June 10, 2014

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


The presentations from the June 5 meeting are linked below. See the other sections, too.  
Our next meeting will be July 24 at the Sheraton Commander in Cambridge. 
                               Boston Green Tourism Meeting    

                                            June 5, 2014


Location: Boston Marriott Long Wharf 

Hosts: Matt Moore


Present: Matt Moore, Melissa Burdon, Kevin McLaughlin, Marc Cohn, Michael Duffy, Fred Mahoney, Ganga Singh, Jeff Hanulec, Rachel Barney, Marcella MacKenzie, Cameron Ritzenthaler, Michelle Lee Guiney, Karen Weber, Chun Chiu, Nina Kalita, Jeffrey May, Alan Lamson, Jesse Lyons,  

Dan Ruben.   

Preventing and Safely Treating Mold in Hotels

Jeffrey May, Principal Scientist, May Indoor Air Investigations 

Recent and Upcoming Innovations in LED Lighting

Alan Lamson, Sales Manager - Northeast, Philips Lighting NA

Boston Pedicab: Rolling into the Future

Jesse Lyons, General Manager, Boston Pedicab  



Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport and Hampton Inn Norwood 

to Install EV Charging Stations for Free; Other Hotels Can Follow Suit


A Philadelphia company, U-Go Stations, is installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at high-traffic locations, including hotels. They put in the stations, and then share the revenue with hotels. The U-Go website says, "You provide the location and we take care of the rest."


Several years ago, Boston hotels started to install EV charging stations to serve guests with plug-in cars. At first, the stations were lightly used, but now they are more popular.


The Lenox Hotel, a Saunders Hotel Group (SHG) property, installed a station in 2012. Scot Hopps noted that the Lenox doormen suggested that the hotel put in a second station, because the first one attracts so many drivers with Teslas, Nissan Leafs and other EV's. Some of the customers have become "regulars." They pay the Lenox for valet service, and often eat at the hotel's restaurants.


With that experience in mind, SHG is partnering with U-Go Stations to install EV charging stations at two of its other properties: Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport and Hampton Inn Norwood. Under the agreement, U-Go will set up the stations at no cost to the hotels, cover the insurance and pay the hotels for the electricity plus one cent for every kWh used. If the units turn a profit, the hotels will share it. The lease agreement runs for five years. The units will be operational by the end of this month.


U-Go seeks to, "install Level 2 and Level 3 [EV] charging stations in targeted, desirable, high traffic locations that will form a cohesive network." The Level 3 stations can fully recharge a car in 30 minutes; the Level 2 stations takes up to four hours.


The Lenox's charging station is staffed by the hotel's valets, but the Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn stations will be self-serve. Customers will pay by time units, rather than the amount of electricity used. 


Hotels add EV charging stations to attract overnight guests, entice customers to their restaurants, generate revenue from the charges and visually demonstrate that their facility is technologically-advanced and environmentally-committed. Compared to these benefits, the risks seem small--especially if installation costs are zero.


If you want to inquire about free charging stations, contact U-Go Stations. They will determine whether your site qualifies for free installations.



Sheraton Boston's Bills Plunge after Toilet Replacement Project 

Sheraton Boston just completed a project that cut their water and energy bills.  

They replaced 428 of their 3.5 gallon / flush toilets with 1.28 gallon / flush Kohler toilets.  They also swapped 428, 2.5 gallon / minute showerheads for units that use only 1.75 gallons / minute. National Grid picked up most of the cost of the showerheads, because they sharply reduce the hotel's natural gas use.


Jeff Hanulec, the hotel's Director of Engineering, expects an ROI for the project to be 1.9 years. 
The article about toilets below says that 1.28 gallons per flush toilets have become commonplace and effective.

New Video about the Lenox Hotel's Food Waste Diversion Program

RecyclingWorks Massachusetts produced an interesting, 3-minute video about the food waste diversion program at the hotel's three restaurants.


The staff puts prep waste and plate scrapings into green barrels. Renewable Waste Solutions picks up the barrels three days per week, and gives the hotel clean bins. 


550 pounds of food waste was diverted to a compost facility during the program's first two days of operation.


Scot Hopps said that the process is clean and efficient. He expects the program to save money for the hotel.

credit: kohler.com

Registration is open for two more WaterSense webinars.

Visit the WaterSense website to view the following recorded webinars:
  • Take the Plunge! Introducing the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge
  • Assess, Track, and Realize Payback
  • Washing 101: A Plumbing and Laundry Efficiency Primer
  • Make a Splash With Outdoor Water Savings
  • Demonstrating WaterSense's WaterUSE Tool 

Legislature Limits Toilet Gallons Per Flush, and Why Hotels Shouldn't Be Afraid  

 Evan Matzen, HD Supply, May 27 


Four states require that new toilets use 1.28 gallons of water or less. These toilets now work well, because their bowls and tanks have been redesigned, and some are pressure-assisted. 


Wireless Data From Every Lightbulb         

Harald Hass, Huffington Post, December 16, 2011


This Ted talk and article is about how data will be transmitted wirelessly through LED's, at speeds faster than wifi. Admittedly, this technology will not impact hotels for several years. The reason I mention it is to convey that LED technology will eventually be used for much more than lighting, and it behooves us to keep up with its progress.

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


July 24: Sheraton Commander

September 18: TBD

October 23: TBD

December 4: Langham Boston


See you July 24 at the Sheraton Commander in Cambridge!