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Supplier News21 April 2009

Cambean Hospitality to Become World’s Most Progressive Carbon Neutral Hospitality Company

Miami Beach hotel chain to mitigate energy consumption for operations of the entire property portfolio through offsets and renewable energy credits

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MIAMI BEACH, FL. | Cambean Hospitality, a Miami Beach-based hospitality group that owns and manages four boutique hotel properties in the historic South Beach area, today announced that they will soon be the most Earth-friendly, carbon neutral hospitality company in the world. Cambean plans to achieve this designation by installing solar panels and a wind turbine on the roof of the Clifton South Beach Hotel, and by purchasing carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) from Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy to offset Cambean’s fuel and electricity consumption.

“While many hospitality companies have embraced being ‘Green,’ their involvement, and the involvement of their guests, is purely a voluntary or opportunistic approach and is not mandated by corporate guidelines,” stated Brian Scheinblum, president of Cambean Hospitality. “Cambean Hospitality, on the other hand, has quantified the carbon footprint for our entire portfolio of properties, and is mandating that we become carbon neutral. To that end, we’ve invested in the most progressive accounting, offsetting and renewable credit purchase program anywhere.”

In order to quantify energy consumption, Cambean Hospitality hired HVS in Miami to perform an Operations Sustainability Analysis (OSA). The OSA analyzes opportunities within a hotel for saving money through physical retrofits and changes in operational procedures, all of which contribute to conservation and sustainability. The cost of these changes is calculated and compared against the forecasted savings in operating expenses, allowing a clear understanding of the cost/benefit and anticipated payback period for investing in these changes.

The HVS OSA also includes a quantification of the carbon emissions footprint relative to the hotel, as prepared by EnviRelation. The EnviRelation carbon emissions report is the only one of its kind that calculates the full carbon footprint of a hotel property inclusive of all scopes – electric, gas, water consumption, as well as employee transportation to the property, trash removal, linen services, etc. Next, Cambean Hospitality reached out to Renewable Choice Energy to design an offset and renewable energy credit program based on the carbon footprint of the entire portfolio.

“In order to become carbon neutral, a company must address all three scopes of energy consumption and emissions, and Cambean Hospitality has done that,” stated Scheinblum. “Through our aggressive offsetting and credit investments, we are addressing the direct emissions from company-owned assets (Scope 1), indirect emissions from purchased electricity (Scope 2), and indirect emissions from outsourced activities (Scope 3).”

It is the ability to address all three scopes that allows Cambean to be a leader in Green hospitality.

“Cambean Hotels is leading by example as it demonstrates a comprehensive vision for corporate environmental responsibility. Cambean is immersing itself in sustainability practices and setting itself apart in the hospitality industry,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. “Through its investments in both renewable energy and carbon reduction projects, Cambean is showcasing the importance of evaluating and reducing carbon emissions on a corporate level. Their commitment supports the development of the renewable energy infrastructure that is a vital component of increasing the clean energy produced in the U.S.”

For more information, please contact Brian Scheinblum at (305) 455-2236 or visit .

About Renewable Choice Energy | Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy (www.renewablechoice.com) is the award-winning, full-service provider of renewable energy and carbon offsets. Renewable Choice is the leading renewable energy supplier to green building developers nationwide with over 750 LEED projects successfully completed. Founded in 2001, Renewable Choice’s clients include Whole Foods Market, Vail Resorts, hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals across the country.

About Cambean Hospitality | Cambean Hospitality is a Miami Beach-based hotel ownership and management company that provides professional support services to independent hotel properties. Cambean Hospitality combines cutting edge technology services and prestige locations, incorporating high end yield practices to maximize profits and streamline expenses through personalized strategies that focus on operations, finance, sales and marketing, as well as human resource management.

Currently, Cambean Hospitality properties include the Nash South Beach Hotel (), Carlton Hotel South Beach (), Majestic Hotel South Beach (), and the Clifton Hotel (www.cliftonsouthbeach.com), all located in the historic South Beach district of Miami Beach. Cambean Hospitality is aggressively pursuing management and acquisition opportunities throughout Miami Beach and other Florida markets. For more information, please visit or contact Brian Scheinblum at [email protected]

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