Doral Arrowwood Expands Green Initiatives, Partners with American DG Energy

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Leading Westchester resort and conference center enhances eco-friendly plans by reducing 43% of carbon emissions

Doral Arrowwood (http://www.DoralArrowwood.com), the premier hotel in Westchester, today announced that it has partnered with American DG Energy of Waltham, Mass, to serve as its clean energy supplier. As part of this initiative, Doral Arrowwood will soon receive a significant portion of its energy from a 375 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system. Using energy produced by the CHP system, Doral Arrowwood will reduce its carbon emissions by up to 1,800 tons per year or 43%. The partnership is the latest addition to Doral Arrowwood’s green initiatives, which include measures to reduce energy usage, increase recycling and use biodegradable products throughout the hotel.

"At Doral Arrowwood we are committed to our community and environment,” said Steve Mabus, General Manager, Doral Arrowwood. “We are looking forward to taking the next step in making our hotel and conference center even more eco-friendly.”

Due to the superior efficiency of the 375 kW CHP system, the property’s carbon footprint will be significantly reduced:

  •     Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduced by 1854 tons/year (43% reduction vs. separate heat and power)
  •     Nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions reduced by 4.54 tons/year (82% reduction)
  •     Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions nearly eliminated (reduced by 8.19 tons/yr = 99.88% reduction)
  •     Fuel consumption reduced by 21,282 MMBtu/year (34% reduction)
  •     Potential for acid rain reduced due to reduction of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide, which are active agents in acid rain.
  •     Carbon dioxide emissions reductions equivalent to that absorbed by 382 acres of forest
  •     Carbon dioxide emissions reductions equivalent to removing 306 cars from the road

*Note: Figures were calculated using the EPA CHP Partnership emissions calculator

"Businesses are realizing that going green by using clean energy provides significant environmental benefits,” said Barry Sanders, President and COO of American DG Energy. “We are excited to install our On-Site Utility energy solution at Doral Arrowwood and appreciate their commitment to reducing the hotel’s impact on the environment."

In addition to its CHP system, Doral Arrowwood has taken several additional steps to make the hotel more environmentally friendly. As part of its green measures, Doral Arrowwood is using green products and biodegradable products on a daily basis throughout the hotel. Other eco-friendly measures include: the use of Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs for 75% of its lighting; replacing six of the resort’s eight water heaters with Energy Efficient Heat Exchangers; and, involvement in the Project Planet program, which is the hospitality industry’s leader in environmental linens and towels re-use programs.

Doral Arrowwood has also redesigned its on-property recycling center. As part of the redesign, the hotel has installed recycling bins at all back of the house and refreshment break areas for disposal of office paper, beverage containers and newspapers. Property-wide initiatives have also been further enhanced, including the use of staff uniforms made from recycled materials. The new uniforms, part of the Regeneration™ Suiting Collection, are made from 100% recycled polyester produced from post-consumer waste. Interestingly, one suit is made from approximately 25 recycled 2-liter plastic bottles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports apparel made from recycled material uses 66% less energy compared to the manufacturing of polyester fiber, and the process reduces water usage by 90%.

The CHP project is scheduled to begin in 4-6 weeks and its estimated completion date is November 30, 2010. To learn more, visit http://www.DoralArrowwood.com.

About Doral Arrowwood (http://www.DoralArrowwood.com):
Doral Arrowwood, located just 30 minutes north of Manhattan and five minutes away from the Westchester County Airport, provides both business executives and leisure travelers alike the ultimate in privacy at an unsurpassed location. The property is nestled on 114 wooded acres, surrounded by a magnificent Robert von Hagge golf course. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities including golf, tennis and racket sports. The resort offers 373 guest rooms (including seven suites), three distinct restaurants, a spectacular indoor-outdoor pool and state-of-the-art sports center with spa services such as massages and facials. The facility boasts 33 custom-built meeting rooms and an elegant 6,500 square foot grand ballroom for corporate and special events. To learn more, visit http://www.DoralArrowwood.com.

About American DG Energy:
American DG Energy supplies low-cost energy to its customers through distributed power generating systems. The Company is committed to providing institutional, commercial and small industrial facilities with clean, reliable power, cooling, heat and hot water at lower costs than charged by local utilities – without any capital or start-up costs to the energy user – through its On-Site Utility energy solutions. American DG Energy is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. More information can be found at http://www.americandg.com.

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