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Featured AGPOM Member – The NoMad Hotel

Tara Hughes August 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Industry News No comments
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The NoMad Hotel, NYC, LEED Gold Certified

This fabulous eco-luxury hotel was the first renovated hotel in New York City to obtain LEED Gold Certification and was one of NYC’s three hotel properties with top LEED credentials upon certification in 2013.

leed-goldThe hotel’s standout green features that contributed toward the awarding of LEED Gold are:

  • Occupancy sensors for lighting and HVAC in hotel rooms to reduce energy when rooms are unoccupied
  • Sustainable reuse of the existing building’s exterior walls and floors
  • Reclaimed wood flooring in the guestrooms
  • High efficiency windows and HVAC equipment
  • Water loop heat pumps that condition the rooms
  • Dual-flush toilets in guest bathrooms
  • A green roof and outdoor space that contribute to a high ratio of open space to development footprint
  • Implementation of a Green Operations and Maintenance Plan to reduce toxins and chemicals introduced into the building after completion

In addition, the Hotel is implementing many of AGPOM’s Green Behavioral Plan for Hotels and Resorts.  The following provides an example of their commitment:

  • Reusable linen program for guests to reuse towels and linens during their stay
  • Relying on natural daylight in restaurants and common areas for as much of each day as possible
  • Keep window coverings closed in unoccupied guest rooms to combat extreme temps
  • Incandescent light bulbs have been replaced with CFLs
  • Recycling programs are used and encouraged
  • Purchases locally, when possible
  • Un-used and/or no longer used items are donated to charities

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Reducing and Managing Food Waste presented by ITP’s Green Hotelier

Tara Hughes July 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Industry News No comments

Reducing and Managing Food Waste in Hotels presented by Green Hotelier

Join us for a complimentary webinar about Reducing and Managing Food Waste presented by AGPOM’s Partner International Tourism Partnership on September 24th.

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Every bit of food you throw away costs you and the environment.

According to UNEP, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. Additionally, according to the Food Waste Alliance, 68m tonnes of food waste are produced each year in the US, with around 39.7m tonnes going to landfill or incineration. One third of this is from full and quick service (QSR) restaurants. The saddest part is 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.

What’s the environmental issues cased by food waste?

  • When food rots it creates methane (CH4) which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide
  • Every time food is wasted, the water, energy, time, manpower, land, fertilizer, fuel, packaging and MONEY put into growing, preparing, storing, transporting, cooking the food is wasted.
  • If food waste was a country, it would be the world’s 3rd largest emitter of CO2

Reduced Waste = Reduced Expenses

By taking a few simple steps to waste less and recycle more, and by working out the cost of food waste to the business, hotels can reap financial as well as environmental benefits. Read more

Earth Day Special extended to 5/31 – Join AGPOM for only $55!

Tara Hughes May 28, 2015 Industry News No comments


Earth Day Membership Special

Join AGPOM only $55!

In honor of this year’s 45th annual Earth Day, we are offering $45 off AGPOM Annual Membership!


By joining, AGPOM members are able to:

This special offer is available for all new members that join between now and Sunday, May 31st!

Click here to fill out the membership form and start saving today!

AGPOM Sponsors Team for Earth Day Run

Tara Hughes April 21, 2015 Industry News No comments

AGPOM Sponsors Team for Earth Day Run – Saturday, April 18th

In support of this year’s upcoming Earth Day, AGPOM sponsored a team of participants from our partner, Fulcrum Insurance Programs​, for the local Earth Day Run. After the run a native sapling tree was given to each participant (to plant themselves or donate to the park to be planted). Additionally, for each finisher will have a mangrove tree planted in their name by the Mangrove Action Project. Mangroves are the number one carbon sequestering tree on the planet.

Investing in trees is one of the best investments you can make – did you know?

1. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a year, and at the same time produce nearly 260
pounds of oxygen- enough to support two people.

2. Forests provide natural filtration and storage systems that process nearly two-thirds of the water supply
in the United States. Trees help filter water, help prevent soil erosion, moderate runoff during rain storms as well as increase groundwater aquifers.

3. Trees also reduce the greenhouse effect by shading our homes and office buildings. This reduces air conditioning needs up to 30%, thereby reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned to produce electricity. This combination of CO2 removal from the atmosphere, carbon storage in wood, and the cooling effect makes trees a very efficient tool in fighting the greenhouse effect.

4. Crunch the numbers: Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides
$62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and
controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.

5. A U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by
acting as a buffer and absorbing 50% of urban noise.

6. Mature tree’s can increase property value 5-15%.

View the benefits of trees article

The Earth Day Run event organizers were also accepting donations of used running shoes for the More Foundation which uses the proceeds from the sales to help people in Africa grow fruit trees, gardens and other projects. They also partnered with Arcadia Power so all the electricity that the event produced was off-set through purchased wind power. All end-of-race fruit was organic and waste was either recycled or composted.


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BOMI International Partners with the Hospitality Industry to Reach Green Goals

Tara Hughes April 10, 2015 BOMI International No comments

BOMI International Partners with the Hospitality Industry to Reach Green Goals

BOMI-LogoBOMI International, the Independent Institute for Property and Facility Management Education, has partnered with many industry-leading hospitality companies to train and prepare their teams to meet new challenges in facility management. One such client is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

BOMI International offers designation programs to further industry understanding and implementation of best practices in property and facility management. The educational institute’s Facilities Management Administrator (FMA®) designation provides the critical knowledge and tools professionals need to strengthen their practical experience and empower them to become more effective facilities professionals.

Starwood’s Directors of Engineering earn the FMA designation and apply the knowledge gained toward meeting Starwood’s high standards of excellence, such as the 30/20 by 20 program.

“The goal of Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 program is to reduce energy use by 30 percent and cut water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 at every property,” said Gus Newbury, Starwood’s Regional Director of Engineering—East. “BOMI International has helped us along the way by providing facility management education to our Directors of Engineering globally.

“Since our partnership was launched in 2011, 187 of our DOEs have participated in the FMA. Since they have gone through BOMI International’s program, they have been able to focus on guest experience priorities such as comfort, safety, daily operations, and maintenance, all while creating a safe and productive workplace and keeping sustainability in mind,” continued Newbury.

Among many other sustainability initiatives and practices, Starwood has introduced a program involving meetings and group business. A few years ago, Starwood launched the “Sustainable Meeting Practices” effort to enhance their guest participation in sustainability initiatives.

“At Starwood, we have a shared belief that people want a better way to experience the world. We view our work in sustainability and social responsibility as our commitment to making sure there is a better world to experience,” Newbury added.

BOMI International is committed to its corporate educational partnership programs that bring classes directly to clients, including courses that lead to earning BOMI International certificates and designations like the FMA. Ninety-eight percent of BOMI International graduates said that its courses have enabled them or their employees to be more efficient. In addition, 68 percent have experienced a decrease in monthly operating expenses, energy consumption being the number-one cost savings.

To learn more about BOMI International’s designations and certificates, including the FMA, visit or call Laney Solomon at 410-974-1410 ext. 1320 for special AGPOM member pricing.

April 10, 2015

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