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Inefficient Waste Disposal

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These days we are faced with two competing imperatives – the need to reduce the volume of food wasted every day and the need to stop the depletion of natural resources as result of inefficient waste disposal. Both problems produce their fair share of environmental, social, and financial issues that have yet to be solved. Big Data analytics tied to accurate quantification of solid waste may be the solution for countering food waste and transforming the clumsy energy-laden logistics of waste management.

The historically growing waste industry generates nearly $55 Billion in annual revenue, of which, approximately $16 Billion is derived from the transportation and disposal of the organic fraction of waste. The waste industry has long relied on antiquated, inefficient, and complicated technology strategies such as landfilling and composting as solutions.

Delivering a scalable and low-cost solution that offers share holder value alongside positive environmental results is easy if you consider BioHitech America’s unique solution to food waste which combines green technology with the power of big data to offer transparency, savings, and a safer and sustainable future.

The company’s Eco-Safe Digester Solution, an on-site aerobic digester, eliminates up to 2,400 pounds of food waste in a 24-hour period and is designed to digest a wide range of food types such as fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish an dairy leaving nothing to store or transport. The Eco-Safe Digester then converts food waste into nutrient-neutral water and transports the water safely through standard sewer lines. Managing food waste on-site not only diverts significant volumes of waste from trucks and landfills but also has the ability to increase the awareness of the volumes wasted in order to prevent waste altogether.

What makes the solution superior to other on-site waste removal devices is that each unit is equipped with an on board scale that weighs food waste each time it is added, determining where, when, and what food waste is being disposed. The BioHitech Cloud, a technology platform hosted by Amazon, measures key metrics to optimize the food waste disposal process.

These metrics are providing the industry with an unprecedented level of transparency that not only helps to reduce the amount of waste generated, but improves company-wide efficiency and profitability.

The uniform reporting and comparative analytics provides an accurate audit trail to support environmental directives that tracks savings and utilization while highlighting successes and uncovering anomalies. Organizing and preparing reports is easy and can be designed for single or multiple locations, by geographical areas, by management structure or by season. Reports are also easy to access and can be done from several devices including computers, tablets, and smartphones.

BioHitech America currently provides its innovative solution to numerous high volume generators in various industries in nearly 300 locations across the globe.

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Hilton Concord Hotel’s Renovation Infuses Smart, Sustainable Upgrades

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Hilton Concord Hotel’s Renovation Infuses Smart, Sustainable Upgrades

12/28/2011 By Glenn Hasek

CONCORD, CALIF.—The Hilton Concord Hotel, located in the East Bay of San Francisco, is incorporating environmental and sustainable systems into its multi-million dollar hotel renovation anticipated to be fully completed in early 2012. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the largest U.S.-based global management company. “Reinvesting in a leading hotel such as the Hilton Concord ideally positions the Company to take full advantage of the anticipated recovery in the lodging segment,” said Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate.

In addition to a redesign, the Hilton Concord is a leading example on how to successfully integrate sustainable programs to reduce waste and conserve natural resources. “This renovation is allowing us to become a product of intuitive design and contemporary upgrades,” said general manager Jack Hlavac. “It also gives us the opportunity to have a positive impact on the environment by instituting sustainable practices into our operations that conserve natural resources and reduce waste, pollution, and the hotel’s carbon footprint. We are able to create efficiencies and cost savings to the hotel operation while also enhancing guest services.”

From the food and beverage service to the guestroom bathrooms, the Hilton Concord’s renovation has reconditioned the hotel specifically to promote waste and energy reduction and includes the following programs:

Recycling—The property currently recycles a wide variety of materials including paper, glass, aluminum, metal, plastics, cardboard, paperboard, batteries, electronics, light bulbs, cooking oil/grease, toner/ink cartridges, newsprint, and magazines.
Lower temperature dishwasher: The property is now able to use eco-friendly disinfectants while also consuming less water and less therms of natural gas.
Pillow renovation: With the ability to sterilize, renovate, and reuse most of its pillows through the innovative Pillow-Vac system, the property is able to reduce wasteful disposal of older pillows.
Food waste reduction: The hotel’s food and beverage service uses the environmentally friendly Eco-Safe Digester to convert food waste into liquid, reducing its contribution of food waste into landfills.
Water conservation: The hotel has installed 1.28 gallon per flush toilets into each of its guest bathrooms which use water more efficiently and minimize noise. Additionally, the hotel uses well irrigation to hydrate its external landscaping to conserve the use of treated water as well as an ozone laundry system that uses less total water allowing for additional savings on water and sewer costs.
Lighting efficiency: A significant portion of the hotel lighting, both in guestrooms and public spaces, has been converted from standard CFL lighting to ultra-efficient LED bulbs and high efficiency fluorescent lighting.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/27/idUS105612+27-Dec-2011+BW20111227

http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/design-news/Hilton-Concords-Red-5770.shtml

Hilton Worldwide Unveils “Lightstay” Sustainability Measurement System

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Company Reveals Significant Reductions in Energy, Water, Carbon and Waste

MCLEAN, VA (April 20, 2010) – Hilton Worldwide unveils LightStay, a proprietary system developed to calculate and analyze environmental impact, to the public today, following two years of rigorous internal testing. In the first full-year of findings, the 2009 LightStay results show that the 1,300 Hilton Worldwide properties using the system conserved enough energy to power 5,700 homes for a year, saved enough water to fill more than 650 Olympic-size pools and reduced carbon output equivalent to taking 34,865 cars off the road. Reductions in water and energy use also translated into dollars-saved for hotel owners, with estimated savings of more than $29 million in utility costs in 2009.

“Hilton Worldwide and its brands touch hundreds of communities and millions of people around the globe. That’s why operating in a responsible and sustainable manner is a priority for our company and a central part of how we do business,” said Hilton Worldwide’s President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Nassetta. “Through our focus on sustainability, we look to mitigate our impact on the environment and in the communities in which we operate, create economic value for our owners and, ultimately, provide a better experience for our guests,” he added.

LightStay helped Hilton Worldwide properties using the system reduce energy use by 5 percent, carbon output by 6 percent, waste output by 10 percent and water use by 2.4 percent in 2009 versus 2008. These results have been independently audited and are adjusted for any differences in occupancy levels and major weather events year over year. “LightStay is an integral part of our effort to operationalize sustainability at Hilton Worldwide. The system goes a long way in helping us to quantify our impact at the property level and company-wide,” explained Paul Brown, President of Global Brands & Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide. “We’re excited about our first year results and look forward to using LightStay to continuously improve hotel performance across our global portfolio,” he added. LightStay takes into account energy and water use and waste and carbon outputs associated with building operations and services provided at Hilton Worldwide properties. As part of this, the system measures indicators across 200 operational practices including housekeeping, paper product use, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation.

“The insights we gained from the LightStay system prompted our property to launch a waste decomposition program that eliminates as much as a thousand pounds of garbage a day,” said Mark Lauer, General Manager, Hilton New York. “The data also inspired us to donate leftover food to a local charity, putting more than 5,000 pounds of food that would otherwise be wasted to good use,” he added.

LightStay Features

LightStay also includes a “meeting impact calculator” that measures the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a Hilton Worldwide property. This enables meeting planners and corporate travel managers to consider the environmental impact of hotel stays and meetings when making purchasing decisions. In addition, it provides corporate customers with the opportunity to include meeting impact data in their own sustainability reporting.

Making Sustainability a Brand Standard

By December 31, 2011, all 3,500 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay, making the company the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability. Consequently, measurement of sustainability performance will become a brand standard, on the same level as service, and evaluated accordingly as part of regular, property-level reviews.

Independent Verification

To confirm the effective implementation and validity of LightStay, Hilton Worldwide commissioned KEMA-Registered Quality, Inc. – a Management Systems design company – to perform a series of third-party audits of LightStay.

“Our extensive audit of LightStay revealed that it is truly a best-in-class system for measuring and analyzing sustainability performance data at hotel properties,” said Steve Dunning, at KEMA-Registered Quality, Inc. “LightStay is rigorous but user-friendly, helping hotels to track and manage sustainability performance at a whole new level.”