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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.

Six Senses Belize to Open with Secret Beach and Private Island

BANGKOK—Within just a few hours of the United States, Belize is known for its warm and turquoise water, incredible snorkeling and diving, and active and vibrant culture. Guests and residents at Six Senses Belize will experience something out of this world as the team has worked tirelessly to strike the perfect balance between vivacious beach life and small-scale, secluded island bliss so that residents can enjoy either or both, any time they wish. The resort and residences are uniquely set across two areas. The sun-drenched stretch of secret beachfront on Ambergris Caye, the most sought-after destination in Belize, offers an...

Boutique Design New York Features Four ‘Green’ Educational Sessions

NEW YORK—Those attending HX: The Hotel Experience or Boutique Design New York (BDNY) who are looking for educational sessions related to green design or operations will have to attend BDNY this year. HX, as of October 25, has just three educational sessions listed on its website and none of them have green topics. Both shows will be held November 14 to 15 at the Javits Center in New York. HX currently has fewer than 50 exhibitors listed on its website and BDNY in the hundreds—proof that the pandemic is still impacting the willingness of businesses to exhibit and travel. Here...

Choice Adds to List of Companies Announcing LEED for Headquarters

When Choice Hotels International announced earlier this week that its future headquarters would be housed in a LEED Gold-targeted building, it was part of a trend followed by others in the hotel industry. Choice’s new offices in North Bethesda, Md. are expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2023. More than three years ago, Marriott International broke ground on its new headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Set to open next year, it is also designed to LEED Gold standards, allowing an abundance of natural light, while providing new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces. The campus will also offer Marriott...

Choice Hotels’ New Headquarters to be Part of LEED Gold-Targeted Building

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, announced it has executed a lease for a new corporate headquarters in North Bethesda, Md. The new headquarters will occupy over 105,000 square feet of office space in the mixed-use development of Pike & Rose. The building is being developed by owner Federal Realty Investment Trust and Choice is expected to begin working there in the fourth quarter of 2023. “Between this new building in North Bethesda and our state-of-the-art technology center in Scottsdale, Arizona, which opened this month, we’re thrilled to offer our associates best-in-class places to work,” said Patrick Pacious, President...

New PVC-Free Versa Wallcoverings Launched

NEW ALBANY, IND.—Versa Wallcovering, the flagship brand of Versa Designed Surfaces, has launched two new designs in its collection of PVC-free commercial wallcoverings. BAREGE is a polished design that pairs a nature-inspired texture with a graphic overlay. The new transitional grass cloth emboss has an innovative level of detail and tactile form perfect for indoor spaces in the hospitality, healthcare, retail, and corporate markets. Barege’s modern/rustic palette coordinates with Barege Texture which brings this highly useable delicate line work to the forefront in 16 colorways. The PVC-free collection provides specifiers choice in material without compromising the quality and durability of the product. The...

A Must-Read Q&A Article for Hotel Owners & Wannabe Ones

The CEO of leading sustainability solutions company Green Places, Alex Lassiter, recently sat down with Eric Corey Freed, an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker, to ask him a few questions about the importance of building sustainably. They touched on: what makes a building sustainable, costs involved with building sustainably, scaling green building programs, common obstacles, financial considerations, and the importance of broad adoption. His insights are important for the green building sector overall—including hotels. A big thank you to Green Places for allowing me to share this insightful Q&A article. (You can also see it here in its...

Tarkett Announces Partnership with Tingle Flooring

SOLON, OHIO—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, has announced it has entered into a distribution partnership with Tingle Flooring. Effective immediately, Tingle will represent the company’s resilient product portfolio in the Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, southern Illinois, and Nebraska markets. This agreement expands Tarkett’s distribution network, enhancing the company’s ability to effectively respond to the needs of commercial and residential customers in these key geographies. “This partnership between Tarkett and Tingle supports our focus on driving long-term, sustainable growth in the commercial and residential segments, while continuing to provide an outstanding customer experience in...

Andreu World Sweeps Industry Awards at NeoCon 2021

CHICAGO—In addition to launching more than 10 products at 2021’s much-anticipated NeoCon, Andreu World has been honored with nine awards across three acclaimed programs. With these recognitions, Andreu World is further cemented as a leader in sustainable, contract furnishings. Notes Andreu World CEO Jesus Llinares, “I am immensely proud of our team and designers for these wins. We focus at Andreu World on good design that is holistic from all perspectives—innovation, comfort, sustainability, aesthetics. These honors prove the power of our products and our read on where the market is headed in 2022 and beyond.” Best of NeoCon Awards Held annually since...

Mohawk Group Signs Climate Pledge, Pursues Net Zero Carbon by 2040

CALHOUN, GA.—Mohawk Group announced signing The Climate Pledge, a sustainability-driven effort originally cofounded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019. Mohawk Group joins over 200 signatories that are also committed to accelerated climate action. By signing the pledge, Mohawk Group agrees to incorporate several climate-sensitive strategies, including a commitment to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly, neutralize remaining emissions with permanent and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040, and implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement. “We are thrilled to join over 200 companies that have a similar vision and commitment to become...

Shaw Recognized for Sustainability Efforts, Earns Five Industry Awards

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) recently earned top honors in the Floor Covering Weekly annual GreenStep awards, which recognize the flooring industry’s contributions to sustainability. Shaw received the magazine’s most prestigious recognition, the Pinnacle Award, in addition to winning the Practice/Process and International award categories and being named honoree in the People and Promotion/Communication categories. “We’re proud to be recognized as an industry leader in sustainability,” said Kellie Ballew, Vice President of Global Sustainability at Shaw. “We’re steadfast in our commitment to minimizing our impact on the environment and maximizing human potential. It’s about people and the planet. The events...