Boston Green Tourism Meeting
March 21, 2013
Location: Westin Copley Place
Hosts: Glenn Ralfs, Rob Vass
Glenn Ralfs, Rob Vass, Mike Cirignano, Melissa Yoshimoto, Michael Duffy, Ed Dustin, Sharon Holtz, Tedd Saunders, Marcella MacKenzie, Scot Hopps, Tom Taylor, Charity Pennock, Chris Westlund, Gerri Weiner, Alan Weiner, Mike Rivers, Matt Foran, Jeff Mann, Robert Guilllemin, Tim Ericson, Brian Ricci, Jeffrey Long, Greg Senosk, Kevin Lubinger, Dan Ruben. I missed one or two people.
1. Metering & Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS)
Jeffrey Long, Professional Services, Sales Engineer
Brian Ricci, Buildings Solutions, Strategic Accounts Manager
This presentation is about new developments in metering and the associated energy management reports. Hotels are using metering and EMIS's to:
- quickly identify electrical and mechanical problems.
- evaluate energy and water use by department, time of day, etc.
- automatically generate Energy Star Portfolio Manager scores.
- bill tenants.
- reduce use during peak demand periods.
2. Zagster -- The Newest Green Amenity
Timothy Ericson, CEO and Co-Founder, Zagster
Zagster makes it easy for hotels to offer bikes to their guests. Some hotels offer bikes for free, and others charge rental fees to their clients.
3. 2013 Mass Save Program Incentives
Kevin Lubinger, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, NSTAR Electric and Gas
Greg Senosk, Account Executive, NSTAR Electric and Gas
In 2012, hotels in the NSTAR region earned Mass Save incentives for 125 energy efficiency projects, saving 25 million kWh's per year! NSTAR expects to beat those figures in 2013.
Kevin and Greg encouraged hoteliers to contact them in early 2013 to discuss incentives for their projects. They also suggested that hoteliers call them in the planning stage of their facility's renovation process.
Their presentation is rich with information about the 2013 Mass Save program.
4. Discussion: The TripAdvisor Certification
Tedd Saunders said that this certification is a "game-changer," because it recognizes green hotels in a very visible way. The Lenox Hotel and Seaport Hotel have already submitted their applications. Representatives from both hotels (Tedd, Scott Hopps and Michael Duffy) said that they made few if any changes to hotel practices in order to apply.
I encourage you to read the lengthy application and apply for certification. Please contact me if you want my help.