Want to know what’s in store for the future of green technology? Here are three predictions from the Green Hotels Association.
1. Food waste will become a commodity, and commercial
decomposition will be the motivator. Commercial
decomposition equipment can handle hundreds of pounds of food waste
daily. As the food dissolves into a watery slurry, it is released
into the sanitary sewer line. Those in municipal sewer management
who support the concept say the process releases microbes that help
keep sewer lines clean. Because this food waste is valuable as an
organic fertilizer and livestock feed, hotels and restaurants soon
may see it sold to farms, vineyards and manufacturing plants.
2. Plumbing manufacturers will redesign all kitchen and
bath fixtures with adjustable speeds, similar to vehicle windshield
wipers. This will allow an easier choice of a lot or a
little water. Patricia Griffin, GHA founder and president, says,
“Plumbing manufacturers need to make these conservation
changes. Bath and kitchen sink faucets must allow us to precisely
choose the volume of water provided.”
3. All lighting in parking and office buildings will be
converted to lighting accompanied by motion and/or heat
sensors. The sensors turn those lights on only when they
detect motion or body heat. Of course, some lights will need to
stay on for security purposes, but the reduced energy use means
less air pollution because less fossil fuels are being burned to
produce the electricity.