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SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald announced its conversion to Penske Truck Leasing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled trucks. Emerald’s New York based fleet will move to CNG this month, furthering Emerald’s mission of global conservation and mainstreaming sustainability.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership program is accepting applications for the Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards recognize top organizations, programs and individuals who significantly advance the development of green power sources. The 2016 application period will close on April 18. Winners will be announced at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco on October 17. EPA co-sponsors the awards with the Center for Resource Solutions.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized MaxLite with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. MaxLite’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 13.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an OSRAM SYLVANIA case study to its website. The case study details a lighting installation at the Hôtel Le Crystal in Montreal. The goal of the installation was to provide better illumination in parking areas, hotel and conference rooms, and office areas, while saving energy.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, introduces Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND, a new commercial laundry linen management solution for hotels that has been proven to extend the life of linens and in turn, lowers linen replacement costs as compared with traditional aqueous based washing. Sbeadycare XTEND is a first of its kind product for the laundry industry combining physical and digital technologies into a comprehensive “phygital” solution that utilizes smart, connected washing machines, responsive cleaning programs, and new polymers designed to offer the most gentle and effective cleaning system available.
LAHAINA, HAWAII—After becoming Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM Silver resort in 2014 following significant sustainability upgrades, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has installed one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic systems in Hawaii. This system of solar panels produces more than 6 percent of the resort’s annual electricity needs, which is equal to supplying grid electricity to 158 homes. Additionally, by lessening their reliance on grid electricity, they are reducing their overall carbon footprint. The use of solar power reduces CO2 emissions by offsetting diesel generation, one of the dirtiest methods of electricity. The amount of CO2 emissions that has been reduced is the equivalent of removing 111 passenger cars driven in one year. The solar panel installation plan took approximately three years and the actual installation lasted about six months. “About a year ago at this same spot, we celebrated our LEED EBOM certification, and now we have the privilege to announce another sustainability advancement—our newly installed photovoltaic system,” said Allan Farwell, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
LYNWOOD, WASH.—Alerton and Ibis Networks have partnered to bring the Ibis InteliNetwork to Alerton dealers. The Ibis InteliNetwork provides real-time data on plug-load energy use, along with automation tools, to enable effective control of plug loads. The system includes a simple-to-install retrofit for wall outlets, and a cloud-based management console. Because these Ibis InteliSockets are also BACnet devices, they can easily be brought into Alerton Compass software to be managed alongside HVAC, lighting and other building systems.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—As part of a $1 billion investment designed to improve its entire portfolio of 629 properties, Extended Stay America (ESA) recently began improving the exterior lighting at many of its facilities. From a lighting perspective, the technology used to illuminate the buildings, parking lots and common areas were outdated by almost 20 years. Existing light levels were not acceptable and maintenance costs were unsustainable.
PARIS—Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings. Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.
NATIONAL REPORT—HVS conducts numerous walkthroughs of hotel F&B operations each year. In almost every full service property, it finds opportunities to significantly decrease utility costs through a combination of operating enhancements and capital projects. This article summarizes some of the more common F&B utility efficiency opportunities that HVS routinely identifies and addresses at its clients’ properties. It is important to begin by understanding the relationship between ownership and management. For example, is the restaurant or banquet department operated by the hotel management company, leased to a third party, or joint ventured in some manner? Correspondingly, which party pays the utility bills, and who owns the cooking equipment? It is important to ask these questions upfront to determine what is “fair game” for energy efficiency in the restaurant operation—acknowledging that in some cases opportunities that may appear attractive from a P&L perspective may be nonstarters if the restaurant operator is not on board. On a related note, HVS routinely encounters leased F&B operations where utility costs are not allocated equitably between the parties.
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