Friday, December 21, 2012

HG's Green Concierge Certification Program is launched in Santa Fe, New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M.—The Santa Fe Watershed Association (SFWA) has launched a public-private sector collaboration called the Santa Fe Green Lodging Initiative. The initiative is being funded by a $49,700 grant awarded to the Watershed Association by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. SFWA supports Santa Fe’s hospitality industry to save money, conserve water, and decrease chemical pollution going into their watershed. “This is a certification program that helps hotels set achievable goals commensurate with their capabilities,” Watershed Association executive director, Felicity Broennan said. “More than one million tourists visit Santa Fe each year. While they are welcomed and are an important part of our economy, they also put considerable pressure on our environmental resources.”

Over the next 12 months, HospitalityGreen LLC, a New York-based firm specializing in environmental and operations consulting services and founder of the nationally recognized Green Concierge Certification program, will provide technical assistance, green team training and customized coaching free of charge to 15 lodging providers in Santa Fe. HospitalityGreen (HG) will conduct third party assessments of each property in November 2013. The assessment will determine if the individual property has met the rigors of the Green Concierge Certification. The certification requires that a property meet multiple standards and track resource usage with HospitalityGreen’s proprietary resource tracking tools for a minimum of six months.

HG’s work in the Catskills resulted in measured environmental and financial outcomes. Participating businesses diverted at least 2,640 tons of waste to reuse or recycling, saved approximately $324,900, and increased occupancy by 20 to 25 percent. Certifying more than 20 properties helped brand the Catskills as a green destination resulting in increased tourism and local jobs.

“We are honored to have been chosen to bring our program to Santa Fe,” said Evadne Giannini, founder and CEO of HospitalityGreen LLC. “We look forward to sharing ideas, assisting the properties to meet the certification standards and working with the Santa Fe partners to help brand Santa Fe as an eco-tourist destination.”

The Santa Fe Green Lodging Initiative’s growing directory of local partners includes: Santa Fe Watershed Assn.; Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau; City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division; New Mexico Lodging Assn.; Santa Fe Lodgers Assn.; Santa Fe Community College; New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Chapter; Inn of the Governors; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa; and the Inn and Spa at Loretto. 

Go to HospitalityGreen.

Picture courtesy of Inn and Spa at Loretto.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Santa Fe Green Lodging Initiative

Watershed Project: Get Hotels Greener

The Santa Fe Watershed Association plans to roll out a pilot project next month aimed at helping local hotels take their eco-friendliness to the next level. 
Dubbed the Green Lodging Initiative, the effort will include helping hotels better conserve water and reduce the amount of chemicals and other pollutants they release into the environment. “We’re really interested in helping lodging facilities streamline their resources,” Watershed Association executive director Felicity Broennan said.
The initiative is being funded by a $49,700 grant awarded to the Watershed Association by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The Watershed Association is contracting with HospitalityGreen, a New York company, to analyze the operations of participating hotels and provide them with recommendations on becoming greener. 
That could involve looking at what kind of soap or light bulbs the hotels use, or how they distribute toiletries. 
It’s “all of these things we don’t think about when we’re in a hotel room, yet if all that stuff is getting washed down the drain, it has an impact on the river,” watershed and other natural resources, Broennan said. 
A Watershed Association news release noted that “more than one million tourists visit Santa Fe each year. 
“While they are welcomed and are an important part of our economy, they also put considerable pressure on our environmental resources.” 
The idea is to help hotels set achievable goals commensurate with their capabilities, Broennan said. “This is a certification program. It really includes a lot of training, a lot of measurement tracking tools, these customized programs. 
“That is what makes all the difference,” she said. “It definitely is a commitment on the part of the hotels, but they don’t have to pay anything for it.” 
As of last week, just a few hotels had signed up, including La Posada and Inn of the Governors. But several others have expressed interest, according to Broennan. The goal is to sign up 10-15 hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs and other facilities. 
Sam Gerberding, the general manager of Inn of the Governors on West Alameda Street, said the program is “a wonderful chance for the Santa Fe hotel community.” 
Gerberding said he hopes it will help his inn save some money. He also said he wants to increase the hotel’s appeal to eco-conscious travelers. 
“Over the years, we’ve been very conscientious about wanting to do more and being greener as a hotel, and we’ve integrated certain aspects of that throughout the years,” Gerberding said. “This is an exceptional opportunity for us. It will be helpful to have that little extra perspective and assistance in getting it off the ground.” 
The EPA funding will cover a year of services, and the Watershed Association is looking at the program as a pilot project. The organization hopes to expand in the future. 
“I’m hoping we’ll see some real measurable outcomes in pollution reduction and water conservation,” Broennan said. “And then we can grow the program to include a lot more hotels and restaurants, as well.” 
As part of the initiative, the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Santa Fe Lodging Associations, Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce and a handful of local hotels and lodges have joined forces to create a related working group.

Monday, August 20, 2012


After the designers and engineers have created these glorious constructions, someone will need to be there to operate and maintain them.

We welcome LEED Professionals and Building Operators to a Breakfast Forum to discuss their accomplishments and challenges in creating, preserving and maintaining the built environment.
·         New Horizons for LEED Certifications: For Facility Operators and LEED Professionals
·         Case Studies: The impact of operations on building design and maintenance
·         Open Forum: Barriers and Challenges in the new “Green Space”

Forum Presenters
·         Evadne Giannini, Principal, HospitalityGreen, LLC
·         Jeff Domanski, LEED AP; Former Director of Sustainability Strategies for Cushman& Wakefield; Assistant Manager, Princeton University Office of Sustainability
·         William Sprengnether, Principal Landscape Architect at Cardinal Direction

Sept.11  SUNY Orange; Newburgh, NY    Sept. 18  SUNY Rockland; Suffern, NY
Sept. 25  SUNY Sullivan; Loch Sheldrake, NY Oct. 2 SUNY Dutchess; Poughkeepsie, NY
Time: 9-10:15 AM  $10 Continental Breakfast

To Register: Contact SUNY Sullivan at 845-434-5750 ext. 4398
Or email: 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

HospitalityGreen Chosen by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to Assist the Hospitality Sector with Sustainability Practices

Through funds from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will provide technical assistance to the hospitality sector.

Berkshire Region, MA (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
As part of furthering the “Sustainable Berkshires” regional plan, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance on sustainability practices for the hospitality industry in Berkshire County. BRPC has contracted with HospitalityGreen LLC (HG) to be the local technical assistance provider for this project.
An initial survey of the lodging properties in Berkshire County will be conducted to help BRPC establish Berkshire Benchmarks for the hospitality sector. Ten qualified lodging properties will then be eligible to receive a confidential, third party assessment of their facility operations at no cost to their business. The facility assessment will help each property identify opportunities to save money, time and resources by implementing green practices in their operations management.
Conducted in the early fall of 2012, the facility assessments will identify practical recommendations for introducing energy efficient measures, water conservation practices, source reduction and recycling opportunities, purchasing policies and green cleaning practices. The recommendations will be based on improving the work environment and enhancing guest experience while simultaneously optimizing the financial benefits of “greening” a property. In previous projects, lodging facilities that have implemented improvements proposed in HG’s assessments have typically seen 12-15 percent increases in occupancy rate while saving thousands of dollars in annual operating costs.
Properties interested in pursuing the opportunity to improve their environmental impact while also reducing operational costs should contact Elizabeth Olenbush, HG’s Massachusetts Affiliate and BRPC Project Leader. Ms. Olenbush can be reached at e(dot)olenbush(at)hospitalitygreen(dot)com or by phone at (413)-229-6090.
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the official area-wide planning agency in Berkshire County. Comprehensive planning responsibilities include land use, transportation, economic development and environmental management. The commission is required to study the problems, needs and resources of the region and to make recommendations for physical, social, governmental and economic improvements in the Berkshires.
HospitalityGreen LLC is a New York based firm specializing in the implementation of sustainable business practices. HG offers environmental and operations training and consulting to clients throughout the hospitality, manufacturing and institutional healthcare industries. In Berkshire County, HG offers Green Facilities Training courses through Berkshire Community College and has recently completed a training course conducted under the auspices of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board.
For more information on HospitalityGreen visit or call (845) 436-6173.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to Lower your Facility Operation Costs: Green Summer Tips

As we continue on into the hot summer months, businesses guzzle up more and more energy, and therefore cash, to manage their facilities.
Fortunately, summer demands for cool air and green grasses do not need to weigh so heavily on the bank account. There are many ways to save energy and money in the summer at little to no cost to your organization:

1.      Check air conditioning filters. Dusty filters stifle air flow, making your air conditioner work harder to cool the room. Examining these filters each month, and cleaning or replacing them when necessary, can reduce energy costs by 5 to 15%.
2.   Move heat-producing appliances away from the thermostat. Heat-producing appliances, like televisions or lamps, near to the thermostat can trick it into thinking the room temperature is higher than it is. Consequentially, your thermostat will continue to cool when the facility is already at the desired temperature.
3.      Close the blinds. In addition to light, heat transfers easily through window glass. Keeping the heat out will reduce the temperature inside your facility, and therefore, your air conditioning needs.
4.      Wash the refrigerator seals. Stuck on food, dust and dirt may cause the seal to remain partially open, allowing cool air to sneak out. Washing the seals every few weeks will prevent unnecessary energy use.
5.      Cover food and cap drinks in the refrigerator. Uncovered food and drinks create moisture that causes the compressor to overwork. Making sure all fridge contents are covered and lidded will increase the refrigerators efficiency.
6.      Add a rain sensor to your sprinkler system. A rain sensor detects the amount of water the lawn receives from natural rainfall. Then, it adjusts the sprinkler system to spray only the amount of water your lawn still needs. You can keep your grasses green while minimizing water consumption and cost.
                 Significant reductions in energy costs do not require big investments. The most expensive suggestion given here, purchasing a rain sensor, is available for less than twenty dollars. With a few simple steps, you can create greener, cheaper facility operations. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

HG Principal, Evadne Giannini, to Present in Zero Waste Webinar on June 27

Interested in eliminating excessive waste at your company? Please join HospitalityGreen's Principal, Evadne Giannini, as she copresents in a Zero Waste Through Green Business Programs Webinar on Thursday, June 27 at 1:30pm.

Please see the invitation below:

Zero Waste through Green Business Programs

Join us for a Webinar on June 27 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

U. S. EPA will be hosting this webinar in partnership with experts who work with businesses and sponsors of green business programs.
  • Learn what motivates businesses to join a green business program
  • Discover what has made the Westchester County Green Business Challenge a success
  • Hear how county governments in Ohio and Pennsylvania encourages green businesses 

Title: Zero Waste through Green Business Programs
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT