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10/23/2014

Just Two Weeks Until IHMRS/BDNY Events at New York City's Javits Center

NEW YORK—There are just two weeks until the many green activities begin at this year’s Hospitality Leadership Forum, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Events will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8 to 11 in New York City. Recently, three NEWH Green Voice Conversations were added to the extensive schedule of sustainability-focused sessions. The Green Voice Conversations will take place as part of BDNY. The first Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The topic will be, “Where Does Your Wood Come from and Why it Matters: Understanding Responsible Sourcing of Wood and Forest Management Certifications.” The guest speaker will be Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners. The moderator will be David Mahood, LEED AP, GGP, Olive Hospitality Consulting. The second Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The topic will be, “Better Design through Nature’s Chemistry: Why Nature Should be Your Model for Buildings and Products.

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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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If Professional Sports Adopts It, It Can Change the World

When professional athletes find themselves in the “hot seat” due to some unfortunate incident, commentators never fail to mention that the situation is even more disturbing because it will have a negative impact on children and other sports fans. In fact, today more than ever, professional athletes are powerful celebrities, and what they say and do—good or bad—are widely reported. Of course, just as negative news about or by a professional sports leader can have widespread ramifications, so can positive actions. Consider, for instance, if American basketball star Kobe Bryant were to speak out about making a personal commitment to green and environmental issues and, further, encouraged the National Basketball Association to consider the environment in all its activities and venues? He has a lot of fans and a lot of fans that will be influenced about his concerns about the environment.

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Turtle Bay Resort’s New Green Roof Covers 60,000 Square Feet

OAHU, HAWAII—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, has completed the installation of an innovative green roof that covers a total of approximately 60,000 square feet as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. “We are dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s delicate and natural resources as stewards of the land,” said Scott McCormack, Vice President of Real Estate for Turtle Bay Resort. “We have received positive feedback from our resort guests who appreciate the project’s eco-friendly benefits and are enjoying enhanced guestroom views of the ocean and landscape art atop the newly designed roofs.” The lower flat roofs of Turtle Bay Hotel were completely transformed and “roof-scaped” with intricate, contemporary patterns using river rocks and native Hawaiian plants. The combination of this conservation project’s size and detailed design makes the green roof unique to Hawaii and beyond.

upcoming events
Oct
28
Lodging Green+Sustainability Conference and Expo
Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oct
29
NeoCon East
The Baltimore Convention Center

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nov
08
International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Dec
09
Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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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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Year’s Second Wellness-Focused Certification Program Launched
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For the second time this year, wellness is the focus of a new certification program. Back in July, as reported on by Green Lodging News, the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA) launched a certification program that allows hotels/resorts to achieve Approved Healthy Destination or Certified Healthy Destination status. This week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. Within the IHDA programs, items such as housekeeping practices, amenities, waste management practices, air filtration, safety and security, and community involvement are considered. WELL v1.0 sets performance requirements in seven categories relevant to occupant health and wellbeing: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

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