September 10, 2013
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  
                                                  

Our next Boston Green Tourism meeting will be Thursday September 12 from 2:30 to 4:00 at Seaport Boston Hotel. Directions are here.

 

The Seaport has been an early adopter of environmental technology and green practices. They have a terrific sustainability page on their website.

 

Thank you to our hosts: Mike Duffy, Marc Cohn, Edwin Medrano and Lauri Howe.

 

I hope to see you there!

 

Dan Ruben 

MEETING AGENDA

Boston Green Tourism Meeting

 

September 12, 2013

 

Location: Seaport Boston, Seaport A in Seaport Ballroom, Mezzanine Level                                                                  

Hosts: Mike Duffy, Marc Cohn, Edwin Medrano and Lauri Howe.

 

2:30 to 2:40         Introductions

 

2:40 to 2:45         Update

                             Dan Ruben

 

2:45 to 3:20         Sustainability Insights & Opportunities for Innovation

                             Holly Fowler, Independent Consultant; Formerly Senior Director of Sustainability &                                                CSR for Sodexo North America

              

3:20  to 3:40         Pillow Renovation and Sustainability

                             John Harris, President, Harris Pillow

 

3:40 to 4:00          A Brief Introduction to Window Film

                             Jeff Patterson, Dealer Development Representative at Solutia Inc, a subsidiary                                                         of Eastman Chemical Company

                             Tom Wallace, Owner, Showroom Glass Coating

IDEAS

New Option for Funding Energy and Water-Saving Projects  

Energy and water retrofits can pay for themselves through cost savings -- but when the upfront price tag is high, the projects might not make the cut.


 

Fortunately, there is a new way of undertaking projects that enable hoteliers to have their cake and eat it, too. It's modeled on the power purchase agreement (PPA) that's used to develop solar energy systems, with a third party designing, building and owning the system and selling the output to the building owner. 


 

This variant on the PPA is now available for energy efficiency installations. It's called an energy service agreement (ESA). ESA's allow a hotel to complete retrofits at no up-front cost and pay for them out of the savings that stem from the projects. After the projects are paid off, the hotels own the equipment and reap all of the benefits.


 

Renew Energy Partners, a BGT member, is an energy efficiency and clean energy project development and finance firm that funds projects using ESA agreements.  

OPPORTUNITY

National Grid Webinar: Lighting Control Systems for New Construction and Retrofit; 

Lighting controls are the next big opportunity for energy savings. Are you ready?

This webinar will be held September 26 from 10:00 to 11:00. The speakers will discuss what's new in lighting control systems, how they improve lighting for users, how they reduce energy bills, financial incentives for installing them and more. Go here for more information and to register. 

 

Business Breakfast: Extreme Weather and the Small Business Bottom Line

"Rising sea levels are putting Boston businesses at risk. In the next 10 years, the City of Boston has 

a 1 in 6 chance of a 5-foot storm surge brought on by an extreme weather event. Such a surge would 

put businesses located in South Boston, Seaport District, Back Bay, Cambridge and East Boston 

under water and disrupt services to thousands of businesses situated on higher ground.

 

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on local climate impacts, how small business can prepare 

for severe weather, and the City of Boston's plans to protect property, road access, and municipal 

services."

 

This event, sponsored by A Better City and four other organizations, will be October 1 from 8:00 to 

9:45 a.m. at The Non Profit Center, 89 South Street, near South Station. For registration and more 

information go here

ARTICLES

GreenHotelier, July 24 


 

Ozone laundry machines save energy by reducing or eliminating the need for hot water and by shortening wash times. They also reduce water use by 20% and detergent use by 40%, and they double the life of linens.


 

The article provides other tips for greening hotel laundries, too. 

Bill Conley and Sharon Jaye, International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)


 

This guide presents an effective way to organize a waste management program, and is a good resource to keep on hand.

2013 MEETINGS   

September 12:  Seaport Boston

October 24

December 5:     Renaissance Boston Waterfront  

 

See you Thursday at Seaport Boston!