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SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a leading energy and sustainability management company, announced that it has identified $2.1 billion in savings since 2013 for its commercial and industrial clients with respect to energy, water, waste and telecommunications through comprehensive resource management programs. Ecova works with more than 900 commercial and industrial multi-site companies to find opportunities to drive bottom line savings and improve efficiencies across their organization.
STATE COLLEGE, PA.—A record crowd attended EnergyCAP’s annual Catalyst Training for Savings conference last month, where the company unveiled a beta version of the software that highlighted new directions in energy management. “EnergyCAP is all about helping clients derive value from utility bills,” said Chris Heinz, Catalyst Director. “Our customers are looking for new ways to make data transparent, intelligible, portable, shareable, and integrative. We’re creating ways for that to happen.”
PALMA, MAJORCA, SPAIN—Meliá Hotels International recently announced three new hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia. The property in Africa, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be Meliá Hotels International’s first green hotel. Located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River, the hotel will be 45 minutes from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest and most popular National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, considered a World Heritage Site. To be located 700 meters below the peak of Nyamuma, the hotel will offer a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and 250,000 zebras which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures. Meliá Serengeti Lodge will sit on three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge located on the middle terrace.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—WAC Lighting has added high output Single Spot and Double Spot luminaires to its Endurance line of exterior lighting. The 15-watt LED single spot replaces a 75-watt halogen fixture while the 30-watt LED double spot is a retrofit for a 150-watt halogen fixture.
OAKLAND, CALIF.—MACH Energy, a leading provider of energy and water management software services and solutions, revealed the results of one of the largest national surveys to date of hotel and lodging professionals on energy and water management efforts. The poll reached out to over 5,000 industry professionals, and the responses exposed significant opportunities to expand energy and water efficiency awareness as well as adoption of energy and water management best practices.
MANCHESTER, VT.—Nestled in the midst of mountains, clean air and small town quaintness, sits a new hotel that not only offers its guests luxury and relaxing comfort, but minimizes its use of energy and water resources. Manchester, Vermont is home to the new Taconic Hotel, which opened its doors in December 2015. This 80,000-square-foot, four-story hotel boasts 87 guestrooms, three cottages, restaurant, library, boutique, fitness center, pools and meeting rooms. According to Energy Star, the average American hotel spends $2,196 on energy, each year, per available room. Reducing energy waste reduces that average cost. This is good for a hotel’s bottom line, in addition to improving guest comfort and helping the environment. The energy and water savings from the Taconic’s efficient design and construction are impressive. An estimated 600,700 kWh of electricity, 23,500 gallons of propane, and 418,000 gallons of water are saved per year. Carbon emissions are reduced by an estimated 995,500 pounds per year. Mark D’Angelo, an independent construction professional, managed all phases of the project representing the Taconic’s owners.
LEXINGTON, KY.—RainMaker Hospitality, a leading hotel management and development company, broke ground recently on a 93-room, four story, TownePlace Suites by Marriott. The property is located in Richmond, Ky., and is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2017. The extended stay hotel project is adjacent to route I-75, conveniently located directly off exit 87.
SAN FRANCISCO—As a part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North, a leading hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced the results of an energy audit focused on energy reductions that will help the hotel achieve its sustainability goals. Conducted jointly with Verdafero, Inc., the audit found saving opportunities of over 81,067kWh per year by implementing energy efficient technology and best practices.
LONGMONT, COLO.—TERRALUX’s SL Fixture Line is a significant upgrade for tired and flickering stairwell and garage lights. Its performance quality is now confirmed with a DLC Premium Classification.
ISLA VERDE, PUERTO RICO—Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde has selected the Xeros polymer bead cleaning laundry system, which uses 80 percent less water than a traditional industrial washer, up to 50 percent less energy and approximately 50 percent less detergent. “Environmental sustainability has always been key in our operations from day one,” said Ricky Newman, General Manager of the property.
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