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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.

HyCube Hydroponic Production System Launched at Orlando World Center Marriott

ORLANDO, FLA.—Eco Convergence Group, Inc. (ECG) unveiled the first HyCube modular hydroponic vegetable production system last Thursday at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The HyCube’s data-driven, precisely controlled, patent-pending hydroponic system is constructed in an illuminated modern structure right next to the hotel’s main kitchen. Orlando World Center Marriott is the first hotel to utilize the HyCube growing system, growing produce for its nine dining outlets and 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. The hotel’s Executive Chef Eric Martinez and his culinary team will have a constant bounty of fresh, healthy produce, such as lettuce, baby spinach, arugula,...

FOOD PRESERVATION (FRESHER, LONGER)

Go Green Distributors The Many Benefits of Walk-in Moisture Removal RD Fresh is an all-natural mineral mix that will remove moisture from your walk-in. This will result in a 1 to 3-degree temperature drop. By removing the moisture, compressor starts are reduced by up to 50% and hours of operation are reduced up to 40%. We extend the life of the compressor 3 to 5 years and lower maintenance costs by up to 50%. Additionally, RD Fresh removes all the volatile organic compounds; Carbon Dioxide, ammonia, nitrogen, sulfur and ethylene. By removing the ethylene, produce will last up to 50% longer. Produce savings...

Hotels, Resorts Line Up Activities for Earth Day

NATIONAL REPORT—This Sunday is Earth Day. Members of the hospitality industry will be joining to mark the occasion—properties ranging from 1 Hotels in Manhattan, Brooklyn and South Beach to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta, to The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. All are planning activities. Here is a list of examples of celebrations throughout North America. 1 Hotels, a mission-driven, nature-inspired luxury lifestyle brand with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and South Beach announced the launch of its Earth Day Every Day campaign, a year-long initiative that will include activities across all properties focused on raising awareness...

WTTC Global Summit to Debate Tourism Sustainability Challenges

BUENAS AIRES—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s 2018 Global Summit takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 18 to 19 and will look at destination management and sustainable jobs amongst other issues. Industry leaders from the public and private sector will discuss the theme of “Our People, Our World, Our Future”, debating how the travel and tourism industry is placed to create sustainable jobs in a future of transformational technology, increasing environmental pressures, and in a world where security concerns are paramount. This year’s event is organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina and the National Institute...

Saunders Hotel Group Wraps Green Initiatives into Genuine Responsibility

BOSTON—The Saunders Hotel Group, a strong proponent of hotel sustainability since 1989, has expanded its sustainability program into a broader program called Genuine Responsibility. “We’ve been involved in sustainability initiatives for many years now,” says Samantha Sorrin, Director of Responsibility. “Genuine Responsibility is a natural way of expanding it.” Genuine Responsibility is a broadening of the company’s efforts to reduce resource consumption to more of a concentration on supporting local businesses and caring about the wellbeing of the local community, travelers and employees. “There is a lot of overlap between these,” Sorrin says. This year the Saunders Hotel Group has...

New Market Research Shows Best Tools for Rating Suppliers’ Sustainability

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) released a free market research guide that allows organizations to easily identify high-quality tools for rating the sustainability of their suppliers. The guide allows users to compare third-party sustainability rating tools to find the one that best meets their organization’s needs. Each of the rating tools included in the guide were screened against 40 criteria that SPLC’s members determined were important for the credible use of supplier sustainability ratings within procurement and supply chain contexts. The rating tools included in the market research guide can be used to evaluate suppliers on dozens...

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel Planned

CAYE CHAPEL, BELIZE—Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced plans for the development of Caye Chapel, a private island in Belize featuring oceanfront estates, private residences and overwater bungalows. Scheduled to open in 2021, the project is in partnership with Thor Urbana, Inmobilia Desarrollos and GFA Grupo Inmobiliario, three leading real estate development groups based in Mexico. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize will transform the intimate private island of Caye Chapel into a luxury destination for residence owners and leisure travelers, with approximately 50 Private Estate lots, 35 Private Residences, and 100 guestrooms and suites. Caye Chapel is...

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Food Donation Program Fights Hunger

TORONTO—The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) announced that it has contributed over 90,000kg of food to organizations in Toronto that support individuals struggling with hunger in its 2017/18 fiscal year. The MTCC’s successful food donation program partners with events and conferences to reduce food waste and ensure that extra food items are donated to organizations in Toronto that help fight hunger in the community. These organizations include Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, TDSB’s Student Nutrition Program and Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services. The most substantial single-event food donation of the year resulted from the Loblaw Companies Limited conference in...

Hervé Houdré Launches H2 Sustainability Consulting

NEW YORK—Hervé Houdré has taken his passion for sustainable development and 40 years of experience in luxury hospitality and launched H2 Sustainability Consulting. His focus is to help the hospitality industry, cities, regions and the academic world conceive, integrate and implement pertinent and profitable sustainability strategies—aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals—in their economic model. While taking the helm of some of the most prestigious institutions of the industry, such as the Plaza Athénée-New York, Hôtel de Crillon-Paris, Plaza Athénée-Paris, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts (COO), Willard InterContinental-Washington D.C. and InterContinental Barclay-New York, Houdré became one of the world’s strongest...

Los Angeles Plugs in Giant 2.21-Megawatt Solar Array at Los Angeles Convention Center

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), managed by AEG Facilities, recently unveiled its 2.21-megawatt solar array on April 4, during a press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti. Located on the roof of South Hall, the solar addition brings the convention center’s total solar to 2.58 megawatts, making it the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention center in the United States and propelling the City of Los Angeles to No. 1 for the most installed solar power of any U.S. city. “We’re proud to lead American cities in the movement to meet the goals of the Paris Climate...