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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.

WAYAM Mundo Imperial Highlights Eco-Hospitality as First LEED-Certified Hotel in Mérida

MERIDA, MEXICO—Earth Day is every day at WAYAM Mundo Imperial, where every inch of the hotel is carefully designed to offer guests the perfect balance of wellness and tranquility. As the first LEED-certified property in historic Mérida, WAYAM welcomes guests to coexist with nature and celebrate the lush landscape of its historic backdrop. From aromatherapy in common areas to a water tasting menu offering guests select local waters to sample, the amenities at WAYAM complement the hotel’s strategic location and green facilities. In addition to solar paneling, all the windows at WAYAM face east, generating a high solar reflectivity and therefore...

Shaw Named 2022 Halo Award Winner for St. Jude Cushion Program

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) and the Shaw Cushion Program for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been named the 2022 Halo Award Silver winner in the Consumer Activated Corporate Donation category by Engage for Good. For every square yard of cushion sold through the program, 18 cents is donated directly to St. Jude—nine cents from Shaw that’s matched by the retailer when the consumer upgrades their cushion purchase. Since 2013, the program has been extremely successful, amounting to more than $7 million in donations to support the life-saving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. “As we celebrate our 10-year...

Projects Light Years Beyond ‘Low-Hanging’ Fruit

Utilizing breakthroughs in design and technology, hotel owners and designers around the world are establishing new benchmarks for what it means to be a “dark” green hotel—one that has gone far beyond investing in easy low-hanging fruit. As published previously on Green Lodging News, Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton just opened within the last two weeks in Connecticut. It is believed to be the first net-zero hotel in the United States. It will utilize renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for its common areas, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms and 165 guestrooms and...

NeoCon Expecting More Than 400 Companies for Chicago Event

CHICAGO—With more than 400 companies showcasing thousands of new products, programming from the industry’s top thought leaders, and more, the 2022 edition of NeoCon (June 13 to 15) will be jam-packed with innovation and opportunities to experience the future of commercial interior design firsthand. A hub for community and connecting within the industry, this year’s NeoCon will offer a wealth of engaging installations, as well as on-site activations and events that will provide invaluable moments to gather, learn from each other, and share ideas. “We are thrilled by all the excitement and buzz around NeoCon 2022,” says Lisa Simonian, Vice...

Tarkett Celebrates Grand Opening of New Chicago Showroom

SOLON, OHIO—A leader in sustainable and innovative flooring solutions, Tarkett is announcing the grand opening of its newest showroom in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. To celebrate the grand opening, Tarkett invites architects, designers, and other industry professionals to attend an event series called Tarkett Design Days 2022, June 13 to 15. Fulton Market District is widely considered one of the hottest submarkets for commercial real estate in the Chicago area, boasting hotel accommodations, bars, restaurants, retail, and notable corporate residents like Google, Dyson and MillerKnoll. In addition to its 10,000 square-foot space, Tarkett has access to the building’s rooftop patio with 360°...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Announces Latest Commitments to Sustainability & a Culture of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 8,900 hotels across over 95 countries, released its 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report highlighting its dedication to operating in a socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible way. These commitments are underscored by recent accolades, including recognition by DiversityInc, which highlighted Wyndham as a company with leading diversity practices for 2022, and Forbes as one of The Best Employers for Diversity 2022. “The significance of our company’s vision—to be the world’s leading hotel company by delivering the best value to owners and guests—is more important than ever....

Six Senses Svart in Norway Goes Off-Grid with First Energy-Positive Project

BANGKOK—With booming demand for adventurous and eco-conscious travel, northern Norway is one of the last frontiers for a self-sustainable, off-grid destination. The 94-room Six Senses Svart combines a futuristic design and technological innovation with earthy, organic materials that use the least embedded energy. The name Svart, which means black and blue in old Norse, is a reference to the natural heritage of the ancient Svartisen glacier, which lies just within the Arctic Circle, where summer days last forever and winter nights are lit by the breathtaking Northern Lights. To minimize the on-site impact, Six Senses Svart is poised on...

Mannington Commercial Introduces Top Notch & Top Shelf Collection

CALHOUN, GA.—Mannington Commercial introduces the Top Notch and Top Shelf Collection. “Commercial designers will find the Top Notch and Top Shelf Collection to be yet another rich option in an already deep line of Mannington designs that give spaces modern movement,” said Roby Isaac, Vice President of Commercial Design at Mannington Commercial. “This collection also brings a natural vibe to any room with the richly-blended neutrals that provide exceptional design flexibility.” Top Notch offers a dynamic, geometric style, layering planes and circles of variegated lines, while Top Shelf delivers an organic linear pattern that echoes the gentle striations of sedimentary rock....

Marriott Signs Agreement with Red Sea Development to Bring First Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Middle East

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International announced it has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Co. to debut its distinguished Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand off the west coast of Saudi Arabia. Slated to debut in 2023, Nujuma, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is expected to form part of the eagerly anticipated Red Sea destination and offer a highly personalized leisure experience that blends intuitive and heartfelt service with stunning natural beauty and indigenous design. Nujuma will be the first property from the brand in the Middle East and joins an exclusive collection of only five Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide. “We are thrilled to bring our...

Linda Baynham, aka ‘Dolly Pie Tin’, Keeps New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on LEED Track

Name: Linda Baynham Title: Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Convention Center: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Years in Current Position: 2 years, 8 months Primary Responsibility: “Right now, it is LEED certification. That is what I have been tasked with this year. It brings together everything we are doing. We are trying to be the green convention center in the region.” Organization’s most significant accomplishment in global corporate responsibility: “I am proud of the energy upgrade we just did.” Organization’s most significant challenge moving forward in global corporate responsibility: “I think getting LEED certification is going to be big. We...