January 12, 2016

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,                      
Our next meeting will be Thursday January 16, from 2:30 to 4:00 at
Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, in The Terrace Room.
I hope you can come!
Boston Green Tourism Meeting
January 14, 2016
Location:  Sheraton Commander Hotel 
                   The Terrace Room

Hosts:       Al Vaughn and Michael Guleserian

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

2:45 to 3:10
Tackling VOC's, Smoke, Mold Smell and other Odors with Hydroxyls
Steve Hayes, Founder,  Kleen Sky Distribution
Bill Scherer, President, Clean Green Solutions

3:10 to 3:35
Natural Gas Heat Pumps for Heating and Cooling Water:
Save Energy, Add Redundancy
Stephen Lafaille, Product Manager, Ilios Dynamics

3:35 to 3:55      
Food Waste Diversion One Year after the Ban Took Effect:
What Works Best? Where Are We Headed?       
Adam Mitchell, Partner, Save That Stuff

It's not ideal to use space heaters, because they use energy and add an expense. However, in the last decade space heaters have become safer and more energy efficient. They now come in several forms, such as flat panels (pictured), heated foot rests, heated rubber mats and heated shoe inserts.

Chefs Predict Top Restaurant Menu Trends for 2016: 
National Restaurant Association survey shows local sourcing and environmental sustainability remain hot trends
National Restaurant Association, November 5
Talking Point: How to communicate CSR persuasively
Xavier Font, Green Hotelier, June 24

The author discusses better and worse ways to influence guests to make greener choices. Some of his advice: write messages positively--don't appeal to customer's sense of guilt; tell them the benefits to themselves and the planet; communicate the sense that ones' peers are already practicing the desirable behaviors; reassure customers you care for their wellbeing and comfort; and make sustainability implicit.

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

January 14:   Sheraton Commander
March 10:      Millennium Bostonian Hotel
April 28
May 26
June 30:          The Langham, Boston
September 8
October 13
December 1:   Seaport Boston Hotel 

See you Thursday at the Sheraton Commander