February 20, 2017

Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, February 23, from 2:30 to 4:00  at the Courtyard Boston Downtown  in the Library Room, floor 5. 

This meeting takes the place of the February 9 meeting that was canceled due to the snowstorm.              
I thank our hosts: Cathleen Wardley and Albert Tsaturyan.
I hope you can come!

Albert Tsaturyan, Chief Engineer,  Courtyard Boston Downtown 

Mr. Tsaturyan will discuss the Courtyard's recent green achievements 
and its plans for 2017.

Emre Schveighoffer , CEO,  National Resource Management, Inc.    

H ave you ever dreaded having your refrigeration system fail on the day of a big event? Or wondered how you could prevent costly losses due to a refrigeration malfunction on a Sunday at 2:00 a.m.?  

Mr. Schveighoffer, will discuss refrigeration control and monitoring systems that help companies avoid these catastrophes. The NRM system improves cooling performance. It also provides predictive fault detection, a user-friendly dashboard, real-time alerts and more.
The NRM system cuts energy use by 30% on average. It qualifies for Mass Save rebates and has an attractive ROI.
Among NRM's 14,000 customers: Pebble Beach Resorts, Harvard, Boston College, UMass and 60 Chili's Restaurants.

Amy WeberRecovery and Donations Specialist,  Center for EcoTechnology  (CET)
Joshua Cook, Green Business Specialist, RecyclingWorksMA   
When hotels divert building materials for reuse or recycling during renovations, they reduce disposal fees and often reap tax deductions.
Our speakers and their colleagues help MA businesses develop practical, 
financially-viable plans to reuse and recycle building materials. They identify 
the materials that can be diverted and find organizations that take them.  

CET's EcoBuilding Bargains outlet offers free site visits and pickup services for MA businesses.

Stephen Lafaille Product Manager, Tecogen, Inc.

Mr. Lafaille with discuss natural gas engine-driven chillers, which are an alternative to chillers powered by electric motors. Tecogen chillers reduce operating costs and demand charges because they substitute natural gas for electricity. Also, they capture the waste heat from  the cooling process and use it for heating water. 


Boston Green Tourism Meeting
February 23, 2017
Location : Courtyard Boston Downtown, Library Room, floor 5.            
Hosts : Cathleen Wardley and Albert Tsaturyan
2:30 to 2:40     
2:40 to 2:45
Dan Ruben 

2:45 to 2:50
Courtyard Boston Downtown: Green Initiatives
Albert Tsaturyan, Chief Engineer, Courtyard Boston Downtown
2:50 to 3:20
Refrigeraton Basics for Hotels, Common Efficiency Measures
Emre Schveighoffer , CEO,  National Resource Management, Inc.

3:20 to 3:40
Improving Reuse and Recycling in Hotel Operations:
Reduce Waste & Save Money
Amy Weber , Recovery and Donations Specialist,  Center for EcoTechnology   (CET)
Joshua Cook , Green Business Specialist, RecyclingWorksMA    
3:40 to 4:00
Natural Gas Engine-Driven Chillers: 
Drive Down Electricity Bills with an Efficient Chiller and Free Heat    
Stephen Lafaille, Product Manager, Tecogen, Inc.


EPA's Safer Choice Label Helps Businesses Provide a Safer Environment

The EPA's Safer Choice program lists over 2000 high-performance cleaning products that are  deemed safer for people and the environment. Safer Choice is an improved version of the Design for Environment program, which had operated for 15 years.
The program has two labels, pictured at the right. The first is for all products  that meet the Safer Choice criteria. The second is for 
fragrance-free  products .

Every ingredient in products carrying the Safer Choice label has been 
rigorously tested. In addition, the distributors are required to list the ingredients
on the label or in another easily accessible place.
Safer Choice has a hotel section which can be found by clicking on the hotel  depicted  here. It lists safer products in the following categories: all-purpose cleaners, dish soaps, HVAC maintenance, laundry products, outdoor furniture cleaners, upholstery cleaners, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, kitchen / countertop cleaners, leather cleaners, tub / tile cleaners and window / glass cleaners.
If you want to research particular chemicals, you can look them up on the Safer Chemical Ingredients List, which has four ratings, from green circle (low concern) to gray square (not acceptable for the Safer Choice label).
A related program is Design for Environment for Pesticides. It lists products that are on the "green end of the pesticide spectrum."


The Economics of Biophilia: Why designing with nature in mind makes financial sense
Bill Browning, Chris Garvin, Catie Ryan, Namita Kallianpurkar, Leslie Labruto, Siobhan Watson, Travis Knop

Biophilia describes the innate human attraction to nature. Many studies show that indoor plants alleviate stress, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and  improve indoor air quality. They also provide an economic benefit.

Here's a BGT presentation about biophilia in hotels by Cityscapes' Janice Goodman.

Dan Ruben, Green Lodging News, April 15, 2010

This article describes how hotels can improve their waste management programs. Although I wrote it in 2010, its principles still apply. 

Duct Leakage Testing is a Must 
H. Jay Enck and David Cantril, High Performance Buildings, 2017

Building commissioning professionals find that most U.S. buildings have substantial duct leakage, which causes significant energy loss. Existing buildings are vulnerable because duct sealants deteriorate over time. The authors recommend periodic duct leak testing. 

When problems are detected, property managers can apply products that seal the interior of their buildings' air distribution systems.


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

Feb. 9 Courtyard Boston Downtown
March 9 Fairmont Copley Plaza
April 27  
May 25  
July ? Previously, I listed July 6. Since this is date is during a holiday week, I'm going to find a new date for this meeting.
Sept. 14  
October 12  
December 7 Le Meridien

See you Thursday at Courtyard Boston Downtown!

Boston Green Tourism
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