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ALPHARETTA, GA.—The Bancroft Hotel, a National Registered Landmark and a premier boutique hotel based in Berkeley, Calif., has teamed up with The Refinishing Touch to update furniture as part of a large-scale renovation project. The Bancroft Hotel was built in 1928, was designed by noted Bay Area architect Walter T. Steilberg, and has come to be known for its historic charm, personalized service and eco-friendly practices.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Vivaro Water as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Vivaro Water’s water delivery system utilizes advanced technology to purify water. A nine-stage process removes dirt particles, chlorine, chemicals, pesticides, metals and other solids.
VALLEY CENTER, CALIF.—Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort has diverted more than 400 tons of recyclables, reduced Styrofoam use by 25 percent and cleaned up more than eight miles of San Diego County beaches. These conservation efforts are the result of the employee driven “Green Committee,” which meets bi-weekly in support of the company’s CODEGreen Commitment. “CODEGreen is our commitment to conservation and sustainability,” says senior vice president and general manager Janet Beronio. The Green Committee is comprised of Harrah’s employees who want to make a difference. “There were so many ideas at the first meeting,” exclaims Brendan O’Kane, facilities manager and chairman of the Green Committee. “But rather than start a lot of different projects at once, we wanted to focus on the low hanging fruit and execute those projects well before moving on to the next opportunity.”
CynerGreen, a leading authority on sustainable hydration solutions in the hospitality industry, has launched Bottle Free programs designed for hotels and resorts. CynerGreen’s proprietary Bottle Free solutions pave the way for hotels, cities, communities, organizations, events and schools to eliminate bottled water from their environment. The company offers a complete line of hydration products and services.
CINCINNATI—Cintas continues to build on its eco-friendly tailored line with the addition of The Momentum Suiting Collection. The stretch, wrinkle-resistant fabric is made using a 54/42/4 blend of recycled polyester, wool and Lycra. The recycled polyester is comprised of 13 recycled plastic water bottles.
UPLAND, CALIF.—Green Suites International announced that it is now offering the new Sonoma Soap Company amenity collection in waste-reducing paper bottles. The environmentally sound packaging is fully collapsible and leaves behind, on average, only 1 percent of product after use compared to plastic bottles which contain 20 percent to 30 percent leftover product.
LAS VEGAS—CityCenter announced that it has received three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council for: ARIA Resort’s hotel tower; ARIA Resort’s convention center and theater; and Vdara Hotel. ARIA and Vdara will open in December on the Las Vegas Strip and are the first of CityCenter’s developments to be LEED certified. CityCenter anticipates Gold or Silver LEED certification for its remaining developments which include Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental; Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district; Veer Towers, the community’s only strictly residential buildings; and The Harmon (opening late 2010), a 400-room luxury boutique hotel. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli to artfully redefine the Las Vegas skyline, ARIA is a 4,004-room resort destination that is at the core of the 18-million-square-foot CityCenter development.
NEW YORK—Green Choice Vendors Distribution, a distributor of sustainable products and packaging for food service, announces the launch of their online store FoodBizSupply.com. FoodBizSupply.com offers a one stop shop for more than 300 biodegradable and compostable products made from natural renewable resources, like sugarcane bagasse, bamboo fiber and corn.
SAINT CHARLES, MO.—Expanding its line of eco-friendly amenities, Pineapple Hospitality is now offering Sonoma Soap Company amenities and dispensers. The Sonoma Soap Company amenity collection is formulated to nurture the hair and body—while protecting the environment. All formulations contain natural and organic ingredients and are free of those ingredients identified as dangerous or threatening to the environment.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Primo Water as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Primo is the only nationally distributed bottled water in a bottle made from 100 percent plants, not crude oil. Primo’s natural plant-based material is renewable, compostable (in a commercial facility) and recyclable.
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