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LOS ANGELES—DryWired introduces Liquid Nanotint, a non-invasive and cost effective alternative to the installation of new windows capable of delivering year round energy savings in any type of climate. With a lifespan of more than 10 years, the coating provides total protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and greatly reduces infrared heat transfer without compromising visible light transmission—effectively keeping indoor environments cooler in summer and preventing heat loss in the winter.
HARVEY, ILL.—Litetronics introduces a completely new family of LED SignLight bulbs. This new family includes energy-saving, high-performance, long life screw base retrofits for common indoor/outdoor incandescent sign lamps, in illuminated sign installations of all kinds that typically use screw base bulbs.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 22 Green Power Partners and three renewable energy suppliers across the country—including Apple, Microsoft, TD Bank, Intel, Kohl’s, the National Hockey League and Northwestern University—for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
NEW YORK—Dometic Group announced that it will exhibit its DM50 at the HX: The Hotel Experience expo in New York City, November 8 to 10. The DM50 is the world’s first drawer minibar designed to operate silently and provide an array of luxury features to both enhance guests’ in-room experience while saving energy for the hotel. Show participants can see the DM50 at Booth #1936.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—From its Endurance series, WAC Lighting introduces Hawk LED Luminaires. These exterior fixtures can be mounted in any direction for direct and indirect illumination for hospitality applications.
VAIL, COLO.—Having guests check in to recharge is nothing new at the Antlers at Vail where the peaceful Vail, Colo., creekside setting and spacious guest suites foster relaxation. But now the Platinum-ranked Colorado hotel is receiving bookings from guests set on literally recharging—their cars. The Antlers has just added a complimentary-for-guests SemaConnect Electric Vehicle Charging Station to its long list of eco-initiatives that has earned the hotel honors that include GreenLeader status from TripAdvisor. Budget Travel has called electric vehicle charging stations “the new must-have hotel amenity.” Indeed, for Antlers at Vail, not only does the charger fit the hotel’s green directives, but it suits its commitment to providing an array of unusual complimentary amenities to increase guest comfort and convenience. From gourmet appliances for use in the guest suites’ full kitchens, to snowshoes and GoPro cameras for winter hiking, to Ski Butlers ski valet for ski and snowboarding ease, the Antlers is known for having Vail Valley’s most attentive, amenity-filled accommodations—as well as some of the greenest.
MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide announced an upgrade to LightStay, its in-house corporate responsibility measurement platform, across the company’s more than 4,440 properties globally. With new features and enhancements, this next generation of LightStay now serves as the comprehensive, one-solution platform for all environmental, operational and social impact reporting for Hilton’s global portfolio of hotels. The year-long upgrade was based on in-depth analysis of hotel data across Hilton’s global portfolio from the last five years. With thousands of metrics, Hilton improved LightStay to help hotels better manage energy and water usage as well as drive improvement across hundreds of indicators over time. This next generation of LightStay tracks historical energy and weather data to forecast future energy usage levels and predict the impact of performance on cost and annual consumption, taking into account variables such as occupancy and weather. The system cross-references the data hotels submit with expected performance and sends automatic alerts to hotel teams when performance falls below expected levels.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.—Recognizing LG Electronics’ leadership in environmental sustainability, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the leading voice of corporate responsibility, has named LG Electronics USA President and CEO as 2015 Responsible CEO of the Year.
At the management team meeting for a major hotel in a Northeastern city, the consensus is that the priority for the 2016 capital budget is to update the lobby. Earlier in the meeting, the facilities team presented a report on the state of the hotel’s core systems, including HVAC, lights and water infrastructure. The management team decides to do the lobby upgrade in 2016 and the HVAC/lighting and water conservation projects in 2017 and 2018. This is a very logical and thoughtful plan, with one hidden problem: The team just cost the hotel money. Funding the energy system upgrades now with third party funding and paying for the project out of energy savings would provide a higher net present value to the hotel ownership group than waiting and doing the project out of the capital budget over the next couple of years and keeping all the savings.
LONDON—The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and Greenview have launched the free Hotel Footprinting Tool which allows anyone easy access to the carbon and energy footprint of hotels worldwide. The Hotel Footprinting Tool uses data from the annual Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Study. It’s now far easier for hotels to compare their own carbon footprint to industry averages in their locality. Businesses seeking to map the footprint of their own hotel stays and meetings can now access more accurate figures for hotels in the area and market segment, rather than using broad industry averages or having to contact individual hotels for information. The footprint report function enables businesses and event organizers to create and download reports for reporting of their scope 3 business travel emissions, or to offset those emissions. Hotel Footprinting data is compliant with the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology, developed by ITP, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and a working group of 23 global hotel companies which created a universally recognized methodology for measuring and recording carbon outputs in hotels.
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