This week has been a great week in regards to green hospitality. This past Tuesday I was honored to be a speaker at the Philagreen Hospitality Associations June meeting. Francine Cohen, Executive Director, of Philagreen does a wonderful job supporting hotels to become more sustainable through education and awareness. This month’s speakers and topics included:
- “Plant One Million”, Amanda Benner, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society”Using
- Window Film To Improve Comfort and Durability, Joan Schiff, Sun-Lite Corp.”Saving Energy,
- Scoring Visibility: Capitalize on the Energy Star Brand, Emily Linn, EPA, Region
- “ROI- Marketing Your Green Initiatives”, Scott Parisi, EcoGreenHotel.
That was fun but I also had to work a little too.. I had the opportunity to complete a lighting analysis for a hotel in Philadelphia and one in New Jersey. Both were interested in replacing several 75W Par 30 recessed lights with an LED option that had to be dimmable. Both projects showed amazing ROI’s due to the energy rebates available in both areas. PECO Smart Equipment Incentives offered a $15 rebate on LED Lamps 18W or less. We recommended a 10.5W recessed fully Dimmable LED which qualified for the program. Across the river in New Jersey the Smart Start program provides a $35 Energy Rebate for LED lamps. We were looking at lighting in a lobby area that needed full dim ability and had 24 hour burn time. With the energy savings associated with going to a 75W to a 10.5W LED Bulb teamed up with a $35 rebate the project would receive a return on their investment in months.
Enough work talk.. It’s time to prepare for “AAHOA’s Annual Convention in Vegas”
I am very fortunate to be the moderator of a wonderful panel including Mark Williams, Vice President, North American Development, Best Western International; Karim Khalifa, Sr. Vice President, Architecture & Construction, Marriott International; Chip Ohlsson, Vice President of Development, Northeast, Midwest & Canada – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; and Bill Duncan, Global Head, Brand Management, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.
The session is named Going Green, Saving Green and the following is a brief description of the seminar, “Is increasing energy efficiency while getting more bang for your buck something that you would like to achieve? Then look no further. These industry and going-green experts will show you how to optimize your hotel’s energy consumption and keep up with the global push to preserve the environment. Mother Nature and your wallet will thank you
I look forward to seeing some of you at the AAHOA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas from June 15-18, 2011. The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas & The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Have a wonderful weekend,