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New Wyndham Garden Prototype Emphasizes Ease & Efficiencies

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—The upper-midscale Wyndham Garden brand is shedding light on its first global hotel prototype, designed to make travel easier and more carefree while delivering greater returns for hotel owners through operating efficiencies. The new offering surpasses the segment, creating an upscale experience by incorporating modern architecture, functional design and an all-day inclusive culinary concept. Wyndham Garden’s prototype conveys the promise of a garden, using natural materials and pops of green to make guests feel like they’ve achieved serenity from the moment they arrive. It evokes the outdoors with abundant natural light, proven to increase comfort and productivity while reducing energy consumption, as well as visual cues projecting dappled light in the spaces where guests spend their time. “With nearly half of our hotels located near airports and in city centers, we understand the need to escape the hustle and bustle that comes along with flying into Newark or doing business in downtown Shanghai,” said Kate Ashton, Brand Senior Vice President, Wyndham Garden.

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Green Lodging Survey Deadline is August 31

August 31, 2016 marks the deadline for the first annual Green Lodging Survey. Have you completed it? You certainly still have time. Just click here to access it. The survey is a production of Green Lodging News and Greenview and is being conducted with the support of Travelife, Green Key Global, Mekong Tourism Office, Horwath HTL Asia Pacific and Clean the World. The Green Lodging Survey is sponsored by The Arbor Day Foundation at the Silver level and Pineapple Hospitality, Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems, PragmaTech Ltd. and reCollect2 Co. at the Bronze level. Once the survey closes, the analysis of the data and best practices will begin. The survey includes more than 100 questions and covers topics ranging from recycling bin placement to hand dryers to the amount of space allocated on a property’s website for its green practices. Once survey answers are analyzed, a Trends Report will be produced.

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Can Investing in Sustainability Fill Empty Hotel Rooms?

It’s no secret that the hospitality industry is competitive. Online ratings and reviews continue to be a crucial resource for consumers and the rise of the sharing economy has added a whole new element to the game. Hotel owners, executives and managers know how important it is to gain and keep a competitive advantage. They often ask themselves, “How do I bring new guests through the lobby doors while keeping past guests coming back time and time again?” The answer to that question just might be something unexpected: sustainability. According to a recent survey conducted by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), sustainability attributes and environmental impact considerations are an extremely/very important factor to a third (33 percent) of all U.S. consumers and 39 percent of Millennials when they choose hotel accommodations.

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Drive Green with Zenith Motors' All Electric Shuttle Van

The Zenith All Electric Shuttle Van has four interior configurations with up to 16 seats. Automatic sliding doors, step and luggage rack are standard features. Wheelchair lifts, rear heaters, air-conditioning and back-up cameras are optional accessories. The Zenith shuttle has an average 80-mile range with a recharge time of 6.5 hours. A 4-hour charger and upgraded battery pack with a 100 or 145-mile range are an available option. There are a number of government incentives and voucher programs that can help reduce the initial vehicle cost. Contact Christine Smith at (812) 655-1131.

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Fairmont Kea Lani Celebrates Completion of 500 kW Solar Installation

WAILEA, HAWAII—Today, Fairmont Kea Lani will hold a Power Up Celebration and blessing to mark the completion of a photovoltaic installation project. The 500 kilowatt, 1,528 panel solar installation generates 845,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough electricity to power 139 homes on Maui. The project is expected to reduce the resort’s current energy demand by more than 10 percent and reduce CO2e emissions by 462 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of removing 97 passenger cars from local roads per year. “Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to social responsibility is deeply ingrained in the culture of the resort,” says Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head. “We are extremely proud to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani with this important energy initiative.”

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2016 Sustainable Meetings Conference
The Hilton Baltimore

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Green Festival Expo--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center

Friday, September 16, 2016

Waste360 Recycling Summit
Hyatt Regency Austin (Texas)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Puerto Rico

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Las Vegas Sands’ Tesarova to Keynote Printing Industry Sustainability Conference

LAS VEGAS—The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) announced that Vice President of Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp. Katarina Tesarova will serve as the keynote speaker for its upcoming 2016 Printing Industry Sustainability Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel on September 13. As Vice President of Sustainability, Tesarova has developed and implemented a comprehensive sustainability strategy designed to measurably reduce Las Vegas Sands’ impact on the environment. The organization’s award-winning sustainability program lends expertise, manpower, and knowledge to environmental efforts worldwide, which makes Tesarova an ideal fit to speak to an exclusive conference of printers and leading brands dedicated to pushing the envelope of efficiency and sustainability. Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands, Tesarova led sustainable operations and LEED certification programs for MGM Grand and CityCenter.

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Green Fall Conference Season Approaching
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With summer winding down it is a good time to take a look at the fall conference season. There will be many events at which sustainability will be a focus. The most significant green-focused event will be the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This year’s event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 5 to 7. Greenbuild will include a trade show, many educational sessions, building tours and even a Water Summit. Author Sebastian Junger will be the plenary speaker. His recent book is entitled “Tribe.” According to Junger’s website, the book is about why tribal sentiment is such a rare and precious thing in modern society, and how the lack of it has affected us all. One month prior is the Sustainable Meetings Conference. It will be held September 15 to 16 at the Hilton Baltimore. It will be the first opportunity to experience the revamped Green Meeting Industry Council—now a part of the Convention Industry Council.

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