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Veolia Energy Teams Up with Equinox Fitness Clubs in Sustainability Effort

04/30/09  • Energy
BOSTON, April 30, 2009- Veolia Energy North America, a leading provider of sustainable energy services and facility operations and management solutions, announced today that the company is providing heating and hot water services to Equinox Fitness Clubs’ new Franklin Street location. Equinox, which recently opened its Downtown Boston doors, is a high-end fitness club with facilities throughout the country.

"These efforts are a natural fit with Equinox's long-standing commitment to health, performance, and luxury," said Scott Rosen, COO of Equinox. "Our trusted relationship with our members gives us a unique opportunity to bring sustainability into their lives in a meaningful way and our high-style clubs are the perfect environment to showcase green design.By utilizing Veolia's district energy services, we not only achieve our commitment to being environmentally sustainable in our club design and construction, but also take advantage of increased efficiencies and cost-savings, at a time when both are extremely crucial."

Equinox's new Downtown Boston facility is its second location in Boston; the first is in the Back Bay. The premiere fitness club provides a menu of programs and services that is representative of the Equinox fitness formula.Equinox also has locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, San Francisco, DC and Dallas.

Partnering with Veolia's district energy network in Boston compliments Equinox's other green initiatives, including:
  • The selection of finish materials to include recycled and renewable materials.
  • The implementation of eco-friendly innovations, such as Lutron lighting, Trion air, and GE water.
  • The use of low-toxic and natural cleaning products, which improve indoor air quality while maintaining a high standard of cleanliness.
  • The use of recycled paper in all clubs and in the corporate office.
  • The sale of organic clothing and eco-friendly re-usable water bottles in their shops.
"We are pleased that Equinox has chosen to partner with Veolia Energy to provide sustainable, thermal energy throughout their newest club," said James Newkirk, Vice-President & General Manager of Veolia Energy's Boston Operations."Our emissions reducing, district energy network provides an innovative solution to Equinox's needs; we pass on cost-savings, free up valuable space and help them meet their important sustainability goals. We are pleased to be taking care of their energy needs so that they can focus on taking care of their members."

District energy plays an integral role in Boston's infrastructure.The underground steam system owned, operated and maintained by Veolia Energy, totals about 22 miles in length and serves approximately 240 customers.By utilizing Veolia's steam throughout the facility, the winter peak electrical demand is effectively eliminated. In addition, the steam eradicates the need for boilers, eliminates another source point for air emissions, lessens in-house maintenance requirements and makes available valuable space that can be used for the club's core business.

About Veolia Energy North America
A subsidiary of Veolia Environnement, Veolia Energy owns and operates the largest portfolio of district energy (heating and cooling) networks in the United States.Veolia Energy serves customers throughout the Continental USA and has a national reach and capability.Since its inception, Veolia Energy has focused on energy and environmental optimization. It meets customer expectations by delivering customized, end-to-end solutions to ensure efficient energy supply, including management of heating and cooling systems, energy plant engineering and maintenance services, and facility operations and management services for a wide range of industries.These environmentally-responsible energy services help customers reduce their carbon footprint through increased energy efficiency.With nearly 320,000 employees globally, Veolia Environnement reported revenue of $48 billion in 2007.

About Equinox Fitness Clubs
Equinox Fitness Clubs operates 46 upscale, full-service facilities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, San Francisco, DC, Dallas and Boston. The company offers an integrated selection of Equinox-branded programs, services and products, including strength and cardio training, group fitness classes, personal training, spa services and products, apparel and food/juice bars. Since its inception in 1991, Equinox has developed a lifestyle brand that represents service, value, quality, expertise, innovation, attention to detail, market leadership and results.
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