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9/18/2014

How Xanterra's Furnace Creek Resort is Sustainable in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—In keeping with its “pillars of sustainability,” the AAA Four Diamond Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has enacted a series of initiatives designed to minimize the impact of its operations and of its guests. The resort has put in place programs to reduce waste and water usage, generate electricity and offer sustainable choices to its guests. Those efforts are working as the resort reports solid waste has been reduced by 44 percent, water usage has dropped 19 percent and electricity use is down 18 percent since 2010. In that same time period sustainably sourced food is up 19 percent and recycling is up 100 percent. The single-biggest development undertaken by Furnace Creek operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been the installation of a five-acre, one megawatt solar photovoltaic system. The system went active in June 2008 and now generates more than one-third of the total annual electricity needs of Xanterra’s Death Valley operations, including the historic Inn at Furnace Creek, Ranch at Furnace Creek, Furnace Creek Golf Course, employee offices and housing.

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Greenview Explores ‘Honey-Sweetened Hospitality’ in New Report

It is more than five years now since I first posted an article about beekeeping on the Green Lodging News website. That article referred to The Fairmont Washington, D.C. and its three rooftop hives that included 105,000 Italian honey bees. There are now almost 20 articles on our site that mention beekeeping. I wrote a column about the topic in 2010. It included some beekeeping best practices. For example, did you know that if you are going to have hives on your property, you need to have at least two hives and they should not all be oriented in the same direction? I bring up honeybees this week because Greenview just released a study on beekeeping entitled, “Honey-Sweetened Hospitality.” (See related guest column.) In the study Greenview attempts to quantify the beekeeping phenomenon in our industry—particularly in urban locations. They identified 55 hive hotels globally.

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Why Beekeeping is Relevant to Hotel Sustainability

If you frequent Green Lodging News, you are likely someone who appreciates innovative best practices that not only have curb appeal, but also have a real opportunity to occur. The trend in urban beekeeping within the hotel industry might just be slated for that kind of trajectory. Over the past two to three years, we have seen an increase in articles highlighting hotel beekeeping as a growing trend among popular brands, such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental and InterContinental to name a few. This trend continues to gain popularity among hoteliers as I have seen myself in the hundreds of hotels I have visited over the past two years tracking practices related to sustainability. So much so that my company, Greenview, conducted a study on urban hotel beekeeping earlier this year. That study is available for download. From the study, we found out several interesting facts.

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Adds Two Bee Colonies

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.—Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality honeybees are important contributors to the many fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing 20,000 bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally friendly resort. Honeybees are the major pollinators of the resort’s many flower beds and its on-site orchard, vegetable and herb gardens. It’s estimated that in the first year, these bees will produce 70 to 80 pounds of honey as well as beeswax. While the bees will need much of this honey for the winter months, as much as 25 to 30 pounds will be harvested by the resort and used in the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon and in the resort’s kitchens.

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Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Ken Springer Vice President of Design and Construction

MILL VALLEY, CALIF.—Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced that Ken Springer has joined the company as Vice President of Design and Construction. In this newly created position, Springer will oversee all aspects of new construction and capital expenditures on current and future Auberge properties. “Ken possesses a reputation for the highest degree of attention to detail and design, as well as timely execution at each step of the development process,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “His professionalism and experience will be invaluable to Auberge as we move our strategic expansion plan forward. We are delighted to welcome him to our senior team.” Springer brings more than 25 years of hands-on hospitality design and construction project management experience to Auberge.

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The Season for Sustainability Reports—A Peek at Wyndham’s
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This must be the season for the release of sustainability reports. Marriott International issued its 2014 Sustainability Report last month. Hyatt Hotels Corp. released its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report in the past few weeks. Last week Caesars Entertainment released its Corporate Citizenship Report and Wyndham Worldwide just released its 2013 Sustainability Responsibility Report. Articles about all but the Caesars report can be found on Green Lodging News. In this blog I would like to focus on Wyndham’s report. First off, the company’s Wyndham Green program is now in its eighth year. As has other companies, Wyndham has set 2020 goals for its operationally controlled assets. Using 2010 as a baseline, Wyndham intends to reduce its carbon emissions and water consumption per square foot by 20 percent by 2020. So far it has reduced water usage globally by 16 percent per square foot and carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot when compared with the 2010 baseline.

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