June 6, 2012

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


Our next Boston Green Tourism meeting will be tomorrow, 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!


Boston Green Tourism Meeting Agenda


June 7, 2012


Location: The Colonnade Hotel, Colonnade East Room


Hosts: Keith Alexander, Dan Buker, David Colella


2:30 to 2:40      Introductions


2:40 to 2:45      Update  

                          Dan Ruben  


2:45 to 3:20      My Energy University; Energy Solutions for Hotels

                          Susan Hartman, Manager, Global Customer Education Programs

                          David Reed, Director, Energy Services, Schneider Electric    


3:20 to 3:45      Latest Trends in Green Restaurants   

    Michael Oshman, President, Green Restaurant Association                         

3:45 to 4:00      Electrolyzed Water: Green Cleaning and Sanitizing for Hotels

                           Patrick Lucci, Managing Director, Lynnfield Green Technology             

Hotels Generate Revenue by Participating in Demand Response Programs  

The ISO-New England Demand Response program curtails the region's electricity consumption at critical times, helping to avoid brownouts and eliminating the need to build new power plants.


Your 200+ bed hotel can earn thousands of dollars per month for agreeing to cut electricity use when called upon. Businesses get paid according to the amount of electricity that they agree to cut during the program's events. For example, those willing to reduce their use by 250 kWh receive payments of roughly $8640.00/month throughout the year.


In the last three years, ISO New England has required participants to act only three times per year, including two annual scheduled practice events. The real events usually occur when it's very hot, and last for several hours.


These are some common ways that hotel participants respond when called upon:  

  • Pre-cool the building prior to the event.
  • Raise the temperature set-point several degrees.
  • Shut down heat pumps dedicated to common areas.
  • Temporarily halt the use of laundry equipment.
  • Disable one elevator.
  • Use the hotel generator.   

When the events end, hotels should consider turning equipment back on gradually to avoid spikes that could impact electricity bills.


Comverge is a BGT member that makes it easy to maximize participation in ISO-New England's Demand Response programs. They have enrolled more than 2,100 customers to date, including hotels. Comverge provides a free audit and a custom design that maximizes program participation, while minimizing the impact on hotel operations. Contact Mike Fuce (774-245-5542) for more information.


How Have LED's Improved in the Last Year?                                         

Jim Brodrick of the U.S. Department of Energy discussed recent industry advances after attending the LIGHTFAIR international conference in Las Vegas. His main points:   

  • LED lights have crowded out other kinds of light at the conference, indicating the there is little resistance now to using this technology.
  • Many bulbs show improved color, reduced glare and better design.
  • 100 watt replacement bulbs will hit the market this year. These products are still in the early stage of their development curve.
  • Light output (lumens per watt) has improved in the last year, but not greatly. The most efficient products cast over 100 lumens per watt.
  • Prices have come down.  
 'Bombs' Ineffective Against Bedbugs, Experts Say                                     
HealthDay, June 4.

Ohio State University researchers confirmed what several speakers have told us--that pesticide "bombs" are not an effective treatment for bed bugs.

June 7: The Colonnade Hotel 

August 2

September 20: Boston Marriott Copley Place

November 1: Hostelling International Boston

December 6     


See you Thursday at The Colonnade!