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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Venue Report Highlights State of Convention & Exhibition Sustainability Around the World

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The 2017 Green Venue Report: The State of Convention and Exhibition Center Sustainability is now available. The 4th annual Green Venue Report compiles data from 66 convention and exhibition centers across 16 countries and four continents (a 50 percent increase from 2016). The report evaluates a collective environmental footprint of industry meeting and events, highlighting best practices and innovative programs. In its fourth year, the Green Venue Report compares green performance over a wide range of areas, including: energy efficiency, waste management, water usage, food and beverage services, cleaning practices, staff involvement, communications, and certifications. The survey consisted of 131...

Las Vegas Sands Takes Action on Climate Change with New Set of Sustainability Goals

LAS VEGAS—Sands ECO360, the global corporate sustainability program of Las Vegas Sands, has released its 2016 environmental report. The report marks the company’s first annual measurement against its revised sustainability goals, building upon the success and key learnings of original targets set in 2011 and reported on through 2015. Since Sands ECO360’s inception, LVS has established its sustainability strategy around four key pillars to achieve the greatest impact, including Green Buildings, Environmentally Responsible Operations, Green Meetings and Events, and Stakeholder Engagement. While these pillars remain the core of Sands ECO360, LVS used two guiding principles to set its sustainability goals...

Humanscale Moves Toward Net-Positive Future

NEW YORK—Humanscale, a leading designer and manufacturer of ergonomic office products, has fully embraced the undertaking to create a net positive future through initiatives that go beyond sustainability and give back to the world. With a commitment to transparency, the company’s 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report details changes that reflect bold vision and inspiring leadership. Key Achievements: The first company to achieve full Living Product Challenge certification, meeting the stringent sustainability standards set by the International Living Future Institute, Humanscale offers two Living Products: the Diffrient Smart chair and Float table. The seal signifies that Humanscale’s manufacturing facility and the organization...

Expedia Combats Economic Inequality & Climate Change Together

OAKLAND, CALIF.—To reduce global economic inequality along with greenhouse gas emissions from its corporate travel, travel industry leader Expedia, Inc. has invested in four community-owned carbon offset projects from the nonprofit Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP.org). COTAP’s carbon offset projects counteract emissions through tree planting, agroforestry and forest protection in areas where incomes are less than $2 per day. They are certified under Plan Vivo, the world’s longest-standing voluntary standard for forest carbon, which requires rural communities own their offset projects and that they receive at least 60 percent of all carbon revenues. Expanding voluntary carbon markets and using carbon...

Cradle to Cradle Certified Program Offers Free Guidance

OAKLAND, CALIF.—A new guidance program is now available for manufacturers and designers looking to create and certify products according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, a continual improvement standard that assesses products across five quality categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Cradle to Cradle Certified Foundations is a free, self-paced program that helps participants understand what’s needed to get on the path toward Cradle to Cradle Certification. Comprised of four videos along with accompanying worksheets and supplemental resources, the course walks participants through a step-by-step process for collecting key...

Clean the World & Booyah Veteran Bus Project Partner to Support Homeless Veterans

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a leader in global health, and Booyah Veteran Bus Project, announce the launch of Hike Across America, powered by Booyah Veteran Bus Project and Clean the World. Hike Across America is a three-month initiative to raise awareness for homeless veterans and the difficulties they face going from active duty to civilian life. During the Hike Across America, founder of the Booyah Veteran Bus Project, Shane Johnson, will walk 22 miles every day for 65 days—trekking coast to coast, from Florida to California and distributing Clean the World Veterans’ Hygiene Kits to homeless veterans in need. “This...

Caesars Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report

LAS VEGAS—In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corp. introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP rankings and, with its related entities, delivered $5.7m of contributed societal value for every $10m in gross revenue, almost triple the estimated average of U.S. corporations. The company’s eighth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, entitled “People Planet Play,” which covers 2016 and select content from the first half of 2017, details Caesars’ sustained progress and leadership across its many corporate social responsibility initiatives. People Planet Play is Caesars’ new platform that clearly communicates citizenship at all levels of...

Monterey County Encourages Responsible Travel

MONTEREY, CALIF.—Attracting travelers to Monterey County has always been the mission for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) and ensuring that these visitors treat the destination responsibly is also a top priority. “Sustainable Moments” is the MCCVB’s responsible tourism initiative designed to educate travelers on how to make the most of every moment in Monterey County while at the same time, being safe, respectful to the environment and communities and understanding how to travel responsibly. “We challenge our guests to grab life by the moments when visiting our home, beautiful Monterey County,” says Tammy Blount, MCCVB President and CEO....

Swire Hotels Steps up Sustainability Measures Around the Globe

HONG KONG—Swire Hotels announce recent measures dedicated to developing sustainable and environmentally friendly hotels at EAST Hong Kong, Beijing and Miami. Swire Hotels is committed to making a positive impact on the environment through implementing new and innovative programs to strengthen the priority given to the sustainable operation of its hotels. These measures form part of the new sustainable development strategy launched by Swire Properties, Swire Hotels’ parent company. Swire Properties developed this new strategy with vision of becoming the leading sustainable development performer in its industry globally by 2030. Under this new strategy, Swire Properties identifies and manages the...

Jiminy Peak Wind Turbine Turns 10, Resort Now Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy

HANCOCK, MASS.—In 2007, when Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine on the western flank of its mountain, many thought the 70-year-old resort was taking a huge financial risk. Last month, 10 years after the switch was thrown, Brian Fairbank, Chairman of The Fairbank Group that runs the resort, looks back at a risk worth taking. The 253-ft. high turbine paid for itself in seven years, and today, combined with a 12-acre 2.3 megawatt (MW) solar field and 75 kWh cogeneration unit at the slopeside Country Inn at Jiminy Peak, the resort can claim to be...