March 4, 2016

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,

Our next meeting will be Thursday March 10, from 2:30 to 4:00 at the Bostonian Boston Hotel (formerly Millennium Bostonian) in the Thomas Menino Room.  
I thank our hosts: Robert Rivers and Albert Tsaturyan.
I hope you can come!

P.S. I also hope that you like our new newsletter format. It's more mobile-phone friendly. Thank you, Dianna Dixon, for shaping it!

Scott Parisi, President, EcoGreen Energy Solutionsnull

Mr. Parisi will discuss innovative energy and water efficiency opportunities that have been implemented recently, by his company and others, in U.S. and Caribbean hotels.  

Kevin Lubinger, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, EVERSOURCE
Mr. Lubinger will describe the 2016 Mass Save incentive program and how hotels can take advantage of it. He will also discuss recent Boston hotel energy efficiency success stories.

Michael OshmanCEO and Founder, Green Restaurant Association   

Restaurants are one of the most visible touch-points for guests to learn about your hotel's sustainability efforts. Learn how to:
  • Communicate your sustainability efforts throughout your food service operations.
  • Find vendors that provide transparent information from which you can make the best green choices.
  • Mine your staff for sustainability opportunities.

How Hotels Will Celebrate 2016 Earth Hour and Earth Day  
Hotels worldwide will celebrate Earth Hour (March 19, 8:30 - 9:30) and Earth Day (April 22) again this year. It's a great way to demonstrate their environmental concern and do something out-of-the-ordinary.

I thought I would pass along some ideas, in case you're looking for them.
Michelle Lee Guiney, Total Recycling Manager for Waste Management, created a guide called Earth Day Challenges: 2016 WM Total Recycle Program. It provides ideas for greening business operations and motivating staff to do their part.

InterContinental Boston will mark Earth Hour with a lobby display; they will turn off the lights in their lobby, restaurant and elsewhere; and they will serve Earth Hour Key
Lime Pie and a signature drink.
For Earth Day, the hotel will organize a staff competition to make art and useful products from material discarded on the property. The winning items will be displayed. Also, 20 hotel staff will volunteer for spring clean-up and bulb-planting on the Greenway.
Other hotels will plant trees, offer sustainable food, host candlelit dinners, organize bike rides, clean beaches, install environmentally-inspired art, announce new initiatives and more.  

I'd love to report again on how Boston hotels celebrate Earth Hour and Earth Day. If your hotel is doing something interesting, please let me know. 

Free Research for Green Products and Services 
As you know from reading this newsletter, I research products, services and practices that make hotels greener and more profitable.Then, I communicate the good ones to hotels.
Do you have an idea that you don't have time to research? You can ask me to research it or have me pose the question to other BGT members.

Tackling WaterSense - Outdoor Systems, March 30 at 1:00
"Outdoor water use peaks during the summer, raising water bills and straining water supplies... EPA's WaterSense program will teach you how to design and maintain landscapes and irrigation systems to reduce outdoor water use. EPA will also discuss how to manage pools to reduce water loss from evaporation, filter cleaning, mineral buildup, leaks, and splashing."
Click here to register, and to see other 2016 WaterSense webinars and archived 2016 webinars.

Seaport World Trade Center, March 8-10

"The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is the Northeast's premier gathering for sustainable design, green building, and renewable energy professionals."

Hynes Convention Center, March 9-10
"GLOBALCON 2016, presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed to [showcase] developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and...innovative, cost-conscious project implementation strategies."

U.S. Department of Energy, December 2015

This guide helps building operators cut their electricity use for devices with a plug: electronics, computers, refrigeration and cooking devices. Plug and process loads account for one-third of energy use in U.S. commercial buildings. 

The guide's Hospitality section analyzes and contrasts seven plug load reduction strategies, ranging from staff education campaigns to installing sophisticated controls.  

The Resources section provides links to documents associated with each strategy.

In commercial garages, fans are typically the greatest source of energy use. Fans disperse carbon monoxide when sensors indicate that CO levels are excessive. However, sensors commonly fail by imperceptibly wearing out or drifting, and fans often blow stronger than necessary.

Deep savings can be had by upgrading to modern sensors and retrofitting fan motors with variable speed drives.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, 2015

This policy communicates that Starwood is, "committed to integrating leading environmental and social practices as well as sustainability principles into our core business strategy." 

The company commits to increasing its purchase of locally-grown and sourced food, organic food and Fair Trade products; minimizing its purchase of endangered or over-harvested species; and having a transparent procurement process.

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, February 12
Yahoo News, February 2. 

Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Omni, Starwood, McDonald's, Aramark and other companies have committed to transition to cage-free eggs. This movement is lauded by animal welfare activists.

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

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The Langham, Boston

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December 1 
Seaport Hotel

See you March 10 at the Bostonian Boston!
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