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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.

Hilton Announces ‘Connected Room,’ the First Mobile-Centric Hotel Room

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton unveiled Connected Room, a first-of-its-kind, high-tech guestroom that enables guests to personalize and control every aspect of their stay from one central point—their mobile device. Currently in beta testing, Connected Room is live in one hotel, will deploy in coming weeks in several more, and will begin to scale rapidly to hotels across the United States in 2018. The Connected Room Experience Guests who stay at Connected Room-enabled properties will soon be able to use the Hilton Honors app to manage most things they would traditionally do manually in a room, from controlling the temperature and lighting to the...

CSR: Make It Real & Tell Your Story

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—Many of the world’s corporations engage in charitable projects. Some do so because they sincerely want to improve the world, but others create programs due to the expectations of customers, owners, and other stakeholders. A pair of studies from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne point to a key group that pays careful attention to corporate social responsibility: employees. The studies, by EHL Professor Steffen Raub—together with Stephan Blunschi of the Swiss retailer MIGROS in one case—investigate the mechanism by which CSR increases employees’ loyalty and effectiveness. In recent years CSR has become a focus of many businesses’ corporate strategy. For example, a...

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Receives LEED Silver Certification

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown announced it recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second hotel in Alabama to receive this certification. “We are honored to receive the LEED Silver certification for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, and thankful that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes our efforts in environmental protection, energy saving and the improvement of overall environmental quality,” said Judd Bobilin, of Chance Partners, LLC, the developer. “One of the key tenets of our company is to ‘Partner with the Community’ and we are excited to...

How to Launch a Sustainable Lodging Business

NATIONAL REPORT—The demand for sustainable businesses is stronger than ever; over one-quarter of consumers prefer to buy sustainable brands, and the majority of businesses have embraced an environmentally friendly attitude. With every year the world moves closer to the reality of a green economy, so if you are thinking about starting a lodging business, then sustainability should be one of your main priorities. Thankfully it is easy to run a sustainable lodging business—you just need to follow the right tips. Here are four tips to help you from the launch onwards. Register Your Business Before you can start to think about creating a green...

Indoor Fresh Farms of America Launching in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—Fresh Farms of America announced the first farm under its brand name, located in Las Vegas. The local operation is named Vegas Fresh Farms, and is on track to serve and sell its first customers with locally grown, fresh-harvested daily produce in the dynamic market of Las Vegas, starting January 2018. The Fresh Farms of America brand exclusively utilizes the propriety vertical aeroponic equipment from leading R&D and equipment manufacturer Indoor Farms of America, which is headquartered in Las Vegas. “This new brand of indoor farm operation represents the best in the industry for farm performance, using any metric,” states...

AccorHotels Launches Funding Platform to Support Agroforestry Around the World

PARIS—As part of its program Plant For the Planet, AccorHotels is launching an online platform—accorhotels.purprojet.shop—enabling participants to fund agroforestry projects in countries in which the Group operates. Jointly developed with long-term partner Pur Projet, the purpose of this site is to raise as much awareness and involve as many people as possible—in addition to guests staying in its hotels—with regard to the transition towards agroecology. For the launch of the platform, five planting projects have been selected in five different countries: France, Romania, Senegal, Indonesia and Peru. Participants can choose to plant one or more trees (ash, avocado, eucalyptus, mango,...

Caesars Commits to Achieve Gender Equality in Management by 2025

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced a commitment to achieve gender equality among its leadership ranks by 2025. In support of this effort, Caesars will work with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) as part of this enhanced commitment to ensure workplace fairness and continue to foster an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion. “Caesars is focused on being vigilant about workplace fairness and is dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion,” Caesars CEO Mark Frissora said. “While we are proud of what we’ve accomplished to date—including last week’s 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Corporate...

Hotel Interurban, to Open in Spring, to Include Solar Panels

TUKWILA, WASH.—Located minutes from downtown Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Hotel Interurban is scheduled to open in spring 2018 as the newest hotel to enter the Seattle Southside market. Standing 19 stories high, the hotel will become the tallest building in the city and offer 185 guestrooms. Hotel Interurban will feature a two-story lobby boasting a custom glass art installation by local artist Bryan Rubino. It will offer over 15,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, including the spectacular, 5,000-square-foot Rainier Room on the 19th floor, with its impressive views of Mt. Rainier. Guestrooms with a clean and...

Solmar Offers Volunteer Experience for Travelers Looking to Give Back

LOS CABOS, MEXICO—Solmar Hotels & Resorts, a seven property resort collection located in Cabo San Lucas is turning the spotlight on voluntourism through The Solmar Foundation this holiday season. A nonprofit organization, the Solmar Foundation was founded in honor of the late Solmar group founder and Los Cabos tourism pioneer, Don Luis Bulnes, and offers Cabo visitors various ways to get involved with the community through a series of voluntourism programs this holiday season. Through the Solmar Foundation Solmar guests have the opportunity to volunteer, visit and sponsor over 30 charitable organizations in Baja California Sur that provide health assistance, education and...

Cornell Study Doubles Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Data for Global Use

ITHACA, N.Y.—For the fourth year in a row, Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) has released the latest benchmarks from an ongoing international sustainability data index for the global hotel industry. The report, “Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index 2017: Energy, Water, and Carbon,” in collaboration with a dozen global hotel firms, analyzes data provided for nearly 13,000 properties. Increasing the data set by 80 percent and adding further segmentation from the previous index, the report is available from the CHR at no charge. The results are presented in the CHSB2017 Index with a range of benchmarks for energy consumption, water consumption,...