October 10, 2018

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,

Our next meeting will be Thursday October 11 from 2:30 to 4:00 at  The Langham, Boston
I hope you can come!
 
Dan 
 
 SPEA KERS


Boston Green Tourism Meeting

October 11, 2018
 
Location : The Langham, Boston
Hosts :      Joe Riordan and Debbie Freckleton


2:30 to 2:40     
Introductions

2:40 to 2:45
 
Update
Dan Ruben
2:45 to 3:00

Recent Green Achievements at The Langham, Boston
Joe Riordan, Director of Engineering at The Langham, Boston
Debbie Freckleton, Director of Quality, Learning, and Development at The Langham Boston


3:00 to 3:20   
 
How Expanding Direct Digital Control can Improve Building Comfort and Reduce Costs 
Mike Delano, Service Sales, Account Representative, Automated Building Systems, Inc. 


3:20 to 3:40
Improving Chiller System Efficiency with the Belimo Energy Valve
PJ Qvarnstrom District Sales Manager ME, NH, RI, MA, Belimo Aircontrols, Inc.  

3:40 to 3:55
Waste Reduction for Hotels
Dan Ruben, Director, Boston Green Tourism


IDEAS
 
Water Conservation Toilet Technology Helps Hotels Conserve Water 
and Reduce Water Damage
 
Can we talk toilets?
 
If your hotel toilets have tanks, you probably know that toilet leaks are common, and they can be hard to detect. A single undetected leak can cost over $600 per year.
 
There's a promising new product called AquaMizer that reduces water loss from leaks. It also prevents toilet overflows and reduces the gallons per flush for each toilet. 

AquaMizer is certified by U.L., Green Key and Green Circle.
 
This device, which is made by EcoSense Solutions, senses nine different kinds of toilet leaks, including flĀ­apper leaks, and prevents the tank from continuously refilling. It also turns off the fill valve when there's a chance of overflow flooding.
 
AquaMizer creates a high velocity flush, enabling it to reduce the water per flush by 20% to 40%.
 
EcoSense Solutions conducts water use assessments for potential customers to determine the water-saving potential of its product. They can install the AquaMizers themselves or teach the hotel staff to do so. They will either accept payment upfront, or hotels can pay them from the savings on their water bills. 

EcoSense Solutions claims that the simple payback for hotel installations ranges from six months to two years.
 
A product video and case studies are here, and hotelier testimonials are here

Other companies that sell toilet leak detection products include Fluidmaster, The Water Scrooge and Aqwifi.  


( Green Lodging News provided most of the information in this article.)


 
OPPORTUNITIES

Event: Eversource EV
Make Ready Ride & Drive


When: Wednesday, October 31
Where: Eversource Westwood Office
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
"Access to EV charging stations is an in-demand amenity for employees, tenants, customers and the general public that shows your commitment to a cleaner environment. Eversource's EV  Make Ready program is helping meet demand for EV charging by creating the largest EV charging network outside of California. Join us to learn how you can partner with us in this effort and how we can equip you with the EV charging infrastructure needed to help meet demand and reach your sustainability goals.
 
Attendees will have a chance to see the new charging stations at our Westwood office and test drive EVs for themselves. There will also be information about other EV incentive programs available."

Click here to read more about EV Make Ready. 
 
If you have questions, contact Greg Senosk (gregory.senosk@eversource.com).

 
ARTICLES

Green Restaurant Association, January 30
 
Concern for the world's fish and oceans is growing.
 
85% of the world's wild fisheries are overfished.  Fish farms can be problematic, too. Some are very polluting. Others are improperly managed. When fish escape from them, they can breed with wild fish and change the species' gene pool.
 
The authors recommend that restaurants:
 
  • Serve sustainable seafood, as specified by Seafood WatchMarine Stewardship CouncilFishChoice and the Monterrey Aquarium Seafood Watch
  • Serve invasive species, like lion fish from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Provide options beyond the three most popular fish species (shrimp, tuna and salmon), like whiting, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines.
  • Inform your customers about sustainable fish, including the ones on your menu.

Emily Holbrook, Energy Today, September 14 

Some hotels have data centers, which are notorious energy users. This article describes strategies used to minimize data center energy consumption. 
 
UPCOMING MEETINGS

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

October 11 The Langham, Boston
December 6
Sheraton Boston

See you Thursday at The Langham Boston !


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