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BETHESDA, MD.—On the eve of World Water Day (March 22), Marriott announced that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007. In 2007, the company set 2020 goals to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, as well as energy reductions of 20 percent across its managed portfolio of hotels worldwide, as part of a broader global sustainability strategy. “We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the environment by reducing their water usage, whether it is through the fitting of low flow showers and toilets in guest bathrooms, irrigation systems installed on properties, or guests choosing to not have towels changed every day.” • In North America, more than 80 percent of the total participating hotels in the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense H20tel Challenge are in the Marriott portfolio.
NATIONAL REPORT—Water treatment for systems such as cooling towers, chillers, heat exchangers and evaporative condensers has traditionally been one that has required the use of hazardous chemicals—e.g. chlorine, bromine, isothiazolinone, molybdate, phosphonate—to control calcium, bacteria, algae, scale, corrosion and biofilm. Because of the toxicity of the water treated with chemicals, it cannot be reused on property. A number of suppliers, however, have developed chemical free or similarly safe treatment systems that allow for the reuse of blow-down water while still providing a means to keep systems clean and running efficiently. Chemical free treatments vary from the introduction of atomic oxygen into the water to the application of an electronic field around piping. This article will examine some of the safer treatment systems on the market and provide real-use examples when possible. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Co., LLC offers a patented technology that creates hydroxyl radicals (a natural non-toxic biocide) when injected into water, killing all bacteria, removing scale and preventing corrosion.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—As California enters a fourth year of severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board Tuesday adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state’s remaining water supplies. While Californians have made great strides to conserve water, more effort is needed, the State Water Resources Control Board said. “We are experiencing the lowest snowpack and the driest January in recorded history, and communities around the state are already suffering severely from the prior three years of drought,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “If the drought continues through next winter and we do not conserve more—the consequences could be even more catastrophic than they already are. Today’s action is just a tune-up and a reminder to act, and we will consider more significant actions in the weeks to come.” While communities and water suppliers have saved substantial amounts of water since the water conservation emergency regulation was first adopted in July 2014, there are many more opportunities for Californians to conserve in even greater amounts.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced a new partner program in North America aimed at commercial laundry suppliers that will resell and service Xeros’ award-winning polymer bead cleaning systems. Xeros is offering resellers attractive margins as well the ability to build a monthly recurring revenue stream from services and sales of the Sbeadycare all-inclusive laundry management program to hotels, commercial and industrial laundries, dry cleaners, fitness clubs and spas.
NORTH OLMSTED, OHIO—Moen, the leading faucet company, introduces Moen Express Direct. This convenient option offers same-day shipment on all Moen Wholesale, Cleveland Faucet Group (CFG), bath accessory and Moen Commercial products with available inventory. Orders placed by 2 p.m. EST (with free ground shipping) or by 4 p.m. EST (with air shipping) will ship the same day. Wholesalers will pay a flat fee plus applicable shipping charges for Moen, CFG, Commercial and bath accessory products.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Extended Stay America (ESA), owner and operator of 682 hotels across the United States and Canada, is more than half way through a renovation program that began in 2012 and is projected to be completed next year. As it has worked its way through each hotel, ESA has been faced with the challenge of finding what to do with old carpet, mattresses, box springs, bedding, lighting and other items. Through partnerships with suppliers, recyclers and various charities ESA has found a way to keep the “retired” items out of the landfill. So far, 25 million cubic feet of materials has been diverted, a volume ESA says is equivalent to 5.3 Titanic ships full of waste. More than 437,000 square feet of cardboard and more than 9 million square feet of carpet have been recycled, and 11.7 acres of fabric has been donated. David Crider, Director of Utilities and Sustainability at Extended Stay America Hotels, says ESA’s sustainability efforts are an integral part of its corporate culture and operations.
MINNEAPOLIS—IrriGreen, Inc. is releasing the Genius Mobile App for the IrriGreen Genius Irrigation System. Engineered for iOS and Android, the Genius Mobile App enables contractors to manage the IrriGreen system from any Smartphone.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel has checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to help boost Haiti’s tourism economy. The stories of these new associates include Luccardo, who was recruited to work at the hotel’s front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine, who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor. In addition to members of a Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris. Dignitaries at the opening included Haiti President Michel Martelly and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
COARSEGOLD, CALIF.—High Sierra Showerheads announced that all of its 1.8 gpm showerhead models are now WaterSense certified as well as certified to be compliant with the International Plumbing Codes and the following standards: ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1-2012.
CHICAGO—When Virgin Group opened its first hotel last month—the 250-room Virgin Hotels Chicago—what was not talked about much in the media was the green story behind the renovated historic Old Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, and member of the B Team leaders who recently called for a global commitment to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, established a hotel brand with the goal of LEED Silver for each hotel. Virgin Hotels Chicago’s green story begins with its site selection. Rather than building new, Virgin Hotels chose a historic bank building and kept many of its features. The facade features rich, ornate designs including medieval characters, dragons, griffins, ducks, squirrels and more. About 80 percent of the building’s original lobby remains. The Oak Cigar Bar in the lobby is now used as the check-in desk where DIY kiosks are placed.
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