April 30, 2014
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,                                                  
credit: bostonhostel.org
Our next meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday May 1, from 2:30 to 4:00 at Hostelling International Boston, Community Room. Directions are here.


Please note that two of our speakers have multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Please refrain from using fragrances, so that they can stay safe and remain in the room.


I hope to see you at the meeting!


Dan Ruben 


Boston Green Tourism Meeting

May 1, 2014


Location: Hostelling International Boston 
Hosts:      Andrew Laliberte, Paul Kuhne, Sandra Roque, Bob Sylvia.  


2:30 to 2:40 


2:40 to 2:45


Dan Ruben  


2:45 to 3:10 

Making Hotels Safer for People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and Everybody Else

Margaret Ricciardelli, Presenter, Boston Self Help Center

Barbara Fossey, Vice President, MA Association for the Chemically Injured  

3:10 to 3:30

Disaster Resilience for Hotels

Sarah Slaughter, President, Built Environment Coalition


3:30 to 3:45

Reusing Waste Heat from the Kitchen Ventilation Hood

Craig MacIntyre, President, EcoThermal Filters


3:45 to 4:00

HI Boston's Green Program: Recent Achievements and Plans for 2014

Andrew Laliberte, Maintenance Chief, Hostelling International Boston

Paul Kuhne, Community Engagement Manager, Hostelling International Boston  



Hostelling International Boston Cited as One of Top Five Green Buildings in Boston

HI-Boston was recognized in an article written for CBS and WBZ.


"Boston's first LEED certified accommodation, the HI-USA Hostel opened in the Theater District in summer 2012. Not only is the hostel affordable, starting at $29 per night, it's also a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility with a staff that promotes green living practices to guests. The building features signage throughout indicating sustainable aspects of the structure, commonly known as the "green tour" of the building. The hostel also signifies a new wave of sustainable travel options. Hostels are more eco-friendly than hotels because of their shared facilities, common spaces and less demand for one-time-use products."


1. New England Energy Efficiency Conference & Expo 

This annual event, hosted by NSTAR, will be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel on June 11.


"Discover what's next in energy efficiency, learn from prominent experts, and get practical advice you can use in your own organization. With plenty of opportunities to network, you'll connect with energy's most innovative thinkers, colleagues, partners and vendors."


I highly recommend this event. 



2. Green Hotel Webinar Series                                                 

Here are two webinars that I am organizing for hoteliers in 17 states. Some of the topics and speakers are familiar to BGT members. You can register for each session by clicking on the links below. 


May 7, 1:00 - 2:15

  • How Hotels Reduce Their Natural Gas Bills, Greg Hofstetter, Director of Development. EcoGreenHotel 
  • Green Hotel Case Study: Holiday Inn and Suites Columbia-AirportHemalata Patel, Courtesy Management, Inc.
  • Sustainable Bottled WaterDave Flanders, Vivreau Advanced Water Systems 

May 21, 1:00 - 2:15

  • Waste Management for Hotels, Dan Ruben, Boston Green Tourism
  • Green Cleaning for HotelsSteve Ashkin, President, The Ashkin Group
  • LED Lighting for HotelsGeorge Tregay, Waste Reduction Partners     

3. WaterSense H2otel Challenge Webinars
Two more webinars in this excellent series are scheduled:

May 29, 2:00-3:30 
WaterSense staff will demonstrate EPA's new Water Use and Savings Evaluation Tool (WaterUSE Tool) and associated water assessment worksheets. The tool and worksheets can be used to assess a  property's water use and to learn about water-savings projects and practices. The tool is designed to integrate with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. 
June 12, 2:00-3:30  
HVAC and other mechanical equipment can account for a significant part of a hotel's water use. WaterSense will help participants learn how to use water efficiently in cooling towers and steam boilers, how to optimize chilled water systems, and how to address equipment that is using single-pass cooling water. 
A Hyatt Regency Atlanta representative will discuss optimizing cycles of concentration in cooling towers, using air handler condensate as make-up, chiller and boiler replacements.

This toolkit is designed to help commercial kitchens save money by reducing wasted food and packaging.  

How Boston is - and should be - preparing for rising seas: Five things the city is  

doing now, and five more things it ought to be doing 

Michael Fitzgerald, The Boston Globe, April 4 
The author discusses how the city and its building owners are preparing, or should prepare, for the flooding anticipated by sea level rise and strong storms. The passage about Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has insights that can help hotels and other commercial buildings. 



6 Ways to Reduce IT Energy Costs

I recommend this Energy Star website page. 


Carpet Recycling Infrastructure in the Northeast 

Northeast Recycling Council


This document lists companies that collect and remove carpeting from commercial buildings.


Starwood Hotels Announces Ban on Shark Fin in All Hotels

Business Wire


This initiative is intended to help the world's shark population, which is in crisis.


The following BGT meetings will be 2:30 to 4:00. 


May 1: Hostelling International Boston

June 5

July 24

September 18

October 23

December 4


See you tomorrow at HI-Boston!