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"Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Tool
for Green Performance Measures"

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In 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to develop an interactive web-based decision support tool to provide technical assistance for businesses to reduce pollutants through increased efficiency in energy consumption, water use, and effective management of natural resources.

It is encouraging that many hotel managers have realized that sustainability initiatives to control water use, increase energy efficiency, and limit emissions and wastes are beneficial. But the question often is “Where should environmental improvement efforts be focused with limited resources?”

One way to take some of the guesswork out of the equation is use a Decision-Support Tool, which is an interactive framework used by decision-makers to help answer questions, solve problems, and focus resources. To this end, Florida Atlantic University has developed an interactive web-based Decision-Support Tool that provides users with technical assistance to determine which pollution prevention strategies provide the maximum benefits in terms of energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste minimization, with the highest return on investment.

The Decision-Support Tool also allows the user to track energy use, water consumption, emissions reductions, and waste generation rates to monitor and record the environmental benefits. Furthermore, since the tool is interactive, it will 1) improve access to results of independent third-party measurement and evaluation of lean and green initiatives, 2) improve the design and implementation of new or upgraded systems for products and services provided by vendors and small businesses, and 3) improve the regulatory framework to adequately deal with changing technologies and lessons learned to maximize the effectiveness of pollution prevention programs nationwide.

So how does it work?

The key component of the tool is an online database application that hosts a dynamic Best Management Practice (BMP) guide. This guide is constantly updated with information collected from the anonymous library of user profiles uploaded by subscribers (such as hotels, restaurants, and other small businesses) and also by vendors who provide green products or services who can access the site analytics for performance data-mining and to see what trends are doing well for other vendors.


 

"Green Lodging Implementation and Monitoring"

In 2004, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging Program issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to investigate water conservation, energy efficiency, waste minimization, and clean air practices in hotels in Florida.

This research will address a major technological need for sustainable, economical options for hotels to increase their revenues and generate increased savings in utility costs from adopting best management practices in waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation and clean air practices.

The objectives of the research are to:

  • Phase 1: To identify best practices for the hotel lodging industry in water conservation and waste minimization

  • Phase 2: To identify best strategies for the hotel lodging industry in energy efficiency and clean air practices

  • Phase 3: To document the results from planning pilot projects focusing on sustainable solutions for waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation and clean air practices.

  • Phase 4: To document the results from implementing pilot projects focusing on sustainable solutions for waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation and clean air practices prior to the one palm designation.

  • Phase 5: To document the results from implementing pilot projects focusing on sustainable solutions for waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation and clean air practices prior to the two palm designation.


"Broward County Water Use Profile"

Broward County Water and Wastewater Services contracted with Lab.EES to conduct a study to determine the water use profile of its water customers. The program concentrated on establishing base line water use profile data to make recommendations for future activities.

A water use profile provides data that defines who the customers are and how they are using their water. The profile consists of demographic, operational, and fiscal information that define customer patterns within each service area. The purpose of developing the profile is to have sufficient data to recommend targeted conservation programs.


NEWS

  • Dr. Meeroff was a panelist at the USGBC Broward Branch Meeting - Green Trends in the Hospitality Industry (02/15/2011)

  • Dr. Meeroff was the keynote speaker at the Florida Green Lodging Conference. To view his presentation, click here.

The Florida Green Lodging Conference
Being Green, Saving Green & Making Green
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville FL
Nov. 10-12, 2008

 

   

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