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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.

Storm Board, a Replacement for Plywood & Wood Fiber Boards & Made from Plastic Waste, Now Available in the U.S.

NATIONAL REPORT—U.S.-based RegenoPlast Materials LLC is distributing Storm Board, a replacement for plywood and wood fiber boards. Storm Board, comprised of 100 percent post-consumer and post-industrial mixed plastic waste, is currently made in the U.K. by Storm Board LLP. According to RegenoPlast Materials’ Chuck Mills, Storm Board was first introduced in Europe in 2011 and is comparable in size to plywood—a little larger than 4’ by 8’. Storm Board excels in wet environments, unlike wood-based products, and is impenetrable to rain and moisture. It will not rot, is resistant to microbial action, and is tough and versatile with a lower...

Soul Community Planet Expands Footprint in California with Mendocino Coast Acquisitions

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) Hotels is expanding its hotel offerings with the addition of two restored inns on the California Mendocino Coast—Glendeven Inn & Lodge and Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk. Following planned renovations, the two inns will combine to become the eighth SCP Hotel and will be known as SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm. A celebration of sustainability, nature, and wellness, the two inns include 31 unique rooms, most of which offer wood-burning fireplaces and whitewater ocean views, along with 15 acres of farm pastures, organic gardens, and other wellness, socializing and dining spaces. “We are excited to bring...

Climate Warriors Sharpen Their Eco-Skills Across the Six Senses Group

BANGKOK—Following the successful launch of Climate Warriors to mark Earth Day on April 22, this latest Grow With Six Senses children’s program has grown an extra set of wings at properties around the world. Climate Warriors is built on simple, tangible things children can do and enjoy doing, to combat climate change and play a positive role in their environments and communities. It was first trialed at Vooc Village at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam, as a two-day program with children learning simple eco-friendly habits and experiencing a host of fun activities before achieving their Climate Warrior status in the...

U.S. Green Building Council Announces Leadership Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its 2022 USGBC Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize leadership and commitment to the green building industry and spotlights exemplary work that has been influential in the expansion of sustainable, higher-performing buildings. USGBC has selected six individuals and organizations that have demonstrated vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of the green building industry. “USGBC’s mission relies on the commitment of its members and the broader green building community,” said USGBC interim President and CEO Peter Templeton. “The USGBC Leadership Awards are an opportunity to spotlight those who have gone...

Repvblik LLC to Convert Two Motel 6 Properties in Reno to Workforce Housing

RENO, NEV.—Repvblik LLC—the nationwide leader in privately funded marketplace solutions to create workforce, student, and senior housing through adaptive reuse of distressed real estate—announced the purchase of two existing Motel 6 properties in Reno and unveiled plans to convert them to much-needed workforce housing. Repvblik plans to fully renovate and repurpose both motel properties into a total of 239 affordable studio housing units ready for occupancy at both locations in 2023. The two existing Motel 6 properties—one located at 1901 South Virginia Street in midtown Reno and the second at 1400 Stardust Street in northwest Reno—are currently winding down operations. Purchase...

What Are the Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Hospitality Industry?

NATIONAL REPORT—Ask a child to draw you a house and you’ll get something made up of rectangles and triangles. It’s still recognizable as a house you’d see on any street, but there’s nothing soft about it. Sharp edges and harsh lines dominate the majority of human architecture. It’s an effective form of construction, but it has left us decidedly disconnected from the natural world. This disconnect isn’t harmful, but as the world shifts toward a greener and more sustainable future, we’ve started taking more inspiration from nature. What is biophilic design and what are the benefits of this type of design...

Gabriel South Beach Now Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

MIAMI—The Gabriel South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton, announced that the hotel is now powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. The Gabriel South Beach is part of Conscious Certified Hotels (CCH), an ESG platform with a commitment to social, health and environmental consciousness. The platform, created by CGI Merchant Group, focuses on implementing environmental improvements to hotel operations and caters to purposeful travelers who seek out properties that are focused on supporting sustainable causes. “With a dedication to preserve the planet, we have a responsibility to act for the good of the environment,” said Robert Festinger, Vice President of Hospitality Asset...

For First Time, Rough Cactus Coral Cared for by SeaWorld at Florida Coral Rescue Center

ORLANDO, FLA.—The 2,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC) is a member facility of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP), and the largest Florida Coral Rescue program holding facility in the country. It is now also the proud home to hundreds of new rough cactus coral offspring. The reproduction, known as larval release, has been happening over the last several weeks. It is believed to be the first documented occurrence of this threatened species propagating in human care. SeaWorld manages the FCRC where its team of aquarists provide care for rescued Florida corals. FCRC has 18 species of coral...

Department of Interior to Reduce, Phase Out Sale of Single-Use Plastic Products

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The White House announced that the Department of the Interior will reduce and eventually phase out the sale of single-use plastic products in U.S. national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. The news comes after more than 300 organizations and nearly 70,000 individuals called on the Department of the Interior to act. To mark World Oceans Day 2022, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued Secretary’s Order 3407, which initiates a plan “to reduce the procurement, sale, and distribution of single-use products and packaging.” The order is also designed to phase out all single-use plastic products across Department-managed lands by the year...

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences Joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World

MALDIVES—Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences announced it has joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). The prestigious SLH group has an “anti-chain, anti-same” ethos; seeking out partner hotels that champion an independent spirit and attract independent-minded travelers. As such, Amilla Maldives Resort is a perfect match, being a standalone boutique hotel with a strong, playful character and a commitment to continual improvements, sustainability and ongoing evolution. Conscious travel is another cornerstone of SLH, and Amilla again shines in this area. As one of the few Maldivian-owned and operated luxury resorts in the Maldives, Amilla strives to celebrate and uplift Maldivian talent, such as...