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MIAMI—At 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, the recently opened luxury beachfront property in Miami, there’s no need to leave a prime poolside or beachside seat to go searching high and low for a wall outlet. The property is now equipped with ZON’s Powersol umbrellas. An industry leader in solar mobile charging with several patents, The ZON Powersol will make the outdoor spaces at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach more accessible and convenient than ever. Harnessing one of Miami’s most abundant resources, the Powersol can charge up to three USB mobile devices at once through its solar powered lithium ion battery, as fast as a wall outlet.
LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International employee volunteers build a house from the ground up, and hand over the keys to an elated single mother and her children. Tens of millions of dollars are spent conducting business with minority- and women-owned enterprises, supporting the company's strategic objectives and commitment to diversity. MGM Resorts and NRG Renew partner to install one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar arrays at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, stretching a massive 20 acres. These are just a few of the powerful displays of corporate citizenship chronicled in MGM Resorts’ 2014 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Themed “Inspiration Begins With Us!”, the report features the company’s accomplishments in corporate social responsibility (CSR), which includes Diversity and Inclusion, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, and Environmental Sustainability initiatives. “MGM Resorts continues to integrate CSR best practices at all levels of our company’s operations and throughout our culture,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We firmly believe that our CSR efforts make us both a better company and a better corporate citizen.”
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the appointment of Connecticut-based Vanguard Lighting as the company’s newest sales representative for New England states. Vanguard Lighting’s territory will include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Caesars Entertainment to help the company reach its CodeGreen goal of reducing waste generation by 50 percent by 2020. As a leader in environmental sustainability in the gaming entertainment industry, Caesars, which operates under the Caesars, Harrah’s and Horseshoe brand names, demonstrates their commitment to sustainability by reducing waste, reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with the help of Ecova, a CDP accredited provider, and by leveraging the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform to gather additional insight to optimize its energy management strategy at the company’s affiliated locations in the United States.
NATIONAL REPORT—In hotels, utility costs consist of four major components. According to the 2015 edition of Trends in the Hotel Industry, electricity is the largest utility expense comprising 60 percent of total expenditures. Water/service is the next largest utility cost (23.8 percent) followed by gas/fuel (10.6 percent), and steam (2.3 percent). Trends in the Hotel Industry is the annual survey of U.S. hotel operating statements conducted by PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR), a CBRE Company. Over the years, the energy component of the consumer price index (CPI) has been a good indicator of the direction of the change in total utility expenditures at hotels. In general, when the energy CPI has gone up, hotel utility costs have increased, and vice versa. The energy CPI measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for gasoline, fuel oil, electricity, and piped gas service. In the past three years we have seen a departure from this relationship. Starting in 2012, the energy CPI increased, while hotel utility costs declined.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Intus Windows to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Windows & Doors” category. Intus Windows is one of the pioneers in manufacturing and distributing of super energy-efficient windows and doors in the United States. The company has developed three distinctive product lines: Wood, Aluminum, and U-PVC. Each of them offers multiple choices of finishes and styles as well as different price points.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is now offering general purpose A-type EarthBulb LEDs as an energy-efficient solution for replacing incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for home, hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations. These Energy Star rated bulbs feature multi-chipset high-power LED, an advanced cooling system that provides extended performance life, high color rendering of greater than 80 CRI, and smooth dimming capabilities from 100 percent to less than five percent.
INDIANAPOLIS—Solar America Solutions, an Indianapolis-based provider of leading commercial solar thermal heating solutions, has received official “Notice of Allowance” from the United States Patent and Trademark Office representing the final decision and ruling that an official U.S. Patent will be granted for the breakthrough solar thermal technology at the core of their SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector.
Many people see a doctor at least once a year, but how good are we about tracking the health of our buildings? If your hotel or resort hasn’t had an energy audit or retrocommissioning in the past two to three years, you’ve likely accumulated tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in added utility costs per year. An energy audit is a detailed analysis of energy and water usage, resulting in a list of no-, low-, and high-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) appropriate for your site. The goal of an audit is to reduce a building’s energy and water usage by evaluating building inefficiencies. In addition, a thorough audit is likely to address guest comfort issues, and will include benchmarking and energy procurement recommendations.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, maker of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has expanded its market presence into the Canadian commercial laundry and dry cleaning market with a channel partnership agreement for its polymer bead cleaning systems with Michael St. Clair Fine Cleaners in Vancouver. Under the agreement Michael St. Clair Fine Cleaners will sell and service Xeros’ polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy and detergent usage.
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