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Econo Lodge Celebrates First Year of Room to be Green Program


ROCKVILLE, MD.—Econo Lodge is celebrating the one year mark of its Room to be Green program. A first of its kind initiative executed across the entire lodging portfolio, Room to be Green is designed to reduce environmental impact and waste, meet the changing expectations of today’s environmentally conscious guests and potentially lower operational expenses, (including energy and water costs) at the property level. The Econo Lodge brand, which is fully franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is a leader among economy hotel brands for implementing mandatory green initiatives throughout all its properties. As a result of its program, in the past year more than 830 Econo Lodge hotels helped reduce annual water usage by an estimated 6 million gallons and energy usage by an estimated 12 million kWh. Additionally, in tandem with American Forests, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of forests around the world, Econo Lodge planted one tree for each Econo Lodge currently open.

ThinkLite Adds LED Replacements for T8 & T5 Fluorescents


NATICK, MASS.—ThinkLite announced the commercial availability of its high output T8 & T5 LED Tube lighting. With outputs of 131LM/W, ThinkLite LED tubes provide sufficient light for one-to-one replacements of fluorescent tubes in existing fixtures. Thinklite’s LED tubes are available in lengths from 2’ to 8’, varying wattages and kelvins. The company has also introduced a 2’ LED U-shaped tube which can be used in many common office building fixtures.

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Celebrates Activation of Wind Turbines


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—It is not often that an investment in renewable energy is celebrated with fireworks and mayoral visits but that is what happened this past Wednesday evening at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The fireworks and visits by City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief marked the official unveiling of six 52-foot, 4 kilowatt wind turbines that rise above the hotel’s rooftop. Approximately $500,000 was invested in the turbines that required the tallest crane in the state of Florida to install. “It is an exciting day for us,” said Andreas Ioannou, general manager of the hotel, just prior to the celebration. “It’s the culmination of a journey we embarked on almost four years ago.”

Emerson Climate Captures AHR Expo Product Award


WESTPORT, CONN.—Emerson Climate Technologies’ Next Generation Copeland Scroll variable speed compressor line was honored as the 2014 AHR Expo Product of the Year during the Innovation Award Ceremonies on January 22 at AHR Expo in New York City. The new Emerson product line was chosen as the Product of the Year from among the top Innovation Award winners in 10 industry-related categories.

Meyda Custom Lighting Introduces Hickory Treasures


YORKVILLE, N.Y.—Hickory Treasures from Meyda Custom Lighting features new sculpted pendants and fixtures. Prismatic crystal baguettes illuminate with state of the art LED technology for ambient lighting, energy savings and minimal maintenance. The Hickory Treasures pendant (145991) is the 40-inch wide LED pendant, however 25- and 32-inch pendants are also available. An eight-inch wide LED Wall Sconce (147096) is also new. Custom styles and colors are available.

Xeros Gains Foothold as Laundry Solutions Provider


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced it has successfully established its presence in North America as demand has escalated for green laundry solutions. Xeros established its North American headquarters in September 2013 and has sold more than 30 polymer bead commercial laundry systems globally to dry cleaner customers that include Kleen Dry Cleaners and Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners.

Electric Mirror Launches Keen Dimmable Lighting Technology


SEATTLE—Electric Mirror, a global leader in the lighted mirrors and mirror TV industry, introduces Keen, a dimmable lighted mirror that offers substantial energy savings by automatically reducing power to the mirror’s lights after one hour.

American DG Energy to Oversee Energy Plant Conversion


WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., a leading On Site Utility, offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, announced that it has reached agreements with Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. to manage an energy plant conversion, along with installation and maintenance of a combined heat and power (CHP) system at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton New York City—Times Square.

Fourth Edition of ASHRAE GreenGuide Now Available


ATLANTA—When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how to practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs—from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes,” said Tom Lawrence, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee (TC 2.8).

MaxLite Expands Roster of LED PAR30 & PAR38 Lamps


WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a leading manufacturer and marketer of the MaxLED line of energy-efficient luminaires and lamps, has expanded its line of LED PAR30 and PAR38 lamps with the addition of new styles, beam angles and color temperatures. The LED PAR lamps are ideal for retrofitting recessed and other lighting fixtures used in architectural, residential, retail, office, hospitality and commercial applications.

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