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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.

Classic Hotels Partners with 1% for the Planet

PHOENIX—Classic Hotels & Resorts recently announced its partnership with 1% for the Planet, a globally-recognized alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment, as the network’s first ever hotel management company to join. Pledging 1% of its annual hotel management revenues to sustainability-focused nonprofit organizations, Classic also co-sponsored a portion of the network’s Global Summit which took place last month. “Our member companies have donated more than $175 million to our environmental nonprofit partners to date,” says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Currently, only 3 percent of total philanthropy goes to the environment...

ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

ATLANTA—ASHRAE published a new guideline for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings while minimizing the disturbance of the building’s historic character and significantly historic characteristics and materials. ASHRAE Guideline 34-2019, Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofitting of historic buildings to achieve greater measured efficiency. The guideline is particularly aimed at providing guidance for “listed” historic buildings; i.e., those formally designated or eligible to be designated as historically significant by a governing body. Guideline 34 provides a step-by-step procedure for sensitive energy upgrading, beginning with forming the project team and gathering...

This Utah Hotel is Going to the Dogs (& Cats!)

KANAB, UTAH—Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a pet-centric, 40-room lodging option in Kanab, Utah, will open its doors to travelers—and their pets—on August 15, 2019. The new hotel, which is owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, will provide complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the organization’s nearby Sanctuary, as well as organized Best Friends member activities, including volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers. Revenue from the Roadhouse will support Best Friends’ efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. The Roadhouse features 30 regular rooms, eight suites, and two two-level suites, while the...

U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now—for the first time—surpassed that of coal. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through April 30, 2019) notes that 18 “units” of new wind capacity (1,545 MW) and 102 units of new solar capacity (1,473 MW) were added during the first four months of this year. Coupled with four units of new hydropower (29 MW), that was enough to push renewable...

Panic Buttons Becoming a Must-Have in Hotels

NATIONAL REPORT—There’s a popular saying that reads, “prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” This seemingly simple sentiment hints at a universally understood and applied concept—be pro-active, rather than reactive. Now, let’s put this theory to work. When students are faced with a major exam, is it best for them to study beforehand or ask their professor for a re-test after the fact? When the objective is to avoid illness, is it best to pro-actively invest in one’s good health or treat illness once it comes? In the case of relationships, is it best to value and support our...

Barry Sternlicht Launches Newest Brand Venture, Treehouse Hotels

NEW YORK—Hotel visionary Barry Sternlicht, original founder of W Hotels, and Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm, has once again worked his magic to re-invent the hotel experience. Sternlicht has already received an abundance of accolades for his nature-inspired 1 Hotel and Baccarat hotel brands, each prominently featured in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. 1 Hotel South Beach, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 1 Hotel Central Park and Baccarat New York are all rated among the top 10 hotels in Miami and New York City, respectively, in the short time since their debut. Sternlicht...

Audubon International, Diamond Resorts Partner on Green Lodging Program

LAS VEGAS—Diamond Resorts, a global leader in the hospitality, vacation ownership and entertainment industries, announced it has partnered with Audubon International to increase awareness of green initiatives within the industry. As such, Diamond has joined Audubon’s Green Lodging program to ensure all the company’s North American resorts have implemented environmental best practice standards. The Green Lodging Program was launched after stakeholders from industry, government and the environmental community identified “best practices,” which are reviewed periodically to ensure leading practices and technologies define environmental leadership in the program. “It is an honor for us to join Diamond Resorts to form this strategic...

Best Western Plus Norman Partners with Food Pantry

NORMAN, OKLA.—Best Western Plus Norman has formed a new, ongoing partnership with the University of Oklahoma Food Pantry to provide a regular supply of personal hygiene products. More than 4,000 products—including shampoo, razors, body wash, mouthwash, deodorant and other toiletries—were presented to OU Food Pantry Graduate Director Matt Marks recently. “We are extremely honored to kick off this partnership with the OU Food Pantry,” said Steve Martens, CEO of Hospitality Management LLC, which operates four Best Western-branded properties in Oklahoma and Kansas. “This is the second time one of our hotels has partnered with a local food bank, and we’ve...

Bed Lift Systems an Ergonomics Godsend for Hurting Housekeepers

NATIONAL REPORT—At last month’s HD Expo in Las Vegas, two companies were at the show with bed lifting systems that offer many benefits—not only for housekeepers but for owners, managers and maintenance personnel as well. The two companies, Ezi-Maid Bed Lifting Systems N.A. and Atkinson Ergonomic Solutions, Inc., both demonstrated their own versions of bed lifting systems. Bed lifting systems solve some of the most challenging parts of housekeeping—making the bed and moving the bed—important at a time when beds are larger and heavier. The systems raise the level of the bed to an ergonomically safe level. Housekeepers can change...

Hilton Introduces New Benefit for Working Moms

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton recently announced an industry-first partnership with Milk Stork. The collaboration will enable Hilton Team Members to easily ship or carry breast milk home to their babies while traveling for work. As part of a robust program of family-friendly benefits, the partnership underscores Hilton’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all, including working parents. Beginning this month, all U.S. Hilton Team Members are able to access Milk Stork at no cost while on business travel in the United States—alleviating what can be a stressful component of navigating career and family. “With this new partnership, Hilton is demonstrating its commitment...