Robbinsville, New Jersey (PressExposure) January 13, 2010 -- EcoGreenHotel helping expand Kanaâs green lodging offerings
Potential guests searching for an environmentally friendly hotel in Jackson, Mississippi or throughout Tennessee, the Carolinas, Texas, Alabama and as far north as Illinois need look no further than Kana Hotel Group. Kana recently contracted with EcoGreenHotel to perform an in-depth sustainability analysis of thirteen of its properties, with the dual goals of protecting the environment and boosting profits at the same time.
Kana Hotel Groupâs president, Alpesh Patel, said he has three reasons for pursuing the greening process.
âFirst, itâs simply the right thing to do. We want to be a responsible business,â Patel said. âProfitability is another reason. Energy costs greatly affect our bottom line; in this tough economic environment, anything we can do to reduce expenses without sacrificing guest satisfaction is very important. The third reason â itâs what our guests and team members want. More companies and guests are choosing greener hotels with all else being equal, so this is another competitive advantage that weâre trying to achieve for our hotel. And the greening process has been fun and meaningful for our team members.
EcoGreenHotel president Scott Parisi said his companyâs sustainability analysis for each of the Kana properties includes an Energy Star Portfolio Manager Account setup and upload, the propertyâs current Energy Star ranking, an onsite evaluation of the property by an EcoGreenHotel Sustainability Professional, a comprehensive energy conservation report and strategy proposal, energy procurement opportunities, rebate and incentive opportunities, and cash flow and funding opportunities to allow for project implementation.
âWorking with a company like Kana Hotel Group is such an honor,â Parisi said. âTheyâre clearly doing this for all the right reasons. Theyâre one hundred percent engaged and committed, as evidenced by the fact that theyâve signed up thirteen of their properties for analysis to become green hotel accommodations. Theyâre walking the talk, and thatâs refreshing.â
The first to undergo the analysis was the Embassy Suites Jackson-North/Ridgeland in Jackson, Mississippi, managed by Kammie Smith. The property has implemented a green team made up of both line level and managerial associates and led by sales manager Meghan Elder. EcoGreenHotel is coordinating the entire project and working with the green team and vendors to ensure proper and timely installation with the least interference in daily operations. EcoGreenHotel is also applying for rebates, incentives and loans to offset the costs of implementation.
From simple acts of recycling paper to biodegradable 100% recycled room keys Embassy Suites has taken strategic steps to go green. Read about Embassy Suiteâs green initiatives here at http://www.greenhotelmississippi.net.
Patel said he is delighted with EcoGreenHotelâs administration of the process.
âWe chose EcoGreenHotel for this process because they have excellent expertise in this arena and they have provided true value in the planning and execution of our green initiatives,â he said. âEcoGreenHotel is doing an outstanding job getting the most bang for our buck and delivering everything from A to Z.â
Patel and Parisi both spoke about the process at the 2nd Annual Green Lodging Conference in Orlando, Florida on December 9-11, 2009.
In addition to the Embassy Suites Jackson-North/Ridgeland, these Kana properties are also working toward sustainability to offer their guests green accommodations under the guidance of EcoGreenHotel:
â¢ Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Smryna TN â¢ Hampton Inn Knoxville/Lenoir City, TN â¢ Hampton Inn Knoxville/East, TN â¢ Staybridge Suites Greenville, SC â¢ Holiday Inn Express Knoxville/East, TN â¢ Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte/Mooresville, NC â¢ Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville/South AL â¢ Hilton Garden Inn Abilene, TX â¢ Hilton Garden Inn Winston-Salem, NC â¢ Holiday Inn Express Knoxville/Clinton, TN â¢ Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Southland - Matteson, IL â¢ Hampton Inn & Suites Huntsville/Athens, AL