April 18, 2012

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


Our next Boston Green Tourism meeting will be Thursday April 26 at Omni 

Parker House in the Longfellow Room on the Mezzanine Level  from 2:30 to 



Thank you Casey Gilman and John Murtha for hosting us!       


Matthew Gardner, Director, Sustainserv, will describe successful strategies that corporations use to gain staff support and cooperation with their green initiatives.      


Emre Schveighoffer, President of National Resource Management, Inc.,will discuss how to identify and evaluate energy saving opportunities that are typically overlooked or misunderstood.  The primary focus will be walk-in coolers and kitchen refrigerators, powered VAV boxes equipped with fan motors, ice machines and vending machines. He will demonstrate some of the technologies so you will leave knowing how to identify and pursue good ROI opportunities.


Lori Van Dam, President, PlanetTran, will discuss the advantages that hotels enjoy when they use a livery service that transports hotel guests in hybrid cars.




Saunders Hotel Group Wins World Travel & Tourism Council's 2012 Community Benefit Award: SHG was honored this week at the WT&TC's Global Summit in Tokyo. Congratulations go to Tedd Saunders and family, the SHG team and Scot Hopps. 


"This local family-owned hotel group has been a leader in sustainable tourism practices as far back as the early 1980s, when they converted an old police building in Boston, Massachusetts into an historic hotel and worked with local community partners to build affordable housing in the same area. Through initiatives that are driven and supported by all levels of their staff, the group supports dozens of local charity and non-profit groups with a combination of financial backing, volunteer time, and in-kind resources that goes far beyond most corporate social responsibility efforts.  For Saunders, community service begins at 'home', where helping people in need is part of the company mission, recognising that disadvantaged communities can also exist in a major city in the United States."


Seaport Boston Recognized by Fodor's as One of North America's Five Greenest Hotels: Fodor's cited the Seaport's free electric water-taxi service to downtown, composting their Keurig coffee grounds and producing their own honey. Congratulations to the Seaport team, including Mike Duffy, Marc Cohn and Lauri Howe.  


The Eliot Hotel to be Recognized as a 2012 Gold Level Boston Bike-Friendly Business: The Eliot will be honored by Mayor Menino at an awards ceremony on City Hall Plaza on May 18. Congratulations to Pascale Schlaefli, Bob Burke and team.   




Publicizing Your Restaurant's Use of New England Food

The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport Maine sets a great example for other restaurants. They highlight the source of their food on their website and on their menus (see page 2, left-hand side).


The Inn's owner, Chip Gray, said that by calling attention to his restaurants' food producers, he attracts visitors who want a Maine experience, and local customers, too. In addition, the listed farmers, fishermen and other food-producers have become some of his best customers--patronizing the inn's restaurants and hiring the inn to host their meetings and family weddings.  



Recycling Assistance for MA Businesses: RecyclingWorks is a new program that provides a hotline and website that helps businesses answer their recycling and food waste diversion questions. Their website has a searchable database that helps businesses find recyclers by material and territory.


The website also coordinates the Massachusetts WasteWise program, which is a free, voluntary program that provides networking, tools and recognition to help businesses advance their recycling programs.


RecyclingWorks also offers site visits and technical assistance


I encourage you to learn how RecyclingWorks can help you by visiting their website, calling them (888-254-5525) or sending them an email


Webinar: Food Donation: A How-To for Food Retailers and the Food Service Industry: This free webinar, on Thursday, 1:00 -2:30, will educate hoteliers and other professionals on the advantages and ways to donate food.


Webinar: Recovering Food Waste Through Donation & Recycling: This free webinar for hospitality professionals, will be held on May 2 from 2:00 to 3:30. It will teach participants, "how food waste has significant economic, [and] environmental consequences, and ways that it can be diverted...and recovered for donation, recycling, and composting." You can register here.  


Examining the Sustainability Story Behind Mattress, Box Spring Encasements, Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, March 8; and  
A Horror Story You Should Keep Under Wraps, Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, March 9.

Businesses Failing to Reap Tax Rewards for Going Green, Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily, March 20.


April 26: Omni Parker House

June 7

August 2

September 20: Boston Marriott Copley Place

November 1: Hostelling International Boston

December 6


 See you April 26 at Omni Parker House!