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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.

Well+Good Founders to Keynote at Global Wellness Summit

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the leading conference for the $3.7 trillion global wellness industry, announced that the co-founders of wellness media powerhouse Well+Good, Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, will keynote at the conference being held at The Breakers Palm Beach, Fla., from October 9 to 11, 2017. In seven short years, Brue and Gelula have built Well+Good into the leading media company dedicated to the U.S. wellness scene, and the top source of intel on the boutique fitness, nutrition, beauty and healthy travel scene. Their highly anticipated annual trends forecast has proven one of the most prescient: predicting...

Las Vegas Sands Takes Action on Climate Change with New Set of Sustainability Goals

LAS VEGAS—Sands ECO360, the global corporate sustainability program of Las Vegas Sands, has released its 2016 environmental report. The report marks the company’s first annual measurement against its revised sustainability goals, building upon the success and key learnings of original targets set in 2011 and reported on through 2015. Since Sands ECO360’s inception, LVS has established its sustainability strategy around four key pillars to achieve the greatest impact, including Green Buildings, Environmentally Responsible Operations, Green Meetings and Events, and Stakeholder Engagement. While these pillars remain the core of Sands ECO360, LVS used two guiding principles to set its sustainability goals...

Motif Seattle Incorporates Local in Innovative Boutique Design

SEATTLE—Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel, recently announced the unveiling of a comprehensive $10 Million guestroom redesign, led by Seattle-based architectural and interior design firm DEGEN & DEGEN. The makeover includes all 319 guestrooms of the design-driven boutique hotel, as well as enhancements to its corridors, giving the property a sleek urban style while maintaining a residential comfort. The fresh redesign is distinctive to the Seattle market, complete with striking art walls that serve as bold representations of the Seattle cultural scene and artwork all created by local artists. “Motif Seattle’s design aesthetic and ethos reflect this beautiful city, with thoughtful...

West Virginia’s Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry Has Plenty of ‘Room to be Green’

HARPERS FERRY, W. VA.—A little more than a year after the installation of 289 SolarWorld 285W modules on top of the back roof of the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, the solar photovoltaic installation is performing well, according to John Eliot, General Manager. “We have not had any maintenance issues and on an annual basis the modules are providing about 10 percent of the electricity we need.” The investment in solar by owner Family Adventure Resorts, LLC has helped lift the hotel to level 3 status as part of Choice Hotels International’s Room to be Green program. Eliot says the Clarion...

Fox Highlights Sunset World Resorts Achievements

CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO—The TV channel “Fox Business” through its “Innovations with Ed. Begley Jr.” show recently broadcast the achievements in sustainability made by Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences. During the broadcast they explained in detail the operation and procedures that Sunset World has implemented in order to protect and preserve the environment. The show also highlighted the environmental practices undertaken by the company’s flagship resort Hacienda Tres Ríos, which was planned from the ground up to limit its environmental impact. The resort was built off-site and then brought in to be assembled on top of concrete plates resting on...

Expedia Combats Economic Inequality & Climate Change Together

OAKLAND, CALIF.—To reduce global economic inequality along with greenhouse gas emissions from its corporate travel, travel industry leader Expedia, Inc. has invested in four community-owned carbon offset projects from the nonprofit Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP.org). COTAP’s carbon offset projects counteract emissions through tree planting, agroforestry and forest protection in areas where incomes are less than $2 per day. They are certified under Plan Vivo, the world’s longest-standing voluntary standard for forest carbon, which requires rural communities own their offset projects and that they receive at least 60 percent of all carbon revenues. Expanding voluntary carbon markets and using carbon...

Closed Loop Shower System Offers 80 Percent Energy, 90 Percent Water Savings

SAUSALITO, CALIF.—Is a spa-like shower experience with 90 percent less water consumption and 80 percent less energy consumption possible in a hotel guestroom shower? According to shower system innovator Orbital Systems, it has proven to be very possible—thanks to founder Mehrdad Mahdjoubi’s work with the NASA Mars missions. The company that has U.S. offices in Sausalito, Calif. says it already has 45 installations, including some hotels. The U.S. version of the Oas shower will be available in mid-September. “When an Orbital is recycling the water, it goes into a receptacle that analyzes the purity of the water. That purity is...

Clean the World & Booyah Veteran Bus Project Partner to Support Homeless Veterans

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a leader in global health, and Booyah Veteran Bus Project, announce the launch of Hike Across America, powered by Booyah Veteran Bus Project and Clean the World. Hike Across America is a three-month initiative to raise awareness for homeless veterans and the difficulties they face going from active duty to civilian life. During the Hike Across America, founder of the Booyah Veteran Bus Project, Shane Johnson, will walk 22 miles every day for 65 days—trekking coast to coast, from Florida to California and distributing Clean the World Veterans’ Hygiene Kits to homeless veterans in need. “This...

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...

Caesars Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report

LAS VEGAS—In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corp. introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP rankings and, with its related entities, delivered $5.7m of contributed societal value for every $10m in gross revenue, almost triple the estimated average of U.S. corporations. The company’s eighth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, entitled “People Planet Play,” which covers 2016 and select content from the first half of 2017, details Caesars’ sustained progress and leadership across its many corporate social responsibility initiatives. People Planet Play is Caesars’ new platform that clearly communicates citizenship at all levels of...