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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.

Bentley Prince Street Receives WRAP Award for its Efforts to Reduce Waste

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—For the fifth consecutive year, Bentley Prince Street has been recognized for its efforts to reduce waste and conserve resources. It is the winner of the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award. Sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the state’s leading authority on recycling and waste reduction, the WRAP Awards recognize California companies for their commitment to a range of environmentally preferable business programs, including resource-efficient practices and innovative waste reduction, reuse and recycling achievements. “At Bentley Prince Street, just as we have our own Mission Zero goal of eliminating our potential negative impact on...

Developers Pursue First Wind-, Solar-Powered Resort in Midwest

ARCOLA, ILL.—Agri-Fab Holding Company (AFHC) and Bob McElwee announced that they are developing about 100 acres into a green village near Arcola, Ill. This resort, called Green Mill Village (GMV), is set to open in the fall of 2009 and will include a lodge/conference center, spa, restaurants, retail center and education center—all operated on wind power and solar power. “It will be an unprecedented midwestern sustainable project, from both an environmental and an economic standpoint,” McElwee says. The resort lodge, to be called the Green Mill Hotel, will have 200 rooms and guestrooms will feature furniture made locally. McElwee says there...

Boone Tavern Hotel Will Pursue LEED Gold Certification in 2009

BEREA, KENTUCKY—It was in 1909 that Berea College, located here, first opened the Boone Tavern Hotel. Next year, 100 years after its opening, the college intends to reopen the hotel as a green property, one that will pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Gold certification. The hotel, which is managed by Atlanta-based Cornerstone USA, is currently undergoing a $9.6 million renovation. If Berea College achieves its LEED Gold goal, the Boone Tavern Hotel will be the first Gold-certified property in Kentucky and one of the first in the United...

United Feather & Down Launches New Eco-Friendly Collection

DES PLAINES, ILL.—Leading luxury bedding manufacturer United Feather & Down introduces the season’s newest bedding collection from designer brand Joseph Abboud, with a focus on eco-friendly materials inherent in the designer brand’s exclusive, modern, organic aesthetics. The Joseph Abboud brand is a sophisticated American lifestyle brand with a rich heritage that reflects and expresses the confidence of its discriminating customer who embraces smart luxury and approachable style. Inspired by this heritage, the Joseph Abboud bedding collection of comforters, duvet covers, pillows, blankets, sheet sets, and decorative accessories naturally embodies eco-friendly materials of organic cottons, luxurious silks, rich wool and soft...

GLN Welcomes Roos International Ltd. as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Roos International Ltd. as a Green Product Directory partner. Roos is the maker of EnVision, a wallcovering that performs like vinyl and looks like vinyl, but is an alternative to vinyl. With no VOCs, it is printed with water-based inks, includes recycled and renewable content, and can be recycled. It is affordable, easy to install/remove, dimensionally stable, and highly breathable. Envision meets Type I and Type II Wallcovering Durability Characteristics and is available in a variety of textures and patterns. Go to Roos International Ltd., write to...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Keynote Greenbuild Conference & Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the opening keynote speaker for USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. Greenbuild will be held November 17-19, 2008, in Boston. Bishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, lead a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Today, he is revered worldwide as a “moral voice” seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses. “Bishop Tutu’s life, work, and message demonstrate the power of transformational change,” commented Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chairman of USGBC....

Standard Textile Launches Line of Centium Core Technology Sheeting

NEW YORK—Standard Textile, a leader in textile manufacturing and distribution, recently launched two new lines of sheeting developed and manufactured using its patented Centium Core Technology. Based on the success of its ComforTwill sheeting—the first line of bed linens available using Centium Core Technology—the company expanded the range of the Centium Core Technology products to include Centima and Centium Satin. According to Gary Heiman, president and CEO of Standard Textile, the new products broaden the choices and ensure that there is an appropriate Centium Core Technology sheeting option for virtually all hotels, regardless of market segment. “Standard Textile is always looking...

Staron Surfaces Adds New Selection of Greenguard-Certified Options

LOS ANGELES—Staron Surfaces, a division of worldwide technology leader Samsung, has announced an expansion of its Tempest product line by adding 10 new colors, bringing the entire Tempest palate to 20 color options. The new colors series, branded Tempest Stylist, exudes rich, natural color tones. The series provides an upscale, designer-grade product to professionals and homeowners who are seeking a unique surface for any project. “Like the existing Tempest colors, those in the Stylist series include larger, translucent particulates, which create a look that rivals quartz and natural stone,” said Dale Mandell, Staron’s national sales manager. “In several of the...

Mohawk Group Adds GSA Evergreen Award to List of Honors

KENNESAW, GA.—The Mohawk Group announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) National Furniture Center (NFC) honored the global flooring manufacturer for the second time in four years with the coveted 2007 Evergreen Award during a recent reception in Washington, D.C. The environmental accolade affirms The Mohawk Group’s ongoing dedication to reducing waste by improving energy and resource efficiencies through innovative products, processes and services. “Receiving the GSA Evergreen Award is a shining achievement in The Mohawk Group’s history,” said Al Kabus, president of The Mohawk Group. “Environmental responsibility is a cornerstone of our corporate character, and this honor only...

Milliken Lucerne wins Green Décor Award at IH/M&RS

LAGRANGE, GA.—Milliken Hospitality’s Lucerne modular carpet collection received the Editors’ Choice Award for green décor during the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) last month at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year, the awards program was expanded to include a green equivalent to each of the competition’s five traditional categories of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology. Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 150 submissions of cutting-edge, new products, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or...