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The imposing 23-story, 500-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is located close to the world class attractions of Universal City. Built 30 years ago to the exacting standards of the Hilton chain, the hotel is a magnet for tourists. However, the hotel’s glass atrium, antiquated chillers and soaring room cooling costs made it the perfect candidate for an energy efficiency upgrade. With the goal of gaining LEED certification, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City sustainability team initially approached the Los Angeles PACE program for debt-free funding of energy efficiency measures.
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ST PETERSBURG, FLA.—Though nearly 100 years old, the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club continues to impress guests with its ornate lobby, soaring ballroom, five classic restaurants and spacious, well-appointed guestrooms, all enhanced by attentive service. Yet, much of what makes the hotel grand happens out of the guests’ sights. One of the amenities that contribute to the hospitality and reputation of the property is the quality of the linens. Tablecloths and napkins must be spotless, the towels fluffy. The ultimate reason for the stay—a good night’s sleep—should be enhanced by bedding that is soft, comfortable, and appealing.
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LEAVENWORTH, WASH.—Since May 1984, the Enzian Inn, named for a flower that grows in alpine meadows—has provided a Bavarian village experience in the Pacific Northwest. Its 105 rooms include a large breakfast room with a view of the Leavenworth ‘Alps’, meeting areas, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and racquetball court. The daily alpine horn performance at breakfast trumpets the inn’s European charm to the more than one million tourists visiting Leavenworth annually.
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“Loden” may refer to green, high quality, sheep’s wool clothing that originated in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century, or to the Vancouver, B.C.-based Loden Hotel that metaphorically lives up to the “Loden” name. The 15-story luxury hotel features fine wool carpet in its 77 upscale rooms and suites—plus corridors. To help ensure a green, healthy environment for guests and their pets, a MondoVap with TANCS dry steam vapor sanitation system is used daily.
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INWOOD, N.Y.—When one thinks about the highlights of a hotel property, amenities, restaurants, and overall service come to mind. The on-premises laundry room likely doesn’t figure into even the top 100 features. But if your business is efficiency and turning a property into the pinnacle of green lodging, the laundry room certainly might warrant top billing.
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CONCORD, CALIF.—The Hilton Concord, located in the suburban community of Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco, has implemented an array of sustainability initiatives designed to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel while achieving increased net cash flow from operating cost reductions and creating added asset value. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
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CHICAGO—Hotels around the world are increasing sustainability efforts to help the environment. Whether it’s limiting water use or switching to eco-friendly light bulbs, hoteliers have found that operating with Mother Nature in mind attracts and retains guests while increasing a hotel’s operational efficiency.
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Energy is the lodging industry’s second greatest operating cost with heating, cooling and lighting consuming the most energy. For CoCo Key Orlando, the hot, moist Florida climate combined with the added humidity of the on-site water park created additional challenges for hotel management as they worked to maintain a cool, pleasant environment in all guestrooms while also containing energy costs.
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Bluegreen’s Carolina Grande Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is saving an average of $1,300 dollars a month in HVAC costs and meeting customer needs since installing an Onity SensorStat™ DDC Thermostat system. At the 20-story condominium resort guests enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Strand and warm ocean breezes from their private balconies. The same elements that make this a popular destination also present challenges for energy management.
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CHICAGO—In June, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Program joined the City of Chicago in announcing the Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI)—a component of Retrofit Chicago that aims to dramatically reduce the energy needs of Chicago’s commercial buildings. With the Mayor’s leadership, the owners of fourteen major commercial buildings, with a combined 14 million square feet of space, stood up that day and committed to cutting their energy needs by 20 percent over the next five years through energy efficiency improvements.
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