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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Water Conservation

Home Water Conservation
Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Honoring New Water Technologies on March 22—World Water Day

VISTA, CALIF.—International World Water Day is held annually on March 22. Its goal is to focus on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the better management of water. But what is often overlooked, according to Klaus Reichardt, CEO and Founder of Waterless Co., one of the largest manufacturers of waterless urinals in the United States, is all the progress the world has made technologically when it comes to water. “New technologies are providing more people access to potable water for drinking and sanitation,” says Reichardt. “Not only is this helping to keep people healthier, it is producing greater economic...

Laura Abshire: Overseer of NRA’s Sustainability Program

Name: Laura Abshire Title: Director of Sustainability Policy and Government Affairs Organization/Location: National Restaurant Assn./Washington D.C. Years in Position: 5+ years Primary Responsibilities: “I view my role as someone who is increasing education around sustainability—monitoring everything around the sustainability space and how it impacts our members.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “The NRA has done a lot of work linking sustainability efforts with restaurateurs and their daily operations. Raising awareness and inspiring action has been a very big accomplishment.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “There is so much more work to be done to educate members on sustainability. The lack of infrastructure for...

Oasis at Death Valley Resort Undergoing Major Renovation

DENVER—OZ Architecture, an award-winning, national architecture and design firm, is leading the major renovation of one of the nation’s unique resort destinations: the Oasis at Death Valley, formerly known as the Furnace Creek Resort. The historic resort, operated by Xanterra Travel Collection, is undergoing a significant transformation that will bring a variety of new luxury amenities and facilities, while maintaining the historic ambiance, stylistic qualities and Mission architecture that have attracted visitors for over 100 years. Although construction began in 2017, OZ began designing the master plan and vision for the Oasis in 2012, with the commitment to revitalize the...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Pürlin to Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Pürlin to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Linens & Towels category. Through its integrated closed-loop, recycling system Pürlin’s laundry-free linens satisfy the hospitality industry’s need to provide safe clean linens while protecting the environment. Pürlin allows guests to rest comfortably knowing that they’re the only ones to ever sleep on Pürlin’s soft, hypoallergenic, single use sheets. Utilizing the same man-made micro-fiber technology safely used in baby diapers and personal hygiene products for over 30 years, Pürlin simulates cotton without the use of dyes, pesticides,...

IHG Unveils New Responsible Business Targets

ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced new Responsible Business targets for 2020, alongside details of the progress the company has delivered against its previous five-year targets. Published in the online 2017 Responsible Business Report, the new 2018-2020 targets focus on four areas where IHG believes it can have the most positive impact: environmental sustainability, community impact, people and responsible procurement. “Many companies have responsible business commitments, but with hotels in local communities all over the world, IHG touches the lives of millions of people,” says Keith Barr, CEO, IHG. “This puts us in a unique...

LINENS & TOWELS

Pürlin The Future of Hotel Linens Has Arrived Through our integrated closed-loop, recycling system Pürlin’s Laundry-Free Linens satisfy the Hospitality Industry’s need to provide safe clean linens while protecting the environment. Pürlin allows your guests to rest comfortably knowing that they’re the only ones to ever sleep on Pürlin’s soft, hypoallergenic, single use sheets. Utilizing the same man-made micro-fiber technology safely used in baby diapers and personal hygiene products for over 30 years, Pürlin simulates cotton without the use of dyes, pesticides, or chemicals. Pürlin consumes a fraction of the water required for cotton-based sheets and creates zero waste, making it...

Sonoma Forge Hands-Free Faucets Incorporate Electromagnetic Sensors

PETALUMA, CALIF.—Driven by growing concern over germs and bacteria on restroom surfaces, more hospitality environments are turning to hands-free, automated faucet technology. With no visible sensors, Sans Hands from Sonoma Forge offers an improvement over outdated infrared technology. Sans Hands incorporates an electromagnetic proximity sensor, packaged in stylish designs that perfectly fit today’s modern industrial style. “Rather than relying on old, unreliable infrared technology, Sans Hands allows users to skip the frustration of frantic hand waiving and enjoy the stylishly unique bathroom décor,” says Sonoma Forge President, Erik Ambjor. Sans Hands uses the basic principal of electromagnetism. Simply speaking, the components...

Argonaut Hotel Named San Francisco Green Business

SAN FRANCISCO—Argonaut Hotel, an award-winning boutique hotel on San Francisco’s waterfront, announced it has been named an SF Green Business by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, as a result of its year-long efforts to implement comprehensive eco-friendly initiatives at the hotel and its popular Blue Mermaid Restaurant & Bar. Located in the historic Haslett Warehouse in the heart of the San Francisco Maritime National Park, the Argonaut is one of the most iconic San Francisco hotels leading the charge on sustainable hospitality, to preserve and protect the building and its environment. Originally built as a 200,000 square foot...

New Report Shows Trends in Restaurant Environmental Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association released the 2018 edition of The State of Restaurant Sustainability to highlight sustainability efforts by restaurant operators. The report provides the latest trends in environmental practices in the restaurant industry, along with consumer insights. It aims to help restaurant operations of all types and sizes understand what other restaurateurs are doing to begin or continue their own sustainability journey. The Association surveyed more than 500 restaurant owners and operators about their sustainability efforts, opportunities and challenges. More than 1,000 consumers also were surveyed about the best ways restaurants can communicate their sustainability initiatives to their...

Governor Brown Honors Los Angeles Convention Center

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, recently received California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), for its waste reduction efforts in a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency. The LACC sustainability initiatives recognized include the installation of a “cool roof” and light defusing windows to reflect sunlight and direct heat away from the building, new water-efficient kitchen dishwashers and the replacement of 30,000 square feet of turf with drought-tolerant landscaping. As a result, the LACC is now 36 percent more energy...