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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.

Today’s Global Recycling Day Honors Recycling Heroes Around the World

LONDON—Global Recycling Day 2020 has arrived and, although the world rightly focuses on its response to COVID-19, people around the world are being encouraged to remember the importance of recycling and to recognize the individuals, communities and businesses—some world renowned some unknown—who are the forefront of recycling innovation and best practice. An initiative of the Global Recycling Foundation, Global Recycling Day is a movement dedicated to recognizing the importance of recycling as a resource, not waste. Now in its third year, the day was launched in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the vital role recycling plays in preserving our...

Hotelschool The Hague, IHIF (Questex) & International Tourism Partnership Launch Sustainable Hospitality Challenge

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—Hotelschool The Hague and IHIF (Questex) are joining forces, in collaboration with International Tourism Partnership (ITP), to enhance the development of sustainable hospitality. Through the Sustainable Hospitality Challenge, they will be challenging students from top-tier international hotel schools to provide innovative solutions to the environmental and social challenges the hospitality industry is currently facing. During the challenge the most renowned hotel schools will work together with the most respected technical universities around the world. They will share expertise and develop solutions to enable the hospitality industry to positively contribute to our climate, culture and people. The challenge finalists...

Westin Houston Medical Center Deploys LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots

HOUSTON—The Westin Houston Medical Center is the first and only hotel in the United States to utilize LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect its guestrooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The room disinfection technology, provided by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, was developed by two epidemiologists in Houston, with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as their first customer. The Westin Houston Medical Center purchased two of the decontaminating robots, which are already at work sanitizing rooms inside the building. LightStrike robots have been proven to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria, and fungi using...

GSN Board Applications Now Being Accepted

NANTUCKET, MASS.—GSN Planet (GSN) Board of Directors is now accepting applications for board service. Since the launch in 2007, GSN has developed a community of inspired and engaged individuals to advance their mission of promoting the natural connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability, and the health of the planet. GSN is a platform for action and a community of over 5,000 businesses and individuals dedicated to the future of global social and economic prosperity. “Serving on the GSN Board is an incredible privilege,” says Tracie Wertz, Corporate Accounts Director HydraFacial. “If you are a wellness enthusiast with a passion to...

Coronavirus Puts Up to 50 Million Travel & Tourism Jobs at Risk Says WTTC

LONDON—The World Travel & Tourism Council says up to 50 million jobs in the travel and tourism sector are at risk due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “WTTC figures show the stark impact on the travel and tourism sector of the present COVID-19 outbreak with analysis now suggesting that up to 50 million jobs are at risk in the sector globally. When the time is right, WTTC and the global private sector will be ready to help and support the government and countries to recover.” Latest figures from WTTC, which represents the global travel...

Fogo Island Inn to Host Literary Residency for Carol Shields Prize for Fiction

NEW YORK—In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 the award-winning Fogo Island Inn will announce its collaboration with the North American literary award, the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. The $150,000 (CAD) purse is the largest ever to be granted to a female or non-binary fiction author in the U.S. and Canada. Launching in 2022 the mission of the award is to recognize and celebrate fiction by female Canadian and American writers. In addition to a cash award, the author and a chosen emerging writer will partake in a mentorship program, wherein the two writers will have a...

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Releases Report

ARLINGTON, VA.—The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)—a collaborative effort of the Consumer Brands Assn., FMI-The Food Industry Assn., and the National Restaurant Assn.—released a new report, Messy but Worth It: Lessons Learned from Fighting Food Waste, that highlights experience-driven advice to keep perfectly good food out of landfills. For the guide, FWRA interviewed food manufacturers, grocers and foodservice operators to get their best tips on how to successfully launch a food waste reduction program and to sustainably nurture it over time. Some of the report’s key recommendations include: Forge an internal food waste prevention culture. Education and cross-functional teamwork will...

Wyndham Among Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—With a commitment to acting with integrity and a mission to making hotel travel possible for all, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has been recognized as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. This distinction marks the second time the company has been by named to the list by Ethisphere, a leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is one of only two companies recognized in the lodging and hospitality segment for 2020. “Our ethics and values-driven culture guide how we serve our guests, partners, communities and each...

1 in 4 Americans Recycle All Their Plastic Waste

ITASCA, ILL.—To shed light on the current state of recycling and to help advance the circular economy, Hi-Cone, a leading manufacturer of beverage multi-packaging solutions, presents their first annual report on The State of Plastic Recycling. More than 5,000 consumers in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Spain participated in the global survey. Among the many findings, the report shows that 26 percent (or 1 out of 4) Americans recycle all of their plastic waste, compared to the overall 34 percent reported from the other countries. However, at the same time, 19 percent do not recycle any...

Sustainable Travel Ireland Adopts GSTC Industry Criteria

WICKLOW, IRELAND—Sustainable Travel Ireland has formally adopted the GSTC Industry Criteria to be used in Ireland by accommodations and tour operators. Sustainable Travel Ireland, formerly Ecotourism Ireland, is Ireland’s leading and longest-running body for the promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism, training and certifying businesses for over 10 years. Founded in 2009, Ecotourism Ireland set out to develop ecotourism in Ireland, and to highlight the best of what the country had to offer whilst ensuring its heritage and environment were preserved for this and future generations. Today, Sustainable Travel Ireland has the same mission but broader, aiming to drive the...