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AUSTIN, TEXAS—The expansion of the Hyatt Regency Austin’s already progressive green initiatives and forward-leaning sustainability practices have led to increased amounts of waste diversion, new conservation measures throughout the hotel and designation of GreenLeader status by the popular travel site, TripAdvisor. For years, Hyatt Regency Austin has been a green leader in the Austin hospitality industry, from its daily hotel operations, to its restaurant, Southwest Bistro, Marker 10 bar and coffee shop. The hotel was the very first in Austin to have its own compost pulper, and has regularly donated barely used shampoos and soaps to charity since 2011, a practice that is now standard in the industry. In 2013, the hotel proactively went even further with its green efforts across the board, with single stream recycling and an eco-friendly laundry cleaning process that conserves both water and energy. The hotel also planted an on-site herb garden which is incorporated into the landscaping for aesthetics and for culinary use. In 2014, the hotel made recycling bins standard in all 448 guestrooms.
TORONTO—Totally Green Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Cam Carver as Chief Executive Officer effective November 2, 2015. Carver was most recently the Co-founder and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd. As CEO, Cam Carver succeeds Shawn Dym, who will continue to serve as an active member of Totally Green’s Board of Directors.
BOSTON—The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has released two new “how-to guides” for recycling scrap carpet and used mattresses to help state and local government officials address the multi-million dollar challenge of managing these bulky products safely, responsibly, and cost-effectively. More than 50,000 mattresses are discarded each day in the United States, the equivalent of close to 20 million annually. While as much as 90 percent of mattress components—steel, cotton, and foam—are recyclable, only a tiny percentage—less than 5 percent—of mattresses are salvaged annually; the rest present operational problems for landfills and waste-to-energy plants. Scrap carpet also poses a looming threat, with Americans discarding nearly 3.9 million tons of carpet and rugs each year and recycling only about 7.5 percent. In May, Connecticut became the first state to implement legislation that requires manufacturers to manage, and consumers to fund, mattress recycling programs. Rhode Island and California will implement similar programs in 2016. California, the only state with a similar “producer responsibility” law for carpet, launched its program in 2011.
MONTREAL—Arborite, a manufacturer of high pressure laminate, and Wilsonart, a leading manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces for more than 50 years, announced their combined sponsorship at the platinum level of the Save a Sample! program. Save a Sample! provides a second life for unused brochures, samples, fabrics, and finish cards by delivering them to design schools and students for use in their projects and design work. Arborite and Wilsonart’s combined platinum level sponsorship aids Save a Sample! in its mission to continue to help budding designers as well as the environment.
IRVINE, CALIF.—The Meritage Collection announces a partnership with Clean the World to help fight the spread of preventable diseases. The lifestyle hotel brand now sends discarded soap and bottled amenities to Clean the World recycling centers where they are sanitized and then distributed globally to children and families in need. Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle soap from the hospitality industry and save lives through the distribution of these donated amenities. The social enterprise currently partners with more than 4,000 hotels and resorts to place life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most. Steve Arnold, President and COO of the Meritage Collection’s parent company, Pacific Hospitality Group said, “We are excited to partner with Clean the World on a program that not only will reduce our ecological footprint, but also aid others in need. Through this collaboration, the Meritage Collection will divert an estimated 4.5 tons of waste.” About two million children under the age of five die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA.—Nubo Bottle Co. announces the release of its Gen II Filtered Water Bottle. Both ends of the bottle are removable for superior cleaning it features a gravity fed filtration system which filters water on its way into the bottle.
PARIS—In celebration of Global Handwashing Day Hilton Worldwide and Clean the World announced that Hilton Paris Opera is the first ever hotel in continental Europe to partner with Clean the World. Hilton Paris Opera will lead the European rollout of Clean the World by contributing discarded soap and bottled amenities that will be recycled to benefit European citizens who are at risk for hygiene-related illnesses. As the world’s largest soap recycler, Clean the World has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses since 2009. Hilton signed a master agreement with Clean the World earlier this year making it the organization’s largest hotel partner. When Clean the World set out to establish a presence in Europe, the United States-based social enterprise focused on cities where there is a high density of hotel rooms, a dedication to environmentally friendly practices and committed hotel partners. Paris became a natural choice for expansion not only because Paris is one the world’s top tourist destinations but also because there was an early commitment from one of the city’s leading hotels, Hilton Paris Opera.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes JRS Amenities as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. JRS Amenities is featuring its MOSAIC Dispenser—a bulk, refillable amenity dispensing solution that can eliminate 99 percent of waste from single-use amenity bottles. A typical 100-bed hotel can exceed 50,000 small amenity bottles and 10,000 soaps per year. MOSAIC could save this hotel up to 33,000 ounces of unused product (based on 1/3 usage).
TORONTO—Totally Green announced that its ORCA system was featured in the September 28, 2015, edition of Maclean’s Magazine. The article spotlights ORCA’s adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to increase system efficiency by letting customers wirelessly track waste and sustainability metrics while proactively managing their overall service.
SONOMA, CALIF.—Tens of thousands of Californians, including a pledge of hundreds of California Fairmont Hotels & Resorts colleagues, friends and family members volunteered to remove debris from the coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines all around California protecting wildlife from harm while taking care of the environment on Saturday, September 19, 2015 for California Coastal Cleanup Day.
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