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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Green Lodging News welcomes NativeEnergy as a sponsor. The Charlotte, Vermont-based company is a provider of traditional renewable energy credits and offsets. These allow its customers to help build market demand for clean energy and other carbon mitigation projects.
BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. announced it will increase the company’s commitment to environmentally sound business practices by reducing total greenhouse gas emissions 6.6 percent by 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism association dedicated to socially, ecologically and economically responsible travel, is partnering with FUNDEMAS to help further establish and strengthen ecotourism and sustainable tourism in El Salvador. FUNDEMAS, the Business Foundation for Social Action, is a foundation that promotes sustainable development through socially responsible business practices, entrepreneurial values and philanthropic initiatives.
MILFORD, MASS.—Travel-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are a recognized contributor to global warming and are expected to grow by 75 percent over the next 10 years unless positive action steps are taken. To help combat this trend, Atlas Travel International just launched their ecoAtlas program to help neutralize this impact.
TORONTO—WWF, the global conservation organization, announced a partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, an environmentally progressive hospitality company, to combat climate change. At the heart of this new partnership, WWF and Fairmont will work closely over the coming months to measure the hotel group’s current CO2 footprint according to UN protocol, set a world-class CO2 reduction target by June 2008, thereby becoming a member of WWF’s global Climate Savers program, and develop a Fairmont-wide emission reduction plan.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the opening keynote speaker for USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. Greenbuild will be held November 17-19, 2008, in Boston. Bishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, lead a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Today, he is revered worldwide as a “moral voice” seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Leaders in sustainable tourism from across North America and beyond will meet in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 27-29, 2008 at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2008 (ESTC 2008), The International
Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced. Hosted by the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, the BC Sustainable Tourism Collective and the Council of Tourism Associations of British Columbia, the conference will provide opportunities to gain knowledge of the latest trends in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, learn practical skills, and participate in invaluable networking and knowledge sharing.
BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Continuing on many of its company-wide environmental initiatives, Vail Resorts intends to return RockResorts to its original legacy of leadership in protecting the natural environment that serves as the setting for each one of its iconic resorts. RockResorts announced that it will be launching comprehensive sustainability initiatives across the full spectrum of its operations in the coming months, including energy and water conservation, renewable energy, construction, guestrooms, meetings and events, cuisine, local community outreach, education and guest activism.
THE BAHAMAS—There have been many changes in the few years since “travel” and “sustainable” first appeared in the same sentence. Emerging technologies coupled with mounting consumer demand have given us green travel options from luxury ecolodges (that have a negligible impact on their ecosystems) to carbon-neutral resorts, tours and airlines. A new leader in this green revolution is Star Island, a private-island destination currently under development in the Out Islands of the Bahamas.
ATLANTA—ASHRAE has launched a new magazine to help decision-makers in the building community learn about the latest developments in innovative technologies and energy-efficient design and operation. Targeted at building owners, facility managers, architects and engineers, High Performing Buildings features working case studies of exemplary buildings developed by leading practitioners in the sustainability movement. Also included is a “lessons learned” section in each article where building designers and operators explain what went right, what went wrong, how problems were resolved and what could have been done better.
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