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Cornell Study Finds Hotel Guests Participate in, Support Environmental Sustainability Efforts

ITHACA, N.Y.—Certain sustainability practices are nearly universal in the lodging industry, says a Cornell University study published by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Water-conserving fixtures and linen-reuse programs, for instance, are widespread, based on the study of 100 U.S. resorts. The study, “Environmental Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Best Practices, Guest Participation, and Customer Satisfaction,” by Alexandra Bruns-Smith, Vanessa Choy, Howard Chong, and Rohit Verma, is available at no charge from the CHR. “We found that a majority of resorts were using at least two dozen of the nearly four dozen sustainability practices that we examined,” said Verma, who is the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA). “Of course, many of these practices were implemented to save money, as well as to be green.” “In addition to our study of the 100 resorts, we also analyzed data collected by J.D. Power from 120,000 hotel customers over a five-year period,” said Chong, who is a Professor at the SHA.

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South Beach Welcomes Starwood Capital Group’s First 1 Hotel

South Beach in Miami Beach was the site last week of the opening of the first 1 Hotel. The opening was a long time coming; the eco-conscious “1” concept was first introduced by Starwood Capital Group in 2006. The recession put a temporary stop to development. Today, in addition to the South Beach hotel, which was designed by Meyer Davis Studio, there are 1 Hotels in development in Central Park (to open in late spring) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (opening end of 2015). Each of the hotels will be LEED certified. Starwood Capital Group is the parent of SH Group, a lifestyle hotel brand management company that will manage the hotels. The 426-room 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach (includes 163 private residences) is the result of the renovation of an existing 1970s building. The inside and outside of the overhauled building were designed with nature and wellness in mind.

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Environmental Sustainability: Hospitality, Economy & Culture

Prior to the economic collapse of 2008, environmental sustainability was gaining momentum within the hospitality and development industries of the United States. As these industries struggled to regain lost ground, sustainability took a back seat. To fully understand why this occurred and how to shape the future of sustainability in industry, we must consider culture in addition to economy. The definition of sustainability according to Webster’s: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. It is an outdated notion that we can build without regard to the impact of the environment and the community. If we look at the world from a global perspective, how do we ensure that we are not depleting the resources?

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Max H. Tucker, CHA, General Manager, Best Western Big America: “Sterling mattresses are an important part of our strategy for meeting guest comfort and working towards a more sustainable hotel operation.” Brian Keller, Director of Property Services, Oakwood Worldwide, LEED Green Associate: “One definite advantage is the concept of replacement components…this has been a great find for Oakwood.” The top three reasons buyers are choosing the Sterling Hospitality Sustainable Modular Mattress: 3) Shows guests you care about their comfort. 2) Reduces maintenance and replacement costs and downtime. 1) Reduces your carbon footprint. For more information, call (888) 281-2817 today!

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IHG Opens Holiday Inn Express Marilia Hotel in Sao Paulo State

MIAMI—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Marília hotel in São Paulo State, Brazil. The new-build, 102-room hotel is among the first internationally-branded properties in the city of Marilia. The hotel is centrally situated near Marilia’s industrial district, airport, and less than a mile away from the city’s main shopping center. “IHG properties have thrived in Brazil since the InterContinental brand arrived in 1946,” said Alvaro Diago, COO, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. “We helped forge Brazil’s hospitality industry, and thanks to strong relationships with our Brazilian partners, we are pleased to be an integral part of this next stage of travel evolution for the country.” Spanning seven stories, the Holiday Inn Express Marilia hotel boasts a modern design, with a strong focus on sustainability.

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Fairmont Reaches Emissions Reduction Goal Under Leadership of Jane Mackie

TORONTO—It has been 25 years now since Fairmont Hotels & Resorts launched its groundbreaking Green Partnership Program, a roadmap for hotels looking to reduce waste, energy and water consumption. The program has had many champions within Fairmont along the way and the latest, Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand, has helped Fairmont reach an important goal—the reduction of operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels. That accomplishment came as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers Program. “We are the only hotel company to have reached the goal,” Mackie says. The emissions reduction achievement occurred as part of the company’s Fairmont Sustainability Partnership program—today’s version of the Green Partnership Program. Fairmont Sustainability Partnership has four fundamental pillars: Environment, Ecosystem, Engagement and Responsible Business. Emissions reduction falls under the Environment pillar. As Vice President, Fairmont Brand, Mackie oversees sustainability efforts at 70 properties, many of them iconic, historic structures. Fairmont is expected to grow to 100 hotels open or under construction by 2019.

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Fairmont, Wyndham Reveal Earth Hour Plans
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At least two major hotel companies are lining up activities for this Saturday’s Earth Hour (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time)—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Worldwide. Two separate press announcements were released having to do with Fairmont’s activities and one for Wyndham. In the first Fairmont announcement, the activities of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of the Western U.S. and Hawaii were summarized. For example, in observance of the international environmental event, the all-suite and villa Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will turn off non-essential lighting throughout the 22-acre property. More than 200 floating candles will be placed in the lobby fountain and outdoor paths will be lit with battery-operated candle luminaries. At the Fairmont Newport Beach, Chef Brian Doherty will be creating a local and sustainable prix-fixe menu that will be served via candlelight. With dinner, guests will have the option of a Spring Fling cocktail, lit by a glowing cube of ice. Colleagues will encourage guests as well as vendors to go “electricity free” and the hotel’s non-essential lighting will be dimmed.

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