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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.

Embassy Suites Hotel to Host Hundreds of Vietnam Veterans

OMAHA, NEB.—John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) announced that the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha—La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in Nebraska is continuing to collaborate with Omaha, Neb.-based nonprofit Patriotic Productions to honor the U.S. military. The 257-suite hotel is planning to host more than 600 Vietnam Veterans on May 1, 2017, prior to the veterans’ participating in a Vietnam Veterans Flight to Washington D.C. from Nebraska that is being organized by Patriotic Productions. Four planes are reserved for this landmark occasion, with the event being touted as the largest organized Vietnam Veterans contingent to visit...

Earth Hour Set for Saturday, March 25

NATIONAL REPORT—Earth Hour is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. It is a lights-off event organized by WWF that now has the participation of individuals and groups in almost 180 countries. Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Lights will be dimmed in homes, offices, hotels and landmarks as a reminder to work toward greater efficiency, a sustainable future and to slow and stop man’s impact on climate change. The Earth Hour website features a “How Your Hotel Can Join the Earth Hour Movement” guide. It includes...

MGM Resorts Foundation Announces Women’s Leadership Conference

LAS VEGAS—The Women’s Leadership Conference returns for its 11th year August 7 and 8 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, according to The MGM Resorts Foundation. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the conference, a record crowd. The event has sold out over the past three years; organizers encourage early registration to those who plan to attend in 2017. Sponsored by the nonprofit MGM Resorts Foundation, the mission of the two-day event is to provide women with the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. Each year, the event’s proceeds, after...

New DoubleTree in West Fargo Features Locally-Sourced Décor, Imagery

FARGO, N.D.—Visiting North Dakota, travelers can find themselves experiencing countless photo-worthy moments—from playing with the meerkats at Red River Zoo to exploring the badlands and Painted Canyon at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Today, in response to the region’s tourism growth, DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 brands, welcomes its newest property in West Fargo, N.D. The stylish hotel—DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo—features 103 spacious suites and pays tribute to the region’s beauty and its local pride through art pieces, photographs and décor. Locally-inspired and sourced elements within DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo include: Locally photographed images of the upper...

Starwood Capital’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Opens

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand, has opened the doors of its third property and first ground-up development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Remaining true to 1 Hotels founder, Barry Sternlicht’s, core philosophy, “The world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way.” According to Starwood Capital, the property cultivates the best of eco-conscious design, sustainable architecture, cause-oriented partnerships, and unrivaled service. Situated at Pier 1, just south of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, in Brooklyn Bridge Park with sweeping waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge was developed by...

Focus on Sustainable Procurement Intensifies Across the Globe

PARIS—Sustainable procurement programs are more integral and widespread than ever before, but face a critical juncture as they scale to reach the next level of maturity, according to the results of the new EcoVadis/HEC Sustainable Procurement Barometer. “Sustainable procurement is no longer a nice-to-have—it’s an integral business function responsible for protecting and improving brand reputation, driving revenue and mitigating business risk,” said Pierre-François Thaler, co-CEO of EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains. “In order to scale up, the mature programs are investing in embedding sustainability into processes across their procurement organizations....

MGM Resorts Donates $150,000 to Support Best Buddies Program

LAS VEGAS—Best Buddies International, a nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), announced a generous donation from MGM Resorts International of $150,000 to support the Best Buddies Jobs program in Nevada. The Best Buddies Jobs program represents one of Best Buddies’ three key mission pillars, integrated employment. This program secures jobs for people with IDD, allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves. It matches skilled and qualified...

Bethany Beach Announces Schedule of Charitable Partnerships

BETHANY BEACH, DELA.—Bethany Beach Ocean Suites by Marriott (BBOS), which was profiled as the best full-service luxury hotel in Bethany Beach by international travel review site Tripatini.com, will be partnering with six local community and charitable organizations throughout 2017. In addition to these partnerships, the hotel will also work directly with the town of Bethany Beach on a variety of initiatives to benefit area residents. “Even though we’ve only been open since July of 2015, it’s been our top priority to team up with groups that provide valuable services for our community and the region,” says Katherine Saad, Director of...

NAFEM Report: Suppliers Address Increasing Concerns About Water, Energy, Waste

ORLANDO, FLA.—More than 500 exhibitors were on hand at last week’s NAFEM Show, many of whom offered products to help foodservice operators reduce energy and water consumption and waste. The show, held every two years, was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It would be impossible to give every company a mention but here are some highlights of the products featured at the show that impact sustainability in one way or another: Carter-Hoffmann featured its microgreen and herb growing cabinets that allow one to grow herbs, microgreens and vegetables 365 days a year—in an environment free of...

MGM Resorts Honored for Support of Women-owned Businesses

LAS VEGAS—The company’s commitment to providing women-owned businesses with opportunities for economic participation and growth is among the reasons MGM Resorts International was named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises in 2016. The honor comes from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a national leader in women’s business development and certification. The annual “Top Corporations” list is the leading national award program honoring corporations for supplier diversity initiatives that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses. “Earning this recognition is a great honor for our company,” said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for...