Water Conservation

Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Maytag Unveils New Front-Load Washer


ST. JOSEPH, MICH.—The new Maytag Commercial Laundry Single-Load, Front-Load Washer is now available. Powered by an enhanced drive system, the high-efficiency machine uses approximately 10.71 gallons of water per cycle. “The machine’s enhancements help deliver outstanding efficiency, qualifying it for the Energy Star designation and making it an ideal choice for owners and route operators looking to boost their bottom line,” said Trey Northrup, General Manager of Maytag Commercial Laundry.

Geberit Unveils New Monolith Design for Wall-Hung Toilets


DES PLAINES, ILL.—The next generation Monolith system for wall-hung toilets adds new color selections, umber and sand, to its existing design palette. The new iridescent safety glass finishes join white and black options already available. The award-winning Monolith system also features a new “shadow gap” design for a tailored and fresh look.

Chicago Faucets Introduces New 3600 Series Metering Faucets


DES PLAINES, ILL.—Chicago Faucets, a leading manufacturer of commercial faucets, introduces its new 3600 Series. The 3600 Series is the latest addition to the Chicago Faucets Metermix line of metering faucets. All 3600 Series faucets feature user-adjustable temperature control for a superior hand washing experience. Chicago Faucets’ MVP metering cartridge, the heart of the 3600 Series, provides precise water flow, automatic shut-off, and adjustable run time to save water with every use.

Xeros Signs $500,000 Deal with Scarab


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the inventor of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has signed a $500,000 deal with commercial launderer Scarab Group in St. Thomas for its award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system. In one of the largest laundry deals on St. Thomas this year, the Scarab Group replaced all of their conventional washers with Xeros laundry systems to reduce their water and energy costs without sacrificing the quality of service to their luxury hotel customers.

Sustainability Report Highlights Hersha Hospitality Trust’s EarthView Success


PHILADELPHIA—It was just a year ago that Hersha Hospitality Trust released its first Sustainability Report. Last month, Jay Shah, CEO of the lodging REIT, announced the release of the company’s second Sustainability Report. According to Bennett Thomas, Senior Vice President of Finance and Sustainability for Hersha, it is one of only a few lodging REITs to issue a sustainability report. “Hersha is one of the few lodging REITs that report on sustainability,” Thomas says. Hersha’s second report reflects the activities of its 55 owned hotels. Last year was another strong year for sustainability accomplishments for Hersha. For the third time in four years, EarthView was awarded NAREIT’s Lodging & Resorts Leader in the Light award for superior and sustainable portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives. Hersha’s performance last year is a continuation of its EarthView program that was launched in 2010. EarthView takes a triple bottom line approach to sustainable hospitality—implementing sustainable and innovative practices that benefit the environment, local and global communities, and positively impact a hotel’s financial performance.

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead’s Wes Shirley: Always Chasing, Cultivating Big Ideas


ATLANTA—It is no coincidence that big projects and accolades seem to gravitate toward Wes Shirley. The Director of Engineering at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is always looking for something new to elevate the guest experience, cut costs and reduce environmental impact at the same time. Shirley, who fell in love with building and operating buildings at an early age, has been the driver behind projects such as a 50,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system and a 20-panel solar thermal system. This past week he accepted an award for the hotel as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Participants in the Challenge pledge to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. As Director of Engineering at the 439-room hotel, Shirley oversees a team of 12 engineers. He and the hotel’s controller act as coaches of the green team which consists of one manager from every department.

A New Environment Focused Brand Emerges: The Light Human Hotel


NEW YORK—The Light Human Hotel, a new eco-friendly brand and concept created by two France-based entrepreneurs—Jean-Pierre Bandeira, CEO of Light Human Hotel and Julien Veyron, Architect and CEO of atelier arcau—will make its first appearance in the United States later this year in Miami. That 80-room hotel on Collins Ave. will be the first of now eight Light Human Hotel properties to open. Additional hotels are planned in the next few years for Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Antibes, Rio de Janeiro and London. Bandeira says Light Human Hotels will go beyond LEED in regard to building health and efficiency. Designed for both new construction and retrofits, Light Human Hotels will offer electric vehicle charging stations, optional housekeeping in some cases, farm to table restaurants, fitness centers with bicycles that generate electricity, and the integration of “live” plants into exterior building features. “Light Human Hotel is not a generic brand of hotel,” Veyron says. “Our vision is that Light Human Hotels are shaped for people to live, to share, to work and to have fun together.”

Green Lodging News Adds Hartdean Ltd. as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Hartdean Ltd. to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Linens & Towels” category. The company’s EcoKnit Terry Towels are luxury hospitality cotton towels with two to three time’s longer lifespan and provide energy and water savings which recover the cost of the product. EcoKnit Towels are snag free, dry up to 40 percent quicker than standard terry towels, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and use 15 percent less water with every laundering cycle.

IrriGreen Irrigation System Wins Award for Product Innovation


MINNEAPOLIS—Landscape and Irrigation magazine has announced the winners of the “Twenty for 2016” new product awards. Judged by the Green Media editorial team based on innovation, marketability and application, the awards highlight 20 standout products for the commercial landscape and irrigation markets. The IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System is the only irrigation system selected for the award.

Cinaton Introduces K2002 Intelligent iSense Faucet


SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIF.—Cinaton introduces its hands-free K2002 Pull-out Kitchen Faucet. With five strategically placed infrared sensors and 13 functions, the faucet offers a full range of touch-free operations. With no handles or buttons, the faucet makes food prep and cleanup easy and helps create a more sanitary cooking environment. Control the water temperature and flow, even pause, or disable for cleaning the sink area—all without touching the faucet. Three user-defined settings are available for personalized convenience, while maximum temperature settings prevent an accidental scalding.

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