January 31, 2012

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


Our next meeting will be Thursday at the Sheraton Commander in the George Washington Ballroom on floor 1 from 2:30 to 4:00.


Thank you Al Vaughn for hosting us! 



Boston Green Tourism Meeting Agenda


February 2, 2011


Location:  Sheraton Commander, George Washington Ballroom


Host: Al Vaughn


2:30 to 2:40

2:40 to 2:45
Update, Dan Ruben

2:45 to 3:25
Green from the Ground Up

Christopher Hartzell

Complex General Manager, Aloft Lexington and Element Lexington

3:25 to 3:40
Cost Savings in your Printing Environment

Kevin Cantwell

Sales/Account Management, Expert Laser Services, Inc.

3:40 to 4:00
What do Yogurt Containers, Newspapers, Water Bottles and a Can of

Corn have in Common????

Gerri Weiner

President, Corporate Accents Unlimited


Greener Uniforms and Linens: What materials are the most environmentally-friendly for hotel uniforms and linens? That's actually a difficult question to answer. Cotton, wool and polyester have very different impacts on land, energy use, water use and chemical emissions. A Union of Concerned Scientists report said that we should not sweat this choice, but do the best we can to minimize our total clothing and linen purchases.


While it's difficult to compare the environmental attributes of the material that comprises clothing and linens, we can look at other criteria. Organic cotton, for example, is a greener choice, since non-organic cotton is grown with more pesticides than any other crop. Organic cotton is expensive, however.


Clothes and linen that last longer, require less care, dry quickly, have recycled content or can be re-used by others (such as shelters) are greener choices, too.


Pineapple Hospitality's 100% recycled polyester table linens are a good example of product with some of these attributes. Pricing for these products can be found here.  


The following article touts polyester made from recycled materials; and machine-washable tuxedos, because they avoid the need for dry cleaning*, which is often more chemically-intensive:   

Hoteliers see green in 'green' tuxedos, tablecloths, Barbara De Lollis, USA Today, January 5.


Gerri Weiner will also shed light on greener apparel choices at Thursday's meeting.


[*Greener dry cleaning methods are becoming available. I hope to schedule a presentation on this subject later this year.]


Cornell Offering New Certification in Hotel Properties Management and Sustainability,
Green Lodging New, January 24. This course for, "the non-engineer to learn the basics of hotel building facility management and sustainable hotel operations," will take place June 28 to 30. The course description is here.



Intrepid Hospitality: As committed to sustainability as any luxury hotelier, Hostelling International is sprucing up an old office structure for its newest hostel in historic Boston,

Russ Klettke, Green Building and Design, Jan/Feb/Mar 2012.


In this article, Hostelling International's Deborah Ruhe and lead architect Mike Davis of Bergmeyer Associates talk about the green aspects of "Boston's hippest [new] hospitality space."


We'll get to see the building for ourselves, because the hostel is hosting the November 1 BGT meeting.  



Feb. 2: Sheraton Commander

March 8: The Lenox

April 26

June 7

August 2

September 20

November 1: Hostelling International Boston

December 6



See you Thursday at the Sheraton Commander!