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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.

Haywood Park Hotel Announces Support of Anti-Hunger Initiative

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—FIRC Group announces their participation in the Sweet Dreams, Full Plates: Hospitality Feeds Families competition that will put 29 Asheville-area hotels in a bit of friendly competition for a good cause. The contest coincides with National Hunger Action Month. The goal is to see which hotel can raise the most amount of money for the MANNA FoodBank. MANNA FoodBank works to assist in aiding the people of Western North Carolina who are struggling to find their next meal. According to the MANNA FoodBank, one in six adults and one in four children in Western Carolina face this problem. The...

Energy Department Recognizes Las Vegas Sands for Energy, Water Efficiency Upgrades

LAS VEGAS—The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge has recognized Las Vegas Sands Corp. for energy-efficiency upgrades made throughout their properties including The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo and Convention Center. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Las Vegas Sands Corp. set a goal to reduce energy use across its hotels by 20 percent in 10 years. From 2011 to 2016, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has reduced energy consumption by 17 percent, saving more than 500 million kBtu. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department is partnering with more than 345 private businesses and public-sector organizations to achieve 20...

Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC North/Gaithersburg Awarded LEED Certification

GAITHERSBURG, MD.—Baywood Hotels announce the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC North/Gaithersburg is now LEED-certified. LEED is the most widely used third-party certification for green buildings. The achievement is given for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED-certified hotels are resource proficient as they use less energy and water and diminish greenhouse gas. “We are excited to...

Towels’ Environmental Impact Lessening Thanks to Supplier Innovation

NATIONAL REPORT—As Green Lodging News has learned in its own research and by talking to industry suppliers, there are numerous ways to reduce the environmental impact of a towel. Certainly chemicals and laundry equipment come into play, as does whether or not that equipment is matched with an ozone laundry system. Of course towel reuse programs can make a huge difference as well. But can your choice of the towel itself—how it is made and what it is made from—help you reduce your annual laundry-related costs? Many suppliers say yes and each has its own unique story to tell....

Clean the World, Guest Supply Partner to Provide 60,000 Hygiene Kits

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health, and Guest Supply, an industry leader in hospitality supply manufacturing, have partnered to provide 60,000 hygiene kits and linens to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Guest Supply is a subsidiary of Sysco, which is headquartered in Houston and employs 3,000 people in the area. “With a long-standing relationship with Clean the World, coupled with our personal connection to the people of Houston, we are honored to join forces to get hygiene supplies and linens to those in need,” says Paul Xenis, President of Guest Supply. “We manufacture some of the most needed products...

First Batch of Honey Harvested from Javits Roof

NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel and Centerplate President and CEO Chris Verros announced a new salad dressing at the Javits Center’s Taste NY Bistro featuring honey harvested from bee hives housed on the building’s green roof. The honey-infused vinaigrette, along with other New York homegrown ingredients, is featured in a new salad offered at the cafe-style location inside the convention center on Manhattan’s West Side. Launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2013, Taste NY is a statewide initiative designed to promote New York’s food and beverage industries at major tourist...

Green Building: Boom or Bust?

Investor interest in green development has been big business for a while now and the trends haven’t changed—green investing is unilaterally hot. Green construction and net-zero buildings have been shining lights in historically glum markets, with green building growing in 2012. But what’s the news with green building and developments? And what are investors and lenders doing for small-scale developers and individual clients? The Lowdown The overall green building market has seen consistent growth since 2005. Particularly, the entire market for green building grew $11 billion 2013 to 2014. This has been reflected all the way down to the personal banking level and...

President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild 2017 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Exhibitions announced that President Bill Clinton will give a special keynote address at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The keynote will take place on Thursday, November 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “President Clinton is a longtime friend and advocate of the green building movement and our community continues to be encouraged and inspired by his years of philanthropic work to help those less fortunate and create resilient communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, USGBC. “We know that his message...

GlobalData: Global Ecotourism Taking Off

LONDON—According to GlobalData, a recognized leader in business information and analytics, the climate change imperative and the rise of responsible travelers is creating a compelling business case for sustainable tourism. The company’s latest report: “Top Trends in Sustainable Tourism: An analysis of the key trends in sustainable tourism and the business opportunities they create for the travel and tourism industry” reveals that increased awareness of social, economic and environmental sustainability has spread rapidly through the digital world and social media. This has given rise to a new type of tourist, characterized by environmental and cultural sensitivity. Such travelers are more likely to...

HICAP 2017 Sustainable Award Winners Announced

HONG KONG—The organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), are pleased to announce the winners for the HICAP 2017 Sustainable Hotel Awards. The 28th annual HICAP will be held October 18 to 20, 2017 at the InterContinental Hong Kong. The HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards were launched in 2007 and were designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region creating innovative new methods, strategies, and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region. In the category of Sustainable Design, the winner is...