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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.

IHCL Pledges to Reduce Water Intensity by 5 Percent Within Two Years

MUMBAI, INDIA—The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, announced an initiative to reduce overall water intensity by 5 percent within the next two years across all its hotels. EarthCheck, a leading scientific benchmarking and certification group, will conduct a monthly audit to monitor IHCL’s sustainability practices and progress. The company has also launched a Water SMART contest wherein all hotels will participate to initiate a water intensity reduction project for three months and the model of the winning hotel/hotels will be scaled across all hotels as a best practice. Dr. PV Murthy, Executive Vice President and Global...

Hyatt Regency Seattle Officially Receives LEED Gold Certification

SEATTLE—Hyatt Regency Seattle, a 45-story premier meeting and event hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle, has officially received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first and only LEED Gold–certified hotel in the Seattle area. It earned LEED as part of the New Construction rating system. “Hyatt Regency Seattle is thrilled to receive this well-deserved recognition, as we are committed to enriching the communities we call home and protecting the planet for future generations,” said General Manager Tom Wolf. “As the largest meeting and event hotel in...

Island Green Lauds Senate Passage of Toxic Sunscreen Ban in USVI

JOHN, USVI—June 25 marked history with the unanimous passage of Bill No. 33-0043 in the USVI senate by all present (13 Yes, 2 Absent), banning the importation, sale and possession of sunscreen containing the “toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene in the territory. All thirteen senators spoke passionately about their support with one senator expressing the importance of taking the lead on this initiative in the Caribbean. The full ban will go into effect March 30, 2020, with retailers prohibited from receiving shipments of sunscreen containing these ingredients after September 30, 2019. Additionally, from the day the governor...

It is Buyer Beware When Purchasing Compostable Foodservice Containers

NATIONAL REPORT—With so much attention given to the problems that go along with the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) in hotel foodservice operations, hoteliers have been turning to alternatives made from sugarcane, potato and vegetable starches, corn, beets, cassava and other materials. Selecting the eco-friendliest alternative to polystyrene is not easy, however. Molded fiber containers, paperboard containers, brown sandwich paper and other food packaging items have been found to contain PFAS chemicals that can migrate to food held in the items and linger for a long time in the human body—even promoting cancer. The chemicals can also contaminate soil and...

McKibbon Hospitality Celebrated as a Bicycle-Friendly Business

TAMPA, FLA.—In keeping with ongoing efforts to maintain a vibrant and progressive workplace, McKibbon Hospitality has been recognized as a bicycle-friendly company on two fronts: It received a Bronze designation as Bicycle-Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists; additionally, McKibbon was among four out of a hundred bike-friendly businesses in the Tampa Bay area to receive special recognition at the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Summit held on June 21. The organization, and the event, support biking among the underserved and disadvantaged population in the community. McKibbon Hospitality is an industry leader in hotel development, management and renovation services. In May,...

Wom, a New Brand of Pod-Style Hotels, Debuts in Tel Aviv, Israel

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—WOM Allenby, the first of a new brand of pod-style hotels, will open next month in the Mediterranean seaside city of Tel Aviv. Located at 21 Allenby Street, the hotel is a block away from Tel Aviv’s beach promenade and offers 40 stylish, private and modern pod rooms in both single and double-occupancy arrangements. WOM’s new hybrid accommodation is engineered for today’s contemporary, urban traveler who values design, a sense of community and the experience of staying in a central urban location at a wallet-friendly price point. WOM is a member of Brown Hotels, the pioneering Tel Aviv-based hospitality group known for...

CTO Creating Plan for Development of Community-Based Tourism

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS—The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is creating a plan for systematic development of community-based tourism as a viable niche and will present the details during the upcoming Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development. The event, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019), is scheduled for August 26 to 29, 2019 at the Beachcombers Hotel in St. Vincent and is organized by CTO in partnership with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA). At a general session titled “Community-based Tourism Driving Tourism Innovations and Experiences” scheduled 11:30 a.m. on August 27, delegates will be presented with robust market...

Is Your Building Ventilated Like It’s 1978?

Did you know that you breathe over 11,000 liters of air a day? If you’re reading this, you will probably spend around 2,000 hours per year breathing the air in the office for which you are about to sign that lease.  This year alone, you will bring into your lungs over 900,000 liters of whatever is in the air of that cool new office space. Would you drink 900,000 liters of water if I said, “I actually have no idea what’s in it or how long it has been sitting in this room…but it’s fairly clear and doesn’t really...

MGM Resorts Recognized as One Of 50 Most Community-Minded Companies in United States

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts has been named an honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The award recognizes MGM Resorts as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States, according to a national standard for superior corporate citizenship that showcases how companies can use their time, skills and resources for positive impact on their communities. The Civic 50 honorees were announced at the Points of Light Conference in St. Paul, Minn., where corporate citizenship leaders from across the country gathered to discuss social innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. “The...

Sustainability in Hotels Explores Growing Emphasis on Green Building Practices in Hospitality Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) suggests that sustainable building practices, including those involving energy and water conservation as well as waste reduction, are increasingly being incorporated throughout the hotel sector to add value and provide a competitive edge to properties. Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality assesses the state of sustainability in the hotel sector by identifying best practices, highlighting industry trends in sustainability, and offering solutions to sustainability-related obstacles. The report, published by ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance, contains case studies and is informed by insights from 25...