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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Green Design

Home Green Design
With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Every part of the property can be impacted and savvy designers are incorporating reclaimed materials and restorative greenery. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

MGM Resorts International Releases 2019 Social Impact & Sustainability Report

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced the release of the 2019 Social Impact and Sustainability Report Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity. Protecting the Planet. The report builds on the company’s commitment to create a more sustainable future, while striving to make a more positive impact in the lives of its employees, guests and in the communities where the company operates. In November 2019, MGM Resorts launched its new social impact and sustainability vision called “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet.” A core component of that vision included a set of long-range goals through 2025 and an alignment...

Lutron Launches Architectural Lighting Solution with iOS App Control

COOPERSBURG, PA.—Lutron Electronics, a leader in architectural lighting control solutions, introduces Athena: a simple, flexible, all-in-one solution that elevates everyday experiences with the magic of light. The debut is Lutron’s most significant commercial system release since April 2018, when it acquired Ketra, maker of the world’s most advanced lighting system. Athena marries best-in-class control, the world’s most advanced LED lighting technology, and simple app-based setup, in a solution that is equally optimal for new construction, retrofits, and evolving commercial spaces. Key features include: Native Ketra integration, plus universal fixture-control capabilities—control all load types from a single product with no minimum...

Wynn Resorts Issues 2019 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts issued its 2019 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, providing a comprehensive view of the company’s commitment to responsible business practices, environmental protection, and social impact. Also detailed is Wynn Resorts’ industry-leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic, outlining steps the company took to protect the health and well-being of employees, first responders, medical professionals, and vital nonprofit organizations. The report reflects the strong corporate values and core behaviors that govern Wynn Resorts’ business and guide the company’s commitment to solving complex social responsibility issues facing the hospitality industry. In the report’s forward, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox...

Tarkett Offers SweaterKnit & Gabardine Carpet Collections

SOLON, OHIO—In an age of constant digital connectivity, the new SweaterKnit and Gabardine carpet collection from Tarkett seeks to bring the tactile comforts of home into modern commercial spaces. Available in Powerbond (Gabardine only) and modular carpet tile, the collection was designed to invoke the sense of calm and acceptance we experience in our homes, creating inviting spaces people will feel comfortable returning to time and again. The collection’s highly textured surfaces, softened color palettes and bespoke accessories create warm and welcoming environments for people who have unlimited options for where they choose to work, play, dine and shop. SweaterKnit...

DuPont Tedlar Wallcoverings Debuts New Designs

WILMINGTON, DEL.—DuPont introduced the newest pattern additions to the DuPont Tedlar Wallcovering Avant-Garde collection. Inspired by nature’s essential building blocks, Roccia and Travertino are the latest seasonal patterns in the Avant-Garde collection, giving designers even more stone and metal options for a strong, durable look indoors. The stacked-slate look of Roccia has Italian-inspired names ranging from light patterns like “Grigio” to darker shades with blue undertones found in “Azure.” A familiar texture in the Travertino design features colors such as the elegant “Ivory” and the sturdy “Black” shade. “We’re committed to adding more patterns and colors every season to give architects...

Interface Announces ‘Together by Design’ Virtual Series

ATLANTA—Interface, a worldwide commercial flooring company and global leader in sustainability, debuted ‘Together by Design,’ a series of online resources and events providing architects and interior designers with the opportunity to connect and access innovative content throughout June. Launching alongside NeoConnect 2020, the series includes: Inspired by Design: product and interior design inspiration, including a preview of Interface’s recently launched and upcoming carpet tile collections; Connected by Design: designer profiles, insights and videos; Lead by Design: content and educational sessions, including webinars, thought leadership panels and the Interface Adaptation series that highlights key learnings brought forward during the pandemic, especially in teaching the world about honoring the evolving needs of the Earth; and Uplifted by Design: entertaining and inspiring interactive events including demonstrations, happy hours and more, inspired by the engaging nature of NeoCon. “As our industry continues to move forward, community engagement and discussions remain...

Indiana Furniture Expands Portfolio with Seven New Products

JASPER, IND.—Indiana Furniture announced an expansion of their portfolio with seven new lines set to launch over the course of the summer. These additions were designed to provide both style and functionality across a broad range of applications, including helping companies to better outfit working spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. As Indiana Furniture celebrates 115 years, they are inspired by the essence of yesteryear, of people, places, and things that are legendary, and by modern concepts and desires that will shape our future. They designed their latest additions to break through the everyday, while providing for every day. Indiana...

USGBC’s New LEED Guidance to Address COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace re-occupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification. The Safety First credits are part of USGBC’s economic recovery strategy released last month, which focuses on sustainable solutions to rebuild a stronger and healthier economy by prioritizing healthy people in healthy places. The credits were created...

Scandinavian Spaces Adds a Twist to Classic Furniture Design

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Together with partner brand Karl Andersson and Söner, Scandinavian Spaces introduces Mopsy and Mill to the North American market. The durable and sustainable collections are handmade in Sweden with a focus on design and materials that will last a lifetime. With a classic, functional design that feels a bit like home, the occasional table Mopsy is the perfect statement piece. Its overlapped combination of round and square shaped tops, set at different heights on the same leg frame, provide plenty of surface area without sacrificing floor space. A number of Mopsy tables can be grouped together in the same...

New Glass Tiles from Island Stone Mimic Water

WATSONVILLE, CALIF.—Cascade Collection glass tiles from Island Stone combine classic shapes with a textured finish to create subtle movement on the surface that mimics water. A dynamic alternative to matte- or gloss-finish glass tile, the custom engineered texture offers a compelling visual that is modern and fresh. The aesthetic is ideal for creating a retreat-like vibe on shower walls, kitchen backsplashes, interior and exterior accent walls, and more. “Cascade Collection tiles bring texture to everyday life, transforming any space into a dreamy oasis,” said Nigel Eaton, CEO for Island Stone. “The effect is particularly striking in the shower, where the texture...