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4/17/2014

CityFlatsHotel Brand to Expand into Third Michigan Location in 2015

PORT HURON, MICH.—Port Huron, Michigan will become home to a new eco-friendly boutique hotel; CityFlatsHotel brand will open its third Michigan location in this historic downtown setting. Located at 301 Huron Avenue, CityFlatsHotel—Port Huron will revive one of the most well-known landmarks in the area. The building which once housed Sperry’s Department Store will be converted into a truly unique hotel property, a project CityFlatsHotel is familiar with from the construction of its Grand Rapids, Mich. location. “There is nothing more exciting than to see your baby take their first steps,” said Chuck Reid, owner of CityFlatsHotel. “We are honored and excited to be chosen to expand our CityFlatsHotel brand, along with developing a new center of activity for the bustling Port Huron downtown.” After purchasing the building in 2011 and beginning restorations, development group Sperry’s Landmark Inc. has now signed a licensing agreement with CityFlatsHotel. In addition to licensing, CityFlatsHotel will operate the property through a management agreement.

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Many Activities Planned to Mark Earth Day 2014

I suspect that Earth Day is every day for many of you but its official celebration date is Tuesday, April 22, and many in our industry are planning special events and promotions. A number of them are summarized in an article posted recently on the Green Lodging News site. Aqua Hospitality, for example, will celebrate Earth Day by supporting ocean preservation through both a volunteer cleanup and donation to Hui o Koolaupoko. Hyatt Place Raleigh-West and Southern States Management are hosting an Earth Day event to celebrate the hotel, as it is one of only a few U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified hotel options in the Raleigh (N.C.) area. On Earth Day, L’Auberge Del Mar guests will be provided with souvenir LED flashlights to encourage them to minimize use of lights in their guestrooms. Lights will also be dimmed throughout the property.

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Yellowstone Park, Connecticut Green Lodging and Me—A Student’s Perspective

I am a college student who worked for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 2013. I was a room attendant for their housekeeping department—you know, the person who you ask for more towels or an extra roll of toilet paper? My fellow employees and I were all trained with a lecture by Dylan Hoffman, Director of Sustainability, on Xanterra’s green practices. In spite of this, during my day-to-day work I didn’t think too much about whether or not the procedures I followed were green—and if they were, why? Then, in January 2014, I came to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) as an intern. I discovered that Connecticut has a program which allows hotels and inns to become certified “CT Green Lodgings.”

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Bogota, Colombia’s Biohotel Organic Suites Prepares for May 15 Opening

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Five years in the planning, the Biohotel Organic Suites is just one month from opening in Bogota, Colombia in the district of Usaquen, known as the culinary and cultural hub of the city. The seven-story, 72-room property is “my retirement plan,” says Samuel Huertas, majority owner. Huertas is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the hotel that includes the Green Piece restaurant and meeting space to accommodate up to 150 people. True to its name, the Biohotel Organic Suites is green throughout. The exterior of the building features windows made from recycled glass and vertical “gardens” that help to minimize heat gain from the hot Colombia sun. A 110-panel solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the hotel will supply about 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity.

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Jayson Kanekoa Appointed Executive Chef at Waikoloa Beach

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII—Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii Island’s Kohala Coast has announced the promotion of Jayson Kanekoa from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef. “Chef Jayson’s promotion is well-deserved and I have every confidence in him to provide exceptional culinary experiences for our guests,” said John C. Tolbert, Cluster General Manager of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Kanekoa will oversee the resort’s culinary team, all food and beverage outlets, and will bring his expertise to cultivate the resort’s restaurant and catering menus. He attributes his passion for fresh, locally influenced cuisine to his upbringing in Kukuihaele on the Big Island of Hawaii. He attended the culinary program at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu before honing his culinary talents at the 555-room Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

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Saunders Hotel Group Releases Sustainability Report
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The Saunders Hotel Group (SHG) released its 2013 Sustainability Report earlier this month. The company has been actively pushing sustainability since 1989 and it is the first time the company has documented its efforts in one report since 2001. The report includes statements from the CEO (Jeff Saunders) and the CSO (Tedd Saunders, Chief Sustainability Officer) and three general sections: an introduction to the company; utility data, consumption figures, quantitative goals and progress towards those goals; and community involvement. The report encompasses six properties in the company’s portfolio, four of which are in Massachusetts, one in Connecticut, and one in Virginia. SHG’s progress from 2011 to 2012 was impressive. The company decreased the volume of greenhouse gases per available room by 9 percent. The Lenox Hotel alone experienced a 24 percent decrease.

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