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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.

GSN Accepting Award Recommendations

ATLANTA—The Green Spa Network (GSN) is now accepting recommendations for its annual Sustainability Awards program. The awards recognize innovations and outstanding accomplishments in the spa industry that contribute to a vital planet and vital people. An independent judging panel, made up of experts in the sustainability, spa and wellness industries, evaluates and awards brands that are leading the way in social and environmental responsibility. GSN aims to discover, recognize and celebrate significant accomplishments in sustainability within the spa industry. GSN is currently seeking recommendations for leaders in the following categories: Sustainable Building Award—Recognizes properties and brands that utilize sustainable building practices...

Biodiesel Helps Clear the Air in Most Visited National Park

GATLINBURG, TENN.—The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista. With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to maintain its pristine natural beauty by adopting practices that reduce the park’s environmental footprint. “At Great Smoky Mountains National Park we have implemented a comprehensive strategy to limit our environmental impact and reduce carbon emissions,” said Brian Bergsma, Deputy Chief of Facility Management. “Biodiesel and Bioheat are front and center in that effort.” In 2016, the park used 43,085 gallons of biodiesel (B20) resulting...

Chefs Pledge to Keep Pacific Bluefin Tuna off Menus

MONTEREY, CALIF.—Leading chefs on five continents have pledged to keep Pacific bluefin tuna off their menus until there’s effective international action to manage the fishery in ways that reverse a precipitous decline in the bluefin tuna population. Nearly 200 globally prominent chefs and culinary leaders—including Brazil’s Alex Atala, James Beard Award nominee Michael Cimarusti of the United States and Annabel Langbein of New Zealand—say that Pacific Rim nations must act immediately to recover Pacific bluefin tuna. Bluefin tuna is among the planet’s most iconic and prized fish. In recent decades, global demand for Pacific bluefin tuna has driven the population down...

Wyland Returns to Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

DANA POINT, CALIF.—The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents a curated exhibition of marine life art by renowned artist Wyland. The exhibit, titled “Hope for the Ocean,” recognizes his foundation’s new partnership with the United Nations Environment Program in support of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. On display from September 1 through January 4, 2018, the exhibit is open to the public and includes 25 original oil paintings, Chinese sumi brush paintings, giclees on canvas, aluminum, watercolors, a bronze sculpture, and a mixed media coffee table. “We are thrilled to welcome Wyland back to the resort,” said Shannon Gilbert, Director of Sales...

Global Wellness Summit Announces Full Three-Day Agenda

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Summit, the annual event that attracts international business and industry leaders focused on the growth and opportunities to be found in today’s $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, released the agenda and speakers for its 2017 conference, taking place at The Breakers Palm Beach, Fla. this October 9 to 11. The theme of this year’s Summit is the business of “Living a Well Life,” and the three-day event will feature a lineup of over 50 speakers and presenters, each sharing his or her unique insights on how—and why—wellness is changing the way business is done and what the...

Clean the World, Guest Supply Partner to Provide 60,000 Hygiene Kits to Hurricane Victims

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health, and Guest Supply, an industry leader in hospitality supply manufacturing, have partnered to provide 60,000 hygiene kits and linens to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Guest Supply is a subsidiary of Sysco, which is headquartered in Houston and employs 3,000 people in the area. “With a long-standing relationship with Clean the World, coupled with our personal connection to the people of Houston, we are honored to join forces to get hygiene supplies and linens to those in need,” says Paul Xenis, President of Guest Supply. “We manufacture some of the most needed products...

Mayakoba Launches Coastal Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project

RIVIERA MAYA, QUINTANA ROO—The erosion of the Rivera Maya and Caribbean beaches have presented a problem that has worsened over the years. The effects of climate change have been the main culprit, affecting trade winds and ocean currents which has caused a loss of sand and beach corrosion. To combat the issue, Mayakoba Tourism Development is implementing an innovative and comprehensive project to rehabilitate its coastal ecosystems as a measure to address sea level not only in the Caribbean, but worldwide. For this project, a strategic alliance was made with expert scientists from the School of Engineering at the National Autonomous University...

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 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...