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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Sustainable Travel International announced collaboration on a platform for sustainable destinations worldwide. The new joint program includes networking opportunities through the GSTC’s Destination Membership, and Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Destination Leadership Network (SDLN). These programs, which are now available at a combined price, provide destinations with an opportunity for learning, idea sharing, advocacy, and collaboration on a global scale.
LONDON—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced its Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) results, charting substantial improvements in both its Disclosure Score and Performance Rating. The CDP results, which were released in October 2013, saw IHG achieve an overall score of 85B in the Climate Change submission for 2013—a significant rise from its 2010 score of 54C. IHG’s substantial improvements this year have been driven primarily by the success of IHG’s Green Engage program, an online system that tracks the use of energy, carbon, water and the management of waste in properties along with the associated costs. It comprises more than 200 Green Solutions, which the company’s hotels can implement to reduce their environmental impact. One such tool—a carbon calculator based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology—allows IHG’s hotels to focus on measuring and reporting on carbon emissions in a consistent and transparent way. Alongside IHG’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, the CDP is one of the primary channels IHG uses to report on its approach to reducing impact on climate change.
LAS VEGAS—Green Chips, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Nevada's sustainability identity, has launched a Community Web Portal to inspire collaborative initiatives among Southern Nevada's businesses, municipalities, organizations and citizens. The site will also function as a resource for individuals and businesses looking to be informed on, and connect with all areas of sustainability.
NEW YORK—At the 2013 Boutique Design New York (BDNY) Conference, MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, and Marriott International announced the next phase in their partnership to green the hospitality industry supply chain.
CONCORD, N.H.—Concord, N.H. entrepreneur Steve Duprey is no stranger to firsts. At 19, he became the country’s youngest elected state representative. As a former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party and national committeeman, Duprey has been central in saving the Granite State’s first in the nation presidential primary. He scored another first recently when a tractor trailer unloaded a 40-foot-long freight container in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott Grappone Conference Center, making it the first hotel in North America to be able to grow all its own organic salad greens on premises. The Leafy Green Machine, as it is called, is the first delivered to New Hampshire by Boston-based start-up Freight Farms. The “farm” is made of a recycled, insulated freight container 40 feet long by eight feet wide and 12 feet tall. The container houses a high-tech infrastructure that will allow the Grappone Center to grow leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, basil, oregano and sprouts hydroponically.
NEW YORK—Designtex announced that Susan Lyons, president of Designtex, will be honored as a Legacy Innovator at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s inaugural Innovation Celebration event, which will be held in New York on November 15 to recognize leaders in product design innovation as they create better products for our world.
ITHACA, N.Y.—“The Giving Bag,” a concept to save hotels money on lost and left behind items, is the winning concept in the third annual Cornell student sustainability competition, sponsored by Schneider Electric, a partner of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. The competition is conducted in conjunction with the annual Sustainability Roundtable at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). The roundtable brought nearly three dozen international hotel practitioners and researchers to the school to discuss current sustainability trends and strategies. Creators of “The Giving Bag,” Lilia Karimi and Quinn Cox, both students at SHA, won the first-place prize of $2,000, thanks to Schneider’s sponsorship. They sought to solve an expensive problem for hotels—what to do with lost and left-behind items. Their research determined that about 20 percent of the items left in guestrooms are intentionally left behind. By providing a bag for guests to stash these items, hotels could easily donate them to charity. “Each year, these student concepts become more comprehensive,” said R. Sean O’Kane, director, hotel strategic alliances and thought leadership for Schneider Electric.
NASHVILLE—A&M Meetings and Incentives recently announced that The Hermitage Hotel is among the five hotels in the nation it invited to participate in its new sustainable events program. “From growing our own vegetables and raising our own beef to restoring and maintaining our historic building and supporting the Land Trust for Tennessee, sustainability is infused in The Hermitage Hotel,” said Janet Kurtz, director of sales and marketing.
PLANTATION, FLA.—DHL was honored recently with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
SAN DIEGO—Courtyard by Marriott and MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, announced the launch of the Rest Better sustainability program, a MindClick initiative to educate travelers on the environmental impact of implementing green hotel purchasing practices.
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