The Lenox introduced Boston’s first commercial curbside charging station for electric cars nearly a year ago, and through a partnership with GE, they are upgrading to the latest technology to help further promote electric vehicle usage.
Located on Exeter Street across from the Boston Public Library and in front of the hotel, the WattStation™ is a level 2 charger that enables faster and more convenient vehicle charging. Says Daniel Donahue, Vice President and Managing Director of the Lenox, “The new design of GE’s WattStation™ lets us stay ahead of the curve with the latest technology in a rapidly changing space. The new charging station offers our guests a faster and easier charge.”
The installation of the new WattStation™, which is only being used by one or two other hotels in the world presently, is intended to create a new guest amenity while also generating eco awareness for pedestrians on the high-traffic corner where the hotel is located. "We hope to continue leading the charge by inspiring more electric vehicles to hit the road," adds Lenox's Director of Sales & Marketing Scott Grigelevich.
Guests of the hotel or diners at City Table, City Bar or Solas will receive a complimentary charge and parking during their charging time.
"The Lenox Hotel’s Green Team remains committed to promoting a sustainable environment in our community,” says the Lenox Hotel’s Director of Green Scot Hopps. “Considering a third of the nation’s greenhouse gases come from automobile transportation, and 60 percent of that is from personal vehicle use, EV's really can reduce our city’s carbon footprint and lower emissions, and we’re proud to help promote their use.”
The Lenox Hotel and the Saunders Hotel Group (which owns the hotel) continue to be at the forefront of promoting environmental initiatives both in the community and in the hospitality sector worldwide. The new WattStation™ is further proof of the group’s commitment to expanding eco practices beyond the walls of the hotel.
About the Lenox Hotel's Trendsetting Sustainability Efforts:
“Historic” and “luxury” aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence as “sustainability,” but The Lenox has had a genuine commitment to comprehensive environmental stewardship since The Saunders Hotel Group launched this program in 1992. Over the last 20 years, The Lenox team has implemented a myriad of environmental initiatives including hybrid vehicles, filtered water stations, LED roof signs, waterless urinals, and an entire hypo-allergenic floor. Their efforts are both visible and behind the scenes – the hotel started offsetting their carbon emissions as early as 2001 and they partner with local companies for their lobby welcome and turndown amenities. The Lenox team takes a critical look at all aspects of the business to find opportunities to reduce the hotel’s footprint, improve their service to guests, be a leader in the community, and improve the world we all share. In 2011, the Lenox’s accomplishments helped the Saunders Hotel Group win the World Travel and Tourism Council’s prestigious ‘Tourism for Tomorrow Award’ for Community Benefit.
To learn more, please contact Saunders Hotel Group’s sustainability partner, Eco-Logical Solutions at (617) 421-4915.
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