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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Destinations is Now GSTC-Accredited

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced that Green Destinations has achieved GSTC-Accredited status. The awarded status affirms Green Destinations’ commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services. Green Destinations (GD) is a nonprofit organization of experts and destination ambassadors working in 80 countries. GD supports a large community of local, regional and country destination managers and stakeholders, enhancing destination sustainability, market visibility, and tourism quality. Green Destinations developed a complete, affordable and easy-to-use Assessment & Certification program that fits the needs of both small and larger destinations. It is operated through an online Assessment & Reporting platform based...

Environmentalists Want Florida to Ban Harmful Sunscreens

FLORIDA—A new Care2 petition is calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature to act quickly to protect the state’s coral reefs by banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The Care2 petition has gathered over 7,000 signatures. The Care2 petition targeting Florida was launched after Hawaii became the first state to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have been deemed harmful to the coral reef. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill on July 3. “Florida should join Hawaii and ban these environmentally toxic chemicals,” reads the Care2 petition. “It's an easy fix, and one more...

AccorHotels Launches Mobile Accommodation Concept Using Marine Containers

PARIS—Due to the success of its pilot project, which was initially tested at various cultural, sporting and artistic events throughout France, AccorHotels’ innovative Flying Nest concept is now entering the commercialization stage in the B-to-B market. The Flying Nest uses converted marine containers designed with sustainability in mind. The Flying Nest is in line with AccorHotels’ innovative approach of constantly rethinking tomorrow’s hospitality in response to a strong trend, that of guests expecting to enjoy exclusive and intense experiences. AccorHotels’ twofold objective is to provide its customers with unique hospitality experiences during outstanding events and to meet accommodation needs where...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Releases Responsible Business Report

PARIS—Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global digital travel management company, published its latest Annual Responsible Business Report, showing significant progress towards its 2020 objectives. This latest report has reached the UN Global Compact Advanced Level, recognizing the success of CWT’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. “I am very proud the UN Global Compact has honored our commitment to ethical business behavior in this way,” said Kurt Ekert, CWT’s President and CEO. “Responsible Business is deeply embedded in our culture, and this recognition—on top of being rated Gold by EcoVadis for a second year running—shows that we are on the right path.” Demonstrating...

Hyatt Hotels Worldwide Plans to Eliminate Plastic Straws & Drink Picks

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced Hyatt hotels around the world plan to eliminate single-use plastic straws and drink picks. After September 1, 2018, straws and picks will be available on request only, and eco-friendly alternatives will be provided where available. “At Hyatt, we care for people, so they can be their best, and this care extends to our communities and to preserving resources for future generations,” said Frank Lavey, Senior Vice President, Global Operations for Hyatt. “Eliminating plastic straws and drink picks builds on the environmental sustainability programs we have in place and further drives our global efforts to reduce environmental...

Venetian Macao Earns Platinum-Level Green Hotel Award

MACAO—The Venetian Macao has been awarded the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award, the first and only hotel in Macao to earn the new top designation of platinum, which was introduced in the latest edition of the awards. Award criteria met by the integrated resort include showing evidence of year-on-year waste reduction; availability of electric vehicle parking spaces and charging stations for staff and guests; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement program; monitoring the environmental performance of shuttle buses, including turning off idling engines; establishing a management plan for reducing food waste; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement. The...

Soul Community Planet Opens First SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the opening of its first SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs after a nine-month, $6 million renovation. The 98,000 square-foot, 176-room property, located at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak, is in its final stages of renovation. SCP Hotels represents a fresh holistic hospitality concept for both travelers and the surrounding community. Inside each SCP Hotel, guests will find opportunities to recharge their minds, refresh their bodies and re-center their souls, while connecting with fellow travelers and the community. SCP Hotels aims to help make the planet a better place through the extensive...

Field Measurement to Validate Cleaning Using ElectroChemically Activated (ECA) Solutions

NATIONAL REPORT—Like most disruptive technology introduced to the cleaning sector, on-site generation of ElectroChemically Activated (ECA) solutions has been questioned and faced skepticism: How well does it clean? Disinfect? If it doesn’t smell, bubble, or have a color, how do I know it’s working? Still, ECA solutions have become an important part of the professional cleaning toolbox because: On-site generated cleaners and disinfectants can replace up to 97 percent of packaged cleaning products at a fraction of the cost of off-the-shelf products, yielding quick ROI, especially via equipment rental programs. They promote sustainable practices by eliminating buying and off-site production, packaging,...

Delaware North Locations Announce Environmental Management News & Initiatives

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North’s proprietary stewardship platform, GreenPath, helps ensure the company carefully manages its environmental impact and positively contributes to the communities it serves. In recent months, locations throughout Delaware North’s parks and resorts portfolio have taken on several high-profile, impactful and innovative initiatives in support of GreenPath. Through GreenPath, Delaware North sets strict guidelines for energy and water consumption, waste management and other standards at its 200-plus operating locations around world. Since its inception in the 1990s, GreenPath has won dozens of awards from the likes of NASA, the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

New Honey Bee Suite at Renaissance Asheville Hotel

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—One year and two hives later, Renaissance Asheville Hotel’s urban beekeeping project is thriving. In 2006, when honey bee colonies started disappearing, later dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder,” beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike became very concerned. After all, one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. Equally important, 85 percent of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for the survival of their species. While less is known about native bees and other pollinators, we do know that entire species are disappearing at alarming rates as they battle most of the same enemies as honey...