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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? We frequently post contributed articles here. 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? We frequently post contributed articles here. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Hilton Global Foundation Commits Nearly $2 Million in Grants & Awards

MCLEAN, VA.—As Hilton’s primary philanthropic arm, the Hilton Global Foundation announced its commitment to grant nearly $2 million towards organizations whose efforts support destination stewardship, climate action, career development and community resilience. Funds will be distributed across the Hilton Global Foundation’s annual grantees and to various nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to preserving the destinations where they operate. “There has never been a more important time to support efforts towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient world. The Hilton Global Foundation is uniquely positioned to support global efforts to protect communities and the planet while contributing to a...

WTTC Unveils World-First Global Travel & Tourism Climate Footprint Data

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled groundbreaking new data detailing the climate footprint of the global Travel & Tourism sector. The findings were launched at the global tourism body’s 22nd Global Summit in Riyadh by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Saudi-based Sustainable Global Tourism Center. In a world-first, this comprehensive research covers 185 countries across all regions and will be updated each year with the latest figures. During her opening speech Julia Simpson, President & CEO of WTTC announced the findings of the Environmental & Social Research (ESR). In one of the largest research...

Soul Community Planet Announces Partnership with Boardriders Foundation & SeaTrees

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced a new partnership with the Boardriders Foundation and SeaTrees as part of its Every Stay Does Good program. Through Every Stay Does Good, SCP’s guests help to make the world a better place through special programs that advance the values of wellness, social good and sustainability. With the announcement, SCP will plant one SeaTree—or kelp—each time a guest stays at the SCP Seven4One Hotel or the Laguna Riviera Hotel. The program will help restore the marine ecosystem along the Southern California Coast and foster positive climate change. “We are honored to partner with Boardriders Foundation...

Booking.com Celebrates One Year of Travel Sustainable Program

LONDON—Leading digital travel platform Booking.com announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one-year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable program, introduced in 2021 to provide travelers with transparent and credible information to make more mindful choices for their trips. With the ongoing aim to recognize the efforts of a wide range of property types to operate more sustainably and to provide travelers with consistent and easy-to-understand information, the company is introducing three distinct badge levels to the Travel Sustainable program. The new levels have been designed to clearly demonstrate a broader spectrum of where different accommodations are...

Mohegan Named to Newsweek’s List of Most Loved Workplaces

UNCASVILLE, CONN.—Newsweek announced its annual rankings for the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list, and Mohegan was ranked 68. The 2022 Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces are the result of a collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company. The results were determined after surveying more than 1.4 million team members from businesses with workforces varying in size from 50 to more than 10,000. The list recognizes companies that put respect, caring, and appreciation for their team members at the center of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and...

Cardamom Tented Camp Wins HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award

CAMBODIA—Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia has won the 2022 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Sustainable Hotel Award for Climate Action. Apart from climate action, there were awards for building preservation/adaptive reuse, positive community impact, and sustainable design. Seven judges, mostly from institutional sustainability backgrounds, assessed the submissions. The BHN Group, which runs the HICAP event, announced the winners in October. The judges based the climate action decision on Cardamom Tented Camp’s ability to work with partners to preserve 180 sq km of lowland rainforest in the Botum Sakor national park in southwest Cambodia. On climate action, it is estimated that the...

USGBC Announces Updates to LEED v4 to Better Address Carbon Emissions, Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced updates to the primary version of the LEED green building certification program, LEED v4, to more directly address carbon emissions and climate change. The updates will raise the threshold of LEED v4 to encourage greater energy performance, aligning LEED v4 with the rigor of LEED v4.1, which raised the bar on energy and climate upon its release in 2018. “From day one, USGBC has been committed to the continuous improvements and advancement of green buildings standards. The new updates to LEED v4 affirm that climate is core to LEED,” said Peter Templeton,...

Dusit Hotels and Resorts is first Hotel Chain in Thailand to Offer 100 Percent Organic Rice at Its Properties Throughout the Country

BANGKOK, THAILAND—Dusit Hotels and Resorts, under Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has become the first hotel chain in Thailand to offer 100 percent organic rice across its entire portfolio of properties nationwide, bringing nutritional benefits to guests, customers, and employees, and sustainable income gains and life-changing developments to agricultural communities in the kingdom’s Thung Kula Rong Hai area, specifically Surin and Sisaket provinces. Driven by Dusit International’s food business unit, Dusit Foods, and the company’s Sustainability Committee, the initiative sees Dusit work directly with farm collectives and provide all the support they need—from quality...

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Named to Newsweek’s List of the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces for 2022

ORLANDO, FLA.—Marriott Vacations Worldwide, a leader in leisure travel with a portfolio of trusted, globally recognized travel brands and vacation clubs, has been ranked fourth on Newsweek's Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list, and No. 1 in the hospitality sector. The 2022 Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces are a collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company that previously recognized the company as a Most Loved Workplace. Marriott Vacations Worldwide leads the hospitality sector on Newsweek’s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list. Marriott Vacations Worldwide received the recognition based on associate surveys around employee satisfaction and sentiment, including...

New Report Links Workplace Diversity to Financial Outperformance

BERKELEY, CALIF.—As You Sow and Whistle Stop Capital released a report that compares Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) diversity data of 277 companies to 14 key financial performance metrics. The report—“Workplace Diversity and Financial Performance”—shows that diversity data is a material factor and warrants pressure on companies from investors, legislators, and other stakeholders to increase their disclosure of quantitative diversity and inclusion data. The report, which utilized EEO-1 data provided by diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) research firm DiversIQ, also found a positive association between diverse representation in management and stronger financial performance. Key Additional Findings Higher representation of Black, Indigenous, and People...