Vendor Case Studies

Do you have a success story you'd like to share? Green Lodging News offers suppliers/vendors the opportunity to provide real-life examples of how a hotel, motel, resort, inn or lodge successfully used a product or service in order to operate more profitably—through saving energy, eliminating waste, and conserving natural resources. Case studies may include photos, charts and links to websites that provide supportive information. Each success story will have its own page on Green Lodging News.

Case study criteria:

1. Approximately 1,000 words (subject to editing by Green Lodging News).
2. Up to four images (high- or low-res jpeg files are preferred).
3. Case studies must provide specific examples of how a property used a product or service, how it saved energy, eliminated waste and/or conserved natural resources.
4. Case studies may include any type of product or service used in the lodging industry—from guestroom energy management systems to ice machines to consulting services.

To get started, call Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News publisher, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at When a case study is added to the Green Lodging News site, it will be linked to from the publisher's weekly column and an announcement will appear on the home page.

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Hilton LAX Mattress Recycling Made Easy with GSS


LOS ANGELES—Waste management and sustainability have long been difficult problems for hotels, and among the most complex is mattress and box spring disposal. Traditionally, when bed sets are replaced, tens of thousands of pounds of potentially recyclable material ends up in landfills which is a big challenge for hotels trying to reduce waste.

Improved Aesthetics for Safety and Security at Extended Stay America


In 2013, a new leadership team was brought in at Extended Stay America to oversee a $1 billion investment to improve its entire portfolio of 629 properties—the majority of which averaged 20 years in age—in a manner that would set the company up for future success. Extended Stay America owns its properties, ensuring the strategic initiative would be consistent in its rollout across the portfolio. The guiding principle of the initiative was to “improve the guest experience.”

Hotel Le Crystal Expects New OSRAM SYLVANIA LEDs to Result in More Than $50,000 in Annual Savings


To improve its lighting, the Hôtel Le Crystal turned to LED solutions from OSRAM SYLVANIA. The 4100K fluorescent lamps in the parking garage were replaced with SYLVANIA SubstiTUBE® IPS T8 LED 5000K lamps which provide a brighter, whiter light that can help facilitate quick vehicle identification and increase pedestrian visibility, enhancing safety and feelings of comfort in the garage. SubstiTUBE IPS T8 LED lamps with a 3000K color temperature were installed in hotel and conference rooms, in addition to the office areas, saving energy while maintaining the warm daylight color of the lighting and giving occupants the option to dim the light as needed.

AirRevive Refurbishes and Re-commissions 167 Thirty-Year-Old Fan Coils in 21 Days at Full Service Marriott


As a popular contemporary airport hotel in one of the busiest cities in the world, this full service Marriott has business, leisure and contracted airplane crew to accommodate. The hotel that runs at 98 percent occupancy year round needed to upgrade or replace their guestroom fan coil units. The units were not properly operating to cool and heat. This resulted in guestroom complaints, reduced guest satisfaction and the consumption of more energy for less return. The challenge for this airport property was the property could not give up guestrooms. The age of the property and the fan coil units was also a challenge.

USDA Public Health Pesticide Program Proves Effectiveness of Ecoraider Bed Bug Killer


NORTH BERGEN, N.J.—Bed bugs continue to be a national scourge of our time. With increasing appearances in the news, homeowners search for solutions, landlords fear legal battles and hotel owners seek out preventive options. Recently, the USDA IR-4 Public Health Pesticides Program newsletter published the results of their funded study that measured performance of a green bed bug killer in infested housing apartments. Based on the field study by entomologists from Rutgers University, the report revealed that EcoRaider, a natural insect killer, shows strong effectiveness in eradicating bed bug infestations in housing apartments, comparable to a leading professional grade pesticide.

California Hotel Delivers on Green Promise, Dramatically Lowers Water & Energy with PLUS, Unique Pay-Per-Use Laundry System


UKIAH, CALIF.—In the hospitality business, many owners see only two worlds to spend money: the front of the house—amenities and features that attract and cater to guests; and that other land known as the back of the house. Most owners place these worlds in different galaxies. Raakesh Patel is not like most owners. His Super 8 Ukiah, Calif. property strikes a true balance between the two worlds. Indeed, Patel sees things differently, and the primary color he is focused on is green.

The Economics of Clean, Green—The Loden Hotel Experience with TANCS® Steam Vapor


“Loden” may refer to green, high quality, sheep’s wool clothing that originated in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century, or to the Vancouver, B.C.-based Loden Hotel that metaphorically lives up to the “Loden” name. The 15-story luxury hotel features fine wool carpet in its 77 upscale rooms and suites—plus corridors. To help ensure a green, healthy environment for guests and their pets, a MondoVap with TANCS dry steam vapor sanitation system is used daily.

Pillow-Vac Pillow Renovating Contributes to Sustainability Leadership Efforts of Hilton Concord


CONCORD, CALIF.—Hilton Concord, located in the suburban community of Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco, is implementing a significant array of 16 integrated sustainability initiatives designed to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel while achieving increased net cash flow from operating cost reductions and creating added asset value. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “Investing in these initiatives will not only contribute to the bottom line, but will also position Hilton Concord as a leader in the market committed to environmentally-friendly practices,” said Ted Knighton, Interstate’s chief operating officer.

Hilton Concord Revamps On-premises Laundry Operations with New Electrolux Professional Washers & Dryers


INWOOD, N.Y.—When one thinks about the highlights of a hotel property, amenities, restaurants, and overall service come to mind. The on-premises laundry room likely doesn’t figure into even the top 100 features. But if your business is efficiency and turning a property into the pinnacle of green lodging, the laundry room certainly might warrant top billing.

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