Boston Green Tourism Meeting
September 12, 2013
: Seaport Boston Hotel
Edwin Medrano, Marc Cohn and Lauri Howe
Present: Michael Duffy, Edwin Medrano, Marc Cohn, Mitchell Dolgin, Geraldine Galvis Marcella MacKenzie, Tedd Saunders, Scot Hopps, Fabienne Eliacin, Mui Huang, Ray Burger, Steve Burrington, Sonia DeMarta, Alex Alexandrovich, Rob Guillemin, Karen Weber, Manuel Rivera, Heather Billings, Jack Fellman, Dick Fay, Holly Fowler, John Harris, Jeff Patterson, Tom Wallace, Dan Ruben. I missed one or two people.
Sustainability Insights & Opportunities for Innovation
Holly Fowler, Independent Consultant; Formerly Senior Director of Sustainability & CSR for Sodexo North America
Ms. Fowler discussed her experience with advancing the green program for 6500 Sodexo sites. Her insights into food waste (slide 8) are timely for Massachusetts hotels.
Pillow Renovation and Sustainability
John Harris, President, Harris Pillow
Mr. Harris told us how pillow renovation is much cheaper than buying new pillows, and eliminates the need to throw pillows away. He restored a pillow in four minutes as we watched. New pillow renovation machines cost $4,450. Most hotels save that amount of money in less than a year by using them. Some hotel groups buy one machine for several hotels, or have their pillows restored by an outside service.
I recommend Mr. Harris's presentation and the associated video.
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.
Mr. Patterson discussed a new window product that is appealing for hotels, because it both insulates windows and keeps out ultraviolet rays. Thus, it cuts energy bills in both winter and summer. It also reduces fading caused by sunlight. Several hotels and many other buildings have already installed it. The average ROI is 2.75 years.