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Marriott Hotel

Free Tool Compares Hotels’ Water, Carbon Footprints

The hotel industry will be able to compare energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 is available from the CHR at no … Read more »

University of Phoenix Stadium

Sports Venues Eliminate 34,000 Tons of CO2

Sports venues that installed LED lighting from Ephesus Lighting have eliminated 34,000 tons of C02 from being emitted into the atmosphere, the LED manufacturer says. This represents a savings of about 45 million kW of energy. Ephesus Lighting estimates that by Earth Day 2016, the company will have saved sports … Read more »

LEED Certification Boosts Hotel Revenue

LEED-certified hotels make more money in average daily rates and revenue per available room than their non-LEED competitors, according to a study by Cornell University. This is a change from a 2013 Cornell study that stated hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The new study … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Benchmarking, Low-Voltage DC, Hotels’ ISO 14001

Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the benchmarking and transparency ordinance, which Chicago adopted last September. Chicago is the only city that requires data … Read more »

Going Green Doesn’t Boost Hotel Revenue

Going Green Doesn’t Boost Hotel Revenue

Hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green, according to the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. The Cornell study analyzed sales and rates for 9,000 hotels and found a net-neutral effect for the hotel industry’s sustainability efforts. While green certification doesn’t improve a hotel’s bottom line, it … Read more »

Texas A&M

Texas A&M, District Energy St. Paul Among Honorees for District Energy

The International District Energy Association recently gave 11 organizations awards for district energy. Selected by an international panel of experts, nine international entities received Awards of Excellence and two received Special Awards for Innovation and Integration of Renewable Energy, as follows: Awards of Excellence: Texas A&M University (pictured); Aberdeen Heat … Read more »

UConn Tops Green Colleges Ranking

UConn Tops Green Colleges Ranking

The University of Connecticut tops Sierra Club’s annual green colleges list, jumping from No. 5 to the No. 1 and pushing last year’s “coolest school,” the University of California, Davis, down to No. 4. The University of Connecticut offers more than 600 sustainability-related classes and has reduced its water use … Read more »

Princeton Review Green Ratings

Princeton Review Announces Green Honor Roll

Stanford University, Cornell University, Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles are among 22 colleges nationwide listed on Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll, which measures the environmentally friendliness of the schools. Princeton Review, known for its college test-prep and education services, tallied the scores for 832 … Read more »

Cornell University

Cornell Opens Climate Change and Agriculture Center

Cornell University has started a center to help farmers adapt their operations to climate change. The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will serve as a clearinghouse for research, climate monitoring, decision-support tools and applications at the intersection of climate and agriculture, the Cornell Chronicle reports. One of the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Air Barriers, Polymer Biodegradation, LEED

Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing’s Fire Resist Barritech NP, Fire Resist 705FR and Barritech VP have completed the Air Barrier Association of America’s Material Evaluation process and are now listed on the association’s website. The testing included ASTM E2178, the Standard Test Method for Air Permeance of Building Materials, to define … Read more »