic area regardless of chain scale.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Lunera Lighting, Inc. recently introduced the Lucy Lamp, the latest addition to its commercial BallastLED Lamp line. The Lucy Lamp is designed as an energy efficient, plug-and-play LED replacement to easily replace indoor or outdoor High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps.
LAS VEGAS—The Green Parking Council (GPC) announced the first seven parking facilities in the United States to achieve Green Garage Certification, a comprehensive sustainability standard for existing and new parking facilities launched in 2015 and evaluating 48 elements of garage operation, programs, structure, and technology. The parking garage at the Charles Square Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., is among the seven to be certified. The Green Garage Certification program will be delivered and promoted globally by the Green Business Certification, Inc., the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED green building rating system. “Cars are getting smarter, people are getting smarter, and parking garages are getting smarter,” says Paul Wessel, Executive Director of the GPC, an affiliate of the International Parking Institute. “The greening of parking facilities transforms them into enablers of sustainable mobility. Certified Green Garages offer significant benefits for drivers, tenants, building owners, property managers, and society overall.” Launched in 2015, Green Garage Certification recognizes parking facility management practices that maximize performance.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced it has reduced energy use by 12.08 percent, carbon emissions by 16.07 percent and water use by 17.26 percent across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30 percent and water use by 20 percent by 2020 globally. In 2013, Starwood added a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent during the same timeframe. “We’re pleased with the progress and are encouraged by the reductions we made while maintaining an aggressive global growth strategy,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Citizenship at Starwood. “Our 30/20 by 20 goals challenge us to create short- and long-term programs and partnerships that protect the environment, reduce operating costs, enhance the guest experience and make sustainable upgrades possible for properties.” Starwood has made reductions by working together with its properties.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIF.—Having achieved its initial goal of reinvigorating a historic property, the ownership group of Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort has retained Maxim Hotel Brokerage, Inc. to represent them in the sale of the asset. The iconic Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort located in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., is 15 minutes from the Palm Springs International Airport. Two Bunch Palms, the oldest hot mineral spa resort, is celebrating its 75-year anniversary by commissioning a 3.5-acre solar farm. The resort recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to update and expand its rooms, restaurant, yoga, meeting facilities and IT infrastructure. The first phase of improvements was part of a major rebranding designed to highlight the 600 year old waters, award winning spa therapies, healthier gourmet cuisine and robust movement and enrichment programs with over 35 classes weekly.
BETHESDA, MD.—Mark Foster, an expert in project management and optimization of energy systems, has joined Green Generation Solutions, LLC (GreenGen), a Washington D.C.-based company experienced in engineering and implementing energy efficiency plans in commercial properties, as Manager, Europe. In this capacity, Foster supports GreenGen’s European operations, providing a full range of bespoke energy, water, and carbon reduction solutions for GreenGen’s commercial property owner clients in Europe.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Zeno Controls LLC announced that its InnPoint Guest Experience Interface, which monitors a variety of sensors in the room to provide adaptive guestroom lighting, heating/cooling and improved energy savings, can now support Schneider Electronics ZigBee devices, including the new 8300 Series Room Controllers, 8600 Heat Pumps Controllers, and accessory sensors.
CABO ROJO, P.R.—Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s Executive Director, Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, along with the Paradores Owners Association President, Tomas Ramirez, announced the opening of 12 new EcoSuites at Parador Combate Beach at El Combate Beach in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. With this new expansion, the Parador will include a total of 48 guestrooms, in configurations to accommodate two to six people. This innovative expansion was completed with recycled materials and sustainable technologies and equipment designed to save energy. The total investment in this new project exceeds $275,000, creating 10 direct jobs and 15 indirect jobs during the construction phase and should generate three to five new positions to support it. “This is a sign of commitment to the environment and sustainable development in the country’s inns,” said Rivera Rocafort. “The Paradores brand is diversifying and is proving to be strong and competitive in the market. On the other hand, we are further diversifying our offer.” The primary construction process consists of converting containers (wagons) 40 feet long into rooms, where they can accommodate up to four adults.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—Evolve Guest Controls LLC announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Kristin Miller as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Miller will succeed Len Horowitz, Founder of Evolve. Horowitz will remain with the company in his new role focusing on strategic development and global customer relations, and also continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Energy Department has launched a new indoor lighting campaign to increase the use of high-efficiency lighting technologies in commercial buildings. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, the Department is working with key stakeholders and end users in both the public and private sectors to install and demonstrate advanced technologies. Additionally, the Department recognized Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign partners and Green Lease Leaders for collaboration between building owners, landlords and tenants to improve energy efficiency.
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