Special Edition - May 2, 2011
|Officials Cut Ribbon on New TownePlace
Suites by Marriott at Quonset
Hotel Expected to be First with LEED
Designation in Rhode Island's West Bay
Developers and state officials, including Senator Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts today cut the ribbon on the new TownePlace Suites by Marriott North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The "green" hotel brings additional jobs to the Quonset Business Park, where 8,800 people are already employed at 168 companies. Currently one of out every 50 jobs in Rhode Island is located at Quonset.
"Funding provided for Towne Place Suites through SBA's 504 program and our lending partners at Ocean State Business Development Authority is the largest in the history of the program here in Rhode Island," said Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA Rhode Island District Office. "We are pleased that this project is both environmentally friendly and economically sound and it will provide much-needed permanent jobs."
The 55,453-sf hotel features an energy efficient geothermal system for cooling and heating. The sustainably built hotel used recycled and local materials during construction. The facility was designed and built with the goal of becoming the first LEED certified facility in the greater Providence, Rhode Island region. The hotel's environmental design plans to reduce water usage by up to 30%, utilize optimized energy management systems, provide enhanced indoor air quality and ventilation, and utilize "Green Cleaning" practices, benefiting both its guests and the environment.
QDC and NK Chamber to
Hold E-Waste Recycling Event
The Quonset Development Corporation and North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce will partner for an e-waste recycling event on Friday, May 20. The event will take place from 7:30 am - noon, in the QDC Parking Lot.
Goodwill Industries of Providence, RI is sponsoring the event. Goodwill has recently partnered with Dell to become one of 2,200 "Reconnect" computer recycling sites across the nation. Goodwill is the only RI site and expects to recycle between 300,000 - 400,000 pounds of e-waste annually and create green jobs in RI.
Items such as CPUs/computers, servers, keyboards, spare computer parts, monitors, laptops, network equipment, laser printers, radios, scanners, fax machines, cables and wires, cell phones and ink/laser cartridges are all accepted.
The event is free, but a donation of $5.00 to benefit the NK Chamber of Commerce at time of drop off is greatly appreciated.
Click here to learn more about the Goodwill and its e-waste recycling program.