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Hilton Worldwide to Celebrate Earth Hour with Projects Around World

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of 12 brands announced that for the fifth consecutive year, its team members and franchisee employees around the world will unite to protect the planet by participating in the celebration of Earth Hour 2015 through a number of innovative projects. Main exterior lighting and rooftop neon signage will be switched off. Interior lobby and reception lighting will be dimmed. There will be candlelit dinners with low carbon menus and sustainable cocktails. Music sessions including classical music and jazz will be showcased, and candle making activities will be organized. Earth Hour will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015, and hundreds of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,300 global properties will once again be connecting with guests in demonstration of their commitment to living sustainably. “Managing natural resources and energy use are key to Hilton Worldwide’s overall long-term business strategy,” said Maxime Verstraete, Vice President of Sustainability, Hilton Worldwide.

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No Bones About It, Dog Adoption Program a Success for McKibbon Hotel Group

People, Planet, Profit…Pups? In case you missed it on Green Lodging News, McKibbon Hotel Group, located in Tampa, Fla., has come up with one of the coolest community service projects I have heard about. McKibbon, which owns and manages the Aloft Asheville Downtown in Asheville, N.C., paired up with a local animal shelter last August, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue (CAAR), in an effort to increase the dog adoption numbers in the community. When guests arrive at the Aloft hotel, they are met by a dog (located behind the registration desk) in an “Adopt Me” vest. Guests can interact with the dog during check-in as well as at the hotel lounge and additional designated areas. And, if they so choose, can move forward in a process of adopting the dog. Since last August, more than 20 dogs have found permanent and loving homes.

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Environmental Sustainability: Hospitality, Economy & Culture

Prior to the economic collapse of 2008, environmental sustainability was gaining momentum within the hospitality and development industries of the United States. As these industries struggled to regain lost ground, sustainability took a back seat. To fully understand why this occurred and how to shape the future of sustainability in industry, we must consider culture in addition to economy. The definition of sustainability according to Webster’s: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. It is an outdated notion that we can build without regard to the impact of the environment and the community. If we look at the world from a global perspective, how do we ensure that we are not depleting the resources?

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Experts Agree On Sterling's Sustainable Modular Mattress

Max H. Tucker, CHA, General Manager, Best Western Big America: “Sterling mattresses are an important part of our strategy for meeting guest comfort and working towards a more sustainable hotel operation.” Brian Keller, Director of Property Services, Oakwood Worldwide, LEED Green Associate: “One definite advantage is the concept of replacement components…this has been a great find for Oakwood.” The top three reasons buyers are choosing the Sterling Hospitality Sustainable Modular Mattress: 3) Shows guests you care about their comfort. 2) Reduces maintenance and replacement costs and downtime. 1) Reduces your carbon footprint. For more information, call (888) 281-2817 today!

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IHG Opens Holiday Inn Express Marilia Hotel in Sao Paulo State

MIAMI—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Marília hotel in São Paulo State, Brazil. The new-build, 102-room hotel is among the first internationally-branded properties in the city of Marilia. The hotel is centrally situated near Marilia’s industrial district, airport, and less than a mile away from the city’s main shopping center. “IHG properties have thrived in Brazil since the InterContinental brand arrived in 1946,” said Alvaro Diago, COO, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. “We helped forge Brazil’s hospitality industry, and thanks to strong relationships with our Brazilian partners, we are pleased to be an integral part of this next stage of travel evolution for the country.” Spanning seven stories, the Holiday Inn Express Marilia hotel boasts a modern design, with a strong focus on sustainability.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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Fairmont Reaches Emissions Reduction Goal Under Leadership of Jane Mackie

TORONTO—It has been 25 years now since Fairmont Hotels & Resorts launched its groundbreaking Green Partnership Program, a roadmap for hotels looking to reduce waste, energy and water consumption. The program has had many champions within Fairmont along the way and the latest, Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand, has helped Fairmont reach an important goal—the reduction of operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels. That accomplishment came as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers Program. “We are the only hotel company to have reached the goal,” Mackie says. The emissions reduction achievement occurred as part of the company’s Fairmont Sustainability Partnership program—today’s version of the Green Partnership Program. Fairmont Sustainability Partnership has four fundamental pillars: Environment, Ecosystem, Engagement and Responsible Business. Emissions reduction falls under the Environment pillar. As Vice President, Fairmont Brand, Mackie oversees sustainability efforts at 70 properties, many of them iconic, historic structures. Fairmont is expected to grow to 100 hotels open or under construction by 2019.

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Fairmont, Wyndham Reveal Earth Hour Plans
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At least two major hotel companies are lining up activities for this Saturday’s Earth Hour (8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time)—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Worldwide. Two separate press announcements were released having to do with Fairmont’s activities and one for Wyndham. In the first Fairmont announcement, the activities of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of the Western U.S. and Hawaii were summarized. For example, in observance of the international environmental event, the all-suite and villa Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will turn off non-essential lighting throughout the 22-acre property. More than 200 floating candles will be placed in the lobby fountain and outdoor paths will be lit with battery-operated candle luminaries. At the Fairmont Newport Beach, Chef Brian Doherty will be creating a local and sustainable prix-fixe menu that will be served via candlelight. With dinner, guests will have the option of a Spring Fling cocktail, lit by a glowing cube of ice. Colleagues will encourage guests as well as vendors to go “electricity free” and the hotel’s non-essential lighting will be dimmed.

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