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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.

UNWTO at COP27: Uniting Tourism Around Tangible Climate Action Plans

SHARM EL SHEIKH—The tourism sector has set out its plans to achieve its climate action ambitions. At COP27, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) brought leading sector stakeholders together to share practical insights into accelerating the shift to greater sustainability and reaching Net-Zero. Since the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism at COP26, more than 700 businesses, destinations, civil society groups and even countries have signed up, committing to decarbonize, regenerate and measure in order to halve their carbon emissions by 2030 and reach Net-Zero by 2050 at the latest. UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic said: “One year after...

Habitas Recognized with Nine New Awards

NEW YORK—Habitas, the rapidly growing, experience-led eco-hospitality brand with homes on three continents, continues its trajectory with nine new awards recognizing the brand’s excellence in sustainable design, innovation, and a community-based ethos. Captivating both guests and the travel industry and media, Habitas shines as the recent recipient of prestigious accolades such as Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers' Choice Awards for Habitas Tulum, Bacalar, and Namibia; Architectural Digest’s 2022 Hotel Awards for Great Design for Habitas Bacalar; and the AHEAD Americas Awards 2022 for Habitas Bacalar as Best Resort. The impressive streak of awards since June 2022 includes: Condé Nast Traveler’s Bright Ideas in Travel—Habitas brand—2022 Winner in this year’s inaugural awards; Architectural Digest’s 2022...

Clean the World Launches Soap Saves Lives Comfort Kits

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability added a new offering to its impact product arsenal: Soap Saves Lives Comfort Kits. Each Soap Saves Lives Comfort Kit consists of a backpack that contains soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues or wipes, deodorant, socks, a snack bar, lip balm, and a personalized note with resources for assistance on the back. The kits will provide comfort and care to people across the country who are experiencing homelessness and economic hardship. Clean the World Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Clean the World, will be distributing the Comfort Kits to...

Auberge Resorts Collection’s Wildflower Farms Opens in Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Overlooking the mighty Shawangunk Ridge on 140 arcadian acres, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection recently opened as a new, environmentally conscious, luxury retreat, fringed by fiery fall forests and a slow-rippling river. A verdant escape in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, its expansive grounds encompass orchards, woodlands, a namesake farm, heirloom gardens and fields of native wildflowers. Nestled within are 65 bespoke cabins, cottages, and suites; Thistle, an Auberge Spa; Maplehouse cooking school; and exceptional dining destinations, including the resort’s signature restaurant Clay—all inspired by the region’s wild beauty. “Fifteen years ago, my wife, Kristin, and I came to...

MGM Resorts International Recognized by ISM for Excellence in Supplier Diversity

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has been recognized by the Institute for Supply Management as a 2022 ISM Supply Chain Trailblazer Organizational Award recipient. Specifically, MGM Resorts was honored as a diversity champion for its accomplishments in advancing diversity within the organization and profession. The ISM Supply Chain Trailblazer Awards celebrate organizational programs that set new standards, drive new possibilities, and exceed expectations—setting the bar and helping advance the supply management profession. MGM Resorts develops partnerships with community partners and suppliers to support diverse businesses and benefit communities in which the company operates. “MGM Resorts is committed to using our size and scale...

Evidence of Sustainability Commitment Abundant Among Suppliers at HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY), two adjoining trade shows held at the Javits Center November 13 to 14, wrapped up this week with numerous first-time suppliers introducing green products and services. In addition, veterans of the two shows were back to tout the green upsides to their products and services to the thousands of attendees. It would be impossible to list all the suppliers deserving of publicity, but the following are many of them, along with a brief description of what they featured at the shows. Sapphire Beverages introduced its water in easy-to-recycle aluminum...

Miraval Resorts & Spas Expands Collaboration with NAMI

CHICAGO—Miraval Resorts & Spas, a global leader for wellness destinations is continuing its collaboration with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to supporting those affected by mental illness. As the two organizations continue to team up, Miraval Resorts and NAMI are set to develop information and programs designed to help care for Miraval colleagues so they may consciously explore the connections of body, mind, and spirit, and embrace the present moment both in and out of the workplace. This marks the second year of the Miraval and NAMI collaboration, following the 2021 launch of guest and...

Vail Resorts on Track to Achieve Zero Net Operating Footprint by 2030

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—As the 2022/23 ski and ride season gets underway in the northern hemisphere, and with climate change in sharp focus, Vail Resorts released its fifth annual Progress Report outlining the progress the company has made towards reaching a zero net operating footprint by 2030. Vail Resorts is ahead of schedule to meet its emissions goals and is on track to reach zero waste to landfill and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat to achieve a zero net operating footprint by 2030. The report details how the company actively works to mitigate climate change and preserve the environment, promotes the...

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Achieves LEED Gold

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has achieved its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainability. A building rating system that provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, green buildings, LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. This official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana, the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance and the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification...

Radisson Hotel Group Signs Glasgow Declaration & Reaffirms Strong Sustainability Commitment

SHARM EL-SHEIKH—During this year’s COP27 in Egypt, Radisson Hotel Group reaffirmed its strong commitment to sustainability by signing the Glasgow Declaration and encouraging other hospitality groups to join the call for strong actions to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. Radisson Hotel Group is one of the top 1,000 companies with published approved science-based targets and has taken significant steps to define a clear path to becoming Net Zero by 2050, aligned with the landmark 2015 Paris Accord. Tourism & Travel as a sector represented 1/10 jobs and over...