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WASHINGTON, D.C.—What do HEI Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, MGM Resorts International, Wyndham Worldwide, and Hilton Worldwide have in common? They are all participants in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program that had its hard launch three years ago last month (December 2011). As part of the Challenge, each of the hotel companies has made a commitment to assess their building portfolio to determine energy efficiency opportunities and publicly pledge to improve the energy intensity of their building portfolio by at least 20 percent over 10 years. Challenge Partners also have pledged to announce and initiate a showcase project on one of their facilities and provide an implementation model outlining the process followed and specific tools, documents, and steps employed to realize their energy savings goal. Participants also pledge to share their experiences with energy efficiency solutions, organization-wide energy savings, and the energy performance at individual facilities as the basis for recognition. The five major lodging industry participants comprise 16 percent of the commercial group participating in the Better Buildings Challenge.
HALF MOON BAY, CALIF.—The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is welcoming Tesla owners to pull up and plug in at the resort’s new Tesla Wall Connector. The connector supplies power at 20 kW allowing guests and visitors the ability to replenish the battery at a rate of 58 miles of range per hour at maximum power. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this service to guests and visitors to Half Moon Bay, the most beautiful place to charge your Tesla,” said General Manager George Munz. “So many of our guests drive to the coast to spend a relaxing day at the resort, enjoy our incredible dining experiences, and world-class ocean front golf courses, and having a Tesla wall connector available is just one more service we can provide to make their visit unique and memorable.” The High Power Wall Connector is the fastest way to charge a Tesla and can go from empty to full in less than four hours. Use of the connector at the resort is complimentary.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, released a report with the results of its second annual survey, 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals. The report aggregates findings from a survey of more than 500 energy, facility, finance and sustainability professionals at U.S.-based companies and reveals an important shift in the way companies are approaching and viewing energy and sustainability management.
PHILIPSBURG, ST MAARTEN—The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten made its mark as a game-changer in the hospitality industry by completing a landmark solar installation earlier this year that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times. The resort has harnessed the power of the Caribbean sun for more than a year and reached an environmental milestone by generating one gigawatt hour of solar power, or one billion watt-hours. The resort also just installed a completely oil-free Smardt Chiller to further conserve energy; the Chiller is used in the air-conditioning and refrigeration systems throughout the resort. One gigawatt hour of power is enough to provide annual power to 92 American households.
CLINTON, MD.—The TownePlace Suites is located across Old Alexander Ferry Road from Joint Base Andrews. A large segment of the hotel’s guest base is military personnel on temporary duty at Joint Base Andrews. The hotel prides itself on providing a “home away from home” and an inviting atmosphere to support troops. Both as part of participating in the military’s mission expanding the use of renewable energy, and as a way to cut costs and maintain affordable rates, the hotel started looking into a solar photovoltaic energy system last year. “We thought that solar would enhance our ability to offer a great hotel value to all our guests, especially our military guests and their families,” said Dr. John Miller, one of the hotel’s Managing Partners (along with Mark Rothman, Esq.) “Energy security is a big part of the military mission. We felt this was something we could do to enhance energy security and help the environment, while also giving us the ability to hold costs down.”
ATLANTA—New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Lunera Lighting, Inc. has released two hospitality case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the company’s Helen Lamp. The LED Helen Lamp saves 50 to 70 percent on energy while reducing lamp maintenance cycles five-fold—all with the simple change of a light bulb.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Agaia, Inc., makers of Evolve, announced that its line of Green Seal approved commercial cleaning products is expanding internationally as pressure mounts in the global janitorial services market for the use of environmentally and human-safe cleaning products and practices.
CINCINNATI—With colder weather right around the corner, it’s a good time to look at energy consumption in your business and make changes to reduce energy use. The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council recently announced eight energy-saving strategies for the workplace, including some that can start saving your business money today.
EAST CLEVELAND, OHIO—Property owners who want to upgrade their outdoor lighting now have an inside track to more energy-efficient lighting technology with the GE Evolve LED N Series fixtures. The new LED area lights, flood lights and wall packs make it easier to optimize space for visibility and operational savings while creating a consistent and contemporary look.
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