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Greenwood Energy Commissions Power Plant at Millennium Hilton


NEW YORK—Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, announced the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW) combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Lower Manhattan. This is the first CHP plant Greenwood has developed for Millennium Hotel and Resorts in New York City, and Greenwood is currently developing an additional plant at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in Times Square.

Ecova Adds Energy & Sustainability Management Platform


SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, announced the availability of the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform, an enterprise software solution designed to help commercial and industrial clients manage, analyze and report on their resource usage data through a single intuitive platform. The Ecova Platform is the foundation for energy and sustainability management, and provides businesses with the insights needed to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and achieve sustainability goals.

HANYC Sustainable Hospitality Committee Determined to Make a Difference


NEW YORK—Once each month at the headquarters of the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC), the Big Apple’s leaders in sustainable hospitality gather as part of the HANYC Sustainable Hospitality Committee. Now in its fourth year, the Committee was founded by Hervé Houdré, Regional Director of Operations & General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay. Houdré now chairs the Committee. There are now 19 Committee members representing a diverse group of hotels. Within the Committee there is also one HANYC representative (Richard Amato, Vice President of HANYC) and two legal counsels. “We try to have a diversity of people around the table—ownership groups, management companies, small hotels, big hotels, engineers, professionals of sustainability,” Houdré says. According to the Committee’s website, its mission is the following: “We will work tirelessly with our membership to implement and support critical initiatives required to achieve our vision, continuously searching for new and innovative ways to enhance New York City’s reputation as a premier sustainable travel destination. To accomplish this, we agree to share best practices and remain innovative, continuously improving sustainable initiatives within our industry.”

Electrolux Unveils Climate Impact Target in Sustainability Report


INWOOD, N.Y.—Electrolux has published its annual Sustainability Report for 2013, highlighting a new target to halve the Group’s CO2 impact by 2020 compared to 2005. The report focuses on how the business strategy and the approach to sustainability are intertwined.

NRA Announces 2014 Operator Innovations Awards Finalists


CHICAGO—An independent panel of foodservice operator experts from across the industry has selected finalists for the third annual 2014 Operator Innovation Awards. The judges have selected finalists in each of five categories: Health and Nutrition, Marketing, Menu Development, Sustainability and Technology. The winners in each category, in addition to the Innovator of the Year, will be announced live in Chicago at the Destination: Celebration gala on Saturday, May 17, during the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

Wind Creek Hospitality Steps Up Support of Regional Food Suppliers


MONTGOMERY, ALA.—Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), one of the largest hospitality companies in Alabama, announced a new initiative focused on promoting regional food that includes growers, purveyors, consumers, chefs and restaurateurs, amateur cooks, food banks, and nonprofits promoting healthy lifestyles. “Wind Creek’s Southern Table: Setting a Place for Good Food” is a multi-faceted initiative spearheaded by WCH President Jay Dorris. Designed to expand access to good food for citizens across the region, this effort will promote the culinary industry and its traditions, and support locally grown and produced food. In making the announcement in Montgomery, WCH’s Vice President of Marketing Michael Perhaes was joined by Edwin Marty, Executive Director of EATSouth, which has an urban farm in downtown Montgomery, and Caroline Rosen, Executive Director of Front Porch Revival, an organization comprised of regional culinary professionals. “The good food that is grown all across our region should be available to everyone, and we are making a targeted effort to have what’s grown here and what’s made locally offered on our Wind Creek menus,” Perhaes said.

Sectors Unite to Form Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas


ST. MICHAEL, BARBADOS—Some of the world’s most popular and appealing travel destinations are in jeopardy, vulnerable to issues like climate change and unsustainable development. Several leading organizations have joined forces to address these challenges head-on by helping tourism destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America to safeguard their natural and cultural assets, while enhancing communities and securing a vibrant regional economy. The new Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA), which was launched today (March 27) at an event in Barbados, marks the largest-scale effort to date through which public and private entities have united to focus on destination sustainability in the Americas. The Alliance includes the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, global NGO Sustainable Travel International, leading cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and the United States Government through the United States Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States. The SDAA will offer seven destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America significant support with their sustainability efforts.

Travel Oregon Named Leader in Sustainable Tourism


PORTLAND, ORE.—The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, has been named a Platinum-level “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and National Geographic Traveler. The award recognizes demonstrable leadership and innovation in preserving and communicating an authentic sense of place through a wisely managed tourism campaign.

Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa Completes Solar Project


PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN—The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten has completed a solar installation that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times. The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is the first Westin hotel or resort in the world and the only major resort in the Caribbean to complete and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption throughout the resort. The resort began taking advantage of the island’s abundance of sunshine in 2007 with the installation of solar panels to heat the water used in the property’s guestrooms. The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corp., working with OneWorld Sustainable, has completed the installation of 2,602 Lightway solar panels.

CHTA Announces Dates for Education Forum


CORAL GABLES, FLA.—The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has announced the details for its new Caribbean Hospitality Industry Education Forum (CHIEF). The event will be held October 3 to 5, 2014, at the El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Puerto Rico. CHIEF will offer sessions on the state of the industry, new outside-the-box approaches to areas such as social media and managing distribution channels as well as other sessions that focus on operations, sales and marketing, sustainability and financial efficiency. CHIEF will be an educational and sales setting with a strong focus on the use of technology to improve operations. CHTA will present awards to the “Caribbean Stars of the Industry” during the awards luncheon on October 5. “The time is right to have a forum that brings together hoteliers and our allied members,” said Richard Doumeng, President of CHTA. “It will be an educational and sales setting with a strong focus on the use of technology to improve revenue, yield and efficiency.”

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