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House Appropriations Bill Would Slash Energy Star

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan regarding a House Appropriations bill report that was to be taken up yesterday that would slash the budget for the Energy Star program by approximately 40 percent: “We appreciate that the committee has rejected the administration’s proposal to eliminate Energy Star, but a 40 percent cut would be crippling as well. I have to wonder where this is coming from. Energy Star is one of the most popular government programs in U.S. history and has enjoyed broad bipartisan support since it was created under President George...

A Hotelier’s Reflection on Environmental Consciousness

Writing about environmental sustainability issues is not the most gratifying task. You are invited, dear reader, to please continue reading, though. This article does not attempt to stimulate guilt or parent-ego induced finger wagging. What follows are insights, learnings, thoughts and musings from a hotelier viewing the impact—particularly the hospitality industry’s impact on the environment. These thoughts are based on insights stemming from eight years of hospitality related environmental sustainability consulting work. It is stating subjective observations about possible changes in value perception of a person, a profession and an industry. Hotel Business A hotel is an organization or economic system...

Where There is Cigarette Smoke, There is News

Smoking rooms were in the news again this past week—in several instances. First, state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski proposed a bill that would ban smoking rooms within lodging establishments in New York. Second, Choice Hotels International announced that Comfort Inn will join Comfort Suites in implementing a 100 percent smoke-free policy beginning July 1, 2016, making Comfort the largest hotel brand in the United States to do so with more than 1,700 properties across the country. Third, Caesars Entertainment announced that 11 of its casino-resort and entertainment properties achieved LEED Equivalency (10 Gold and one Silver). The properties failed to...

Another Green Lodging News Anniversary in the Books

Next week will mark the nine-year anniversary of Green Lodging News’ launch. It actually took a year to get this publication up and running so I really have spent a decade working on Green Lodging News. I have so many people to thank for their support—the thousands of you who faithfully or even occasionally read the publication, and of course the many suppliers who have purchased advertising over the years. I also have to thank the many folks who have assisted me with circulation efforts since 2006, and Modgility, which provides website technical support. Green Lodging News would also...

Rush Creek Lodge to Open at Gateway to Yosemite

SAN FRANCISCO—The Yosemite landscape is preparing to welcome a vibrant addition to the popular region. Rush Creek Lodge, a fresh take on the Yosemite experience, is slated to open at the doorstep of Yosemite National Park, Calif., in spring 2016. The contemporary mountain resort is the first resort to open in the park’s vicinity in more than 25 years, offering Yosemite explorers a new lodging option with 143 rooms, as well as amenities for travelers, such as a dining destination to enjoy California lodge cuisine, a general store for provisions on...

Nominations Sought for Stars of the Industry Awards Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is accepting nominations for its Stars of the Industry Awards program. The AH&LA Stars of the Industry awards program was created to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the lodging industry by employees as well as properties to honor quality of service.Once again, there will be a Good Earthkeeping category this year but AH&LA has trimmed the number of winners to just two. There will be a small property category (250 rooms or less) and a large property category (250 rooms or more). In addition to Good Earthkeeping, awards will be presented for...

EarthCheck Presents Nine Taj Hotels with Gold Certification

MUMBAI—EarthCheck, a provider of environmental benchmarking and certification, last week presented nine Taj hotels with Gold Certification for five years of continuous benchmarking and reporting under the EarthCheck Standard. The hotels are the first of 76 EarthCheck accredited hotels across the Taj portfolio to achieve the five year milestone, with 54 more properties on track to reach the target by 2016.Using the EarthCheck program, the nine honored hotels are proving they can deliver robust environmental savings to complement Taj’s existing CSR programs. In 2013, they collectively reduced energy consumption by enough energy to power 53,940 homes in India and...

Sometimes Politics Should Enter Our Conversations

To what degree does how a country is governed, and how its people are treated, permeate the process you go through to decide where to build and from where to buy? I thought about that, as I have many times, this past week on the 25th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square Massacre. On June 4, 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands died after gathering to voice their displeasure with corruption and their desire for freedoms that they lacked.Today the Chinese government is doing all it can to erase the memory of that event from its history—jailing those who talk about it...

Disinfecting without Chemicals: Science Proves TANCS®

The American Journal of Infection Control published a peer-reviewed study in October 2011, “Reduction in the Microbial Load on High-Touch Surfaces,” that clearly demonstrates that TANCS® dry steam vapor “is capable of rapid, chemical-free surface disinfection.”The MondoVap with TANCS “consistently reduced total microbial and pathogen loads…to below detection in most instances,” but by more than 90 percent in other cases.The conclusion? “The steam vapor system provides a means to reduce levels of microorganisms on…surfaces without the drawbacks associated with chemicals.”

TANCS Aids OSHA Compliance

According to the OSHA Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): “The basic goal of hazard communication is to ensure that employers, employees and the public are provided with adequate, practical, reliable and comprehensible information on the hazards of chemicals, so that they can take effective preventive and protective measure for their health and safety.”OSHA states: “The GHS …the importance of training all target audiences to recognize and interpret label and/or SDS information, and to take appropriate action in response to chemical hazards,” and that “training requirements should be appropriate for and...