March 8, 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 hope you can come!
Boston Green Tourism Meeting
March 10, 2016
Location:   The Bostonian Boston
                   Thomas Menino Room, floor 1

Hosts:         Robert Rivers and Albert Tsaturyan

2:30 to 2:40 

2:40 to 2:45

Dan Ruben 
2:45 to 3:05

2016 Mass Save Incentives for Hotels; Success Stories       
Kevin Lubinger, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, Eversource

3:05 to 3:40
Operational Tips and Energy Solutions with Strong ROI
Scott Parisi, President, EcoGreen Energy Solutions

3:40 to 4:00      
Green Restaurants:  Find Green Products; Communicate Sustainability to Your Guests; Harvest Ideas from Staff  
Michael Oshman, Green Restaurant Association CEO and Founder

Making Parking Lots Greener, Safer, More Attractive 

Traditional surface parking lots can be problematic. They contribute to stormwater runoff, flooding and the heat island effect; and they can be unattractive and unsafe for pedestrians and drivers. 

Montgomery County Pennsylvania's Sustainable Green Parking Lots guide helps planners address these matters. It shows how to improve commercial lots with natural drainage, permeable paving, strategic plantings, shading, pedestrian connections and effective lighting. It also describes how to create lots that fit the character of the building and neighborhood.

InterContinental Boston Donates Lamps to EcoBuilding Bargains; 
How to Donate Furniture, Appliances, Electronics and Other Goods

InterContinental Boston recently donated 3 large boxes of surplus reading lamps, according to Fabienne Eliacin, Environment Services Coordinator. After IC Boston employees took what they wanted, Ms. Eliacin found a non-profit to take them: EcoBuilding Bargains in Springfield. They're the largest used building materials store in New England.
EcoBuilding Bargains salvages building materials, furnishings and appliances and sells them to homeowners at bargain rates. They take cabinets, lumber, doors, windows, tile, appliances, lighting fixtures, furniture, plumbing and more. The company has helped with hotel renovations by taking goods that hotels needs to dispose.
Here is a complete list of what EcoBuilding Bargains accepts and  directions for arranging a pickup.
Other organizations also pick up reusable goods from Boston businesses. The Wish Project is one; here is a list of others

Do You Have Ideas for Articles and Speakers?
Do you have ideas for topics, speakers and articles? If so, please contact me. We have a great roster for 2016, but we could always fit in more. 

Do It Yourself Energy Survey:                
Foodservice is Energy Intensive...
California utility companies created this 4-page checklist to help restaurants cut their energy and water use. Recommendations are made for the kitchen, dining room, dish room, rooftop and parking lot. 

Julie Middleton, green hotelier, June 22

The author suggests that hotels make sustainability fun for staff; encourage employees to submit their ideas; conduct projects that benefit the local community or the staff's countries of origin; and show staff how green products and practices can benefit them at home.

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

March 10Bostonian Hotel
April 28

May 26

June 30
The Langham, Boston
September 8

October 13

December 1 
Seaport Hotel

See you Thursday at the Bostonian Boston!
Boston Green Tourism
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