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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Hotel Focus

Home Green Hotel Focus
In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Eco-Industrial Vibe Works for Soul Community Planet Hotel

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Six months after soft opening in Colorado Springs, the 176-room SCP hotel there is enjoying “off the charts” reviews according to Ken Cruse, CEO of Soul Community Planet, LLC, the parent company of SCP Hotels. The renovation of what once was a Knights Inn and other branded properties is attracting travelers and locals with its eco-industrial vibe and features such as the SCP fitness center. The SCP Hotel Colorado Springs is the first of several green, community-focused hotels planned by Soul Community Planet. The next one will open in Redmond, Ore. Cruse says he and his core team had been...

Sofitel Philly Unveils Earth Day Every Day Initiative

PHILADELPHIA—Sofitel Philadelphia has created the Earth Day Every Day initiative to instill a culture of environmental accountability, and to encourage action. The hotel is part of The Accor Planet 21 Program which places value on recycling, composting, and is based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners, and work with local communities. On a larger scale, Sofitel Philadelphia has a rooftop garden where herbs and produce are grown to use right in the kitchen for its guests. The hotel also has started doing dinners around honeycomb tastings because it houses half-a-million...

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Transplants First Corals from Its Coral Nursery

FÉLICITÉ ISLAND, SEYCHELLES—October marked the first anniversary of the coral restoration program at Six Senses Zil Pasyon and the beginning of the next chapter in the project, which aims to restore a seafloor area of about 6,500 square feet (600 square meters). During the one-year period, corals grew over 200 percent on average, with a growth range of between 85 and 422 percent per harvested segment. Survival rate was 93.4 percent, with most of the loss resulting from nursery damage that unfortunately took place during August’s rough monsoon season. The restoration program, which saw the resort collaborate with local NGOs...

The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel Returns to Alabama’s Gulf Coast

GULF SHORES, ALA.—The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel opened its doors after a much-anticipated return to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Guests of the 350-room, beachfront hotel, located within Alabama’s Gulf State Park, will enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby with direct access to the emerald green waters of the Gulf and over 6,150 acres of trails and activities within the Park. The Lodge at Gulf State Park is the first full service hotel to open in the area in 20 years. It is a premier meetings and events destination, offering a wide array of...

Six Senses Fiji Wins Climate Action Category at HICAP 2018

MALOLO ISLAND, FIJI—The annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) has announced the winners for the HICAP 2018 Sustainable Hotel Awards and Six Senses Fiji has taken the title in the Climate Action Category. The awards are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region, creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region. For climate efforts, Six Senses Fiji is honored to have been awarded top spot for a range of initiatives that are practiced within the resort....

Olympia Hotel Management Opens SOPHY Hyde Park

CHICAGO—Olympia Hotel Management announces the opening of SOPHY Hyde Park, the new 98-room boutique hotel located at 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Developed by The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels, SOPHY Hyde Park is managed by Olympia Hotel Management and aligns with Olympia’s expertise in developing and managing independent, award-winning boutique properties that evoke a strong sense of place and become an integral part of the community. General Manager Anthony Beach is a former Hyde Park resident and an alumnus of nearby Hyde Park Academy High School. Historic South Side Chicago Neighborhood For locals and visitors alike,...

Hotel Nia Achieves LEED Silver Certification

MENLO PARK, CALIF.—Hotel Nia, a newly opened Autograph Collection property in Silicon Valley, announces its achievement as a LEED Certified Silver building. Developed by Ensemble Investments with architectural design by Cuningham Group Architecture and LEED Engineering by Integral Group, the presentation of this award represents a milestone achievement for the 11-story, 250-room hotel, and reaffirms its commitment to sustainability and green practices. Along with adhering to sustainable attributes throughout the construction process—including over 85 percent waste diversion and 28.8 percent of total building materials manufactured via recycled materials—Hotel Nia also kept construction as local as possible, with 38.41 percent of...

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort First Hotel in Caribbean to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA—Proving actions speak louder than words, Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort just became the very first hotel in the Caribbean to achieve carbon neutrality. To be certified as CarbonNeutral, recognized as a critical element in the resort’s comprehensive sustainability program, the CarbonNeutral certification follows the CarbonNeutral Protocol and was officially made on August 28, 2018. CarbonNeutral is a global standard awarded to businesses that have reduced their (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions, which trap heat in the atmosphere, to net zero. “Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has set the benchmark high with its sustainability program and we’re delighted that...

Naples Hotel Group’s Miami Hotel Awarded LEED Building Certification

MIAMI—The Naples Hotel Group, a leading hotel development and management company, celebrates the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Miami Airport for achieving the LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council under their rating system, which is the most widely used green building rating system. Naples Hotel Group was awarded the development and management contract for the Miami Airport hotel by owners, Hotelex Airport LLC. The LEED certification identifies the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Miami Airport as an example of sustainability and helping to transform the building industry. According to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, LEED, or Leadership in...

Home2 Suites Unveils Modular Construction Hotel

MCLEAN, VA.—Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced that the brand will open its first hotel using modular construction in early 2019. Developed by Southern Hospitality Services, LLC., and constructed by Akshar Development Inc., brand executives gathered last week at the future site of the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North for a staging ceremony where pre-fabricated elements of the hotel were put into position. The hotel represents the Bay Area’s first modular build hotel, and the first Home2 Suites by Hilton modular build. Global Head of Home2 Suites by Hilton, Adrian Kurre, joined...