Home News & Features

News & Features

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.

News & Features

Home News & Features
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.

Belcampo Announces Rebrand of Eco-Resort in Belize

PUNTA GORDA, BELIZE—California-based Belcampo Inc. has recently re-imagined its eco-resort in Southern Belize as Copal Tree Lodge. As part of the rebranding, the lodge has partnered with a new farm-to-flask initiative: Copal Tree Distillery, located adjacent to the hotel. Copal Tree Distillery is an initiative to support sustainable agriculture causes in Southern Belize via producing and selling premium organic spirits. As part of this re-brand from Belcampo Belize to Copal Tree Lodge, Muy’Ono Hospitality will provide resort management services to the lodge. The intimate resort, situated within the tropical canopy of Punta Gorda, provides luxury accommodations to those seeking a...

Green Spa Network 10th Anniversary Congress Set for March 11 to 14

ATLANTA—There is now less than one month remaining before the Green Spa Network 10th Anniversary Congress, the only spa industry event dedicated to sustainability education and inspiration. With the theme of “Inspire Action and Create Community through Storytelling,” the Congress with take place at the award-winning Carmel Valley Ranch, March 11 to 14. The facilitator for the event will be Bill Reed, AIA, LEED; Principal, Regenesis Group. Reed is an internationally recognized practitioner, teacher, and authority in integrative systems design, sustainability, and regenerative community planning and implementation. Regenesis is an organization working to lift human activities into full integration and...

Poland’s Biotrem Develops Tableware Collection Made from Wheat Bran

CORAL GABLES, FLA.—Greener alternatives to paper, plastic or polystyrene plates, cups, bowls, utensils and other items have been available to the hospitality market for years, but none may be as unique as those developed by Poland-based Biotrem. “We make innovative products from wheat bran,” the company’s website says. And yes, it is edible. Biotrem’s wheat bran tableware production process was invented by Jerzy Wysocki, whose family’s milling traditions date back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Biotrem’s modern production facility offers a wide range of fully biodegradable tableware and cutlery produced from natural wheat bran. Made in Poland, the items...

Nine Things Executives Need to Know to Create a Culture of Sustainability

BLOOMINGTON, IND.—As more organizations begin looking into sustainability, one of the first things they realize is that an effective sustainability program requires developing a company-wide “culture of sustainability.” But in order to create this culture of shared goals, values, and beliefs, “companies must fully understand what sustainability is all about,” says Stephen Ashkin, the professional cleaning industry’s leading advocate for sustainability. “This is crucial, especially when beginning a sustainability journey.” To explain, Ashkin says company executives need to know the following nine facts about sustainability before creating a culture of sustainability: 1. Sustainability involves three key components: social, environmental, and economic. These...

New Report Shows Trends in Restaurant Environmental Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association released the 2018 edition of The State of Restaurant Sustainability to highlight sustainability efforts by restaurant operators. The report provides the latest trends in environmental practices in the restaurant industry, along with consumer insights. It aims to help restaurant operations of all types and sizes understand what other restaurateurs are doing to begin or continue their own sustainability journey. The Association surveyed more than 500 restaurant owners and operators about their sustainability efforts, opportunities and challenges. More than 1,000 consumers also were surveyed about the best ways restaurants can communicate their sustainability initiatives to their...

Governor Brown Honors Los Angeles Convention Center

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, recently received California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), for its waste reduction efforts in a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency. The LACC sustainability initiatives recognized include the installation of a “cool roof” and light defusing windows to reflect sunlight and direct heat away from the building, new water-efficient kitchen dishwashers and the replacement of 30,000 square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping. As a result, the LACC is now 36 percent more energy...

Tips for Digging Your Business Out of Serious Debt

NATIONAL REPORT—Debt is one of the top reasons for the death of a business. While a certain amount of debt is necessary for a good credit score, it is important to monitor debts. True that most businesses, especially small ones, go through tough times but there are several things that you can do to save your business if it has accrued more debts than it should have. Reduce Unnecessary Running Expenses If you are on top of your company’s regular expenses, you will be able to observe that about 20 to 30 percent of the money that you spend every month...

Quick Take on Travel Survey Reveals Women Feel Unsafe When Traveling Solo

NEW YORK—Recent powerful movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have revealed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault in our culture today. It should come as no surprise that some of the stories shared through these movements shine an uncomfortable light on how women experience travel. One such story that went viral came from a well-known Silicon Valley executive who posted her experience being harassed by a seatmate on an Alaska Airlines flight last November. A new Quick Take on Travel survey by independent marketing communications agency Eric Mower + Associates asked 400 U.S. women about their perceptions on safety when...

Green Building Initiative Acquires Global Rights to Green Globes

PORTLAND ORE.—The U.S.-based nonprofit Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced that it has completed acquisition of the global rights to Green Globes, a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. This acquisition from JLL now allows GBI to support existing Green Globes users in Canada, in addition to the United States, and to expand the reach of the rating system globally. “This acquisition is a clear win for GBI and our growing base of Green Globes users,” stated Vicki Worden, President & CEO of GBI. “Consolidating Green Globes under GBI was a logical and natural next step to further...

Squaw Valley Sets 100 Percent Renewables Goal

OLYMPIC VALLEY, CALIF.—To help achieve Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ goal to be powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy sources, Liberty Utilities, the electric service provider in the Lake Tahoe region of California, is actively collaborating with resort leadership to identify and develop new renewable energy generation, storage and energy efficiency projects to benefit the Olympic Valley and surrounding areas. Subject to regulatory approval, the two companies intend to achieve the resort’s 100 percent renewable goal as early as December 2018. “Liberty Utilities is committed to furthering the renewable energy goals of the State of California and has already made...