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Sustainability steadily becoming part of lodging industry DNA

green certification such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) or certification through Green Key
Global or other similar organizations.

SUPER 8 OWNER PASSIONATE
ABOUT THE PLANET
What is common among green hotels is owners and managers passionate about implementing green design, practices,
equipment and technologies. Employee participation is also
key. According to the Green Lodging Trends Report 2016, a
Green Lodging News and Greenview production, 69 percent of
survey participants said they have on-property green teams;
64 percent said they have on-property green champions.
One owner who is certainly passionate about sustainability
is Raakesh Patel. In 2009, his Super 8 Ukiah in Ukiah, Calif.,
was struggling. "The only way to survive was to save money,"
he says. "I called the utility companies, and they provided a
lot of suggestions. I started conserving energy and performing
property maintenance. I took advantage of rebates, incentives
and tax credits.
Patel invested in a 49.5 kW solar photovoltaic system. "I
always wanted to do solar," he says. "That saves 60 to 65 percent of the electricity." A solar thermal system heats all of the
water for the hotel. In the summer, it also heats the swimming
pool. Laundry equipment is very efficient and an ozone system
cuts back on chemicals and energy typically needed. Laundry
greywater is filtered and used for irrigation.
The Super 8 Ukiah offers electric vehicle charging stations
to guests. Breakfast features 100 percent organic coffee and
teas, biodegradable tableware and energy efficient lighting.
"Our mission at Super 8 Ukiah is to combine high-quality
service with eco-friendly initiatives that reinforce the balance
of nature," Patel says. "I was born and raised in India, and we
did not have many resources. I came to the U.S. with nothing.
Business was going great, and then it started going down. I
am reducing my carbon footprint. Wyndham has helped me
so much. Everyone around me has been helping me so much."
The Super 8 Ukiah has been an Energy Star Hotel for the last
six years, has reached GreenLeader Gold level with TripAdvisor
and has been Certified Green by the State of California. The
hotel is a recipient of the Spirit of Super 8 Award, Champion
of Green Award, and the Business of the Year Award by the
Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.
Patel says that with everything he has done, "Sometimes
people think you are crazy. It is OK. I know how much difference it has made in our own lives. We are saving so much
money, and our staff really appreciates it."

'NATURE IS IN EVERYTHING WE DO'
One of the biggest green hotel stories in the past year has
been the opening and growth of Barry Sternlicht's 1 Hotels.
Sternlicht, CEO and chairman of the brand, made sure that
each hotel - in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami Beach - was
designed with nature in mind. Natural, local materials are

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Raakesh Patel is owner
of the Super 8 Ukiah in
Ukiah, Calif. He says,
"Our mission at Super
8 Ukiah is to combine
high-quality service with
eco-friendly initiatives
that reinforce the
balance of nature."

emphasized and wherever possible energy, water and waste
is minimized. 1 Hotel South Beach opened in early 2015, followed by 1 Hotel Central Park later that year, and then 1 Hotel
Brooklyn Bridge earlier this year.
"Nature is in everything we do," says Amanda DeSantis, vice
president of sustainability for 1 Hotels. "Welcoming you into
our space hits every sense - from the fragrance to the sights
to the sounds - our spaces are thoughtfully designed to ensure
those infinite number of interactions with nature. Guests
are provided a key token made of recycled wood, and once in
their room, there is filtered water (no plastic water bottles), a
chalkboard to write on (no paper), a hemp blended mattress
with 100 percent organic cotton sheets, and to explore the
local community, a Tesla. It is all of these and more mindful
touches that matter."
"Each hotel reflects the local community, from the makers we partner with for the furnishings and products, to the
passion of the employees that donate their time to improve
the environment and lives of people," DeSantis adds. "At
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the floor to ceiling sliding windows
that open up to the stunning outdoor view of Manhattan,
the cozy refuge feel at 1 Hotel Central Park provided by the
window benches, and at 1 Hotel South Beach, the exterior


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2017

Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Aahoa Interview
Technology
There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Case Study
Aahoa Interview
Small Business
Housekeeping
Property Taxes
Leadership
Marketing
Finance q&a
Back of the House
Final Thoughts
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa @ Industry
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Technology
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Case Study
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Housekeeping
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Property Taxes
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Finance q&a
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Back of the House
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa @ Industry
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Advertiser Index
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