December 3, 2014

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  

Our next meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday December 2, from 2:30 to 4:00 at at The Langham Boston in the Chase Room on the lobby level. 


Thank you to our host: Fred Mahoney. 


I hope to see you at the meeting!


Boston Green Tourism Meeting

December 2, 2014


Location: The Langham Boston


2:30 to 2:40 


2:40 to 2:45


Dan Ruben  


2:45 to 3:00

The Langham Boston's Plans to Cut Electricity Use by 3.5 Million kWh's

Fred Mahoney, Director of Engineering, The Langham Boston

3:00 to 3:30

Energy Savings Made Possible by Real Time Data 

Peter Kuhn, Program Manager, Northeast Utilities

3:30 to 3:40

ethink Hotel Laundry - An introduction to Xeros and the Technology Behind Polymer Cleaning

Jonathan L. Benjamin, President, Xeros North America


3:40 to 4:00
The Window Film Installation Project at The Langham Boston
Jeff Patterson, Market Development Representative, Northeast Region,
Eastman Chemical Company



Two New Devices Reduce Hot Water Use in Showers

Most hotels already deploy low-flow shower-heads. Two new devices enable properties to cut their water use even further.

The ShowerStart Thermostatic Shut-off Valve, made by Evolve Technologies, saves the hot water that guests waste while waiting for their showers to warm. 


Typically, guests turn on their shower, then do something else while the water heats up. A Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study showed that people typically enter the shower a minute after the water is already warm, thus wasting about 2 gallons of hot water. 

ShowerStart addresses this problem by cutting the water-flow to a trickle when it reaches 95 degrees. Then, when guests step into the shower, they pull a cord and the full water-flow resumes. The system is intuitive to users.


Another new product, the ShowerSaver from Green Starts Here, is mounted on the shower wall. The device shows the user real-time data on their shower's duration and water consumption. Presumably, this data will persuade some users to conserve water. 

Both technologies are promising. It will be interesting to see whether they take off in the hospitality industry. 


Managing by Walking Around--At Night

I recently attended Lodging Green Sustainability Conference in Las Vegas, and heard many good ideas. One hotelier said that she started conducting periodic energy audits at night to identify equipment that could be shut down. She checked to see whether there was unnecessary use of lighting, HVAC, kitchen equipment and more. 


United States Environmental Protection Agency

This colorful 23-page guide provides a good framework and many ideas for reducing food waste and improving your restaurant's bottom line. 

This 10-slide presentation shows how food services organize successful waste reduction programs.


See you tomorrow at The Langham Boston!

Soon, I will announce the 2015 meeting schedule.