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BETHLEHEM, PA.—AltusGroup, a North American network of 19 precast concrete manufacturers, several International Affiliates and select Innovation Partners has published a technical brief outlining how insulated precast wall systems provide a sustainable exterior envelope solution by allowing buildings to reduce energy usage and costs.
TORRANCE, CALIF.—The lights are on where the buffalo roam. At the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with reused Camry Hybrid battery packs is now online. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907. Announced in June 2014, the partnership among Toyota, Indy Power Systems, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation is an innovative effort to extend the useful life of hybrid vehicle batteries while providing sustainable power generation for one of the most remote, pristine areas in the United States. Solar panels generate the renewable electricity stored within the 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs, recovered from Toyota dealers across the United States. “Through our long-standing partnership with Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Toyota has helped preserve Yellowstone for future generations,” said Jim Lentz, CEO, Toyota North America.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF.—Celebrating Earth Month, Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, Calif., officially unveiled its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system coupled with electric vehicle charging. Shore Hotel, a LEED Gold certified property, is the first hotel in the United States to install an energy storage system coupled with fast DC EV charging. The intelligent energy storage system is expected to save 50 percent in demand charges.
MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide announced an initial three-year commitment with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to reduce its impact on the environment. As Hilton’s signature environmental partner, WWF will work with the company to evolve its global business practices. The collaboration also will further WWF’s mission to protect and conserve the Earth’s life-supporting resources by making the hospitality industry more sustainable. Hilton Worldwide properties around the world already contribute to the company’s waste reduction and water conservation targets through thousands of on-property projects. The collaboration with WWF builds on existing efforts in these areas and leverages the company’s initial work on sustainable seafood. “In our business it is critical that we consider the long term impact of our operations coupled with the natural resources needed to operate our hotels and serve guests around the world,” said Jennifer Silberman, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for Hilton Worldwide. “Collaborating with WWF will enable us to analyze and monitor our operations as well as develop practical, scalable and impactful solutions that we can integrate into our hotel operations and guest experiences.”
LAS VEGAS—With 40 years of experience and more than 5 million minibars installed worldwide, Dometic Group today announced that it is launching the DM20, a totally silent, compact drawer-style minibar for hotel guestrooms, at the HD Expo show in Las Vegas, May 13 to 15. The DM20 is the first-ever silent drawer minibar for the hospitality industry. It is the compact version of the DM50, launched four years ago and used widely by international hotel chains, interior designers and architects of guestrooms worldwide.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Element Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s eco-innovation lab, announced a collaboration with Sistine Solar, Inc.—a company that uses innovative design to change the way the world thinks about solar power—to produce a one-of-a-kind solar canopy for the Element brand. Starting today, Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport will debut a nature-themed, custom designed charging station that allows guests and locals to relax as they recharge their devices through the power of sunlight. This collaboration is a continued proof point of the Element’s commitment to sustainability and eco-design, further demonstrating how sustainability and socialization can go hand in hand. Just as Element has redefined the extended stay category through its contemporary design philosophy and eco-minded sensibilities, Sistine has transformed the bland, familiar aesthetic (think: boring black and blue grid) of solar technology. By using techniques from a wide range of disciplines—including mosaic art, solar photovoltaics, and optics—Sistine has developed SolarSkin, a patent-pending technology to create high-efficiency solar panels of any design, pattern or color.
NATIONAL REPORT—At last month’s Clean Show in Atlanta, Ralph Daniels, President and CEO, Aquawing Ozone Injection Systems (AWOIS), thought about all of the ozone laundry companies that have exhibited at the show over the years—companies that, in many cases, are no longer in business. “The ones that have survived are the ones that offer local support,” Daniels says. “That is the key in hospitality.” AWOIS, and a handful of other companies like it, have stayed around because they offer not only local support but proven systems that can dramatically add efficiencies to laundry operations. By adding ozone to the laundering process, one can eliminate hot water, almost all warm water, waste water volume, and reduce laundering cycles. Fewer chemicals are required and linen and towel life is extended. Drying times can be reduced and an improved work environment can be provided for associates because machines are not producing as much heat. “Ozone will give you a whiter, brighter, cleaner product,” AWOIS’s Daniels says.
DUBAI, U.A.E.—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of a management agreement with Diamond Developers to launch the second Hotel Indigo in the U.A.E. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s boutique brand and each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighborhood it is located in. From the design of the building to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, each Hotel Indigo property is unique to its surroundings, so no two properties are the same. In addition, guests can look forward to immersing in stories of the neighborhood through creatively crafted spaces reflecting the area’s heritage—a key cornerstone of the brand.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it is now offering high performance dryers with shorter dry times to work in conjunction with its award winning polymer bead laundry system and Xeros Sbeadycare laundry management program. Xeros showcased the new dryers at The Clean Show 2015.
SOMERSET, N.J.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Philips, a global leader in lighting, with a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. For the third year in a row, Philips took top honors with more than 500 Energy Star certified products in 2014, including SlimStyle, the world’s first Energy Star certified flat light bulb.
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