October 22, 2014
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  
credit: citytours.com

Our next meeting will be tomorrow--Thursday October 23, from 2:30 to 4:00 at Sheraton Boston, Public Garden, floor 5. 


Thank you to our host: Jeff Hanulec. 


I hope to see you at the meeting!


Boston Green Tourism Meeting

October 23 2014


Location: Sheraton Boston


2:30 to 2:40 


2:40 to 2:45


Dan Ruben  


2:45 to 3:00

Sheraton Boston's Green Program: Recent Projects, Plans for 2015 

Jeff Hanulec, Director of Engineering, Sheraton Boston

3:00 to 3:30
Sanitization and Disinfection in Hotels: Why, When and How

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

Epidemiologist, MA Department of Public Health and

Elise Pechter, Industrial Hygienist, Occupational Health Surveillance Program,

MA Department of Public Health Sciences   


3:30 to 3:40

Efficiently Managing Hotel Food Waste

Peter Stant, National Organic Recycling Manager - ECO2, Liquid Environmental Solutions    


3:40 to 4:00
Upgrading Hotel PTAC Units: Why and When
Donna Sheeran, Parts Store Manager, Trane Supply  


EcoThermal Filters Earns Green Restaurant Association Endorsement  
credit: melink.com

EcoThermal Filters, a product made by a company with the same name, has earned recognition by meeting the GRA's selective certification criteria. Restaurants embed this product in their kitchen ventilation hoods to capture both grease and waste heat. The captured heat is transferred to the restaurant's water supply, reducing the energy needed to make hot water. The unit is easily removable and washable on-site.

Hotels that install EcoThermal filters are eligible for NSTAR and National Grid incentives that make it a cost-effective investment. 

EcoThermal Filters is BGT member.
New WaterSense Webinars
These webinars are available to the public. Recordings of past webinars can be found at the H2Otel Challenge webinar page

November 13, 2:00 to 3:00

"Join WaterSense for a live Q & A session to discuss questions you have about information presented in the webinars; seek technical input on implementing water-efficient best management practices; and ask questions about the technical and outreach tools offered by the Challenge."

December 11, 2:00 to 3:00

"WaterSense will reveal the highlights from its H2Otel Challenge, including the top 10 water projects a hotel could implement. We will also review the suite of tools available to participating hotels."
University of Washington 

This checklist helps commercial kitchens cut energy use.

Dawn Nagle, Green Lodging News, January 6. 

Some commercial laundry machines reduce costs by weighing each load and providing only the associated amount of water and cleaning chemicals. Sensors on dryers measure the humidity of the exhausted air. When the air is dry enough, they shut the machines down. 

Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can possibly manage. Here's how to get them under control.
Sheila Bonini and Steven Swartz, August 2014, McKinsey & Company Website.

The authors provide advice for green teams and their leaders: align the program with the company's business strategy, set specific goals, clearly communicate the program's financial impact and create accountability for results.  

Massachusetts' new composting rules: What they really mean
How a regulation designed to keep food waste out of landfills will affect restaurants, supermarkets, and you.
Chris Berdik, The Boston Globe, September 25.

This article gives an overview of the new ordinance, including its impact on food waste generators and processors. It quotes The Lenox Hotel's Scot Hopps, and has pictures of the hotel's new food waste management program. 

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


October 23: Sheraton Boston

December 4: Langham Boston


See you tomorrow at Sheraton Boston!