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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.

UNLV, JMBM Announce Cosponsorship of Green Hotel Conference

LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES—The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM) announced cosponsorship of the only hotel summit designed to provide senior executives with a comprehensive program that examines both the compelling economic benefits and some of the daunting practical challenges of green hotel development. The annual summit will focus on bringing together the hotel industry’s top leaders and its most experienced developers. The upcoming conference will emphasize economics, current case studies, costly mistakes, brilliant successes, financing and valuation issues, consumer trends and offer a “how to” (or “how not to”) approach...

Iowa’s Earthpark, Set to Open in 2011, Will Include Rain Forest, Green Hotel

NEW YORK—Maxon Holdings LLC (Maxon), a leading energy and environmental development company, announced a partnership with Earthpark, North America’s first center for science literacy and the environment. Maxon will provide $10 million of in-kind financial and technical support toward the completion and opening of Earthpark, scheduled to open on Earth Day, 2011. Maxon will give this support through its infrastructure asset financing operations, part of the company’s asset optimization business. Maxon’s contribution will facilitate ongoing support and involvement with educational and research efforts in the areas of global sustainability and restorative living practices. Earthpark also announced at the 2007 Clinton...

G3 Technology Introduces GreenShield Textile Finishes

PITTSFORD, N.Y.—Care-free products, those that resist staining, are easily cleaned, stand up to the hustle and bustle of life and look great right out of the wash, have become part of our lives. Consumers want to spend less time maintaining the products they buy and more time enjoying them. Fluorochemicals are the invisible magic coating that makes all this possible, from non-stick pans to stain resistant carpets, upholstered furniture and stain resistant clothing. The incredible strength of fluorochemicals, however, may also be their greatest weakness. Fluorochemicals stay in the environment and don’t break down for decades or even centuries...

Valley Forge Introduces Second FRESH Fabrics Collection

FORT LAUDERDALE—Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. debuted its second FRESH collection at the Hospitality Design Boutique Exposition & Conference in Miami last month. The two new FRESH collections were created by New York designer Celerie Kemble and Palm Beach designers Mimi McMakin and Brooke Huttig. FRESH is an acronym for Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards (for) Hospitality and represents the first environmentally friendly comprehensive fabric program designed specifically and only for the hospitality industry. With these new collections, the FRESH line now spans six volumes and more thant 550 skus of patterns with vibrant colors. “This collection is innovative and beautiful,” says Cliff...

Starwood Capital Group and Perseus Realty to Build Luxury ‘1’ Hotel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Starwood Capital Group and Perseus Realty, L.L.C. (Perseus Realty) announced that they have signed an agreement to build an eco-friendly luxury hotel at 22nd and M Streets, N.W. in the heart of the Washington, D.C.’s West End neighborhood. The hotel will be one of the world’s first 1 Hotels, Starwood Capital’s recently launched five-star, eco-friendly international hotel brand that will combine the best of environmentally sustainable architecture and design properties with first-class service and luxurious comfort. The 180-key hotel, which will be developed by Starwood Development and Perseus Realty, is expected to break ground in mid-2008 and deliver...

Hyatt’s Fourth Andaz Property to Include Green Roof, Organic F&B

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The East Avenue Investment Group LP and Global Hyatt Corp. announced plans to develop a hotel under Hyatt’s new luxury brand, Andaz, as part of a mixed-use development in Austin’s central core. The 210-room hotel will open in 2010. The announcement comes on the heels of Hyatt’s unveiling of its new brand in April 2007, and announcements for Andaz hotels in London and Manhattan. The landmark Great Eastern Hotel in the City of London will convert to Andaz in mid-October, followed by properties at 75 Wall Street and 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, in 2009. In addition to operating...

Hartmann & Forbes’ ColourWeave Collection Goes Green

TUALATIN, ORE.—Hartmann & Forbes, a fabricator of sustainable handcrafted window coverings, has converted its signature ColourWeave Collection to use exclusively Low and No VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds). ColourWeave is now one of the most environmentally friendly painted matchstick collections of its kind in the industry. “The mission of Project Green is to do our best to minimize the environmental impact across our business,” says Michael Jones, Hartmann & Forbes’ founder and CEO. “The recent strides that paint companies have made in environmentally friendly paints have allowed us, in turn, to provide our clients a more environmentally responsible shade.” Each weave...

Comforpedic by Simmons Mattress Wins Best of Boutique Award at HD Boutique

ATLANTA—Simmons Hospitality Group’s new ComforPedic by Simmons next-generation memory foam bedding line received the Hospitality Design Best of Boutique Award at the HD Boutique 2007 Exposition & Conference. The honor, which recognizes unique product introductions exhibited at HD Boutique, was awarded to just 11 of the more than 80 Best of Boutique entries. “We are thrilled that Hospitality Design named the ComforPedic by Simmons line one of the best new product introductions at HD Boutique,” says Steve Tipton, vice president of Simmons Hospitality Group. “The Best of Boutique distinction reinforces that our ComforPedic NxG Advanced Memory Foam is truly innovative...

Vail Resorts Outlines Green Measures for $1 Billion Resort Development

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts, Inc. has announced more detailed plans for making the $1 billion Ever Vail the largest LEED-certified, multi-use resort development project in the nation. “The mission of Vail Resorts is to provide exceptional experiences at our extraordinary resorts,” says Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts. “What we are announcing with the Ever Vail development is completely aligned with two of our most important stakeholders—the spectacular natural environment that serves as the backdrop of Vail Mountain and the local community in which we operate.” Vail Resorts is now several steps closer to making the 9.5-acre Ever Vail project at the...

Neo-Metro Adds Mini Loo Eco-Dual Flush Sanitary System

NEW YORK—Neo-Metro, a leading design and manufacturing firm of luxury plumbing products and a legacy division of Acorn Engineering, launched their new wall-mounted Ebb Concept wash basins for hospitality and service installations in early 2007, and introduced the Mini Loo eco-dual flush sanitary system at the HD Boutique Show in Miami. Given its custom color, finish and size specifications, Ebb Concept has successfully been showcased in colorful, high visibility national projects that include the Gibraltar Bank in New York City and The Aurora Hotel in Catalina Island among others. The new Betsy Hotel, a boutique hotel named after...