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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.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa Reduce Carbon Emissions with Eco-Burner

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS—Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa has been awarded eco-burner’s very first Carbon Savings Certificate. Beaches Turks and Caicos are the first recipient of this carbon saving award for their dedication to saving the environment and making a difference for future generations. The resort, located on the islands of Turk and Caicos, has been using eco-burner for the last two years, changing from traditional chemical chafing fuel methods to eco-burner’s safer, cleaner and greener solution. In this time they have made the colossal saving of 79 tons of carbon emissions saving the same amount...

Transition to Greener, Cleaner Alternatives to Toxic Chafing Dish Fuel Gel

Dumping toxic waste. That is what most of our industry has been doing for years with partially used cans of chafing dish fuel gel. I wrote about the problem two and one-half years ago. According to industry experts, that is still happening. Most chafing dish fuel gels found today are made from corn-based ethanol, methanol and other additives to help the product burn hotter. Methanol is added to make it too toxic for consumption. Fuel gel using methanol and other additives is considered hazardous waste and should be treated as such. Methanol gel is poisonous and contains dioxin and...

Innovative Suppliers Help Make Portable Food Heaters Safer, More Efficient

NATIONAL REPORT—For banquets and other gatherings, the number of eco-friendly portable food heating and warming solutions has grown in recent years. Some use electricity, others use greener versions of the more traditional fuel gels, while at least one company uses what it calls a Chafo that burns natural gas. Green Lodging News has reported on fuel gels in the past. Some are toxic, hazardous in numerous ways, and can even impact the taste and quality of the food being heated. “The traditional alcohol gel is like an aerosol can putting out CFCs,” says David Moreland, “Chief Bottle Washer” at SMART...

2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism: Sustainability & Gastronomy

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN—Sixteen good practices in Gastronomy Tourism from different countries are showcased in the 2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism, touching on issues such as seasonality, training and innovation, ICT-related initiatives and wine-related itineraries. The publication stresses that in terms of tourist motivations, experiencing gastronomy is now at a similar level to visiting a museum, enjoying music and admiring the architecture of a destination. In this sense, gastronomy tourism has strong potential to improve destination management, promote cultures and contribute to other sectors such as agriculture and food manufacturing. The commitment of gastronomy tourism towards the principles of sustainability...

Whirlpool, Habitat for Humanity Renew Relationship for 18th Year

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. announced a renewal of its longtime collaboration with Habitat for Humanity for the remainder of 2017, continuing to provide a new range and refrigerator for every new Habitat for Humanity home in the United States. “We thank Whirlpool for their long-term support of helping families obtain decent and affordable housing,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “Whirlpool’s generosity has helped families transform their lives, and we look forward to continuing to work together.” For the eighth consecutive year, Whirlpool Corp. will participate in a blitz build with the Kelley School...

Maytag Commercial Honors Outstanding Customers

ST. JOSEPH, MICH.—The Maytag Commercial Laundry 58th Annual Meeting was held recently in Las Vegas. The brand welcomed 218 attendees from 22 countries and provided a three-day event, complete with an up-close look at new products and insight to the Maytag Commercial Laundry strategic approach for the future. In addition, exemplary customer performances were acknowledged at the Annual Fred Maytag Awards Dinner for the following categories. •    Taking home the most coveted and prestigious accolade, Best Wash, Inc., Humble, Texas, won the Fred Maytag Award. This honor is presented to the customer who best emulates the founder’s marketing philosophy and...

Vulcan Expands Business Development Team

TROY, OHIO—Vulcan, the food equipment manufacturer known for quality, energy efficient commercial cooking equipment, announce that it is expanding its business development team with the hiring of an experienced food equipment industry pro. Kimberly Robinette has joined Vulcan Steam Cooking in Troy, Ohio, as its new Business Development Manager. A Certified Foodservice Professional (CFSP) and a ServSafe Food Protection Manager, Robinette brings with her a wealth of foodservice equipment sales experience. She joins Vulcan Steam Cooking from Reinhart Foodservice where she was the Corporate Manager for equipment and non-food items. Prior to Reinhart, Robinette held a Regional Sales Manager position...

Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Approaches Closing Date

NATIONAL REPORT—The survey that is the basis for the annual Green Lodging Trends Report has launched and will remain open through 7 p.m. EST June 20. Click here to participate! The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. Participants benefit from a free compare report—an opportunity to learn how their property is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among peers locally and worldwide. Participants also have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are...

MGM Resorts International Issues 2016 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

LAS VEGAS—This week, MGM Resorts International released its Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, a comprehensive publication that details the company’s corporate citizenship efforts across the 12 month span of 2016. The annual report, titled “MGM Cares”—the company’s CSR brand—is available now for download at the company’s website. The report describes MGM Resorts’ CSR philosophy, governance and culture, and summarizes MGM Resorts’ developments in the pillars of Diversity and Inclusion, Philanthropy and Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability. Last year’s CSR efforts were a continuation and expansion of a commitment the company made officially in 2000, when MGM Resorts pioneered the...

Hilton Announces Year-One Progress on Sustainable Seafood Commitments

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton released a progress update on the implementation of its global commitment to responsibly source its seafood by 2022. The report details how Hilton established a baseline of its seafood purchasing data, created relevant training for all Team Members and deepened partnerships with related non-governmental organizations and suppliers. Progress against the company’s commitment includes: Hilton has collected and analyzed available seafood purchasing data across more than 350 hotels, 500 suppliers and across 57 species groups, to establish a baseline of its seafood purchasing data. Hilton has developed training resources on responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood, and rolled them...