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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.

Concord Refurbishes Homes, Distributes Meals During Share Day

RALEIGH, N.C.—Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company employees—from front desk staff to the executive team—joined together recently for a day of giving known as Share Day. All 100 Concord Hospitality hotels across North America participated in charitable activities during this annual event, donating more than 10,000 volunteer hours on this day alone. This year, Concord Hospitality partnered with Rebuilding Together and Feed the Children to provide shelter, food and other essential items to those in need in the communities where Concord associates live and work. Share Day projects took place throughout the United States and Canada with hotel and corporate office employees...

Disney Expands Environmental Commitment by Reducing Plastic Waste

ORLANDO—For more than 60 years, Disney has maintained a commitment to environmental stewardship that it has acted upon in both big and small ways around the world. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $70 million to reverse the decline of wildlife around the world. In 2017, The Walt Disney Co. reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 41 percent and diverted nearly 50 percent of waste from landfills and incineration, making significant progress on its long-term goal of attaining a zero state of net greenhouse gas emissions and waste, while conserving water resources. Disney has announced...

Phuket Hotels Association Plans New International Forum Called PHIST

PHUKET, THAILAND—The Phuket Hotels Association has announced a new annual international forum called PHIST (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), which will be held on the island for the first time in September to support the region’s hospitality industry in its fight for a sustainable future. The PHIST Forum 2018 will take place on September 24 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and is co-organized by C9 Hotelworks and Greenview, respected consultants to the regional hospitality industry. The innovative eco-focused event will bring together Southeast Asia’s key tourism and hospitality stakeholders—particularly those operating in island destinations—to explore solutions to...

Aramark to Reduce Single-Use Disposable Plastics Across Global Operations by 2022

PHILADELPHIA—Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, announced a commitment to significantly reduce single-use disposable plastics, across its global food service operations, by 2022. Single-use plastic items include straws, stirrers, bags, cutlery and various packaging materials. Aramark will implement actions across the 19 countries where it serves 2 billion meals annually in schools and workplaces, sports and leisure venues, hospitals and other locations. Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastics are leaked into the world’s oceans. According to a recent Aramark consumer survey, the majority (60 percent) of respondents are concerned with the overuse of...

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel’s Waste Management Program Portrayed in New Video, Case Study

BOSTON—RecyclingWorks MA just released a video and a case study about the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (WBW) waste management program. The video featured WBW’s Anthony Dinatale (Director of Engineering) and Ashley Dilieto (Engineering Coordinator and Chair of the Sustainability Committee), and Waste Management’s Scott Peters (Major Account Manager). WBW has a comprehensive single-stream recycling program with containers throughout the property, including guestrooms. They train their staff by using e-mails, newsletters and signs; and at department meetings and the hotel’s Green Week and Earth Day activities. Sustainability Committee members take field trips to learn about new practices and technologies. The WBW food waste program has...

Choice Named One of the Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies, earned the recognition of “Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities” by receiving a top score in the 2018 Disability Equality Index. The accolade was determined by the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a national, annual benchmarking survey that scores companies on a 100-point scale for their disability inclusion policies and practices. Recognition is reserved for businesses that have scored 80 or above on the DEI. This year, Choice Hotels is the...

Hotel Director in Cambodia Drives Change with Plastic Water Bottle Elimination Campaign

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA—Early last year, Christian de Boer, Managing Director of Jaya House River Park, a 36-room hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, launched a campaign to get businesses throughout the region to offer refillable aluminum water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones. The campaign, called Refill Not Landfill, has already avoided the placement of 1.2 million plastic bottles into Cambodia’s waste stream. More than 40 members of Siem Reap’s hospitality and tourism industries and development sector have joined ReFill Not Landfill. Key to the success of the campaign is a sophisticated way to show bottle users where they can fill...

Buy Smart & Keep Your New Mattress Out of the Landfill

NATIONAL REPORT—Nearly 20 million mattresses and foundations find their way into landfills every year. When you consider the large size of a mattress, the fact that it doesn’t compact well, and that it’s likely to clog the compacting machinery, the importance of keeping mattresses out of landfills increases. You can make a difference by reading mattress labels, looking for certifications, and making smart purchasing decisions the next time you buy a mattress. Go ‘Green’ But Know What That Means It’s easy to get caught in the trap of seeing a label that says “green,” “organic,” or “all-natural” and buying without knowing...

Vail, Colorado Certified as Sustainable Mountain Resort Destination

VAIL, COLO.—Vail announced their certification as a sustainable mountain resort destination. Vail is the first destination in the world to be certified to the Mountain IDEAL sustainable destination standard. Additionally, Vail’s adherence to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) destination criteria makes it the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the United States certified by a GSTC-Accredited certifying body, Green Destinations. The conditional certification is the result of a multi-year partnership between the Town of Vail, Walking Mountains Science Center, Sustainable Travel International, Vail Resorts, The U.S. Forest Service, and others. It marks the culmination of 56 years of leadership...

Six Senses to Develop First South American Project

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has recently unveiled plans for their latest project and first South America property, Six Senses Formosa Bay in Brazil, which will open in 2021. Located at Baia Formosa, which translates to Beautiful Bay, the resort is set in the most eastern territory of Brazil and the country’s closest point to Europe. The site, which is a part of the Eco Estrela Project, features almost 4.5 miles of Atlantic Ocean beachfront and covers an area of 6,350 acres. It was home to a former coconut plantation which shared the land with prolific mangroves through which...