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New Year Brings Changes to Green Hospitality Events Lineup


One of my tasks as editor of Green Lodging News is to maintain a list of events on the Green Lodging News website. While not all of the events have a green focus, the majority of them have some type of green component—a session focusing on green design or operations, a trade show where one can find resource-saving products, etc.

Wildlife Watching’s Staggering Positive Impact on the U.S. Lodging Industry


Over the New Year’s holiday I spent some time in Florida. One day during the trip I drove from Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast over to Myakka River State Park. The park is a great place to watch alligators warming themselves in the sun or to catch a glimpse of the many varieties of birds that make a home there—egrets, herons, and even eagles.

Ernst & Young Report Provides Helicopter View of Industry’s Green Progress


Late in 2008, Ernst & Young released a report entitled, “Hospitality Going Green.” I strongly recommend reading through the 16-page document. (A link to it appears at the end of this column.) The report explores some of the major trends and programs initiated around the world to encourage industry participation in sustainability efforts.

Riding the Wave of Everything Green, GLN Eyes Expansion in 2009


With this being the last Green Lodging News e-newsletter of 2008, I would like to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year in 2009. The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and set goals for the year ahead. It is also an ideal time to stop and say “thank you.” So, to all of the readers, guest writers and advertisers who supported Green Lodging News in 2008, thank you very much! Green Lodging News would not be possible without you.

A Look Back at a Tumultuous But Exciting 2008


With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time to reflect back on the year that has gone by. And what a year it has been for our industry—for the bad and for the good. Fattened by several record years, it is not teetering on the edge like the automobile companies, but it still took a beating in 2008 and will continue to do so in 2009.

Worldwide Recycling Market Takes Dive Along With the Economy


As goes the economy, so goes the recycling markets. Have you heard any grumbling yet from the companies that collect your recyclables? The market for recyclables such as cardboard, plastic, newspaper, mixed paper and metals has collapsed.

Xanterra’s One-Megawatt Solar Installation is Alive and Well in Death Valley


This past week I had the opportunity to visit the site of the U.S. tourism industry’s largest solar installation. It is located in California in Death Valley National Park, the sunniest place in the country, and meets more than one-third of the annual electricity needs of Xanterra Parks & Resort’s Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort, golf course and employee offices and housing.

Joie de Vivre’s New Site Helps Keep Company Competitive in California


Last week, Joie de Vivre, operator of 29 boutique hotels in California, launched Joie de Vivre Green Dreams, a new portal on its website. Joie de Vivre Green Dreams is also the name of the company’s environmental program. Be sure to check out this new website. Its design is appealing, user friendly and worth emulating.

Greenbuild Exceeds Expectations in Boston, Draws 26,000 on First Day


I was fortunate to attend the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston for two days last week. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is the annual conference and trade show of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creator of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. When Greenbuild was first held in 2002, 4,000 people attended. Last year in Chicago, the total attendance was approximately 22,000 people.

Green Aura Surrounded 2008’s Version of IH/M&RS


This past week I had the opportunity to attend the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) in New York. For those of you who did not attend, you missed a great opportunity to learn about steps you can take and products you can purchase to increase your property’s profitability during these difficult times.

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