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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.

Costa Rica to Hold Sustainable Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference

COSTA RICA—SAHIC organizers are working with the Ministry of Tourism of Costa Rica (ICT) for the first time, to bring together key players who will identify significant challenges and sustainable hospitality development opportunities for the country. Approximately 200 decision makers will gather to discuss hospitality, tourism and lodging investment, as well as development at the forum, which takes place November 13 to 14, 2017 at the InterContinental Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Sustainable Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will feature five key conference sessions including a: Hotel Leaders’ Panel, exploring the potential for luxury resorts in sustainable Costa Rica; Investment...

Energy Star Bill Could Weaken Successful Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A bill to modify Energy Star could weaken a program with decades of proven benefits, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan told Congress in a hearing Tuesday. The Energy Star Reform Act of 2017 Discussion Draft was considered before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. “The old adage, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ applies very well to today’s Energy Star program and should be the test against which the subcommittee determines the content of any bill designed to change or improve the program,” Callahan says in her written testimony. “The Alliance looks forward to working with the subcommittee and Energy Star stakeholders to ensure that continuous program improvement and innovation occurs to streamline and...

Washington, D.C. Named First LEED Platinum City in the World

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington, D.C. was recently named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School—the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, and Jay Wilson, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert. “It is in the best interest of Washington, D.C.’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and...

Blake at Taos Ski Valley Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M.—Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Taos Ski Valley announced that its new slopeside hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, was awarded LEED Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. As the world’s first and only certified B Corp ski resort, Taos Ski Valley has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to sustainable and ethical business practices. In addition to achieving LEED...

AHLEF Awards Nearly $1 Million in Scholarships to Hospitality Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), announced that nearly $1 million was awarded to 372 scholarships this year—of which 131 were given to minority hospitality management students. AHLEF administers several scholarships for students who are enrolled in a hospitality-related degree-granting program at an American college or university. Applicants are evaluated based on academics, related work experience, extracurricular activities, financial need, honors, and personal attributes. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $6,000, contingent upon the program and the student’s enrollment status. “The core mission of the Foundation is...

HX, BDNY Sessions Will Cover Wide Range of Sustainability Topics

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The sustainability seminar, “2020 Vision—Lodging’s Leaders Set the Sustainability Bar Higher,” has been finalized for HX: The Hotel Experience. The panel will take place on Monday, November 13 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Hotel stage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. HX will run concurrently with Boutique Design New York, at which four NEWH Green Voice Sessions will take place. During “2020 Vision—Lodging’s Leaders Set the Sustainability Bar Higher,” sustainability leaders at America’s leading hospitality companies will report on their companies’ current, 2020 and beyond goals in the areas of...

Seattle’s Hotel Theodore Opened November 1

SEATTLE—Hotel Theodore, the next addition to Provenance Hotels’ award-winning collection of art-filled, independent lifestyle hotels, is now open and taking reservations for stays in Seattle. The 153-room hotel located at the intersection of Pine and 7th Streets in the heart of downtown pays tribute to the Seattle innovators, past and present, whose ideas revolutionized daily life in ways both big and small with a collection of photography, patent drawings and artifacts curated in collaboration with the city’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Playful amenities and thoughtful programming at Hotel Theodore also reflect attention to the needs and desires of...

International Tourism Partnership: Hotel Sector Must Cut Carbon Footprint by 90 Percent

LONDON—A new report from the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) reveals that the hotel sector must reduce its carbon footprint by 90 percent by 2050 to play its part in keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. As COP23 (the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change) convenes in Bonn, Germany, to further discussions aimed at meeting the Paris Climate Agreement, ITP has revealed the huge contribution hotels must make to help curb climate change. The report by Greenview, commissioned by ITP, clearly shows that to manage the global increase in tourism over the...

Marriott Named Best Company for Latinas to Work for in U.S.

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International has been recognized by LATINA Style Inc. as one of the top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States, in the LATINA Style 50 Report for 2017. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual report sets the standard for identifying corporations that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas in the country. The LATINA Style 50 Report identifies the best companies that offer Latinas opportunities to develop and grow in their career. LATINA Style Inc. evaluated over 800 top corporations through an extensive survey and evaluation process. To view the full...

Iconic Wild Animals Suffering for Selfies

TORONTO—The explosive selfie trend on social media is driving the suffering and exploitation for some of the world’s most iconic animals in the Amazon, says international charity, World Animal Protection. Focusing on two cities of the Amazon: Manaus, Brazil and Puerto Alegria, Peru, the charity’s investigators reveal that animals are taken from the wild—often illegally—and used by irresponsible tour operators who exploit and injure wildlife to entertain and provide harmful photo opportunities for tourists. In public view and behind the scenes, investigators uncovered evidence of cruelty being inflicted on wild animals, including: Sloths captured from the wild, not surviving longer than...