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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.

Noble Breaks Ground on Element by Westin in Nashville

ATLANTA—Noble Investment Group announced they have broken ground on the Element by Westin Nashville. Located in the renowned West End neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, the hotel will be the brand’s debut in Nashville and will open in 2020. The upscale, lifestyle hotel will be a part of the vibrant 19-acre mixed-use development, oneC1TY. Anchored by Vanderbilt University, three major medical centers and foremost health care providers, significant corporate headquarters and Nashville’s famous Music Row, the hotel will be prominently located in one of the fastest growing markets in the United States. The Element by Westin Nashville will be LEED certified and...

Recycling Just Got Easier with Launch of GreenSource Mattress Removal and Recycling

NATIONAL REPORT—The early June announcement by CKI Solutions that it has entered the mattress recycling business elevates the number of companies specializing in nationwide hospitality mattress recycling to at least two. Another is DH Companies. Green Lodging News spoke with Steven Gordon, President of CKI Solutions, about his company’s new venture. “We have been in the bedding accessory business for 22 years,” Gordon says. “About five or six years ago we started manufacturing mattresses for the cruise industry in partnership with Hilding Anders AB. We saw the green initiatives in the cruise industry. There was a major void in mattress...

Puerto Rico Selected as Host for 2020 World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit

SAN JUAN, P.R.—Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s first-ever and new Destination Marketing Organization, announced that the island will serve as the host for the World Travel & Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit, following the formal announcement made by WTTC at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Summit in Seville, Spain. Representing the global private sector of travel and tourism, the Global Summit is regarded as the most important worldwide event in the sector, and gathers significant global business leaders, yearly. “We’re honored to have been chosen as host destination for the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit,”...

Fairmont Welcomes Over 2 Million Well-Travelled Honeybees at its Properties Worldwide

PARIS—To celebrate Pollinator Month, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a pioneer of responsible tourism and sound environmental practices, has announced the next evolution of its Bee Sustainable programming with the launch of a new interactive digital hub, fairmontbeesustainable.com. The new platform was created to help educate guests and Fairmont colleagues about the importance of global bee health and to encourage visitors to follow along through in-depth analysis, real time hive monitoring and the latest updates from its rooftop apiaries and bee hotels. “As the first luxury hotel brand to develop comprehensive on-site bee programming, Fairmont is an industry leader in the support...

Swedish Researchers Launch Tool to Encourage Consumers to Fly Less

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN—As the climate issue heats up, consumers are becoming more conscious of their impact on the environment. “Flygskam”, or “flight shame” is a word that has received extensive media coverage recently, reflecting the increasing awareness of flying’s environmental consequences. Now, researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology present a tool that allows consumers to evaluate the outcome of their different travel options. The new websiteTravel & Climate—gives an instant and simple calculation of the emissions from different modes of travel for a given journey. For example, for two people traveling from London to Barcelona, the tool gives a calculation of...

Classic Hotels Partners with 1% for the Planet

PHOENIX—Classic Hotels & Resorts recently announced its partnership with 1% for the Planet, a globally-recognized alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment, as the network’s first ever hotel management company to join. Pledging 1% of its annual hotel management revenues to sustainability-focused nonprofit organizations, Classic also co-sponsored a portion of the network’s Global Summit which took place last month. “Our member companies have donated more than $175 million to our environmental nonprofit partners to date,” says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Currently, only 3 percent of total philanthropy goes to the environment...

ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

ATLANTA—ASHRAE published a new guideline for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings while minimizing the disturbance of the building’s historic character and significantly historic characteristics and materials. ASHRAE Guideline 34-2019, Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofitting of historic buildings to achieve greater measured efficiency. The guideline is particularly aimed at providing guidance for “listed” historic buildings; i.e., those formally designated or eligible to be designated as historically significant by a governing body. Guideline 34 provides a step-by-step procedure for sensitive energy upgrading, beginning with forming the project team and gathering...

This Utah Hotel is Going to the Dogs (& Cats!)

KANAB, UTAH—Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a pet-centric, 40-room lodging option in Kanab, Utah, will open its doors to travelers—and their pets—on August 15, 2019. The new hotel, which is owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, will provide complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the organization’s nearby Sanctuary, as well as organized Best Friends member activities, including volunteer opportunities and pet sleepovers. Revenue from the Roadhouse will support Best Friends’ efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. The Roadhouse features 30 regular rooms, eight suites, and two two-level suites, while the...

U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now—for the first time—surpassed that of coal. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through April 30, 2019) notes that 18 “units” of new wind capacity (1,545 MW) and 102 units of new solar capacity (1,473 MW) were added during the first four months of this year. Coupled with four units of new hydropower (29 MW), that was enough to push renewable...

Panic Buttons Becoming a Must-Have in Hotels

NATIONAL REPORT—There’s a popular saying that reads, “prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” This seemingly simple sentiment hints at a universally understood and applied concept—be pro-active, rather than reactive. Now, let’s put this theory to work. When students are faced with a major exam, is it best for them to study beforehand or ask their professor for a re-test after the fact? When the objective is to avoid illness, is it best to pro-actively invest in one’s good health or treat illness once it comes? In the case of relationships, is it best to value and support our...