May 18, 2012

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


Our next Boston Green Tourism meeting will be Thursday June 7 at the Colonnade Hotel in the Colonnade East Room from 2:30 to 4:00.


Thank you Keith Alexander, Dan Buker and David Colella for hosting us!


Susan Hartman, Manager, Global Customer Education Programs, Schneider Electric, will discuss My Energy University (MEU). MEU is an international e-learning website that provides professional training on Energy Efficiency best practices. AH&LA and other organizations give continuing ed credits for taking MEU classes. MEU is free and available to us! See the IDEAS section below for more information. (Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and a leader in hotel energy efficiency.)  


David Reed, Director, Energy Services, Schneider Electric, will present two case studies of major hotel energy efficiency projects, including InterContinental San Francisco. Schneider helped that hotel achieve the Energy Star label and the prestigious LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance . (Incidentally, IC San Francisco has one of the best green web pages, which is worth a look.)


Michael Oshman, President, Green Restaurant Association (GRA), will discuss leading trends in green kitchens and restaurants. He will tell us about the newly certified restaurants at The Colonnade and InterContinental Boston, and provide an additional restaurant case study.


Patrick Lucci, Managing Director, Lynnfield Green Technologies, will discuss Pathosans technology, which provides hotels and other institutions with effective non-toxic cleaners and sanitizers. These products have been used by housekeepers and kitchen staff for several years at The Colonnade Hotel and other properties. Now, they are being used in commercial dishwashers, too.


My Energy University

Schneider Electric has created a popular resource of more than 80, 40-minute classes that teach business managers, facility managers and the general public about energy management and efficiency. Over 70,000 people, including many hospitality professionals, have enrolled.   


Most classes can be understood by everyone. Facility managers will get through some of them faster than the rest of us, and a few classes are geared for engineers.


"Every class contains practical, fast-acting solutions to save energy or improve efficiency - actions that often pay for themselves in one to three years."


You can take any or every class, in any order, on your own time. You could choose the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) or the Marriott International "development path" - a series of classes in a particular order. AH&LA offers continuing education credits to hospitality professionals that take its path. Other organizations (CHA, CLM, CEOE, etc.) offer CEU's, too.


We will learn more about MEU at the June 7 meeting. But you can start taking classes now by following the instructions for accessing MEU. I took one today.


Winners Announced in Department of Energy's LED Indoor Light Competition        

LED lights are still evolving rapidly, and there is a considerable variance in product performance. So, it behooves hoteliers to carefully research their options. 


The Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition is designed to help purchasers select the best lights on the market. It is sponsored by the DOE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers.


114 lights from 43 companies were entered into the competition, and 53 were recognized as winners.
These products demonstrate, "high lighting quality and consistency, glare control, serviceability, and value as determined by the 2012 judging panel."


The Eliot Hotel Wins New Awards
Travel + Leisure ranked the Eliot Hotel #1 in "World's Best Service" by Travel & Leisure! They ranked Eliot as the 8th best hotel in the world. The combination of eco-friendliness, multicultural/multilingual staff and professionalism, garnered this outstanding accolade. Congratulations to Pascale Schlaefli, Bob Burke and the Eliot staff on this honor!
New England Energy Efficiency Conference

New England Energy Efficiency Conference & Expo--$10,000 Incentive for Attendees!   

As mentioned, in the last newsletter, this conference will be held on June 1 at the Intercontinental Boston Hotel. NSTAR and National Grid announced this week that they will pay registrants a 10% Incentive Bonus, up to $10,000, on energy efficiency projects closing in 2012. Customers will receive a certificate outlining this deal at the conclusion of the event.


2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings

This competition offers commercial building owners and managers a platform to cut energy and water bills, and be nationally recognized for their efforts. During the contest, U.S. commercial buildings will compete to reduce energy use the most. Competitors will have the opportunity to participate in monthly networking sessions and be listed on the competition website. EPA will promote the contest through traditional and social media.

EPA will recognize the overall winner and top finishers by building category, including hotels. They will also recognize any building that improves its energy efficiency by 20 percent or more, as well as top water savers.

To be eligible, a building must be benchmarked in EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager with complete data entered for calendar year 2011. Applications are due by May 23. Visit the Battle of the Buildings website to learn more and to register.


EPA Webinar: How to Negotiate Your Contract with Waste Haulers, May 24, 1:00 - 2:30.
"The key to an effective working relationship between a contract administrator and a [hauler] is a clearly written and executed contract. Learn tips from industry experts on how to write and negotiate an effective contracts...while keeping costs under control and increasing recycling. This webinar will also give you each of the speaker's first-hand experiences on how to [negotiate] contracts." Register here.


[Thank you, Janet Bowen EPA, for information about the last two entries.]  


Bed Bug Action Plan for Hotels, Dini. M. Miller, Ph.D., Department of  

Entomology, Virginia Tech, 2010.

This article provides protocols for early detection, staff training, canine detection, how to handle guest complaints and what to do when you suspect that a room is infested.  


Five more articles on bud bug management for hotels can be found on this EPA website . I recommend that you review them, because each author provides slightly different advice. For a broader view, see the EPA's Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse, which has a wealth of articles on bed bug management. 


June 7: The Colonnade Hotel 

August 2

September 20: Boston Marriott Copley Place

November 1: Hostelling International Boston

December 6     


See you June 7 at The Colonnade!