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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

LIGHTFAIR Set for Philadelphia May 7 to 11

ATLANTA—When the global lighting, design and technology community converges at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia May 7 to 11, professionals from around the world will discover a full slate of industry-specific networking events available to elevate and enhance the trade show and conference experience. The LIGHTFAIR 2017 events lineup brings together professionals to make connections and find out about what’s on the horizon in lighting design, directly from industry experts and manufacturers. Highlighting the 2017 events featured in The HUB, Impact Speaker David Robertson will explore the fascinating topic of innovation. His presentation, “How Any Company Can Learn from LEGO’s Successful Innovation Management...

Report: Consumers Crave Education on Sustainable Travel Practices and Products

HOUSTON—According to new research, most travelers are committed to sustainable living at home, but believe the travel industry could make it easier for them to travel sustainably by providing education about, and access to, sustainable travel products and services. AIG Travel, a leader in travel insurance and assistance services, released findings from its 2017 Pulse Poll on sustainable travel, which garnered over 1,300 responses from travelers and followers of the brand. “We found that most respondents were committed to sustainability overall and that they believe people should travel sustainably to preserve destinations for future generations,” said Jeff Rutledge, CEO of...

Alliance for Water Efficiency Delivers Letter to Save EPA WaterSense Program from Budget Cuts

CHICAGO—The Alliance for Water Efficiency delivered a letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt yesterday to urge continued funding for the successful EPA WaterSense labeling program, recently proposed for elimination in the Trump Administration’s budget, and committed to defending the program. The letter outlines the numerous benefits of WaterSense and represents the support of 185 manufacturers, businesses, water providers, academic institutions, and efficiency advocates. “The WaterSense program is a cornerstone of our nation’s water sustainability strategy, and has become vital to American communities, manufacturers, and service providers,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. “The Administration’s...

Responsible Travel No Longer Promoting Trips with Zoo Visits

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND—Responsible Travel announced that it will no longer be promoting trips that include visits to zoos on its website. The online travel company and pioneer in responsible tourism has removed six trips from its site, the first travel company to publically make such a move. Responsible Travel and its customers have always been strong advocates for wildlife and conservation and until now has only included a small minority of trips in its collection which focus on volunteering programs to help improve zoos. However, following Liz Bonnin’s important 2016 BBC Horizon program: Should we Close Our Zoos? and consultation with...

More Than 1,000 Companies Call for Strengthening ENERGY STAR Program

WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 U.S. companies and organizations signed a letter to Congress and the administration calling for lawmakers to strengthen the ENERGY STAR program that was recently proposed for elimination under the Trump administration’s budget. “ENERGY STAR is a model for successful collaboration between the public and private sectors,” the letter states. “It enjoys a long track record of success and should be strengthened, not weakened, to ensure it continues providing these important benefits to the public while helping us meet our energy and environmental goals.” The letter, which was sent Monday and can be found here, was led...

Communities Prepare to Celebrate 145th Arbor Day

LINCOLN, NEB.—April 28, 2017 marks the 145th celebration of Arbor Day. A holiday established in 1872 in Nebraska City to inspire people to plant trees, it became a legal holiday in 1885. To help people across the country get more easily involved in celebrating the country’s first environmental holiday, the Arbor Day Foundation has launched celebratearborday.com. People can visit the website to see what is going on in their local community and also act to plant trees and plan their own Arbor Day celebrations. During the month of April, to help all Americans commemorate Arbor Day, Unilever and Ahold are...

Everywhere You Look—Plants—at Buenos Aires’ Boutique Palo Santo Hotel

BUENOS AIRES—Unmistakably green. There is no other way to describe the 26-suite Palo Santo Hotel in the trendy Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires. The hotel’s facade, terraces, balconies, patio and roof are covered with plants. A specially designed iron structure on the building’s exterior serves as a support for the vertical gardens that reach 90 feet high. In total, more than 900 plants are spread throughout the building. The plants provide a natural insulation against climate extremes, absorb excess water, and help reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by providing oxygen and absorbing CO2. The plants are...

Indura Beach & Golf Resort to Celebrate Earth Day

TELA, HONDURAS—Indura Beach & Golf Resort, the first five-star resort in Central America within Curio—a Collection by Hilton, will celebrate Earth Day by hosting a one-hour, informative nature walk on Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. on property grounds in Tela Bay, Honduras. Employees, guests, and local members of the community are invited to join this walk to learn about the green initiatives in place at the resort and what they can do at home to join the effort and combat this global issue. Being set within the Jeannette Kawas National Park, nature preservation is central to Indura and encouraged...

Ramada Silicon Valley Adds 269 kW Solar System

CYPRESS, CALIF.—The Ramada Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. recently announced the completion of a photovoltaic (PV) system by Sky Power Solar with solar modules from Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. The 269 kW system includes 996 Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Premium solar modules and is projected to produce 426,000 kWh of power annually. The electricity generated by the system is expected to power at least 70 percent of the hotel’s 175 guestrooms, public lighting and three EV charging stations. The clean energy produced by the system is expected to equal a reduction of 8,727 tons of CO2 over 25 years or planting 203,000 trees. In...

Study: Bedbug Biopesticide Could Defeat Insecticide Resistance

STATE COLLEGE, PA.—A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bedbugs is highly effective even against bedbug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bedbug infestations, which have surged in recent years. “Bedbugs were all but eradicated from the United States and other industrialized nations after World War II, likely due to the use of DDT and other broad-spectrum insecticides,” said study co-author Nina Jenkins, Senior...