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DOVER, DEL.—When the two-day Sustain 2016 green lodging conference kicks off on March 14, it will be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, a venue with a long list of green initiatives. The 80-acre property, which features a 500-room hotel, casino, horse racing, entertainment, and multiple restaurants, is a Delaware Green Lodging Program participant and dedicated to reducing waste, improving energy and water efficiency, and supporting local farmers. According to Ed Sutor, President of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, the reasons for pursuing sustainability have been many but one reason has certainly been to keep costs under control. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino operates in a state with a gaming tax rate of 62 percent. At one time that was 25 percent. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino also operates in a highly competitive gaming region. In 1996 there were 15 casinos in the Mid-Atlantic region. Today there are 28 with more opening this year. From a waste management perspective, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has seen significant improvement in recent years.
MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics introduces its new Type A direct install LED linear tube to simply replace T8 fluorescent lamps working on instant start, program rapid start and emergency back-up electronic ballast systems. This technology provides for the first time the opportunity to cost-efficiently change out all T8 fluorescent lamps within a facility. Its 50,000 hour rated life combined with a 46 percent energy savings provide a quick return on investment with total lifetime savings that can exceed $82 dollars per lamp at an 11 cents/kWh energy cost.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—Combining the energy-saving benefits of LED with outstanding color quality, MaxLite introduces Energy Star certified 7-watt MR16 lamps for commercial, retail, hospitality and other general lighting applications.
YORKVILLE, N.Y.—Meyda Custom Lighting unveils the Marquee Gural Chandel-Air. This custom crafted Chandel-Air adds drama and sophistication paired with distinctive custom lighting and fan technology, to any room.
NEWBURGH, N.Y.—Hudson Valley Lighting, manufacturer of art-inspired classic, contemporary and transitional lighting fixtures for more than 20 years, has purchased a site that will serve as the company’s new world headquarters in Hudson Valley’s Wappingers Falls, New York in Dutchess County. This was announced by David Littman, Founder and President of Hudson Valley Lighting and Chairman of Littman Brands, a family of decorative and architectural lighting brands that include Hudson Valley Lighting, Corbett Lighting, Troy Lighting and CSL (Creative Systems Lighting).
COMMERCE, CALIF.—Nora Lighting, a manufacturer of products for residential and commercial installations, has released a comprehensive Work Book with nearly 500 pages showcasing the company’s entire line of fixtures and accessories. With installation and product photos, detailed illustrations and descriptions, the Work Book itemizes nearly 10,000 SKUs of lighting fixtures and installation accessories. It is available free to industry professionals.
TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics announces its new series of LED T5 High Output Tube Light Kits. The LED kits are available in a choice of 2, 3, 4 or 6-tube kits. They fit into almost any fixture, and feature ease of installation, requiring only a single driver for up to 4 tubes and only two drivers for 6 tubes. The UL-Recognized external drivers are included.
WEST HARTFORD, CONN.—Legrand, North America announced that it has acquired QMotion, an award-winning leader in advanced shading systems. QMotion will become part of Legrand’s North American Building Control Systems (BCS) business.
NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corp. President and CEO Alan Steel announced that the Javits Center has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the developers of the LEED building rating system. This certification follows the completion of a comprehensive renovation and revitalization. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the Javits Center is considered the busiest convention center in the United States, supporting more than 17,000 jobs and generating up to $1.8 billion in economic activity for the Empire State. Led by the New York Convention Center Development Corporation, FXFOWLE, Epstein and Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company, the historic renovation has reduced the building’s energy consumption by 26 percent, saving energy costs and improving the area’s quality of life. The building’s signature feature—a nearly 7-acre green roof—is the country’s second largest of its kind and has become a sanctuary for area wildlife, including hundreds of bats, birds and bees. “The Javits Center has become a model of sustainability for buildings throughout the region,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.
MELBOURNE, FLA.—Lighting Science Group Corp. officially unveiled its new LSPro series of commercial LED solutions. Created with the commercial market in mind, these new lamps feature higher attributes than general industry standards, such as color-rendering indexes (CRI) of 90+, better lumen output and Energy Star ratings.
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