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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. 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.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. 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.

Recycled Glass Can Be Attractive Component of Green Hotel Design

NATIONAL REPORT—Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass recycling rates vary around the country because of container deposit legislation or how it is collected and recycled. As part of single-stream recycling, glass often breaks, tainting the end product. The contaminated recyclables then end up in the dump. In fact, glass represents roughly 40 percent of landfilled recyclables. Hoteliers can play a part in helping to keep glass out of the landfill by working with their waste collectors and also by purchasing products that utilize recycled glass. Recycled glass has many...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—September 18, 2017—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories. Sponsors this year...

National Park Service Overturns Ban on Bottled Water

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) recently thanked the National Park Service (NPS) for reversing its December 2011 ban on bottled water in national parks. “The NPS ban on bottled water was silly and illogical from its inception, particularly because the ban did not include the sale of less healthy drinks such as soda, juices, and energy drinks that are also packaged in plastic,” CAGW said. “CAGW began to investigate and question the decision, but found little to no provable environmental or scientific rationale for the ban. “Water is the most essential nutrient for people, especially when they exercise and hike,...

Six Senses Launches Earth Lab at Each Property

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has taken its leading position in sustainability one step further with the launch of Earth Lab. From Vietnam to Portugal, Seychelles to Thailand, Six Senses is dedicated to focusing on sustainability engagement and education at each resort’s Earth Lab. Earth Lab is a place where every Six Senses property showcases their sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally, and support communities and ecosystems. Guests are invited to visit Earth Lab to reconnect with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that will allow them to make a difference. The venue was named Earth to...

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...

West Virginia’s Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry Has Plenty of ‘Room to be Green’

HARPERS FERRY, W. VA.—A little more than a year after the installation of 289 SolarWorld 285W modules on top of the back roof of the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, the solar photovoltaic installation is performing well, according to John Eliot, General Manager. “We have not had any maintenance issues and on an annual basis the modules are providing about 10 percent of the electricity we need.” The investment in solar by owner Family Adventure Resorts, LLC has helped lift the hotel to level 3 status as part of Choice Hotels International’s Room to be Green program. Eliot says the Clarion...

BioHiTech Global Launches BHTG Smart Mode Technology

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that develops and deploys innovative and disruptive waste management technologies, announced the launch of BHTG Smart Mode, a new technology for its Eco-Safe Digester and Revolution Series Digester lines of on-site food waste disposal equipment. Smart Mode leverages cloud computing, machine learning, and the on-board internet-connected computer in the digester to intelligently drive the equipment in order to optimize performance and reduce servicing downtime. “Smart Mode essentially makes our equipment much smarter,” said Bill Kratzer, Chief Technology Officer of BioHiTech Global. “By harnessing the computing power and data in our cloud,...

Green Lodging News Adds SolaBev as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added SolaBev to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Coffees/Teas/Single Serve” category. SolaBev enables you to offer your guests distinctive tasting cups of coffee, tea, and cocoa in private label capsules promoting the identity of your property and enhancing your brand. The SolaCap is the largest single serve capsule available and the patented capsule design delivers a terrific tasting cup of coffee in a recyclable plastic container for your guests. SolaBev capsules and Mini Brewers are only available to commercial customers, eliminating pilferage and reducing...

Sofidel Introduces New Dry Tech Heavy-Duty Hand Towels

FORT WASHINGTON, PA.—Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use, launched Dry Tech Heavy-Duty hand towels, which have an absorbency per sheet that is more than double competitors’ towels. The towels are also constructed with negative embossing to eliminate linting. Dry Tech Heavy-Duty is ideal for cleaning glass, aluminum and other glossy surfaces where dust and lint can be highly visible after cleaning. “Disposable hand towels must be designed to withstand rigorous cleaning tasks and hand drying,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President AFH Marketing & Sales for Sofidel America. “We’ve built Dry Tech Heavy-Duty towels with...

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...