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Saunders Hotel Group Nearing  Completion of a Multi-million dollar
Eco-driven Renovation at the Comfort Inn Logan Airport

90+ Green Practices Are in Place



Boston, MA— March 11, 2010 -  The Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport, a Saunders Group Hotel, is nearing  completion of a multi-million dollar eco-driven renovation, once again making it the national leader in its class  for urban ecotourism and guest perks. Located just three miles from Logan Airport, the newly redesigned  Comfort Inn now satisfies eco-conscious and budget-conscious travelers more than ever, making it the natural  choice for overnight stays and longer visits.

"Our new design is a win for the environment and a bigger win for our guests," says Katrina D'Argenis, General  Manager. "In this economy, budget-savvy travelers insist on great value, outstanding service and consistent,  quality accommodations—this renovation is the smartest way to meet those needs." Choice Hotels International  recently declared it the "greenest" of its 5,000 properties nationwide.

Today more than 90+ green practices are in place including in-room recycling bins, a food waste composting  program that engages guests, a laundry ozone system that eliminates most hot water usage, spa-quality  shampoo and soap dispensing systems that eliminate 270 thousand small bottles from entering the waste stream,  a pool ionizing system which makes the water sparkling clean without unhealthy chlorine and a small fleet of  CNG (compressed natural gas) shuttles. To promote excellent indoor air quality, the hotel introduced low-VOC  (volatile organic compound) paints along with Green Seal certified cleaners and air fresheners.

Each material, fabric and finish was researched and selected for its highest sustainability footprint and lowest environmental impact. Even the property's new landscaping was designed to use 95% indigenous plants and trees that need less water. During the renovation, nearly 80% of all debris removed from the property was recycled and kept out of local landfills.

Some of the 90+ initiatives in place at the Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport include:
 

Composting in our breakfast area, 

Laundry Ozone System 

Purchasing Policies 

Use of non-toxic cleaners 

Natural Air Fresheners 

Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints 

Go Green e-mail express Check Out 

Amenity Dispensers for shampoo, lotion, soap 

Community Outreach 

Participating in RecycleBank’s program 

Use of Eco-friendly Renovation materials Low VOC wall coverings, adhesives & carpet pads, which improve air quality

Driving Tips Card Guest education & awareness. 

Motion Sensor thermostats Significantly reduce energy use and costs by controlling room temperature based on occupancy.

Super efficient public area lighting (CFLs) 

Vendor misers on all soda machines Reduces energy consumption & cost.

Purchasing policies to include purchasing locally produced products 

Efficient ENERGY STAR equipment 

Eco-Channel and Brochures in our guest rooms 

Double paned low E windows Conserve energy & reduce costs. 

Eco Tread Lightly weekend package 

Pool Ionizing-cleaning system 

PM (Preventative Maintenance) program Reduces energy consumption & increases equipment longevity.

Green Hotel Team Member Eco-training Provides staff an overview of initiatives & prepares them for guest interactions 

Energy Star Online Benchmarking 

Monthly Energy Reports 

Monthly Eco-Room Check Reports 

Monthly Green Team Meetings 

Trained Team Members Proper HVAC controls 

Faucet aerators 

On-site water filtration 

Towel and Sheet Program 

Toner Cartridge Recycling 

Battery Recycling Diverts waste from the landfill and reduces groundwater contamination. 

Hallway Recycling Bins & Signage Improved recycling capture, guest education & good will for paper, bottles & cans

Compostable Paper Cups 

Cardboard Recycling Bins 

Green Seal Paper Products 

Paperless Fax
 

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Comfort Inn's responsible green initatives translate back to the guests' benefit and overall experience by enabling  the hotel to offer more ‘freebies’ than its airport competitors:
  • Free HD TV (including HBO)
  • Free deluxe breakfast buffet
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access throughout hotel
  • Free 24-hour business center
  • Free 24-hour Logan Airport Shuttle
  • Free 24-hour coffee
  • Free copy of USA Today
Owned and operated by the third-generation Saunders Hotel Group, this 208-room Comfort Inn near Logan Airport has been committed to ongoing environmental initiatives since its opening in September 2000. Tedd Saunders, Saunders Hotel Group's Chief Sustainability Officer sums it up this way: "We are extremely proud that our dedicated team was able to extend the hotel's industry-leading environmental commitment by looking after our valued guests' needs while helping protect our unique planet."

The Saunders Hotel Group, known for its commitment to gracious hospitality, innovation, and environmental leadership, operates six distinctive properties: Lenox Hotel (Boston, MA), Comfort Inn & Suites (Boston/Logan Airport), Marriott Residence Inn (Merrimack, NH), Hawthorn Suites Hotel (Alexandria, VA.), Hampton Inn (Norwood, MA.), and The Premiere Hotel and Suites (New Haven, CT.)

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Contact: 

Katrina D'Argenis, General Manager
Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport
Tel: (781) 873-3636
Email: kdargenis@comfortinnboston.com
Tweets:  twitter.com/ComfortLogan
 

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Also See: Saunders Hotel Group Finds An Innovative Way To Stay One Step Ahead Of A Potential Energy Crunch / March 2001
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