October 17, 2014
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  
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Our next meeting will be Thursday October 23, from 2:30 to 4:00 at Sheraton Boston in the Public Garden on the 5th floor.


Thank you to our host, Jeff Hanulec. 


Dan Ruben 

Jeff HanulecDirector of Engineering, Sheraton Boston  

Mr. Hanulec will discuss recent energy and water efficiency projects at Sheraton Boston, and the hotel's plans for 2015. Sheraton Boston is a leader in incorporating new green technology and practices.  


Alfred DeMaria, Jr.Medical Director, Bureau of Infectious Disease and State 

Epidemiologist, MA Department of Public Health

Elise PechterIndustrial Hygienist, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 

MA Department of Public Health

Dr. DeMaria and Ms. Pechter will discuss sanitization and disinfection in hotels: why 

they are needed, when to use them and how to use them safely and effectively. There 

are many relatively new sanitizers and disinfectants on the market, such as ozone, UV 

lights, steam cleaning and ionized water. The speakers will help hotels identify which ones are the most promising. 

Peter StantNational Organic Recycling Manager, Liquid Environmental Solutions 

Mr. Stant will discuss his company's food waste management system. It uses liquefaction to transform food waste into liquid organic waste, which is stored in on-site containers and picked up. The system, which is economical for larger hotels, addresses odor, labor and pest issues. It also enables hotels to comply with the MA food waste ordinance.

Donna Sheeran, Parts Store Manager, Trane Supply 

Ms. Sheeran will tell us what hoteliers need to know about PTAC units, including air source heat pumps and other recent developments.

Does it Make Sense to Replace Transformers Before they Fail?  

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Hotels and other buildings use transformers to reduce the electrical voltage from the grid, which makes electricity usable in their buildings. According to the Department of Energy, the mean longevity of transformers is 32 years--but their failure date is highly variable. When one does fail, it can take several days to secure and install a new one, leaving the property in a compromised position.


Many commercial building owners are now deciding to replace their aging transformers--not only to prevent downtime due to failure, but also to save energy. New, high-efficiency transformers can reduce transformer losses by up to 75%. They also generate less heat in electrical rooms, which reduces cooling loads. Another benefit  is that they are silent.

Hugh Leahy, Director of Business Development for TNT Energy, told me that his company has recently replaced aging transformers in Harvard University's Science Center and Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The new units are made by Powersmiths 


Transformer configurations vary from building to building. For example, some hotels have a transformer on every floor, while others have only one transformer for the entire building. Smaller units can cost about $3,500 to replace; larger ones can cost over $25,000. 


The simple payback for a transformer replacement ranges from 3 to 6 years depending on the utility rate and incentives. Many hotels will opt to keep their units until they die.  But others will choose to replace their old transformers to reduce the risk of a power outage, cut their energy use, cool their electrical rooms and reduce noise.



Presentation: How U.S. Hotels Save Money and Attract Business by Going Green

I make a presentation to Boston Green Tourism hotels (free), other hotels and engineering firms on how hotels benefit by greening their properties. It includes practical strategies gleaned from over 90 green hotel workshops that I have organized, as well as the green hotel literature and practical advice from hoteliers.  


The presentation helps hotels that are on any stage of their path--from beginners to the most sophisticated green hotels. If I made this presentation to your facility over two years ago, consider having me give it again, because there is a lot of new material--and you might have new managers.


This is the presentation outline:

  • Increase revenue by going green.
  • Reduce costs by going green.
  • How green hotels assess performance, establish objectives, establish accountability, develop expertise, identify financial resources and involve staff.
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Water use efficiency
  • Waste management
  • Toxics use reduction 
  • Transportation
  • Food

If you want to discuss having me speak to your hotel's green team, executive staff or other audiences, please contact me.


TripAdvisor website.

This 3-minute video, featuring Scot Hopps and Tedd Saunders, depicts green practices at The Lenox. It also describes how the hotel's TripAdvisor GreenLeader ranking helps them communicate the value of their sustainability program to customers.

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, August 14.

The Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA) created a certification for Healthy Destinations. "IHDA reviews and evaluates hotels and resorts for their health-related programs, services, facilities, amenities and personnel."

Thus far, six hotels are certified. It will be interesting to see whether this program catches on.

Nick Jakubowski, Green Lodging News, September 24.

This article helps hoteliers purchase ice machines.

Kelly McGlinchey and Jennifer Moon, Greenview.

This report documents the findings from a survey of 18 hotels that keep bees. I recommend it for hotels that have hives or are considering them. At least six Boston area hotels now have hives.


The following BGT meetings will be 2:30 to 4:00. Please mark them in your calendars!


October 23: Sheraton Boston

December 4:  Langham Boston                  


See you October 23 at Sheraton Boston!