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7/2/2015

Parking Garage at Charles Square Hotel in Massachusetts Among First in U.S. to Achieve Green Garage Certification

LAS VEGAS—The Green Parking Council (GPC) announced the first seven parking facilities in the United States to achieve Green Garage Certification, a comprehensive sustainability standard for existing and new parking facilities launched in 2015 and evaluating 48 elements of garage operation, programs, structure, and technology. The parking garage at the Charles Square Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., is among the seven to be certified. The Green Garage Certification program will be delivered and promoted globally by the Green Business Certification, Inc., the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED green building rating system. “Cars are getting smarter, people are getting smarter, and parking garages are getting smarter,” says Paul Wessel, Executive Director of the GPC, an affiliate of the International Parking Institute. “The greening of parking facilities transforms them into enablers of sustainable mobility. Certified Green Garages offer significant benefits for drivers, tenants, building owners, property managers, and society overall.” Launched in 2015, Green Garage Certification recognizes parking facility management practices that maximize performance.

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Another Green Lodging News Anniversary in the Books

Next week will mark the nine-year anniversary of Green Lodging News’ launch. It actually took a year to get this publication up and running so I really have spent a decade working on Green Lodging News. I have so many people to thank for their support—the thousands of you who faithfully or even occasionally read the publication, and of course the many suppliers who have purchased advertising over the years. I also have to thank the many folks who have assisted me with circulation efforts since 2006, and Modgility, which provides website technical support. Green Lodging News would also not be as strong as it is today without the article contributions of consultants, suppliers, public relations companies, and others.

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Why the Hospitality Industry Should Be Embracing PACE

In January 2014, Jonathan Pickering wrote in this column about Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, as a way for hotels and resorts (and other commercial and, in some cases, residential properties) to obtain innovative financing. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the hospitality industry in general has been (excuse the pun) keeping PACE with the program. PACE is now enabled in 31 states and the District of Columbia, and provides for the financing of energy efficiency improvements, water conservation projects, renewable energy installations and upgrades, and—in Florida, where we live, work, and play—for wind resistance projects (hurricane hardening, for example).

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Radisson Blu Mall of America Now Home to Bee Colonies

MINNEAPOLIS—Radisson Blu Mall of America announced that it has officially become the first hotel in the metro Twin Cities area to house honey bee colonies from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. As the first LEED certified hotel in the greater Twin Cities area, this further enhances the hotel’s commitment to the environment and sustainable programs. Without the pollinating services bees provide, there would be serious challenges in the production of many common foods as 35 percent of global food supply and more than 80 percent of flowering plants are dependent on animal pollination. Inspired by Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Bee Squad helps beekeepers and the community in the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations and pollinate landscapes through education and hands-on mentorship. The Bee Squad delivered two honey bee colonies to Radisson Blu Mall of America—each with about 10,000 honey bees per colony.

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Wolfgang M. Neumann is New Chairman of International Tourism Partnership

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor, is the new Chairman of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP). He succeeds Ian Carter, President, Development, Architecture and Construction for Hilton Worldwide who steps down after four years. “It is an honor to succeed Ian Carter as Chairman of ITP,” Neumann said. “Responsible business must be an essential element of any business strategy today and tomorrow—we must care for our planet and our people. I look forward to continue to join forces with our peers and to keep sustainability high on the agenda of the international hotel industry.” During Carter’s tenure as Chairman of ITP, the organization has delivered practical programs and resources to advance the industry’s responsible business agenda. ITP has 17 corporate members in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world, currently representing 25,000 hotels in over 100 countries worldwide.

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Vendor Surveys Confirm Growing Interest in Green Travel
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Two recent surveys confirm the likelihood that travelers are more apt to stay at lodgings that align themselves with social and/or environmental responsibility. The first survey, conducted by Booking.com of 32,000 travelers across 16 countries, found that more than half of all global travelers report that they are likely to choose a destination based on it social or environmental impact. Interestingly, sustainable travelers were 50 percent more likely to intend to book more luxury accommodations in 2015 than they did in 2014 and three times as likely to plan to stay in more “green” accommodations in 2015 than they did in 2014. Brazilian respondents were most interested in sustainable travel, with 74 percent reporting that they would be likely to base a decision on these concerns. Australians (59 percent) and Americans (53 percent) were also among the world’s top sustainable travel intenders.

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