September 7, 2016

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members, 

Our next meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday September 8, from 2:30 to 4:10  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!


Boston Green Tourism Meeting
September 8, 2016
Location:   Boston Park Plaza Hotel, White Hill Room, floor 4
Hosts:        Tony Beatrice, Barry Anderson and Jonathan Crellin

2:30 to 2:40     

2:40 to 2:45

Dan Ruben 

2:45 to 3:05

Lighting Controls
Hugh Leahy, Director of Operations, Energy Source

3:05 to 3:15
Desk Lamps, T5s and Smart LED Retrofits for Corridor Fixtures 
David Gershaw, President, RemPhos Technologies
3:15 to 3:25
InterContinental Boston's Community Initiatives, "Work Better Together"
Fabienne Eliacin,  Environment Services Coordinator, InterContinental Boston

3:25 to 3:40    


Daily Table: How Food Donations Reduce Waste, Create Jobs and Bring Affordable Nutrition to the Community
Fredi Shonkoff, Senior Director, Daily Table

3:40 to 4:00
Hobart Energy Efficiency Program: Saving Water and Energy in the Dishroom
Thomas Bennard, Territory Sales Manager, ITW Food Equipment


Leading Hotel Groups Collaborate to Launch First Standardized Water Measurement Tool for Lodging

International Tourism Partnership Press Release, August 30

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) launched the Hotel Water Management Initiative (HCMI). It created the HCMI tool, which is meant to be the standard way for hotels to measure water use. The tool enables hoteliers to benchmark their own water use against that of other properties. Hoteliers can use it to benchmark water use by room night, for meetings and for the property as a whole.

Fairmont, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott, Starwood and Taj were some of the collaborators on this project.

You can find links to the HCMI tool here and registration for the September 8 webinars here.

Despite the drought in Massachusetts, the water supply for MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) communities like Boston and Cambridge is in the normal range. Still, the MWRA urges water conservation. It's press release points out that our water supply is in good shape, because we use water more efficiently than before. The region used 340 million gallons per day in 1980--and only 200 million gallons per day in 2016.


WaterSense Webinar          
The speakers will discuss energy and water efficient commercial kitchen equipment, including dishwashers, ice machines, pre-rinse spray valves, and steam cooking equipment. Learn about best operations and maintenance practices, retrofit options, and replacement options for each equipment type.


Matt Gates, Energy Manager Today, August 9

Predictive maintenance programs use sensors to detect tiny abnormalities in building equipment and systems--thereby helping  facility managers pinpoint problems and identify early signs of degradation and inefficiency. 

The sensors use vibration analysis, ultrasound, thermography (the study of heat distribution), tribology (the study of friction, wear, lubrication, and the design of bearings) and other methods of detection.

Predictive maintenance can reduce equipment downtime, extend equipment life, cut energy use and improve occupant comfort. It also allows facility managers to rely less on preventive maintenance schedules and more on data coming from the sensors.

The predictive maintenance industry is growing rapidly.


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

September 8

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

October 13

Sheraton Boston

December 1 

Seaport Hotel

See you Thursday at the Boston Park Plaza!

Boston Green Tourism

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