by Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport.
BOSTON—The Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport, a Saunders Group Hotel, is nearing
completion of a multi-million dollar eco-driven renovation. 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.
“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 the hotel the greenest of its 5,000 properties
nationwide. 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 percent indigenous plants and trees that need less water. During the
renovation, nearly 80 percent of all debris removed from the property was recycled and kept out
of local landfills.
Many Resource-Saving Initiatives
Some of the more than 90 initiatives in place at the Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International
Airport include: composting in the breakfast area, laundry ozone system, green purchasing
policies, use of non-toxic cleaners, natural air fresheners, low-VOC paints, Go Green e-mail
express Check Out, amenity dispensers for shampoo, lotion and soap, community outreach, and
participation in the RecycleBank program.
Additional initiatives include: use of eco-friendly renovation materials such as low VOC wall
coverings, adhesives and carpet pads, which improve air quality; driving tips card; guest
education and awareness; motion sensor thermostats; super efficient public area lighting (CFLs);
vendor misers on all soda machines; efficient Energy Star equipment; Eco-Channel and brochures in
guestrooms; double paned low E windows; a PM (preventative maintenance) program to reduce energy
consumption and increase equipment longevity; monthly green team meetings; faucet aerators; on-
site water filtration; towel and sheet program; toner cartridge recycling; and the purchase of
compostable paper cups.
Owned and operated by the third-generation Saunders Hotel Group, the 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.”