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Hyatt Unveils New 2020 Environmental Sustainability Strategy

CHICAGO—In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, Hyatt Hotels Corporation unveiled an aggressive set of environmental goals for the year 2020, all designed to strengthen Hyatt’s collective ability to collaborate, inspire and further its commitment to environmental stewardship. Hyatt, which is already an industry leader for tracking comprehensive global energy and water data since 2006, is significantly expanding the scope of its existing sustainability initiatives and will continue to focus strongly on measuring and reporting progress. Known as the Hyatt 2020 Vision, these new, ambitious environmental goals define a suite of measureable and actionable targets across three focus areas—use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire—all with the goal of bringing together Hyatt hotels around the globe to create a more sustainable future. “The conservation efforts undertaken by Hyatt hotels around the world since formalizing our approach several years ago have had a real impact, resulting in major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and water and energy usage by properties across our portfolio,” said Brigitta Witt, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Hyatt.

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Just a Few More Hurdles for Highly Innovative Casino/Hotels Project

Assuming the project gets the approval of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the next few weeks and is not appealed by voters in November, Mohegan Sun Massachusetts could end up being one of the greenest construction projects in U.S. lodging history. To be located at Suffolk Downs in Revere, Mass., the $1.3 billion destination resort will include a main casino hotel and boutique hotel totaling 500 rooms and over 170,000 square feet of casino floor space and 5,000 gaming positions. Gary Luderitz, V.P. of Operations & Development for Mohegan Gaming Advisors, told me this past week that the project will at least earn LEED Gold. “We will be shooting for [LEED] Platinum,” he says. Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, developed by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, will create 2,500 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs. There is a commitment to hire 75 percent of the workforce from within a 15-mile radius of Revere. The resort will feature a 1 MW solar PV system on its roof.

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Electric Vehicle Charging: If You Build It, They Will Come

With plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicle sales on the rise, the mantra “if you build it, they will come” is quickly becoming a reality for hospitality managers as guests search for overnight EV charging as an amenity option. A TripAdvisor review headline tells the story: “The Electric Vehicle Charger is Why We Chose This Hotel”—December 2013. This is supported by a recent survey conducted by Morpace, which found that plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers actively seek out and frequent establishments that offer charging using mobile apps to locate charging stations. In fact, 94 percent of survey respondents have chosen establishments that are equipped with chargers. As more consumers adopt and identify with plug-in mobility, a place to charge will no longer lure guests, but be an expectation for drivers. Experian Automotive estimates that 55 percent of PEV drivers are between the ages of 36 to 55.

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Pre-Constructed Canyon Lodge Units Enter Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—The large structures arriving in Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village are tangible indications that the Canyon Lodge & Cabins redevelopment project is truly taking shape. Constructed in Boise, Idaho by Guerdon Enterprises, the modules will eventually comprise five multi-story lodges featuring stone and wood that blend into the surrounding area. The first three lodges will open in 2015 and the remaining two the following year. The modules are being created in a controlled environment that allows for year-round work while minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency. As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts is overseeing the $70 million project that will replace more than 300 cabins with five modern lodge buildings.

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Erin Rowland a Leading Force Behind Oregon Convention Center’s Most Notable Achievements

PORTLAND, ORE.—Among U.S. meeting facilities, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in Portland, Ore. is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious when it comes to accomplishments in green building and sustainability. This past March it became only the second meeting facility in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification. Earlier this summer, OCC achieved Level Four certification for the ASTM Standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. As a cherry on top of those accomplishments, OCC recently received the 2014 Green Award at Travel Portland’s 35th Annual Tourism & Hospitality Industry Awards Celebration. A leading force behind OCC’s many achievements is Erin Rowland, the Center’s Sustainability Coordinator. Rowland, who recently earned her LEED AP for Existing Buildings Accreditation, has been working in her current position since November 2012.

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The Urban Heat Island Effect & Your Warming Hotel
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If you operate or plan to operate a hotel in an urban center, you would be wise to understand the urban heat island effect and its relationship to climate change. According to Climate Central, urban areas can be significantly hotter than areas outside of the city and climate change is making that difference in temperature more dramatic. Climate Central says summers in the United States have been warming since 1970. But on average across the United States cities are even hotter, and have been getting hotter faster than adjacent rural areas. Single-day urban temperatures in some metro areas can be as much as 27°F higher than the surrounding rural areas. The top 10 cities with the most intense summer urban heat islands (average daily urban-rural temperature differences) over the past 10 years are: Las Vegas (7.3°F); Albuquerque (5.9°F); Denver (4.9°F); Portland, Ore. (4.8°F); Louisville (4.8°F); Washington, D.C. (4.7°F); Kansas City (4.6°F); Columbus (4.4°F); Minneapolis (4.3°F); and Seattle (4.1°F).

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