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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Hotel Focus

Home Green Hotel Focus
In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Blake at Taos Ski Valley Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M.—Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Taos Ski Valley announced that its new slopeside hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, was awarded LEED Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. As the world’s first and only certified B Corp ski resort, Taos Ski Valley has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices. In addition to achieving LEED...

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Unveils New Apiary & Beekeeping Experience

OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Valley Inn & Spa recently announced the arrival of an on property apiary and launch of an immersive beekeeping experience for guests. In partnership with Ojai Valley Bee Club, the resort’s beekeeping excursion began at the beginning of last month. With each excursion, guests receive an immersive, hands-on beekeeping experience. The outings include an educational journey, tour of the hives, and raw local honey tasting on the patio of the Inn’s new apiary set amidst a lavender and wildflower-studded meadow. “We’re thrilled to introduce this distinctive new program and offer an immersive beekeeping experience to our guests,” said Heather...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Honored as Gold Leader

DENVER—The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown—Convention Center announced that it has been honored as a Gold Leader by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program, making it the third hotel in Colorado and the only hotel in Denver to be honored with this coveted green recognition. Colorado’s ELP honors companies for going beyond state and federal environmental regulations and for their outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. Denver’s first LEED Certified Silver hotel, the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown was also recently awarded the Green Leader badge by TripAdvisor...

New York Hilton Midtown Debuts Beehives on Green Rooftop

NEW YORK—In celebration of September’s National Honey Month, New York Hilton Midtown is welcoming 450,000 adopted bees to the hotel’s fifth floor, 16,000-square-foot green rooftop, five blocks from Central Park’s bevy of nectar. The six buzzing hives were escorted via a vintage yellow taxi to the hotel where hotel team members awaited their colleagues’ arrival. The Italian, Russian and Carniolan honeybee queens—one for each hive—have been named Shelby, Ruby, Phoebe, Suite B, Beatrice, and lastly Connie as a tribute to Hilton founder, Conrad Hilton. As important as VIP guests, theVIBees will quickly become part of the landmark hotel’s ecosystem with...

Stone Terrace B&B Deploys Tesla Destination Charging Station

EVANSTON, ILL.—Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast, a luxury bed and breakfast located in Evanston, Ill., has joined Tesla Motors Destination Charging Program, making it the first in Evanston and first B&B in Illinois to deploy a vehicle charging station on its property. The installation includes two “pull up and plug in” wall connectors, which add up to 60 miles of range per hour. A universal adapter is available for non-Tesla electric cars. Electric vehicle (EV) owners can leave their vehicles at the charging station while at the beach, shopping or enjoying time as a guest at the property. The EV...

Kinzie Hotel Unveils New Statue in Support of K9s for Cops

CHICAGO—The Kinzie Hotel has unveiled a unique new Chicago-centric art installation designed by a prominent local artist in conjunction with its support of the K9s for Cops Public Art Campaign. The high-profile initiative, which supports the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, serves to memorialize Chicago’s heroic fallen officers by way of the 54-inch German Shepherd Statue that represents the canine partners who have assisted police officers for generations. From now through Labor Day, the weather-proof fiberglass statue is standing guard in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. A portion of the proceeds from the sponsorship benefits PAWS Chicago’s work to provide residents...

Olympia Companies, SMART Hotels Introduce SOPHY

CHICAGO—The Olympia Companies, and SMART Hotels are bringing a luxury boutique hotel to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The 98-room SOPHY, to be managed by The Olympia Companies, will be located at the corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Chicago’s South Side and will feature a bar, restaurant with al fresco dining and fitness center. SOPHY is designed as a four-diamond luxury property and engineered to achieve LEED Silver certification and will be a preferred hotel of the University of Chicago. “Working closely with 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston and the University of Chicago, we’re pleased to have the opportunity to...

Vermont’s Well-Designed Stone Wall Inn Heated with No Fossil Fuels

WINDHAM, VERMONT—If a building becomes as one as possible with its surrounding environment, can it be energy self-sufficient? Yes, it certainly can. Just ask Bob Shannon, President of The Fourth Corner Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit that runs A Stone Wall Inn in Windham, Vermont. Shannon, an architect with two degrees from Yale University, first thought about the 10-room inn on 12 acres in 1969. The three-building inn with a post-modernist feel is heated entirely by solar energy and wood stoves. Every aspect and angle of the well-insulated inn was designed to maximize the power of the sun. “We are making...

The Distellery Inn is Green Hotelier Award Winner

CARBONDALE, COLO.—Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn was named as a 2017 Green Hotelier Award Winner and the only North American property to be recognized. A sustainable luxury inn, distillery & tasting room nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains of Colorado in the Carbondale Creative District, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn was Highly Commended for 2017 in the Americas. “We really loved your ethos and commitment to sustainability and community and you were a very close second to our winner,” said Siobhan O’Neill, Editor of Green Hotelier. The Green Hotelier awards received a record number of applicants from around...

Skamania Lodge to Debut Two New Tree Houses

STEVENSON, WASH.—Skamania Lodge, the Columbia River Gorge’s awarding-winning destination, recently broke ground on two new tree houses, set to open in September of 2017. This is the second pair of tree houses, the first opened in the summer of 2016. “We’re thrilled at the way our first two tree houses turned out,” said Skamania Lodge General Manager Ken Daugherty. “They became so popular, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with additional options to truly have that quintessential Columbia River Gorge experience.” Like the first two tree houses, these are nestled in the tall Douglas Firs of the Columbia...