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Baha Mar Adds 300 Coral Antlers to Resort’s Eco-Reef Experience

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS—The marine environment at Baha Mar continues to flourish, with the introduction of more than 300 coral antlers to the $3.5 billion resort’s eco-reef experience. The eco-friendly coral antlers were installed in July, adding to the artificial eco-reef experience at Baha Mar. Before the antlers were installed, volunteers from Baha Mar assembled each 55 pound antler by hand. The installation of 48 reef balls and 320 coral antlers began in April 2014 by Baha Mar’s environmental team. The reef balls and coral antlers were designed to complement each other by creating optimal conditions for coral and marine life just feet away from the shoreline at the luxury Bahamas resort. Reef balls provide protective void spaces for fish while encouraging coral growth, while the coral antlers create prime ecological conditions for coral settlement, growth and adhesion. Fish are immediately attracted to the eco-reef layout, which closely resembles a naturally occurring coral reef. Over time, the reef balls and coral antlers will be filled in and covered by a living reef.

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Hotel laundry made easy with UniMac--a Hampton Inn case study from Boulder, Colo.

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New Report Examines State of Convention Center Sustainability

Greenview has released another report—this one entitled “Green Venue Report 2014—The State of Convention Center Sustainability.” It was produced in partnership with Twirl Management. The study’s organizers aim to answer the following questions in the report: What are the individual and collective footprints (positive and negative) of events taking place within convention centers? What are best practices in the industry that more convention centers (and their event organizer clients) can benefit from? What innovative efforts by convention centers should be recognized and celebrated? According to Cara Unterkofler, Director, Greenview, a total of 37 convention centers, all of which were in the United States and Canada, were approached and invited to participate in a 108-question survey. The questions covered topics ranging from energy to waste to water to communications. Only 16 convention centers were able to complete the survey.

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The ‘Green’ Versus ‘Lean’ Debate

In the last few years, we have seen a growing trend towards minimal decoration and a “less is more” focus, particularly during the recession. This was clearly based on a belief that money spent on office plants is wasted. The long standing lean philosophy, where it is argued that clean work surfaces create a better working environment, is dispelled unambiguously in a new paper published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and authored by leading academics from the Universities of Exeter (U.K.), Cardiff (U.K.), Queensland (Australia) and Groningen (Netherlands). The study, which looks at both short and long term effects of plants in offices, clearly shows that plants offer more than aesthetic decoration and are, in fact, an important driver of wellbeing, productivity and concentration. A series of three experiments were undertaken as part of the study.

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Sheraton Stamford Hotel Wraps Up $200,000 LED Lighting Upgrade

STAMFORD, CONN.—Officials of the Sheraton Stamford Hotel recently announced the completion of the hotel’s next step to achieving its sustainable goals to improve environmental efficiencies that help the hotel as well as its community. The Sheraton Stamford Hotel just completed a $200,000 project, in which they upgraded their lighting to LED throughout the hotel. According to a study from the Connecticut Energy Efficient Fund, over the life of the fixtures, the hotel’s increase in LED usage will have saved an estimated 7,412,770.00 kWh. This is equivalent to 3,755,988 pounds of coal not burned, 308,755 gallons of oil not burned, or 882 homes supplied with electricity for one year. “Savings add up fairly quickly,” said Mike Bennett, General Manager, Sheraton Stamford Hotel. “When we use less energy, there’s less energy we have to buy, and that means less waste and more savings.”

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Jeff Benavides Helps to Make Wyndham Vacation Ownership Uniquely Green

ORLANDO, FLA.—As Energy & Sustainability Specialist, Resort Management for Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) in Orlando, Jeff Benavides, as part of the sustainability team, touches a lot of people—not only the primary contacts at the 190 resorts that WVO manages, but also the more than 900,000 families who have ownership interests. For Benavides there is no typical day. One time slot might be spent on chasing down rebate and incentive opportunities for a client. Another might be spent on strengthening or administering WVO’s required Sustainability 101 course or voluntary Energy University program. What the sustainability team has accomplished along with others at WVO and Wyndham Worldwide should come as no surprise given Wyndham’s commitment to developing sustainability programs. Wyndham’s Wyndham Green program was launched in 2006 and Wyndham has had a seat at the table whenever the lodging industry has met to discuss important sustainability concerns.

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CityCenter Tour Offers Green Glimpse at ARIA Resort & Casino

I have read about and reported on CityCenter in Las Vegas for almost eight years. I finally had an opportunity to take a look at least part of the complex during a tour yesterday. The tour was part of the second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo. The focus of the tour was the LEED Gold certified ARIA Resort & Casino. Christopher Brophy, Vice President of Sustainability for MGM Resorts International, led the tour which also included part of The Shops at Crystals, the upscale retail complex that is also part of CityCenter. One of the first things I noticed was the volume of artwork. Brophy says $20 million was spent on artwork for CityCenter. A Maya Lin sculpture of the Colorado River sits above the check-in area in the lobby of the ARIA Resort & Casino. Design features in the casino area also reflect the rivers and canyons of the West. Also on property: a Henry Moore sculpture.

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