May 19, 2017

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  

Our next meeting will be Thursday May 25 from 2:30 to 4:00  at Mandarin Oriental Boston in the Beijing Room on the Arcade Level
I thank our hosts:  Philipp Knuepfer and Ed Dustin
I hope you can come!

Ravi Parikh Business Development Manager,  RAB Lighting Inc   
Bob Meade, New England District Sales Manager, RAB Lighting

Networked lighting controls (NLC's) are changing building operations. They can be integrated into building management systems, and provide a solution for both lighting and HVAC control. 

NLC's enable facility managers to cut energy use sharply while improving space utilization, energy reporting and asset management. 

The speakers will discuss NLC's - the pros and cons, how to select the right system for your facility's needs and utility incentives. 

Timothy Kiggins, Corporate Account Manager,  
Orbio Technologies, a Tennant Company

Mr. Kiggins will describe the newest, safe, green-certified method to clean a facility using Electrically Activated Water technology (EAW) from the Tennant Company. 

This technology enables onsite generation of cleaning solutions--eliminating the ordering, shipping, storage, chemical-mixing, and waste associated with packaged chemicals.

Tennant introduced Phase 1 of EAW technology in 2008. Now, they're rolling out Phase 2. This 3-minute video provides an overview.

Daniel Cook, President,  Conservation Solutions Corporation 

Mr. Cook will discuss three inexpensive and "chemical-free" water treatment systems that eliminate scale and biofilm; control bacteria and corrosion; and save water and energy.

He'll also discuss automatic self-cleaning filtration systems that keep cooling tower basins free of debris and eliminate the food sources for Legionella--while preventing visits from people in white Hazmat suits. Filtration systems also save water and energy.


Two New Products Reduce Hot Water Waste in Showers

Guests typically turn on the shower and then turn away until the water warms up. By the time they return, much water (1.7 to 4.9 gallons, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) and energy have gone down the drain. Two new technologies address this problem.
The Shower Stream detects that the guest is away and turns off the water when it becomes warm. It senses when the guest returns and turns the water on again. If your property is willing to test this product in a select number of rooms, contact Shower Stream:, (713) 876-7726. 
The second solution, "ShowerStart" from Evolve Technologies, uses a small thermostatic shut-off valve. When the water temperature hits 95 degrees, the water-flow turns into a trickle. When guests are ready to shower, they pull a cord (pictured above) and the full shower flow resumes. A shower hanger tells guests to pull the cord. Cadmus and ACEEE reported on this technology.
ShowerStart is being tested in the 1000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix. 


Boston and Massachusetts are Green Leaders!

Boston and MA are making impressive progress towards meeting our energy and solid waste goals. 

Boston is first of 51 U.S. cities in energy efficiency, and improved upon its 2016 score. 
Bigger effort needed to met 2020 waste goal, DEP chief says
Katie Lannan, State House News Service, May 10

MA cut its annual solid waste from 6.55 million tons in 2008 to about 5 million tons in 2015. The goal is to reach 4.55 tons by 2020.

Health Care Without Harm, May 8

Boston hospitals have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 29% since 2011.

We can take pride that the hospitality sector is contributing to Boston's and MA's success. 


The Current State of Keyless Entry at Big Hotel Brands
Deanna Ting, Skift,  June 29

Keyless entry, " will likely be more the rule than the exception at any upscale property in either the full-service or select-service sector within a few years." This trend is driven by guest satisfaction. A byproduct: less keycard waste.

Green Bathroom Remodeling: The Argument for Acrylic Liners
Acrylic bathtub liners and wall surrounds extend the life of bathtubs and wall tiles. They last as long as 20 years, and they're recyclable.

They have other advantages over replacing or refinishing tubs and tile: they can be installed quickly, with little disruption, room down-time, noise, dust and toxic fumes. 


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

April 27 Mandarin Oriental, Boston
May 25  Hyatt Regency Boston
June 22
Sept. 14  
October 12  
December 7 Le Meridien

See you Thursday at Mandarin Oriental, Boston!

Boston Green Tourism
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