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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.

Wynn Resorts Donates $7.5 Million to Hurricane Harvey, Typhoon Hato Victims

LAS VEGAS—The following statement is from Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO: “It is a very sad and tragic coincidence that in two major cities where we have our employees and customers—Macau, in the People’s Republic of China, and Houston, Texas—tragedy struck within a few days of each other. “In Macau, our employee’s homes have been damaged and their lives have been interrupted; many of them have suffered. So, too, have our customers who were caught in the grip of the typhoon. In the United States, in the state of Texas, many of our customers and business associates have experienced...

Green Lodging News Research: An Update on State, City Level Green Recognition Programs

NATIONAL REPORT—For more than 10 years now Green Lodging News has been tracking the activities of state, regional and local green lodging certification/designation/recognition programs. Some of the programs have continued to thrive and grow—most often thanks to dedicated staff and adequate funding—while others have withered away, absent of a workable business plan. Certification/designation/recognition programs can be labor intensive, especially if on-site visits are required, websites need updating, and criteria need to be monitored and changed. Competition from national programs can also impact the health of more local programs. The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program is one good example of a program that...

Green Builder Media Announces Sustainability Symposium 2018

LAKE CITY, COLO.—In the wise words of President Woodrow Wilson, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” His sentiment embodies the genesis of Green Builder Media’s upcoming Sustainability Symposium: Champions of Change, planned for January 8, 2018 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando, Fla. The event will directly and honestly confront the reality of climate...

Taos Ski Valley Celebrates Sustainability Success

TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M.—Following a dedicated and ongoing effort to enhance sustainability and environmental efforts throughout the resort, Taos Ski Valley received top honors in the 2017 Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence in the medium-sized ski resort category in April. The awards are the ski industry’s most prestigious honor for recognizing resort environmental programs and projects. The awards program, presented by SKI Magazine and the National Ski Areas Assn. (NSAA), recognized Taos for its far-reaching environmental efforts, including: This year Taos became the first B Corp ski resort in the world. Certified B Corps are required to meet the highest...

The Importance of Qualifications for Restaurant Staff

The restaurant business is a unique field. Almost every job that is done there is something we all do at home on a daily basis. For that reason, many people in the food service industry—even managers—mistakenly assume that there is no need for in-depth training for their personnel. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. To begin with, there are regulatory reasons for getting personnel trained. One misstep in an area such as alcohol service could lead to massive fines and potentially the loss of the license to sell liquor. Given the profitability and drawing power of serving...

Shiva Hotels Rolls out Comprehensive Anti-slavery Program

HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND—To coincide with World Day Against Trafficking in Persons late last month, Shiva Hotels has launched industry-leading measures to tackle modern slavery and raise awareness of the issue across its portfolio of hotels, which include prestigious hotels like Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden, as well as others in Waterloo and Heathrow. The new measures will include practical training for more than 400 employees and a consumer-facing campaign for guests in five United Kingdom hotels that receive more than 750,000 guests every year. COMBAT, a European Commission funded project, found that annually 93,000 people were sexually exploited and another 4,500...

New Updates to the ENERGY STAR Score for Hotels

SILVER SPRING, MD.—To gain better understanding of energy benchmarking for hotels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) launched an analysis of the July 2012 CBECS survey to review variables impacting on-site energy use in hotels. The results from this analysis revealed changes that could improve benchmarking for various hotel types, on-site equipment, and operations. The new model was developed using the 2012 CBECS data, and validated using data from AHLA member hotels gathered through a recent AHLA survey.  Recently the EPA released findings and information on its forthcoming changes to the...

National Park Service Overturns Ban on Bottled Water

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) recently thanked the National Park Service (NPS) for reversing its December 2011 ban on bottled water in national parks. “The NPS ban on bottled water was silly and illogical from its inception, particularly because the ban did not include the sale of less healthy drinks such as soda, juices, and energy drinks that are also packaged in plastic,” CAGW said. “CAGW began to investigate and question the decision, but found little to no provable environmental or scientific rationale for the ban. “Water is the most essential nutrient for people, especially when they exercise and hike,...

Six Senses Launches Earth Lab at Each Property

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has taken its leading position in sustainability one step further with the launch of Earth Lab. From Vietnam to Portugal, Seychelles to Thailand, Six Senses is dedicated to focusing on sustainability engagement and education at each resort’s Earth Lab. Earth Lab is a place where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems. Guests are invited to visit Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that will allow them to make a difference. The venue was named Earth to...

Alien Fresh Jerky’s UFO Hotel Moves Ahead with Building Plans

BAKER, CALIF.—Power up those warp drives and get ready! After months of revisions and updates, the plans for Alien Fresh Jerky’s fully immersive UFO hotel designed by Luis Ramallo were approved on August 2, 2017 by the San Bernardino County Building Department. The attraction is expected to bring new life and much needed tourists to the struggling economy of Baker, Calif. The increased tax revenue base will bring money to the county as well as the community for critical services such as fire and rescue, police, and highway patrol. The project will also provide a major source of jobs...