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TripAdvisor Announces Highest-Rated Green Hotels in the United States

NEWTON, MASS.—TripAdvisor announced the 10 highest-rated TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotels in the United States and the results of its eco-travel survey of more than 2,100 U.S. respondents. According to the survey, 23 percent of respondents have consciously made an eco-friendly travel choice in the past year, and 85 percent said doing so made them feel more positive about their trip. The top five most common ways U.S. respondents travel green: 1. Ensured the lights were turned off when not in hotel room—96 percent; 2. Participated in hotel’s linen/towel reuse program—90 percent; 3. Used recycling in the hotel—81 percent; 4. Ensured the air-conditioning was turned off when not in the hotel room—72 percent; and 5. Walked, biked, or used public transportation as much as possible—69 percent. “Not only is seeking out an eco-friendly accommodation good for the environment, but our survey also shows that most travelers find travel experiences more enjoyable when they make greener choices,” said Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel at TripAdvisor.

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Hotel Name Creates High Expectations for Green Design, Operations

One of the most intriguing, cool, green hotels to come along in a while is going to open in Bogota, Colombia on May 15. The Biohotel Organic Suites is the creation of Samuel Huertas, an accountant and entrepreneur who told me his new seven-story, 72-room property is “my retirement plan.” With his family, Huertas actually owns 46 percent of the property with other “Bio Investors” owning the remainder. The Biohotel Organic Suites is the first hotel project for Huertas and is the result of five years of planning. The name alone certainly creates a certain level of expectations, doesn’t it? Aiming for LEED Gold certification, the hotel is quite impressive from a sustainability standpoint. I encourage you to visit the hotel’s website to see some of the images of the exterior and interior.

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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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