Jack Lepiarz, WBUR, August 30
The 27-story Wynn Boston Harbor casino is being built along the Mystic River in Everett, which is vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rise. To protect itself, Wynn is creating a descending coastal bank and a salt marsh. The building itself will be elevated above the 500-year flood mark.
The heating, air conditioning and electrical utilities will be placed even higher up--on the third floor, where floods won't reach.
During power outages, Wynn will be able to generate most of its electricity from their, "rooftop solar, generators and other sources."
Other waterfront building owners are using similar strategies to protect their properties from rising seas.
Some 'BRIEF' Tips for Building a Green Team
Aurora Dawn Reinke, Green Lodging News, August 7
The author provides tips for taking your hotel green team to the next level:
- Participate in green hotel education organizations (like BGT).
- Recruit people who have a background in green hospitality or have green credentials.
- Recognize and reward employees who contribute to greening the property.
- Get recognition for the hotel through awards programs and certifications.
- Send employees to sustainability workshops and webinars.
Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, July 30
Guests with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) have allergy-like reactions, often extreme, to many different pollutants and allergens. Twelve percent of the population has MCS, and 30% is sensitive to fragrances. Reducing the risk for guests with MCS improves indoor air quality for everyone.
The author recommends that hotels use fragrance-free products for cleaning, laundry and toiletries; and avoid air fresheners and room deodorizers. He noted many other products to avoid, too.
Hotels might also locate MCS guests away from pools and parking lots, deploy in-room air filters, use showerheads that filter out chlorine and minimize pesticide use by practicing pest prevention techniques.
Presentations at BGT meetings about safely hosting MCS guests are here and here.