October 26, 2016
Boston Green Tourism
...advancing the green hotel movement
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members, 

The presentations from the October 13 meeting at Sheraton Boston Hotel are linked and summarized below. See the other sections, too.

Our next meeting will be Thursday December 1 at the Seaport Hotel.


Boston Green Tourism Meeting

October 13, 2016

Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel
Hosts: Jeff Hanulec
PresentJeff Hanulec, Ed Dustin, Fred Mahoney, Fabienne Eliacin, Alex Alexandrovich, Robert Josie, Rachael Moreland, Erik Levy, Cameron Ritzenthaler, Don Sloane, Paul Van Kauwenberg, Julia Rogers, Ed Frechette, Larry Whalen, Dan Ruben. 

Paul Van Kauwenberg, Associate Principal, Vanderweil Engineers
Julia Rogers, Sustainable Design Practice Leader, Vanderweil Engineers
Mr. Van Kauwenberg and Ms. Rogers described how hotels can cut energy and water use by reducing their demand, fulfilling that demand efficiently, recovering energy and water and by installing renewable energy.
Some of the measures they discussed: 
  • Reduce Demand: improve insulation, improve or replace glazing.
  • Efficiency: control ventilation (demand-controlled, constant air flow regulators), high-efficiency boilers and chillers, low-flow plumbing fixtures, comprehensive guestroom energy management systems, 4-pipe HVAC systems for guestrooms, variable speed drives (pumps, kitchen hoods, fans), advanced building automation systems, seal ducts, regular commissioning, LED's, fuel cells.
  • Energy Recovery: energy recovery ventilation, heat recovery for chillers and other equipment, combined heat and power.

Ed Frechette, Chief Innovation Officer, UTEC
UTEC provides jobs and support for the most difficult youth population in the Lowell and Lawrence areas. Most of their employees, aged 18 - 24, have court involvement, were gang members and don't have a high school degree. Almost half are pregnant or parenting.
Mattress recycling is one of UTEC's three businesses. They collect mattresses primarily from municipalities, universities and hotels. This year, they're hauling 1500 - 2500 mattresses per month. UTEC employees break them down and send the steel, cotton, foam and wood to recyclers.
UTEC can pick up mattresses when it's most convenient for hotels. They remove mattresses from either guestrooms or loading docks, based on the hotel's preference. UTEC staff can also carry a property's new mattresses to its guestrooms with hotel staff supervision.
Currently, hotels pay $15 / mattress for this service. Sheraton Boston's Jeff Hanulec said that he saves money by using UTEC, because he doesn't have to rent a container and pay a company to drop it off and later haul it away.
See this flier for more information. 

Larry Whalen, Sales, Urell
Grundfos is the world's largest pump manufacturer. They offer smart, flexible, wireless, communicative and quiet pumps with variable speed drives and EC motors. Grundfos pumps reduce maintenance time and expense. Their energy efficient performance is impressive.
Urell performs the engineering studies associated with their bid for free. Mass Save incentives cover much of the equipment cost. Installation costs vary by the requirements of each particular job.
Urell recently installed Grundfos pumps at Westin Copley Place and Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. 


How Boston Hotels Can Help Hurricane Matthew Victims

Hurricane Matthew devastated parts of Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas and North Carolina. Hotels can respond by donating linens, lost and found items and other goods, and by making financial donations.
InterContinental Boston donated soap and bottled amenities to Clean the World, which processes and donates them. These items are particularly important to hard-hit areas that are experiencing outbreaks of cholera and other diseases. Clean the World's goal is to send 400,000 bars of soap and other hygiene products to impacted people.
IC Boston also donated linens, bed covers and pillows (pictured) to IFSI-USA, a non-profit based in Roslindale. IFSI also accepts other household and kitchen items (plates, cups, silverware, etc.) that are needed by families made homeless by the storm. They will send a container to Haiti in the coming weeks. 
If your hotels want to contribute goods to IFSI, contact Dr. Gerakde Gabeau (gegabeau@ifsi-usa.org, 617-447-6522).
If your property wants to donate money, see the list of relief agencies recommended by Marriott and Kimpton. Also consider donations to IFSI, Haitian relief organizations (MADRE, The Lambi Fund of Haiti  Sow a Seed) and international organizations working in Haiti (Doctors Without BordersRoots of Development and Partners in Health). 

Does Your Hotel Have a Green Achievement to Share?

If your property has an interesting green project or accomplishment that you want to share, please contact me. I love to report on hotel achievements in this newsletter.


Dan Kubala (Siemens), Energy Manager Today, October 13

Energy Management Systems (EMS's) that have Fault Detection & Diagnosis systems and building analytics capability can identify problems early on. Now, some EMS's have taken the next step and actually resolve some of the problems that they identify. Such systems hold promise for facility managers who are swamped with data and who can't immediately attend to every problem. 

Siemens' Site Controls Action Engine is an early entrant in this field. Other companies are developing autonomous building capabilities, too. As this field progresses, more problems will be solved automatically.

How High-Quality Linen Can Create Lifelong Guests  
Simon Hemmes, Green Lodging News, September 13

The author describes how to buy and maintain high-quality, attractive towels and sheets. Doing so lengthens linen lifespan and reduces costs. Linens should be donated or recycled at the end of their hotel lifespan. 

The following meeting will be 2:30 to 4:00.
December 1 

Seaport Hotel

Soon, I will announce the 2017 meeting schedule.

See you December 1 at the Seaport!
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