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STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced plans to source 100 percent of its eggs from cage-free chickens across its supply chain by 2020. “Animal welfare is important to our customers and our company, and many of our hotels around the world already use cage-free eggs,” said Andrea Pinabell, Starwood’s Vice President of Sustainability. “By transitioning to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2020, we further our commitment to doing the right thing. Our commitment also involves our suppliers and we call on them to make this important change as well. We’re excited about our commitment and look forward to helping foster a more humane food system.” Matthew Prescott, Humane Society of the United States Senior Food Policy Director said, “We welcome Starwood’s commitment to animal welfare. People just don’t want chickens confined in cages, making Starwood’s decision better for animals and its bottom line.” Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,270 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.
ROCKVILLE, MD.—Goodwill has joined forces with Interstate Hotels & Resorts to connect qualified candidates with jobs in hospitality, a unique collaboration with the industry. Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, offers diverse career paths and growth opportunities in the hospitality industry, providing flexibility with full- and part-time opportunities and positions in every area of hotel operations, from guest services and sales to food and beverage and finance.
TROY, N.Y.—Environmental nonprofit Audubon International has launched the second annual BioBlitz, a free program for golf courses across the world, which will run from Earth Day, April 22, to International Migratory Bird Day, May 14.
CALGARY, ALBERTA—Bullfrog Power, a leading green energy provider, and Hotel Blackfoot, a contemporary hotel minutes from downtown Calgary, announced a new environmental partnership. Bullfrog will ensure green electricity is injected onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power Hotel Blackfoot’s executive floors and meeting rooms use annually (730 MWh). The Bull Frog powering of executive floors is a first for hotels in Alberta.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES—The Peninsula Manila General Manager Sonja Vodusek recently announced that the “Hope for the Philippines” The Peninsula—Gawad Kalinga (GK) Village in Maribi, Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines welcomed its first 50 residents just before Christmastime on December 8, 2015, with the last 25 houses scheduled for completion by January 27, 2016. The village will house 75 families from the coastal town of San Roque who were displaced when Super Typhoon Haiyan, named “Yolanda” by Filipino authorities—one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall—barreled into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013.
LAS VEGAS—The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking, which all opened in August. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with the ability to grow current shows and attract new corporate, association and incentive groups. Further solidifying what already is the largest convention center solar array in the world, the expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres. Upon completion in early 2016, the added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes. Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold coveted Five Key ratings.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—As Director of NEWH’s Sustainable Hospitality Committee, Lorraine Francis leads monthly committee meetings in preparation for educational discussions at key industry events. She works with various subcommittees within the Sustainable Hospitality Committee and has been instrumental in pushing the discussion around sustainability to a higher level. Francis has been on the Sustainable Hospitality Committee for several years and took over as Director in June 2015. One of the Committee’s challenges is “how you make sustainability fun,” Francis says. “Additionally, how can we create more events around sustainability at the local chapter level? Recruiting new people into our committees is also a goal.” The Committee is also responsible for contributing one article each quarter to the NEWH magazine. At this May’s HD Design Expo, the NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee will be organizing four educational sessions as part of its Green Voice series. The sessions will take place on May 4 and 5. The NEWH Student Green Scholarship Awards will be presented on May 4.
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS—The Caribbean region is experiencing the impact of the effects of climate change. Sea level rise, frequent and intense natural hazards, extended dry seasons resulting in water scarcity, loss of livelihoods and the disappearance of islands are among the present-day dangers faced.
PHOENIX—Waste Management will host hundreds of corporate leaders from global companies, representatives from municipalities across the country, experts, innovators and influencers, on February 4, 2016 at the sixth annual Executive Sustainability Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. The day-long event will feature renowned speakers and panel discussions offering perspectives on the sustainability of recycling and the circular economy.
MCLEAN, VA.—Four years after launching its corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton Worldwide says its investments in global partnerships and programs to activate hotel and office teams is not only driving positive social impact, but also supporting long-term business success. “Travel with Purpose has played an important role in bringing our vision and values to life by uniting our organization around a set of global issues that connect our business to society,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. “We continue to invest in issues we believe we can positively influence—creating pathways to opportunities for young people, building stronger communities and preserving our environment. We’re proud of the successes we’ve had to date, and look forward to using guidance such as the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to continue to partner with governments, NGOs and other businesses to do our part to address pressing societal challenges of our time.” Travel with Purpose was designed to examine global issues where Hilton can make an impact while simultaneously contributing to its future success.
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