April 24, 2015

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,


The presentations from the April 9 meeting are linked below. See the other sections, too.  

Our next meeting will by Thursday May 21 at Fairmont Copley Plaza. 
                               Boston Green Tourism Meeting    

                                             April 9, 2015


Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel


Host: Jeff Hanulec


PresentJeff Hanulec, Charlie Mooskian, Tedd Saunders, Samantha Sorrin, Brandon Barber, Eric Szulak, Bruce Buckbee, John DaSilva, Kevin Lubinger, Dmitry Solovyov, Mike Savage, Justin Rathke, Dan Cook, Michelle Lee Guiney, Bill Scherer, Karen Weber, Pamela St. Aimee, Beverly Spence, John Harrell, Jim Jacobson, Meghan Reilly, Naz Sanaldi, Dan Ruben. 


Ventilation Solutions for Hospitality Applications

John Harrell, President - American ALDES Ventilation Corporation

James Jacobson, Strategic Account Manager - American ALDES Ventilation Corporation


Modern ventilation technology precisely regulates airflow volume, enabling hotels to cut energy use and maintain excellent indoor air quality. This technology is one of the best ways to make sizable reductions in commercial building energy use.


American ALDES offers dynamic, pressure-independent controls that sense the right amount of ventilation needed for each space and make adjustments automatically. 


Their demand control ventilation systems shut down ventilation when rooms are unoccupied. These systems are common in function rooms. They are effective in guest rooms, too. They are compatible with occupancy, humidity and CO2 sensors. 


The speakers also discussed heat recovery and energy recovery ventilators.


Sheraton Boston completed a $100,000 bathroom ventilation project in one of their towers that cut their exhaust in half. It reduces the property's annual energy use by 46,000 therms and 190,000 kWh's, and its energy bills by over $69,000 per year. The project's payback is 1.4 years. Installation was quick and non-disruptive. 


Hotels: The War on Pipe Insulation

Meghan Reilly, New England Sales Manager, Thermaxx Jackets LLC


Ms. Reilly showed us how improving pipe insulation is, "not the low hanging fruit.....It's the fruit starting to rot on the ground!" Pipe insulation projects cut energy costs. They also make mechanical rooms and adjacent spaces more comfortable and safe.


Removable insulation jackets are particularly useful because they make it possible to access sections of pipe that need attention, and then put the associated insulation back in place when the project is complete.

Sheraton Boston completed a $32,000 insulation project. An incentive brought their cost below $16,000. The project saves them 14,000 therms and $17,000 per year. Hence, the project payback is less than a year. 


Sustainable Wastewater Solutions for Hotels  

Naz Senaldi, Territory Manager, Chemsearch FE 


Clogged sink and floor drains result in downtime and odors--and t's often expensive to treat them. Chemsearch has a patented, nontoxic solution that prevents clogged drains. It uses live vegetative bacteria that digests fats, oil, grease and food particles. 


The presentation shows how this system works.


Cambridge Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
Cambridge City Council passed a "Bring Your Own Bag" ordinance for retail establishments that takes effect in 2016. The city will ban single-use plastic checkout bags and require businesses to charge 10 cents for paper bags. The text of the ordinance is here

Seven other MA municipalities have similar bans, including Brookline and Newton. A proposal to ban single-use plastic bags is stalled in the MA legislature.

Clean the World and Global Soap collect soap and other amenities from hotels, process it and distribute it to at-risk people. Their missions is to, "prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses [by] recycling soap and bottled amenities discarded by the hospitality industry." 

The companies will do business under Clean the World's name. Global Soap customers will soon begin to send their amenities to Clean the World processing centers.

Twenty percent of U.S. hotels contribute their amenities to the two remarkable organizations that now constitute Clean the World. This speaks well of the hotel industry.


Marriott Quincy Uses a Smart Biodigester to Dispose of Food Waste  

The Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel uses a BioHightech America biodigester to process its food waste. Knowing that at least several hotels moved away from biodigesters because they broke down too easily, I decided to inquire about it.


The machine works well, according to a kitchen employee that I met. It enables the staff to process food waste in the kitchen, rather than transporting it to the loading dock, which isn't close to them.

The unit tracks food waste input, enabling managers to identify spikes in food waste and opportunities to prevent such recurrences.


The staff are vigilant about keeping cutlery, plastic gloves and other contaminants out of the machine.


Minnesota Department of Commerce

Restaurants use more energy per square foot than every other hotel location. These two articles help restaurants identify energy-saving opportunities.     . 


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


March 19:         InterContinental Boston

April 9:              Sheraton Boston

May 21:             Fairmont Copley Plaza 

July 16:              Mandarin Oriental Boston

September 17:  Hyatt Regency Boston

October 22:       Taj Boston

December 10:    Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT


See you May 21 at Fairmont Copley Plaza!