Boston Green Tourism Meeting
August 2, 2012
Location: Hotel Marlowe
Hosts: Michal Penek, James Lyons
Present: Michal Penek, James Lyons, Tedd Saunders, Megan Falkenberry, Scot Hopps, Al Vaughn, Glenn Ralfs, Erica Mattison, Peter Cooke, Adam Mitchell, Matt Messer, Kevin Lubinger, Jim McManus, Robert Guillemin, Thomas Flynn, John Walsh, Richard Lewis, Scott Parisi, Richard Garrison, Andrew Belden, Dan Ruben.
How Hotels Reduce Their Natural Gas Use
Scott Parisi, EcoGreenHotel
This presentation includes some very attractive ideas for reducing natural gas bills: a recirculation loop management system that turns off hot water pumps when there is no demand for hot water, boiler computerized control systems, liquid pool covers, heat exchangers that allow hotels to capture and use the waste heat from refrigeration equipment, tank-less water heaters and more.
Mr. Parisi provides hotel case studied that clearly show how these technologies reduce natural gas use and bills. He also presents the MA financial incentives for installing them.
Richard Garrison, Richard Garrison, Nationwide Foam Recycling
Nationwide Mattress Recycling hauls away mattresses from hotels, colleges and other institutions and recycles them into new products. Their processing plant is in Framingham. There are several factors that determine whether hotels save money--volume, whether the landfills they use have a surcharge for mattresses, etc. I recommend that hotels contact NMR to see how mattress recycling would work for them.
City of Boston's Green Ribbon Commission: Its Implications for Hotels
Andrew Belden, Meister Consultants Group
The Green Ribbon Commission supports Boston's climate action plans. They will advise the city on how to enact their energy disclosure policy--which will require building Energy Star scores to be posted for commercial properties, including hotels. I will soon invite Boston hoteliers to a Sept. 5 hotel focus group that will enable participants to provide input into this ordinance.
The GRC is also giving hotels a chance to comment on the MA 2013-2015 utility energy efficiency incentive plan. If you want to provide such input, please contact me.