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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.

iBook from Skamania Lodge is Guide to Reducing Food Waste

STEVENSON, WASH.—Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, is helping lead the charge in food waste management and sustainability practices, as they recently released “Managing Food Waste: Best Practices,” a how-to iBook on food waste management. The book serves as a best practices guide for resorts, hotels and restaurants for how to implement changes that reduce waste, boost sustainability and—at the same time—help increase sales. “We’re incredibly proud of our team and what we’re doing here,” said General Manager Ken Daugherty. “We want to help others reduce food waste across the globe. This has been a long time in the making, but sustainability...

MGM Resorts International Says ‘That’s the Last Straw’

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that single-use plastic straws will only be served upon request at company operated restaurants in the United States. As one of the world’s top five largest non-chain restaurant operators in the world, MGM Resorts and its employees understand their responsibility in protecting the planet and helping reduce their carbon footprint. This initiative, which began rolling out in May 2018, aims to eventually remove more than 250,000 straws a day from landfills and waterways—that’s 100 million straws each year. “MGM is one of the largest multi-concept restaurant operators in the world,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice...

Marriott International to Remove Plastic Straws & Stirrers Worldwide by July 2019

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International today announced that it has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. Once fully implemented in one year, the company could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws per year and about a quarter billion stirrers. A single plastic straw—which might be used for about 15 minutes—will never fully decompose. “We are proud to be among the first large U.S. companies to announce that we’re eliminating plastic straws in our properties worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of...

Fabric Hotel Atlas Hotels Opens 10th Tel Aviv Hotel

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Atlas Hotel Chain has opened the doors to its newest addition on the street of Nahalat Benyamin, The Fabric Hotel. Located in one of the trendiest areas of the city, Fabric acts as the “neighborhood saloon” that combines the cosmopolitan and urban culture of Tel Aviv. The hotel is located a short walk away from some of the city’s main attractions, including the famous Carmel Market, popular Rothschild Blvd., and fashionable Neve Tzedek. The hotel features a rough, industrial design and furniture and warm and colorful art. True to its name, Fabric’s exterior complements that of an old...

High Hotels’ Courtyard by Marriott Lancaster to be 100 Percent Solar Powered

LANCASTER, PA.—High Hotels Ltd. announced it is installing a $1.5 million solar array that will generate 100 percent of the electrical power required to operate one of its existing hotels in Greenfield Corporate Center. The completed installation will make the 133-room Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster at 1931 Hospitality Drive the first Marriott-branded hotel in the United States with 100 percent of its electricity needs generated from solar power. It is also believed to be the first solar array in the country installed for the sole purpose of generating 100 percent of the electricity needs of a hotel. “This is an exciting...

La Fonda on the Plaza is Green Business of the Year in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M.—The historic La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel has been named 2018 “Green Business of the Year” in the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards. The program honors outstanding businesses and business practices. This year, more than 80 local businesses were nominated and competed in six different categories. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our dedication to sustainable operations, which goes hand-in-hand with our mission of historical preservation and community-building,” said La Fonda Chairman of the Board Jennifer Lea Kimball. “As a caretaker of Santa Fe traditions, we are responsible for protecting the beauty and...

Nurture Hospitality Group Launches, Amenities Containers Made from Ocean Bound Plastic

SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA—Nurture Hospitality Group (NHG), a U.S. based amenities company, has launched with a strong social WE CARE message. Unique to the company is its reuse of ocean bound plastics in its 1 oz. and 2 oz. amenities containers and caps. “To the best of our knowledge, nobody is doing this in the hotel industry,” says NHG’s Gary Coward. According to NHG, its nOcean (NO OCEAN) plastics manufactured by NHG have the potential to create a paradigm shift within the guest amenity industry; an industry that produces billions of portion size hotel bottles and tubes that are used and often...

Green Destinations is Now GSTC-Accredited

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced that Green Destinations has achieved GSTC-Accredited status. The awarded status affirms Green Destinations’ commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services. Green Destinations (GD) is a nonprofit organization of experts and destination ambassadors working in 80 countries. GD supports a large community of local, regional and country destination managers and stakeholders, enhancing destination sustainability, market visibility, and tourism quality. Green Destinations developed a complete, affordable and easy-to-use Assessment & Certification program that fits the needs of both small and larger destinations. It is operated through an online Assessment & Reporting platform based...

Katamama Hotel & Potato Head Beach Club Certified as Climate Neutral by UN

BALI, INDONESIA—Katamama has focused on sustainability issues and supported the traditions of its island home since inception. The hotel is built from 1.8 million bricks, each hand-pressed by local artisans and fired using only biomass from coconut shells—a time-consuming technique typically reserved for Bali’s sacred temples. The painstaking process both fulfilled the artistic vision of Indonesian architect Andra Matin and the company’s mission to rescue this diminishing handicraft. Locally produced textiles tinted with plant-based dyes and bamboo basketry featuring traditional patterns are also part of Katamama’s commitment to sustainability and Balinese culture. Potato Head Beach Club, located next to Katamama,...

Environmentalists Want Florida to Ban Harmful Sunscreens

FLORIDA—A new Care2 petition is calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature to act quickly to protect the state’s coral reefs by banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The Care2 petition has gathered over 7,000 signatures. The Care2 petition targeting Florida was launched after Hawaii became the first state to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have been deemed harmful to the coral reef. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill on July 3. “Florida should join Hawaii and ban these environmentally toxic chemicals,” reads the Care2 petition. “It's an easy fix, and one more...