May 30, 2018

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,

Our next meeting will be Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 at the  at   Lenox Hotel   in the Dome Room, on level 2. 
I hope you can come!

Boston Green Tourism Meeting

May 31, 2018
Location : Lenox Hotel
Hosts :      Daniel Donahue, Samantha Sorrin, Scot Hopps, Tedd Saunders

2:30 to 2:40     

2:40 to 2:45
Dan Ruben
2:45 to 3:00
Saunders Hotel Group's New Genuine Responsibility Program
Tedd Saunders, CSO, Saunders Hotel Group, & CEO, EcoLogical Solutions
Scot Hopps, Vice President, Operations & Sustainability, Saunders Hotel Group
Samantha Sorrin, Director of Responsibility, Saunders Hotel Group

3:00 to 3:10   
Seaport Green Initiatives 2017
Stefan Fitz, Assistant Director of Food and Beverage, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

3:10 to 3:35
Retrocommissioning for Hotels: C ommon Findings and Recommendations for Improving Energy Efficiency, Equipment and Guest Comfort
Brad Jones, Principal, High Performance Buildings, Cadmus

3:35 to 3:55
Global Recycling Industry Developments: What they Mean for Boston Hotels
Michelle Lee Guiney, Total Recycle Program Manager, Waste Management

InterContinental San Francisco's Travel Tool Helps Guests Find Greenest Ways to Destinations
InterContinental San Francisco created a tool that enables their guests to evaluate different transportation options based on time, CO2 produced, cost and a "green rating." It's called their Alternative Transportation micro site.
The tool shows the practicalities and costs associated with travelling to particular destinations by walking, biking, taxi, Go-Car (a 2-seat, electric, open car that's available in San Francisco and San Diego), hybrid sedan, motorcycle and car.
The hotel says that the tool enables guests to, "choose the 'greenest' way to get around San Francisco and California, using a car only when it's necessary."
For example, if one wants to go to the Orpheum Theater, which is 0.8 miles from the hotel, the chart shows what it would mean for taking the following options:
  • Walk: 15 minutes, 0 lbs. CO2, free, 5 leaf green rating.
  • Bike: 6 minutes, 0 lbs. CO2, rental price, 5 leaf green rating.
  • Public Transportation: 9 minutes, 0.04 lbs. CO2, $2, 4 leaf green rating.
  • Taxi: 6 minutes, 0.58 lbs. CO2, $2.73, 3 leaf green rating.
  • Go-Car: 6 minutes, 0.26 lbs. CO2, rental price, 2 leaf green rating.
  • Hybrid Sedan: 6 minutes, 0.38 lbs. CO2, $0.07, 2 leaf green rating.
  • Motorcycle: 6 minutes, 0.34 lbs. CO2, $.06, 2 leaf green rating.
  • Car: 6 minutes, 0.58 lbs. CO2, $0.10 and 1 leaf green rating.
The website also provides a map for each option, and highlights the route to the chosen destination.
InterContinental San Francisco enables guests to use their Zipcar Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and get fully reimbursed for the Zipcar membership fee.


T he author provides a succinct overview of how to clean a hotel to maximize health, reduce costs and improve guest satisfaction.
Among his rules: remove and don't add contaminants, poisonous germs and dust; conduct targeted disinfection, focusing on touch points; use less toxic, non-fragranced products; consider ElectroChemically Activated (ECA) cleaning solutions and chemical-free dry steam vapor; use microfiber cloths; and deploy vacuum cleaners best at capturing dust.  

RecyclingWorks Massachusetts: Construction & Demolition Materials Guidance


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

May 31 The Lenox Hotel
October 11
The Langham, Boston

* We'll have one more meeting in the fall. I haven't scheduled the date yet.

See you May 31 at the Lenox!

Boston Green Tourism
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