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8/21/2014

Ed Begley, Jr. is Keynote Speaker for Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo

LAS VEGAS—Ed Begley, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. His presentation will take place on Tuesday, October 28, the first day of the event that will run through October 30 at the LEED Gold and Green Key certified ARIA Resort & Casino. Begley, an actor who has appeared in many movies and on television in shows such as St. Elsewhere, has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition for Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others. His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.

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As Summer Winds Down, Conference Season Heats Up

With the summer winding down it is time to make your reservations to attend this fall’s green conferences and trade shows. The first event on the calendar is the Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference from September 15 to 16 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del. The itinerary for the inaugural conference is still being assembled but many of the details can be found by clicking here. Highlights include a farm-to-fork dinner and many educational and networking opportunities with industry peers and suppliers. The Lodging Green + Sustainability Conference & Expo is set for October 28 to 30 at Aria Las Vegas. This will be the second year for the event and is once again being organized by Lodging Magazine. Assisting this year will be EcoGreenHotel, NEWH Green Voice, and Green Lodging News. Almost 50 speakers will present on topics ranging from waste management to corporate responsibility. There are three tracks for educational sessions: design, finance, and engineering.

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An Analysis of the Many ‘Green’ Upsides to Adaptive Reuse Projects

Considered the largest sector of the travel and tourism industry, the hotel business will be increasingly challenged in its effort to keep up with demand without causing damage to the environment. There are various challenges that the hospitality sector faces with regards to green initiatives, including rapid growth in the travel industry, transient occupants, and long hours of operation. Nevertheless, strong efforts have been made throughout the industry to realize the environmental and financial benefits of upgrading existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, and improve the quality of the space in terms of air, noise and natural light. While innovative construction and design methodologies continue to optimize environmental performance in new-build developments, a significant contribution that the hotel industry is making in the area of sustainability is by making better use of pre-existing infrastructure.

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Starwood to Launch Dual-Branded Aloft & Element Hotel Development in Ohio

STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be located adjacent to The Ohio State University, minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017. “Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.

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Sep
14
American Lighting Association Conference
Omni Nashville Hotel

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sep
15
Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Del.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sep
16
Minnesota Hospitality Expo
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sep
24
HD Americas Conference & Trade Show
Miami Beach Convention Center

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Sanderling Resort Welcomes New Chef to Culinary Team

DUCK, N.C.—Sanderling Resort, the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond property on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, welcomes Chef de Cuisine John Botkin to the Lifesaving Station culinary team. The restaurant, which reopened last spring in conjunction with the property’s redesign, embraces the coastal Carolina region through its seafood-centric menu—a fitting destination for Chef Botkin and his expertise in seafood. At Lifesaving Station, Chef Botkin will continue the restaurant’s focus on S.O.A.L. cuisine—sustainable, organic, artisanal, and local—under the aegis of Executive Chef Jeffrey Russell. Menu highlights include the Grilled Carolina Grouper with hoppin john, smokey spinach, and maque choux; Sweet Onion Crusted Flounder with ravioli, mushrooms, sweet corn, and cajun butter sauce; and Shrimp and Grits with grilled North Carolina shrimp, surry sausage, Anson Mills grits, smoked tomatoes, and mushroom. “I’m excited to build menus around our S.O.A.L. cuisine concept,” says Botkin.

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Delos Build on Stay Well Concept
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Earlier this year, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Delos completed an expansion of the Stay Well room collection at the MGM Grand. The entire 14th floor—171 rooms—now consists of Stay Well rooms and suites. These unique accommodations include more than 20 health and wellness features. A few examples include: Stay Well Vitamin C Infused Shower with shower water infused with Vitamin C which neutralizes chlorine to promote healthy hair and skin; Stay Well Air Purifier, a HEPA-standard air purification system that reduces allergens, toxins and pathogens, creating better air quality and breathing; and a water purification system which reduces disinfectant byproducts, chlorine, pesticides and some pharmaceutical and personal care products. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Delos just announced that they are expanding the Stay Well concept to meetings. Stay Well Meetings, created by Delos, offers healthy environments for meetings with meeting rooms and spaces designed to optimize the health and well-being of attendees.

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