BGT member hotels have done remarkable work. Some have cut energy and water use by over 40 percent. Others boast recycling rates over 50%. They have been early adopters of new technology and have used innovative measures to gain staff cooperation with their programs. BGT hotels have earned over 30 certifications by Energy Star, Green Key, Green Seal and LEED.
By improving their environmental performance, BGT hotels have sharply cut their operating costs, modernized their equipment and satisfied staff who are proud to work for caring organizations. BGT hotels respond well to RFP’s that include green criteria, and they impress members looking for a green hotel experience.
BGT organizes eight or more workshops per year for its Greater Boston member hotels, the vendors who serve them and others who are part of this movement. Each workshop has three or more presentations from hoteliers describing their recent accomplishments, practices and plans; company representatives describing their green products, services and hotel case studies; and others with pertinent information to share.
We also produce a newsletter that introduces hoteliers to green technology and services; helps them keep up to date with government initiatives and regulations; and describes local and national green trends and practices. A newsletter section will be posted here in 2013.
BGT executive director Dan Ruben gives private presentations to member hotel green teams and executive staff on How U.S. Hotels Go Green and Improve their Bottom Line; and How to Market Your Green Hotel. He also gives a presentation to staff on How to Drop Your Energy, Water and Gas Bills by Living Green.
Green hotels are a natural in Greater Boston. They complement our now beautiful city that has easy access to a cleaner Charles River and Boston Harbor, and many outdoor recreational opportunities. Indeed, Boston is the east coast green city, and it has spectacularly green hotels to match.
Beyond Boston, BGT produces workshops and webinars for hotels and restaurants; consulting for hotels; and we work with vendors on how to work effectively with hotels.
Boston Green Tourism Accepts EPA’s Environmental Merit Award: On April 22, six Boston Green Tourism members attended this award ceremony at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Pictured from right to left are: Dianna Dixon, Matt Moore, Adam Sperling, Dan Ruben, Elaine Strunk, Joe O’Toole and EPA’s Ira Leighton.
Eliot Hotel ranked #1 in Travel + Leisure "World's Best Service,” in part for being eco-friendly
The Colonnade Hotel wins Boston Business Journal 2011 Best Green Practices Award for Innovation
The Onyx Hotel earned the highest Green Key certification—five keys.
InterContinental Boston’s Miel and RumBa certified by Green Restaurant Association.
Hotel Marlowe won the 2011 Cambridge Waste Reduction Award.
Eliot Hotel and W Hotel Boston earn Green Key certification.
Hyatt Regency Boston renewed its Energy Star label in 2011.
Omni Parker House earns Green Key Certification.
The Westin Copley Place earned Energy Star, Green Key and Green Seal certifications.
Comfort Inn and Suites Boston/ Airport earns Green Key certification.
Irving House won the Cambridge Go Green Climate Protection Award for 2010 in the small business category.
The Lenox Hotel earns Green Key certification.
The Onyx Hotel earns Green Key certification.
Fairmont Battery Wharf earns Green Key certification.
Hotel Marlowe becomes first Massachusetts hotel to earn Green Seal certification.
Seaport Hotel wins 2009 EcoRace Recycling Challenge for Mixed-Use Buildings Under 500,000 Square Feet, and Innovation Award for Mixed-Use Multi-Buildings from Boston’s Building Owners and Management Association.
Fairmont Copley Plaza and Seaport Hotel become one of the first US hotels to be Green Key rated.
Irving House wins 2009 Cambridge GoGreen Award for transportation innovations.
Element Hotel wins Boston Business Journal’s Green Business Award for its design.
Five Hotels Win 2009 Boston Green Business Award: Colonnade, Eliot, Hostelling International Boston, Hyatt Regency Boston, Westin Copley Place.