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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.

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...

Commercial Fishing Nets Become ‘Food’ for New Products

Humanscale has joined the growing list of companies utilizing commercial fishing nets in their products. The company just introduced its Smart Ocean chair that incorporates almost two pounds of recycled fishing net material. Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps...

Blackberry Farm Employee Benefits Grow

WALLAND, TENN.—Blackberry Farm announces continued investment in its team members. With initiatives ranging from an increased hourly wage to a worldwide travel program, Blackberry Farm is focused on its efforts to be a leading company for career and personal development. “We always strive to be the best employer in our community and industry with competitive pay and benefits,” said Blackberry Farm President Matt Alexander. “We want our team members to enjoy their job, use and grow their passions, and have a fulfilling experience each day that they come to work.” Expanding its commitment to elevate the team, Blackberry Farm is raising...

Radisson Hotel Group Launches Global Partnership with SOS Children’s Villages

ORLANDO, FLA.—Radisson Hotel Group announced at its Americas Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., a new global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to building loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Radisson Hotel Group aims to have its 1,100 hotels in operation sponsor the upbringing and education of at least one child per hotel and help establish meaningful local relationships with SOS Villages worldwide. “Responsible Business is at the heart of our company’s promise of making every moment matter, which also means that we support and help advance the communities in which...

Humanscale Launches Task Chair Made with Recycled Fishing Nets

NEW YORK—Humanscale introduces the Smart Ocean chair, an inventive adaption of the Diffrient Smart chair that incorporates almost 2 lbs. of recycled fishing net material (NetPlus). Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps further our goal to achieve a net...

Washington, D.C.-Based Soapbox Bases Amenities Business on Buy-One-Give-One Model

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Startup Soapbox is aiming to change the world while building a viable amenity business at the same time. For every bar of soap purchased a bar is donated to communities in need. The Washington, D.C.-based company has already donated almost 3 million bars of soap. Soapbox manufactures bar soap as well as shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, and body wash. Soapbox was in the news last month when Delta Hotels by Marriott announced a new amenity partnership with the company. The naturally-derived Soapbox products featured in the guestroom amenity kits began rolling out to all 50 properties within the brand’s...