September 15, 2015

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,                      
Our next meeting will be Thursday September 17, from 2:30 to 4:00 at Hyatt Regency Boston in the Rockport Room, street level. 
I thank our hosts: Terry Dunbar, Brian Gorski and Ganga Singh.

Bring your Housekeeping managers, because we will be treated to a presentation by Stephen Ashkin, the "Father of Green Cleaning." 
I hope you can come!   
Boston Green Tourism Meeting
September 17, 2015
Location:  Hyatt Regency Boston

2:30 to 2:40 
2:40 to 2:45
Dan Ruben   

2:45 to 2:55
Hyatt Regency Boston's Recent Green Achievements and Plans
Brian Gorski, Director of Engineering & Facilities, Hyatt Regency Boston
2:55 to 3:25
Making The Leaders Greener: Addressing Green Cleaning Products, Minimizing Cross Contamination And Ideas For Guest Engagement                     
Stephen Ashkin, President, The Ashkin Group

3:25 to 3:40      
Understanding Chiller Plant Optimization
Tory Kempf, Account Executive, Energy Efficiency, Eversource Energy
3:40 to 4:00      
Eversource Customer Engagement Platform
Geoffrey Phillips, Product Management, Energy Efficiency, Eversource

Purchasing Renewable Energy: Advisers Could Help  
At the last BGT meeting, we had two presentations that showed how purchasing renewable energy, like wind and solar power, could cut hotel electricity bills substantially and provide a marketing advantage.
There is a flurry of purchasing activity now, because rich government incentives will be reduced soon. For example, the Solar Investment Tax Credit for commercial properties will drop from 30% to 10% after December 31, 2016. Many businesses are locking in long-term renewable energy contracts before they do.
However, hotel purchasers should know that the market for renewable energy and the contracts to purchase it are complex. Also, the market is inefficient right now, meaning that businesses pay very different prices and receive different terms than each other.
Hence, many businesses hire advisers to guide them through the process, find the best product and negotiate contracts that meet their needs. 
It's important to find advisers that are not beholden to anyone besides the client.
Two advisers that were recommended to me are: 
  • Customer First Renewables: They help clients develop purchasing strategies that fit their particular needs. CFR aggregates orders to achieve economies of scale and identifies projects that offer excellent terms. This  document describes how they work with clients.  
  • Altenex matches buyers' selection criteria against their supply side database of renewable energy projects and developers. Like CFR, they aggregate purchasers to achieve economies of scale.
David Abel, The Boston Globe, August 17, 2015

The State of Massachusetts is ramping up its mattress recycling program, because landfill space here is filling up. At least one organization, non-profit UTEC (United Teen Equality Center), solicits discarded mattresses from hotels. 

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, September 10

In the two previous newsletters, I reported on EV charging stations at Boston hotels and Tesla's offer to install their stations for free through 2015. This article complements the discussion by describing two other charging station installers, U-Go Stations and GoSpace.  


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


September 17:  Hyatt Regency Boston

October 22:       Taj Boston

December 10:    Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT


See you Thursday at Hyatt Regency Boston!