September 2, 2016

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,

Our next meeting will be Thursday September 8, from 2:30 to 4:00 at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, in the White Hill Room, floor 4.
I thank our hosts: Tony Beatrice, Barry Anderson and Jonathan Crellin.
I hope you can come!
Hugh LeahyDirector of Operations, Energy Source 

Lighting controls can maximize the energy savings achieved when hotels upgrade to LED's. There are a many alternatives on the market. Mr. Leahy will describe the different technologies and help hoteliers compare them so they can find the best fit for their properties.

David Gershaw, President, RemPhos Technologies 

Mr. Gershaw will discuss T5 LED tubes, hallway occupancy sensors and his company's LED desk lamp / advanced power strip promotion described in the last BGT newsletter.

Fabienne Eliacin,  Environment Services Coordinator, InterContinental Boston 

Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Director, Daily Table

Ms. Eliacin will discuss InterContinental's impressive donation program: what goods are donated, the local and international recipient organizations, the logistical challenges and the program's benefits for the hotel.  

Ms. Shonkoff will describe how hotels can work with Daily Table, an innovative 
not-for-profit retail market that sells affordable and nutritious prepared meals and 
groceries in Dorchester. Daily Table's model addresses both food insecurity and wasted food. It's poised for expansion after its first year.  

Thomas BennardTerritory Sales Manager, ITW Food Equipment

Mr. Bennard will describe the latest dishroom technologies that cut water and energy use remakably.


EPA to Revise Energy Star Portfolio Manager Rating System for Lodging Industry 

The EPA, with help from AH&LA's Sustainability Committee, is conducting a study that will lead to changes in the Portfolio Manager rating system. They're addressing a concern with the current system--that it doesn't distinguish well between full-service and limited-service hotels. 

The new Portfolio Manager program will probably require more information from hoteliers. It's also likely to boost the scores of full-service properties. 

Portfolio Manager is used by commercial buildings in Boston and 15 other cities that require energy use reporting--and by thousands of other properties.

It's not yet clear when the changes will take effect. 

More information can be found here


The U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Analytics Campaign is designed to bring building analytics into the mainstream--saving energy for building owners and the nation.
The Campaign encourages building managers to use Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies; and to use monitoring practices that uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance.
Campaign participants will get expert technical support, resources and national recognition for their efforts. Go here to learn more and take part.

EPA's Portfolio Manager Now Helps Businesses Track Waste and Materials

Portfolio Manager, which hotels use to track and benchmark their energy and water use, has added a free waste-management benchmarking and tracking tool. To learn more about it and register for a webinar, visit this page


Optimize Exhaust Hoods

Don Fisher, Food Service Technology Center

This 2-minute video, made for the National Restaurant Association, demonstrates three ways to optimize kitchen exhaust hoods: 
  • Push cooking appliances as close as possible to the back wall, to minimize the space behind the equipment. Better yet, seal the gap between the equipment and the wall.
  • Add panels on the end of the hoods to prevent smoke spillover. 
  • Convert 4-way diffusers, or other high velocity grills, to lower velocity perforated grills.
To learn about advances in kitchen exhaust hood technology, see this Air Solutions & Balancing presentation.

Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, August 18
Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, August 19

Mr. Hasek describes four programs that install green and health-related features into hotel rooms: 

These programs comprise a small but growing niche in the hotel industry.


Hotels charge an extra $20 to $30 per night for "green" or "allergy-friendly" rooms. 

The four programs have commonalities, but vary considerably. Some of their features: extra air and water filtration, mattress and pillow encasements, memory foam mattresses made from plant materials, amenity dispensers, natural amenities, green cleaning products and showerheads that filter chlorine. 

Whether or not your property enrolls in these programs, it makes sense to consider incorporating their products and practices, and telling your guests what you do.


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

September 8

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

October 13

December 1 

Seaport Hotel

See you September 8 at Boston Park Plaza!
Boston Green Tourism

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