November 20, 2012

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


The minutes from the November 1 BGT meeting are below, with links to the presentations. See the other sections, too.

Our next meeting will be the Greater Boston Energy Efficient Hotels Conference on December 6. Please see your invitation in the section, NEXT BOSTON GREEN TOURISM MEETING, below!



 Boston Green Tourism Meeting


November 1, 2012


Credit to 

Location: Hostelling International Boston                                                  Host: Bob Sylvia


Present: Bob Sylvia, Kelly Smith, Iain Baker, Robert Smith, Albert Tsaturyan, Al Vaughn, Michael Ditterline, Fabienne Eliacin, Erica Mattison, Gerri Weiner, Matt Messer, Louise Dinsmore, Cameron Ritzenthaler, Jay Baldwin, Karen Weber, Brian Ricci, Cara Sergeant, Jonathan Hyde, Bill Scherer, James Marchioni, Richard Turi, Kyle Bailey, Dan Ruben. I missed several people.



HI-Boston LEEDs the Way: The Development and Marketing of a Green Hostel

Kelly Smith, Director of Marketing & Sales, Hostelling International-Boston


Green Laundry; Cleaning with Microfibers

Bill Scherer, President, Clean Green Solutions


Green Technologies in Elevator and Escalator Design                    

James Marchioni, Regional Sales Manager, Otis Elevator Company


The Greater Boston Energy Efficient Hotels Conference will be December 6, 2012 at Sheraton Boston Hotel from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

This Massachusetts Lodging Association Speaker and Seminar Series event is organized by Boston Green Tourism, NSTAR, National Grid, Renew Boston, Sheraton Boston and the Barr Foundation. This conference is open to all MLA member--and BGT members. 


The conference will feature:      

  • Presentations about important new energy and water efficiency technologies.
  • Case studies from hotels and engineering firm leaders who have slashed hotel energy bills.
  • A panel discussion with City of Boston, NSTAR, National Grid and hotel leaders regarding energy policies, incentives, strategy and new technology.
  • Energy efficiency vendors.  
Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Reception are included with registration.


The conference agenda is below.  


Cost: $25 per attendee.   

***Please note: I didn't intend to charge BGT members for this conference, but needed to do so for logistical reasons. If the fee is a barrier for you, please send me a note. I will gladly waive your fee and register you off-line.   


Who Should Attend: Hotel GM's, Directors of Engineering, Chief Financial Officers, Green Team Leaders.

Click here to register!



8:00 to 9:00    Deluxe Continental Breakfast


9:00 to 10:00   Facilitated Panel Discussion

Greeting: Colleen Keating, Senior Vice President, Operations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide


Moderator: Dan Ruben, Executive Director, Boston Green Tourism



  • Michael Jorgensen, General Manager, Westin Copley Place
  • Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston
  • Tilak Subrahamanian, Director of Energy Efficiency, NSTAR
  • Carol White, Director, Program Strategy - Massachusetts, National Grid
  • Tedd Saunders, President, EcoLogical Solutions & CSO, Saunders Hotel Group  

10:00 to 10:15   Transition / Coffee Break / Time with Vendors


10:15 to 11:45    Morning Session

This session, with the following five presentations, is for all conference participants.


Sheraton Boston's Path to 30/20/20: Their Plan for Cutting Energy by 30% and Water by 20% by 2020

Jeff Hanulec, Director of Engineering, Sheraton Boston


Hyatt Regency Boston's Strategy for Reducing Electricity Use by 45%

Brian Gorski, Director of Engineering, Hyatt Regency Boston


The Hidden Energy: Electric Motor Savings in Hotels

Michael Rosenkranz, Energy Solutions Specialist, GEXPRO;

Paul Lynn, Manager, Corporate Energy Marketing Programs, Regal-Beloit Corporation

Charles Seyfert, Field Sales Engineer, Regal-Beloit Corporation


Improved Chilled Water Plant Performance with a New Energy Valve

Dick Hubbell, District Sales Manager, Belimo


The Low-Voltage Transformer Opportunity: Reduce Losses by 70-80%

Chris Wheeler, Director of Sales and Business Development, PowerSmiths International


11:45 to 12:00   Transition / Time with Vendors


12:00 to 12:45   Lunch Buffet


12:45 to 1:00    Transition / Time with Vendors


1:00 to 2:30      Afternoon Session

This session, with the following four presentations, is for all conference participants.


Advances in Energy Efficient Lighting for Hotels

Carlos Alonso Niemeyer, Program Manager - Energy Efficiency Services, NSTAR

Edward Bartholomew, Commercial Lighting Program Manager, National Grid


High Impact Hotel Energy Projects

Jesse Stallions, Senior Energy Engineer, Sebesta Blomberg


Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Hotels

Michael Pace, Senior Energy Engineer, Horizon Energy Services

Fred McKiernan, Senior Energy Engineer, Horizon Energy Services


Water Issues and Innovative Water Efficiency Opportunities in Hotels and Restaurants

Dan Cook, President, Conservation Solutions Corporation


2:30 to 4:00      Networking Reception with Hors D'oeuvres, Wine and Beer  


Click here to register!  


Green Key Launches a Meetings Certification                                                

This month, Green Key Global, which offers a popular hotel certification program, unveiled their new hotel green meetings certification program. Its purpose is to help meeting planners assess hotels' ability to produce environmentally-friendly meetings.


The Green Key website doesn't provide much information about the cost of getting certified, or how hotels will be reviewed. However, they did produce a terrific Green Key Meetings Self-Assessment Overview. Whether or not your hotel seeks the Green Key meetings certification, I think it would benefit by reviewing this document for ideas that you can incorporate.


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guides for Food                      

When your Food & Beverage staff order food, do they keep your customers' environmental preferences in mind? For example: Is the food organic? Is it made without genetically-modified organisms? Is the product container free of Bisphoneol A? Are your dairy products made without rBGH and rBST? Is your seafood certified by a third party, like the Marine Stewardship Council?


Health Care Without Harm's Healthy Food in Health Care work-group has recently compiled 10 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guides that could help you make intelligent choices. They are in the second last section of their Healthy Food Systems webpage.


The guides posted on the website include: Beverages, Dairy, Processed Food, Poultry, Produce, Seafood, Eggs, Meat, Oils & Shortenings and Grains & Legumes.


How to Find a Hauler for Almost Any Recyclable Commodity

Recently, a hotelier asked me to help him find a list of haulers who take food waste to compost facilities. By helping him, I rediscovered the RecyclingWorks website, which lists recycling haulers for many different commodities. When you enter a material and your hotel's zip code, you will see a list of companies that take that material to a recycler.


If you want advice from a RecyclingWorks staffer, you can reach them at (888) 254-5525 and      

Organic Wine: A Guide To The Most Eco-Friendly Reds, Whites, And RosÚs 
Alexis Petru, Huffington Post, July 11.                                                                     
This interesting article, with a video at the bottom, describes the benefits of organic wine and what buyers should know about purchasing it.

Responsible Procurement

Green Hotelier, January 27.
This lengthy piece is a great resource about purchasing greener products and services. It discusses the benefits and principles of buying green, labels and certifications, how to implement a responsible purchasing policy, hotel case studies and more.

PTAC Cleaning, Energy Savings Made Easy with Help of Service Companies

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, October 17.

Savings Add up Quickly When PTACs are Properly Maintained

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, October 19.


Greener Bathroom Tissue Options Plentiful Thanks to Supplier Innovations

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, August 21.
December 6: THE GREATER BOSTON ENERGY EFFICIENT HOTEL CONFERENCE, Sheraton Boston, 8:00 to 4:00.  (If you didn't register above, you can register here.)

See you December 6 at Sheraton Boston!