July 14, 2015

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  
Our next meeting will be Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, in the Bangkok Room, Arcade Level. 


I thank our hosts, Alain Negueloua and Ed Dustin. 


I hope you can come! 




Boston Green Tourism Meeting

July 16, 2015


Location:  Mandarin Oriental, Boston


2:30 to 2:40 


2:40 to 2:45


Dan Ruben   


2:45 to 3:10

Hotel Energy Efficiency: Insights from Energy Auditors 

Shaun Selha, Director of Energy Systems, SourceOne
Dick Fay, Business Development Manger, SourceOne
3:10 to 3:30

Two Energy-Saving Products:

Heat Timer Boiler Control Panels and Heat Pump Block Heaters 

Tony Parente, Business Development Manager, Horizon Energy Services  


3:30 to 3:50

Renewable Energy Procurement Options in Massachusetts 

Chad Laurent, Senior Consultant and General Counsel, Meister Consultants Group 


3:50 to 4:05

Community Solar Net Metering Credit Program in Massachusetts 

Mike Malone, VP Sales, Clean Energy Collective 



You Can Even Green Your Parking Garage

The Green Parking Council launched their Green Parking Certification for parking garages and lots. 

The Charles Hotel is one of the first seven businesses to achieve the Green Parking Certification. Among other qualifications, they were recognized for:

  • using NanoMAX technology to identify small cars and provide them with discounted, small-footprint parking spaces.
  • a free electric-vehicle charging station.
  • a free tire inflation station for guests.
  • a bicycle lending program managed by Propark America . Renters receive a helmet, lock and a map of local bike trails.
  • a free bicycle parking station.

The Green Parking Council awards points towards certification for dozens of green garage elements, including:

  • Transportation (examples: shared parking, ride-sharing, car sharing, programs for low emission and alternative fuel vehicles, bicycle parking/sharing/rentals, idling reduction programs);
  • Energy Efficiency (demand control ventilation, energy efficient lighting, lighting controls, renewable energy);
  • Smart Water Use (examples: storm-water management, efficient fixtures, rainwater harvesting);
  • Toxics Use Reduction (examples: green cleaning, low VOC paint and sealants).

The Green Parking Council website contains interesting webinars, articles and documents. I highly recommend it. 


The National Restaurant Association's Conserve program website has some good articles, with associated one-minute videos:

Restaurants that serve water only to guests who want it save money on water, dish-washing and ice. They also enable their servers to be more efficient.

This article shows how restaurants save money by assuring that refrigerator doors close properly and keep heat out.

Save money in the kitchen by implementing smart start-up and shut-down schedules for the most energy-intensive kitchen equipment.

Missing Insulation and Steam Trap Failures: The Hidden Fires that Need to Be Doused!

Suzanne Rowe Barrett, Energy Manager Today, June 22

The author shows how a comprehensive insulation energy assessment, removable insulation and wireless steam trap monitoring cut energy bills and make mechanical spaces and boiler rooms more comfortable.



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


July 16:              Mandarin Oriental, Boston

September 17:  Hyatt Regency Boston

October 22:       Taj Boston

December 10:    Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT


See you Thursday at the Mandarin Oriental!