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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.

Twin Lakes Camp Resort: Florida Panhandle’s Newest Glamping Destination

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FLA.—The Florida Panhandle has a new glamping destination. Twin Lakes Camp Resort has just completed the installation of seven luxury glamping tents, each of which is furnished with a king size bed with a large decorative 100 year old sinker pine wood frame, fine linens, a full bathroom and kitchenette with hot water on demand, a small refrigerator and a microwave oven. The units also come equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, indoor and outdoor dimmable LED lighting, as well as a heavy gauge outdoor grill for cooking a meal. “It has taken us close to two months to...

Shores Resort Donating $5 Per Two-Night Reservation to Hurricane Dorian Victims

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, FLA.—The Shores Resort & Spa is helping people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The resort is donating $5 for each reservation made with this special promotion through November 23, 2019. By reserving a two-night stay, guests will be helping those in need with hurricane relief efforts and will also receive a 25 percent discount on the room rate. Travelers must book by October 11 for stays now through November 23, 2019. The United Nations estimates that 76,000 people in...

Legionella Conference 2019: Water Management Programs, Policies, Communication and Regulation Needed to Stem Spread of Legionnaires’ Disease

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—Environmental and public health experts agree that proactive water management plans, stronger policies, collaboration, communication and regulation are needed to stop the rapidly increasing number of Legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreaks. Representatives from public health agencies, water utilities, water industry organizations, regulatory bodies and academia were among 360 international attendees at Legionella Conference 2019, Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus, co-hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association September 11 to 13 in Los Angeles. The conference emphasized the importance of building water management plans and served as an important driver in thought leadership...

Registration for 2019 America Recycles Day Now Open

STAMFORD, CONN.—The Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day, the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States, has opened registration for businesses, community organizations, government entities, individuals and others planning to host an America Recycles Day-themed event. America Recycles Day, which takes place on and in the weeks surrounding November 15, educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. “Our fall recycling initiatives highlight the power that we all have to make more mindful decisions in our daily lives about recycling...

Real Estate Investors Look to Retrofitting for a Low Carbon Future

NATIONAL REPORT—Ambitious new regulations on carbon emissions and a growing focus on sustainability is driving real estate investors to consider future-proofing their assets through retrofitting. Real estate is responsible for around 40 percent of global carbon emissions, according to the World Economic Forum and cities around the world have made pledges to play their part in reduction. As more regulation is implemented, landlords are under increasing scrutiny over their buildings. For investors with inefficient buildings in their portfolios, carrying out modifications now is “a smarter choice than not acting,” says Dana Robbins Schneider, Managing Director of JLL Energy and Sustainability Projects...

Soul Community Planet Announces New ‘One Tree: One Forest’ Program

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced a new program—“One Tree: One Forest”—with the goal of making a meaningfully positive difference in the world one small step at a time. Through the program, Soul Community Planet will help to reforest unnaturally deforested areas around the world by donating the estimated cost to plant a tree to the One Tree Planted organization every time a guest stays overnight in one of its SCP Hotels. “SCP is founded on three core values: personal wellness (Soul), social good (Community) and sustainable practices (Planet). We chose to name this new program ‘One Tree:...

Red Carnation Hotels to Eliminate all Single-Use Plastics by 2022

BOCA RATON, FLA.—The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, a long-standing supporter of the removal of single use plastics across all their 17 (soon to be 20) luxury hotels, has banned single use plastic water bottles in addition to more than 20 everyday plastic convenience items from all properties for some time now. Red Carnation Hotels is a sibling of the Travel Corporation’s family of brands and works in partnership with its TreadRight Foundation to #MakeTravelMatter. TTC remains dedicated to removing as many unnecessary single use plastics from its worldwide supply chains on our thousands of immersive trips and experiences delivered in...

Vios Spa Group Launches U.S. Based Certification Program for Green Spas

ASHLAND, ORE.—Vios Spa Group announces the launch of the U.S. based certification program for “green” spas. A comprehensive, global spa certification designed just for spas and offered by spa veterans, the purpose of the Vios Certified Sustainable Spa global program is to assess and recognize leading spas with sustainability best practices and quality standards. The program’s founder, Shelley Lotz, is the pioneering author of Green Spas and Salons: How to Make Your Business Truly Sustainable (2013), and a former Board Member of the Green Spa Network. With over 25 years of experience in the spa/wellness/beauty industry as an owner, esthetician,...

CWT Research: Business Travelers More Health-Conscious During Trips

MINNEAPOLIS—Research by CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, shows that awareness of maintaining healthy eating habits is growing momentum amongst business travelers. Overall 38 percent of business travelers eat healthier while on the road. Asia Pacific travelers are the most likely to eat healthier when traveling for business (46 percent) compared to travelers in Americas (35 percent) and Europe (29 percent). “Maintaining healthy habits while traveling is nearing the top of the priority list for travelers around the world,” said Niklas Andréen, CWT’s Chief Traveler Experience Officer. “At the end of the day, being in tune with what matters to...

Royal Park Commits to Biodegradable Straws, Fair Trade Wines & Coffees

TOKYO—Royal Park Hotels and Resorts Company, Ltd. (RPHS) says that between June this year and January 2020 it will introduce biodegradable drinking straws made from polylactic acid (PLA) resin derived from renewable biomass such as fermented corn starch, thus replacing around 280,000 plastic straws per year. The company took the decision after due consideration of various options. The new biodegradable drinking straws, certified by the Japan BioPlastic Association, have a reduced impact on the environment. Within the same timeframe RPHS will start to actively support fair trade actions which aim to improve social and environmental standards for producers and workers...