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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Seven Ways to Be Recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Property

NATIONAL REPORT—Environmentalism has spread through every industry it can touch, and hospitality is one of them. Guests have always wanted enjoyable, high-class hotel experiences, but they’re increasingly requesting sustainable practices along with this. They want to know they’re spending their money on morally conscious, socially responsible businesses. Environmental issues are too significant to ignore for many people, and part of being eco-conscious means aligning their spending with their values. If your hotel isn’t already a master in sustainability, you can quickly reach that level by applying some green practices. Staying on top of consumer trends and preferences enables you to...

Madrid’s VP Plaza España Design Earns LEED Gold

MIAMI—VP Plaza España Design, a luxurious 214-room hotel located on Madrid’s famous Gran Vía, has earned the prestigous LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification, solidifying its position in the city as an example for environmentally conscious design and operation. The five-star hotel, which opened March 2018, scored well in several areas including its sustainable setting, innovative design, water and energy use efficiency, and use of quality materials and resources, all efforts which meet the priorities outlined by LEED for Spain. “We are honored to be one of the only hotels in Spain to achieve this important designation,”...

Hotel Association of New York City Presents Sustainability Awards

NEW YORK—For the fifth year, the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) has presented its Sustainability Awards. The awards celebrate well known industry champions and bring attention to sustainability for people, planet and profit. Properties competed in the categories of Environmental Protection, Sustainable Community and Innovation. Competitors were selected from applicants all over New York City who have invested great care, time and finances into reducing use of energy, water, resources and waste. This year, the award categories focused on individual champions of sustainability, spearheading eco-friendly programs and mindful practices. Winners of the awards incorporated sustainability programs at the...

LEED Reaches New Milestone, Surpasses 100,000 Commercial Green Building Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is celebrating a new LEED milestone, announcing it has surpassed 100,000 registered and certified LEED commercial projects. “In 1998, we created LEED to measure and define what green building meant, and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Today millions of us are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world. These spaces are using less energy and water, mitigating the environmental burden on their communities, saving money and offering the people who occupy them a better quality of life. This latest milestone demonstrates...

MGM Resorts Surpasses Milestone of 1 Million Meals Donated Toward Hunger Relief in Las Vegas Community

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International says it has reached the milestone of donating more than 1 million meals through its Feeding Forward program, which safely recovers unserved food from conventions, mini bars and warehouses to help feed those in Southern Nevada suffering from food insecurity. In addition, the company has donated over 500,000 meals through Restaurant Week and Backpacks for Kids, which are also part of Feeding Forward. The food donation portion of the program started in 2016 and works as a partnership with Three Square food bank. According to Hunger in Nevada, Feeding America, one in eight Nevadans is affected by...

Toluna 2019 Sustainability Report: Consumers Hold Brands Responsible

WILTON, CONN.—Toluna, an ITWP company and leading consumer intelligence platform provider that delivers insights on demand, has issued a new report highlighting consumer desire to support brands that protect the environment. The report, which surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers, follows on the heels of the recent U.N. Climate Action Summit and simultaneous Global Climate Strikes, found that the importance and perception of sustainability among consumers is increasing. The research confirmed almost one in four (37 percent) of consumers are seeking out and willing to pay up to 5 percent more for environmentally friendly products and are actively changing their shopping behavior to do...

Hyatt Regency Dallas Infuses New Vegan Influence into Marquee Restaurant’s Menu

DALLAS—Hyatt Regency Dallas has released more than 15 new vegan menu items at its marquee restaurant, Centennial, just in time for the holidays. Designed for Dallasites and travelers alike seeking healthy, innovative and exquisite bites, the new vegan items were created by Hyatt Regency Dallas’ standout Culinary Corporate Management Trainee, Tiffany Pineda. At 24 years old, she has worked in some of the most diverse kitchens around the country, including working for celebrity chef Rick Bayless. Pineda was tasked with introducing vegan options for the modern traveler. Pineda is a yoga instructor and was a vegetarian and vegan herself for...

National Restaurant Association Unveils Its Restaurant Industry 2030 Report

CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with American Express and Nestlé Professional, released its 10-year outlook report on the projected state of the restaurant industry in 2030. The report, “Restaurant Industry 2030: Actionable Insights for the Future,” examines the key indicators shaping the future of the industry, identifies the most and least likely developments over the upcoming decade, and considers possible disrupters outside the industry that could transform it. The findings are based on input from a variety of restaurant sector experts, futurists, and government statistics. Key economic projections for 2030 include: Restaurant industry sales are expected to reach $1.2 trillion...

Three Announcements from Atlanta’s Greenbuild

ATLANTA—This week, at the annual Greenbuild conference, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched Insight, a new data-driven tool that highlights building project design features that can lead to better performance. USGBC also announced LEED Positive—a vision statement and LEED development roadmap that will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that is regenerative. In addition, USGBC announced that more than 100 cities and communities have now achieved LEED certification. The City of Atlanta, this year’s Greenbuild host city, marked the 100th certification. Insight Announcement Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the...

La Quinta by Wyndham Eases Stress on Busiest Business Travel Day of the Year

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS—La Quinta by Wyndham is helping relieve stress for business travelers on November 20—the busiest business travel day of the year—when nearly 60 percent more people are hitting the road than usual. According to the latest “La Quinta Means Business” survey, 96 percent of business travelers have had to travel for work the week before Thanksgiving and 81 percent of them feel they’re likely to experience stress as a result. La Quinta is encouraging its guests to take a breather while they take care of business before the holiday rush with its new Take a Paws Project. On the...