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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.

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Set to Close August 17

NATIONAL REPORT—The Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey will close on August 17, 2018. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some 2,100 properties participating from 46 countries. The survey encompasses topics ranging from energy management to communication to Health & Wellness. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of Green Lodging News, Green Key, Travelife, Green Key Global, Horwath HTL, Green Seal,...

Hyatt Signs on to Support Major Diversity, Inclusion Initiatives

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. recently announced that Hyatt has joined the CEO ACT!ON for Diversity & Inclusion initiative and signed the United Nations LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business. Hyatt’s commitment underscores its long-standing dedication to creating an inclusive workplace, led by a CEO-chaired Global Inclusion and Diversity Council tasked with driving Hyatt’s culture of inclusion and diversity. “Our purpose is to care for people, so they can be their best, and that includes taking actions to create an inclusive environment for our colleagues around the world,” said Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt’s CEO. “We’ve laid a strong foundation—from an active network of employee-led...

Loews Chicago Goes Straw-Free in Partnership with Shedd Aquarium

CHICAGO—Loews Chicago Hotel has joined Shedd Aquarium’s “Shedd The Straw” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws throughout the hotel. Loews Chicago Hotel is the first hotel to join the initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastic straws to reduce waste and improve marine and freshwater ecosystems. Beginning August 1, beverages served throughout the hotel, including Streeterville Social, ETA Restaurant + Bar, The Lobby Bar, banquets, and in-room dining will not automatically be served with plastic straws. Guests will be provided with biodegradable straws upon request. The initiative is designed to help protect water systems and the animals that live...

Iberostar Group Rolls Out ‘Wave of Change’ Program

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN—Oceans make up approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and are a vital resource for sustaining life on the planet. The Iberostar Group, a hotel chain with strong ties to the oceans and seas—more than 80 percent of its hotels boast seafront locations—is determined to make a real and effective contribution to the protection and conservation of this unique asset. To accomplish this, the Iberostar Group has implemented its ‘Wave of Change’ program, an ambitious initiative designed in line with Goal 14 of the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), focused on three main areas: the...

Tivoli Évora Ecoresort Now Open in Portugal

ÉVORA, PORTUGAL—Tivoli Hotels & Resorts announced its first property in the Alentejo region of Portugal in the historic city of Évora, joining the brand’s other properties in Portugal, Brazil and Qatar. The Tivoli Évora Ecoresort is a nature retreat boasting gorgeous scenery and unique cultural experiences. The property is located on the plains of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, just a five-minute drive from the historic center of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a one-hour drive from the capital Lisbon. Surrounded by age-old cork oak and olive trees, the property is designed in sustainable contemporary style. Soft architectural lines blend...

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Builds on Leadership Position with Three Major Investments

ATLANTA—The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta is investing in three major systems that will position it as one of the most efficient buildings in the United States—rain harvesting, solar thermal, and guestroom energy management. Wes Shirley, Director of Engineering at the 51-year-old hotel, is overseeing the improvements. On the rooftop above the Centennial Ballroom begins the rain harvesting system. Currently, the system covers one-half of the Ballroom’s rooftop—about 22,000 square feet. Shirley says the hotel may end up almost doubling that by using most of the roof’s remaining space. The water collected is stored in 16 tanks—60,000 gallons total—in the hotel’s...

Green Spa Network Gains New Board Leadership & Members

ATLANTA—Green Spa Network (GSN) announced its recent elections for the new leadership positions on the Board of Directors. Those elected are talented individuals who bring depth and experience in practicing sustainability and bringing international reach to the spa industry. Bonnie Baker, Co-founder of Satteva Spa and Wellness Concepts, has been appointed Board President after her tenure as Vice President. Thor Holmes, General Manager for Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, will succeed Baker as Vice President; he will also serve as Board Finance Chair. One of GSN’s newest board members, Molly Allene, Partner of Alpine Glow Skincare, will serve as Board Secretary. “Green...

Plastic On Its Way Out at White Oaks Resort

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT.— Plastic is on its way out at White Oaks Resort & Spa. Following in the wake of many top brands and destinations worldwide, The Green Team at White Oaks has eliminated plastic straws resort-wide. Guests will be able to request a straw and an earth friendly compostable option will be provided. Along with straws, starting this month, all plastic water bottles will be replaced with a water program from Naturizzata Bottle Co. “Instead of arriving at your meeting with unlimited bottles of water on the table, or in our continuous coffee break fridges, beautiful custom etched glass water bottles...

Amal Clooney to Keynote 2018 Greenbuild Conference & Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—USGBC and Informa Exhibitions announced that respected human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver the opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place November 14 to 16. Clooney will speak at the Opening Plenary on Wednesday, November 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the LEED-certified McCormick Place Convention Center. Registration for Greenbuild is now open. “Green building is about providing equal access to safe, healthy and sustainable environments for everyone,” said Kate Hurst, SVP of Conferences and Events, USGBC. “It’s about understanding that every life matters and furthermore, that quality of...

Study on CSR Clauses in Buyer-Supplier Contracts Reveals Insights on Sustainable Practices Adoption

NEW YORK—EcoVadis, a leader in business sustainability ratings for global supply chains, recently announced the results of its study “Sustainability Clauses in Commercial Contracts: The Key to Corporate Responsibility,” finding that, while CSR clauses are widely used and have strong potential for improving supply chain sustainability performance, current practices need improvement to truly impact change. Conducted in partnership with Affectio Mutandi, this landmark study of CSR contractual practices among buyers and suppliers sought to determine the effectiveness and impact of such contracts on sustainability practices. Examining current regulations, contract laws, and various clauses themselves, the report discusses the operational considerations and...