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Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Kitchen & Laundry

Home Kitchen & Laundry
Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

MGM Resorts International Announces New Program to Fight Hunger

LAS VEGAS—Yesterday, MGM Resorts International, in partnership with Three Square Food Bank, announced a new standardized program for safe collection, preservation and service of surplus banquet food that will help reduce hunger in Southern Nevada. This new program, in which MGM Resorts donates surplus (prepared but unserved) hot banquet food to Three Square, is expected to provide 800,000 nutritious meals by 2020 to people combating hunger. Food insecurity is one of the most serious public health challenges in the United States, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture. One in seven Americans is unable to meet their...

A Chat with Interstate Regarding Its New Vegetarian/Vegan Promotion

In case you missed it, Interstate Hotels & Resorts launched 27 new vegetarian and vegan menu options at the beginning of this year. I posted the article on Green Lodging News. Leading the effort for Interstate is the company’s V.P. of Food & Beverage Operations, Bradley Moore. By e-mail, I asked Moore about the new culinary promotion. GLN: Developing a new series of menu items for a company the size of Interstate is a major project. Upon what research did you rely to prompt such an investment in veggie/vegan options? Is it just Millennials pushing this trend? Moore: We are fortunate...

Whirlpool Included in 2017 Newsweek Green Rankings

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has risen in the Newsweek Green Rankings to 50 and 82 on the national and global lists respectively. The rankings assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States and the world. This year, Whirlpool Corp. was classified as a “top-ranked company,” a designation awarded to fewer than 100 companies on either list. “The people at Whirlpool Corporation continuously strive to protect the planet by being more efficient in how we build innovative products that consume less energy,” said Ron Voglewede, Director of Global Sustainability for Whirlpool Corp. “This distinction is a...

Meeting the Demand for Vegan, Vegetarian Options

During my recent vacation in Ohio I had an opportunity to spend Christmas at a cousin’s house. Something was quite different this year. My cousin and his family had all become vegans. My cousin’s daughter had been having food allergy issues for quite some time and had become a vegan, so to make things easy the entire family switched diets. More than a year ago my wife had half of a cancerous thyroid removed. Thankfully, she is doing fine now and is cancer free. What she has noticed since the surgery is that her body reacts differently to certain types...

Six Senses Launches Eat With Six Senses

BANGKOK—Eat With Six Senses represents another pillar of the Six Senses Integrated Wellness philosophy and approach to food and drink. It is based on the guiding principles of natural ingredients, local and sustainable, and less is more, helping guests to reconnect with food safe in the knowledge that it’s good for them, and good for the world around them. Natural Ingredients Six Senses chooses a cleaner and simpler approach to preparation, focusing on quality, balance and fresh whole food made from scratch. Chefs indulge their love for hearty and healthy menus full of color, taste and joy, while unapologetically avoiding the...

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Embraces Vegetarian & Vegan Trends with New F&B Promotion

ARLINGTON, VA.—Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel management company, announces the launch of its Vegetarian & Vegan culinary promotion for its managed hotels. This on-trend, innovative promotion meets the needs of today’s travelers for healthier eating through plant-based diets, incorporating high quality vegetarian and vegan lunch and dinner entrees in restaurants and banquets across its full-service hotels. Interstate created 27 new enticing vegetarian and vegan menu items for this promotion, which launched on Jan. 1. Because of the generational change driven by Millennials, the passion for vegetarian and vegan meals has progressed rapidly, with a 350 percent increase...

Ecolab Partners with Cargill, Techstars to Launch Farm to Fork Accelerator

ST. PAUL, MINN.—The Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, co-funded by Ecolab and Cargill in partnership with Techstars, has launched. This first-of-its-kind program to be based in the Twin Cities will identify entrepreneurs and start-up companies from around the world who have innovative ideas focused on agriculture, food-related digital technology, food processing and food safety. These companies will be invited to participate in a three-month mentorship-driven accelerator program managed by Ecolab, Cargill and Techstars. “We want to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the world,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “Both Ecolab and...

How Do You Attract Vegetarians, Vegans to Your Hotel?

One more way to put more heads in beds? Certainly. According to www.veganbits.com, about two percent of Americans are vegetarian. One in four of those are vegan. What are you doing to attract that portion of travelers? According to the 2016 Lodging Survey, just 28 percent of hotels with restaurants offer vegetarian menu choices. That means, in most cases, that portion of travelers either chooses to dine elsewhere or are not satisfied when dining at your dining establishment. How can you better meet the needs of vegetarians and vegans? One idea is to become a stop on a tour led...

Eaton Workshop, Brand with Progressive Business Model, to Launch in Early 2018

HONG KONG—Eaton Workshop is a new global brand merging hospitality with progressive social change. Launching in early 2018, it will bring to the international market a hybrid model of a hotel and co-working members club, with an extensive content and programming agenda underscoring its core advocacy values at the intersection of arts and social impact. As the first brand of its kind to serve as a gathering place for an inclusive tribe of changemakers and creatives, Eaton Workshop consists of distinct parts—Hotel, House, Media, and Wellness—that together form an ecosystem based on a pro-social, proactive ethos. A digital content platform...

Xeros Million Gallon Club Grows

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of polymer cleaning technologies, announced that 33 hotels and commercial laundries have now joined the Xeros Million Gallon Club, each saving more than one million gallons of water using Xeros’ award-winning polymer cleaning laundry system. The patented, award-winning system uses up to 80 percent less water, up to 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent than traditional systems while delivering superior cleaning performance. Environmentally conscious hotels and commercial laundries across the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and United Kingdom are among the latest Xeros customers to reach the million-gallon savings mark. Additionally, the...