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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.

Annual Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Study Includes Data from 11,000 Hotels

ITHACA, N.Y.—The sixth annual Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study finds that participating hotels generally have continued to reduce their energy and water use, although the energy intensity recorded by luxury hotels continues to be relatively high. With information from over 11,000 hotels, the study includes data from substantially more hotels than in all previous years. While the bulk of the data come from hotels in the United States, the study also recorded a greater international participation, with forty-eight nations and seventeen international brands represented. Participating hotels contributed information regarding their energy and water use, as well as greenhouse gas emissions,...

Javits Center Announces Launch of Cultivated Hospitality Brand: Creating

NEW YORK—The New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC), which operates the Javits Center, joined with Levy Convention Centers and CxRA to announce the launch of a new hospitality brand at the Javits Center called Cultivated. The brand’s mission: reshape and reimagine the food and beverage experience throughout the iconic venue on Manhattan’s West Side. Cultivated will enhance the hospitality experience with elements rooted in the Empire State, including more New York ingredients and producers, as well as unique dining presentations, products sourced on-site and signature high-end catering for the largest and most exclusive events in New York City....

United States Tour Operators Curate Collection of Night-Sky Itineraries

NEW YORK—Over the last 50 years since the historic Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969, humans have continued to explore and learn about the universe outside the earth’s atmosphere. For travelers seeking their own astrotourism adventure, tour operator members of USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association) have curated a collection of itineraries that include cruising under the northern lights in Norway, exploring a dark sky reserve in New Zealand, and even sleeping under the stars in Africa. Here are a few itineraries that allow astronomy fans, outdoor adventurers, and star-lovers a chance to experience a destination in a new...

Sandals Foundation Awarded 1st Place in Social Responsibility at CHIEF Awards

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA—Sandals Resorts International announced that the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has awarded the Sandals Foundation with 1st place for its outstanding efforts and practices in the Social Responsibility category at the 5th Annual CHIEF Awards. The CHIEF Awards were established to recognize successful practices in the following categories: Business Operations, Environmental Sustainability, Sales & Marketing and Social Responsibility. The Sandals Foundation rose above other resorts and hotels across the Caribbean region and took the win for its Whitehouse and Bluefields Solid Waste Reduction Project in Jamaica—a year-long project dedicated to educating and providing better solid waste...

Inn at Moonlight Beach Becomes First in World Awarded Well Certification

ENCINITAS, CALIF.—The Inn at Moonlight Beach announced that it has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Going a step further than LEED certification, the prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), which is the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. The Inn, an intimate 4,000 square foot boutique hotel on a third of an acre lot, is nestled in a residential neighborhood in historical downtown Encinitas, a short...

Marriott Invites Guests & Associates Worldwide to Take Wellbeing Challenge

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International announced the launch of TakeCare Level30, a custom app-based wellbeing challenge available for guests and associates around the world. Available for free download on the Apple App store and Google Play, players partner up and compete, using the gamified app to help build positive, rewarding behaviors into a daily routine. “We established TakeCare as a wellbeing initiative many years ago to give associates easy, efficient ways to improve their health and happiness,” said Dr. David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer at Marriott International. “Today, it has become a global movement fueled by...

IHG’s 843,000 Guestrooms to Switch to Bulk-Size Bathroom Amenities

ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guestrooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. Building on its efforts to reduce plastic waste as part of a broader sustainability agenda, this pledge makes IHG the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favor of bulk-size amenities. Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly—we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly...

Parisian Macao Achieves LEED Silver Certification for Its Environmental Sustainability

MACAO—The Parisian Macao has earned a LEED Silver certification for the entirety of its operation, in the building design and construction (BD+C) category for new construction projects—making it the first integrated resort in Macao to do so. LEED is an industry-leading environmental sustainability rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Its stringent standards of quality and integrity address sustainability categories ranging from energy and water efficiency to waste management, purchasing, and indoor air quality. Many of The Parisian Macao’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives represent new features previously not seen in Macao or in an integrated resort of its scale...

Hyatt Regency Trinidad Enhances Sustainable Practices with Unveiling of Hydroponic Garden

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD—As one of the Caribbean’s premier meetings and leisure hotels, Hyatt Regency Trinidad (HRT) understands the importance of staying at the forefront of growing trends that are in line with the brand’s commitment to sustainable practices. With the heightened popularity of urban farming and in keeping with World of Hyatt’s “Environmental” Vision, the hotel launched its newest eco-initiative, a hydroponic garden, allowing the luxury water-front hotel to use high-quality, fresh ingredients, grown on-site, as the basis of its culinary philosophy, while minimizing the hotel’s environmental footprint. “The launch of our hydroponic garden is a proud moment and a positive...

Historic Migis Lodge in South Casco, Maine Now Powered by 912-Panel Solar Array

SOUTH CASCO, MAINE—Migis Lodge opened in June in South Casco, Maine. The property is powered by solar energy. The century-old vacation destination—a lodge and 35 cottages on Sebago Lake—is offsetting 95 percent of its annual electrical power needs with a 912-paneled solar array. To conserve the pine forest on the 125-acre property, Revision Energy designed an off-site solution in a former gravel pit. “Migis Lodge is committed to the environment and sustainability,” said Jed Porta, General Manager for Migis Lodge and Managing Partner for Migis Hotel Group, a family-run, Maine-based hotel management company. “Our guests will have one more reason to enjoy...