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9/23/2016

Marriott’s Work in Brazil One of Several Key Projects Overseen by Niki Zoli

BETHESDA, MD.—It was appropriate for Niki Zoli to be on hand for an important first earlier this month at the Annual Meeting of the Governors’ Climate and Forest Task Force and concurrent Climate Summit of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was there that Zoli, Director, Social Responsibility & Community Engagement for Marriott International, accepted the first-ever certificate of carbon emissions reduction from the Secretary of Environment for Amazonas, on behalf of the State Government of Amazonas, and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS). Marriott was honored for its work to help protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest in Brazil. Marriott has contributed more than $2 million to FAS and raised nearly $300,000 through its partners, guests and associates. Zoli oversees Marriott’s green efforts in Brazil—specifically at the Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS) Juma, municipality of Novo Aripuanã. “It was really exciting to be there to accept the award on behalf of Marriott,” Zoli says. “It represents work done since 2008. The event represented the first time the Brazilian government had issued a certificate of offsets.”

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San Francisco Moves Toward Mandatory Solar/Green Roof Requirements

Typically, the rooftop of an urban hotel is a missed opportunity when it comes to potential power generation or the lessening of the urban heat island effect. San Francisco wants to change that. Earlier this year the city made adding solar—for electricity or heating—a requirement for new buildings 10 stories or less. Hotels are included. The ordinance states that the solar zone shall be located on the roof or overhang of the building, or on the roof or overhang of another structure located within 250 feet of the building or on covered parking installed with the building project. San Francisco is the first major U.S. city to have such a requirement that requires a building owner to set aside 15 percent of rooftop space for solar. This past week I spoke with Steven Peck, Founder and President of Toronto-based Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), about new legislation approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission that builds on the existing solar roof mandate.

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Bio-digesters: One Highly Effective Way to Manage Food Waste Flow

Businesses care about the sustainability of our planet and they are seeking partners who also care about the planet. Business partners adapt this green initiative in choosing hotels for lodging and facilities where they will hold their conferences. Change the light bulbs to LEDs. Put some solar panels on the roof. These are great steps to take to reduce your carbon footprint. But what do you do with your property’s food waste? A total of 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually worldwide. Sending solid food waste to a landfill can create more than 10 times the effect on global warming than you save with your LEDs and solar panels combined. Food wasting in a landfill decomposes in the absence of air—anaerobically—creating methane and other smells. Methane is 72 times worse for the atmosphere than CO2. That’s why it gets such attention and why no one wants a landfill at the end of their street.

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The Hotel at Oberlin: Cutting Edge Technology Meets Design

OBERLIN, OHIO—The Hotel at Oberlin will officially open on September 13. It is a 70-room property designed to be one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world. Owned by Oberlin College, developed by SMART Hotels and managed by The Olympia Companies, The Hotel at Oberlin is the first hotel in the United States to incorporate solar, geothermal, and radiant heating and cooling and one of only five hotels in the United States to qualify for the rigorous LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Hotel at Oberlin was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB); the creative process was led by SCB Principal Jim Curtin, AIA. Curtin explains that “the building had to be visually engaging because of the artistically rich legacy of Oberlin College. The central design metaphor is the image of a treehouse.

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Jennifer Mayo Named Spa Director at Napa Valley’s Bardessono Hotel & Spa

YOUNTVILLE, CALIF.—Bardessono Hotel & Spa, the luxurious, LEED Platinum certified wine country retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, announced Jennifer Mayo as the new Spa and Shop Director of the award-winning spa. With over a decade of valuable industry experience, Mayo will contribute her management skills and creative expertise to oversee all operational aspects of the spa and boutique shop. Letting nature guide the nourishment of both body and spirit, the acclaimed Spa at Bardessono creates an environment that celebrates natural beauty. The seasonally-driven spa menu features rotating treatments and essential oils that target the needs of the season. “I’m thrilled to work with a team where eco-friendly practices and an appreciation for natural resources are integral to the spa’s philosophy,” Mayo says. “We have planned some beautiful program enhancements that will appeal to both hotel guests and day visitors.”

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Green Properties Recognized in HX, HICAP Awards Competitions
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It is awards season again. Two announcements this past week highlighted examples of sustainability in both design and operations. First, finalists have been announced for HX: The Hotel Experience’s 36th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, which is sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. Winners in 21 categories will be announced at the Gold Key Awards Gala, to be held November 14 at the Waldorf Astoria, New York. The Designer of the Year will also be honored during this special evening. In the Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel category, finalists for the 2016 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design include: Champalimaud Design, New York and Hart Howerton, New York for The Island House, Nassau, Bahamas; concrete, Amsterdam for Zoku Amsterdam; and Deture Culsign, Architecture + Interiors, Chicago for Treehouse Suite at Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Mexico.

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