Troy’s Homewood Suites Earns State Green Lodging Certification: The Homewood Suites by Hilton, located in Troy, has earned Green Lodging Michigan Partner certification from the Michigan Energy Office. Green Lodging Michigan encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed and breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving “green” practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing. The Homewood Suites has implemented several environmental initiatives at its facility. It has a linen and towel reuse program, as well as low-flow faucets and toilets to conserve water. It reduces waste by recycling paper, aluminum, cardboard, plastic, glass, and other materials. The Homewood Suites attempts to include its guests on the hotel’s greening efforts by encouraging them to participate. It also provides its meeting guests with a report that details the meeting’s environmental footprint and tells them how they can reduce or offset this impact. Green Lodging Michigan is a voluntary and non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to hoteliers at no charge. The Michigan Energy Office and the DEQ provide technical assistance to those who are interested in implementing “green” strategies and earning certification. The GLM program certifies facilities based on environmental initiatives such as air quality, energy efficiency, solid waste reduction, toxic waste management, water conservation, purchasing and communication. There are three levels of certification: Partner, Steward, and Leader, which can be earned by completing a self-assessment checklist and achieving a minimum number of requirements and points. The Michigan Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan’s residents, businesses, and public institutions. For more information about the Green Lodging Michigan program and to download the GLM application packet and self-assessment checklist, visit the website at www.michigan.gov/greenlodging.
Pep Stations LLC Receives ETL Certification: Livonia-based Pep Stations LLC, a provider of premium electric vehicle charging stations, announced that its PEP Stations PS2000, a dual Level 2 commercial electric vehicle charging station, has achieved ETL certification from Intertek. Intertek, www.intertek.com, is a leading testing laboratory serving a wide range of industries around the world. The PS2000 has been certified to UL 2231-1, UL 2231-2 and UL Subject 2594. The Pep Station is a Dual Level 2 electric vehicle charging station designed to be user friendly, indestructible, identifiable and cost effective. Each Pep Station is capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously at 240 volts each via national standard SAE J1772 connectors. Consequently, each respective site will require half the charge stations and will pay about half the price for installation when compared to competing charging stations. Each Pep Station can be configured to provide free or pay-per-use access with either an access or a credit card. No subscription service is required. Recent clients for Pep Stations include the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa., The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and LA Center Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.