August 17, 2017
Boston Green Tourism
...advancing the green hotel movement
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members, 

The next BGT meeting will be Thursday September 14 from 2:30 to 4:00 at Cityscapes, floor 9. 

Cityscapes designs, installs and maintains the interior plantscapes, exterior landscapes, living walls, living art and holiday decor for many Boston hotels and other commercial buildings.

Cityscapes is located in Copley Square: 197 Clarendon Street, Boston.

I will announce the speakers in the next newsletter.



Tesla Offers Free EV Charging Stations to Qualified MA Hotels

Tesla's Destination Charging Program is adding qualified hospitality-based businesses to its electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Qualified properties will receive free, level 2 Tesla Wall Connectors and financial support for installing them. Tesla might not accept every Boston hotel application, but most BGT hotels would qualify.

Approved hotels and restaurants will be listed on Tesla's Destination Charging map and on their website. They will also appear on the on-board navigation screen in every Tesla vehicle, which directs owners to available charging stations. 

The stations must be available to the public, but it's OK to restrict their use to hotel customers.

The typical hotel that takes advantage of this offer would receive three to four Tesla chargers and, if needed, a universal charging station that can serve non-Tesla EV's, too. 

Tesla is open to installing more than four units in large properties. And, it would consider supplying free Tesla Wall Connectors for parking garages that hotels use but don't own.

New charging stations will help serve the growing number of EV drivers. Tesla has sold 45% of the EV's in the U.S. this year. Their share of the EV market might expand, because they recently released the moderately-priced Model 3, which already has a big following. 

Currently, there are  37 MA hospitality businesses  that have at least one Tesla charger.

The level 2 chargers deliver 58 miles of range per hour. 

If you want to discuss this offer for your property, contact Peter Ambiel ( and reference Boston Green Tourism in the subject line.

Installations will be handled by Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation for ReVision Energy, an energy transition company that helps organizations deploy clean energy technology  (EV charging, solar, heat pumps).


Website, Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Federal Energy Management Program and the U.S. EPA created 14 best management practices (BMP) for reducing water use in commercial buildings. Each BMP has recommendations for operations / maintenance and retrofit / replacement.
  1. Water Management Planning
  2. Information and Education Programs
  3. Distribution System Audits, Leak Detection, and Repair
  4. Water-Efficient Landscaping
  5. Water-Efficient Irrigation
  6. Toilets and Urinals
  7. Faucets and Showerheads
  8. Steam Boiler Systems
  9. Single-Pass Cooling Equipment
  10. Cooling Tower Management
  11. Commercial Kitchen Equipment
  12. Laboratory and Medical Equipment
  13. Other Water-Intensive Processes
  14. Alternative Water Sources

From Reactive to Predictive: A Shift in Facilities Management Practices
Brian Ratcliff, High Performance Buildings
The Internet of Things (IoT) connects building devices to the internet and each other. When used with associated analytic tools, building managers can identify problems immediately, and sometimes predict their occurrence in advance. "For example, facility engineers can be alerted when a valve is leaking, a sensor is faulty or a rogue heater is left on." The IoT and analytic tools also help reduce energy bills and improve building comfort.
While IoT and analytic capabilities are advancing rapidly, there are some barriers to implementation: installation cost, the lack of personnel to interpret the data, the belief that some buildings aren't suitable for IoT and the concern that the payback would not be sufficiently fast.
The author provided advice about how to plan IoT installations. 

This 2-minute video describes the world's first hotel created for cyclists. It's in Malmo, Sweden. While I don't think that the 2nd bicycle hotel will be in Boston, some of Ohboy's ideas might make sense here. For example, it offers foldable bikes to guests, bicycle pumps, wash stations and conveniently-located bicycle tools.

Shop Marriott website
This pillow is filled with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles.


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

Sept. 14 Cityscapes
October 12  
December 7 Le Meridien

See you September 14 at Cityscapes! 

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