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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.

Doubletree Guest Suites Boston Earns Energy Star Certification

BOSTON—The Doubletree Guest Suites Boston has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. By earning the Energy Star, the Doubletree Guest Suites Boston is using at least 35 percent less energy than average buildings, while still providing quality service and comfort to its hotel guests and employees. Located near some of the nation’s finest universities overlooking the scenic Charles River and Boston Esplanade recreational trails with panoramic views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, this upscale, 308-suite hotel joins approximately 930 buildings nationwide that earned the Energy...

Sofitel San Francisco Bay Recognized by Redwood City for Recycling Efforts

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.—Sofitel San Francisco Bay was recently recognized for becoming the first to collaborate with the City of Redwood City on its Recycled Water Project. The award ceremony, which was held at the hotel’s poolside last month, also celebrated the first gallons of recycled water that have traveled through the recycling system. “Like other areas in California, our community’s demand for water is exceeding the supply that is available from the region’s sole source of water—the Hetch Hetchy water system,” says Didier de La Ferrière, Sofitel San Francisco general manager. “By participating in this program, Sofitel is helping to...

J.D. Power Study Gauges Awareness of Environmental Programs

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF.—Although nearly three-fourths of hotel guests in North America willingly participate in environmentally friendly programs offered during their hotel stays, many guests remain unaware of whether these programs are offered at the hotel property, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study. In response to growing concern about global warming and conservation issues, being environmentally responsible has become a top trend in the hotel industry, with properties initiating various green programs, such as changing linens and towels only on request and using water-saving bathroom faucets and toilets. When guests were...

IH/M&RS Partners With GRA, GLN to Assist With Show Sessions, Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) has solidified partnerships with the Green Restaurant Assn. (GRA) and Green Lodging News, paving the way for enhanced sustainability initiatives at the 2007 market, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Leaders of the two organizations will take active roles in presenting environmental seminars and developing sustainable hotel and restaurant awards. In addition, the GRA will host the Show’s first annual Green Restaurant Assn. Pavilion, showcasing the latest GRA-endorsed green products for the foodservice industry. “Sustainability is the hot topic in the industry right...

Related/WestPac Reveals Details of $2 Billion Snowmass Village Project

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLO.—Related/WestPac announced that the $2 billion 80-acre Snowmass Village, Colo. mixed-use development will combine groundbreaking environmental stewardship with a first-class resort experience. The development includes residential units, world-class hotels, retail, entertainment, and restaurant amenities surrounding the renowned ski area. The Snowmass development seeks to create a new model in community and resort sustainable development and be one of the first and most ambitious projects to be chosen for the new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Pilot Neighborhood Development certification program. Related/WestPac will incorporate LEED’s pilot Neighborhood certification program and plans to augment these efforts by extending...

Auberge Resorts’ Solage Calistoga Opens in Napa Valley

CALISTOGA, CALIF.—The Solage Calistoga has opened in Napa Valley, Calif. Paving the way for the next generation of Napa Valley resorts, Solage Calistoga is a design-focused, environmentally conscious resort featuring a hip bistro, full-service spa offering treatments with a playful twist on Calistoga’s historic mud bath tradition, as well as exclusive Kate Somerville facials and a 130-foot swimming pool surrounded by cabanas. From the creators of Auberge Resorts, the 89-room contemporary style property was designed by renowned Napa Valley architect Howard Backen. Solage Calistoga’s spacious rooms and suites were designed by San Francisco firm Dowling Kimm Studios which interpreted Napa...

Mattress Makers Go Modular to Minimize Environmental Impact

NATIONAL REPORT—According to the American Hotel & Lodging Assn., there are approximately 4.4 million guestrooms in the United States. It is pretty safe to assume there is at least one mattress in each room. Assuming a thickness of 12 inches per mattress, the industry’s mattresses, stacked on top of one another, would reach 636 miles into the sky. With mattresses replaced every seven years, on average, it is obvious the lodging industry has a huge waste management issue on its hands. Where do mattresses go when they are no longer useable? Most end up in landfills. Liability and hygiene issues...

Florida’s State Employees Must Stay at Green Hotels as of Jan. 1, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.—Friday the thirteenth was a lucky day for participants in the Florida Green Lodging Program, an effort by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. It was on that day that Governor Charlie Crist issued an Executive Order that will require all state agencies and departments under his direction to do business only with Florida Green Lodging Program participants as of January 1, 2008. Crist issued the order during a speech outlining his direction for Florida’s energy future. Twenty-five Florida hotels are currently certified as Green Lodging...

Green Awards Added to Editors’ Choice Competition at IH/M&RS

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—The Editors’ Choice Awards competition at the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) is going green, as an eco-friendly counterpart is added to each of the five categories presented annually—décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology. A total of 10 Editors’ Choice Awards will be presented at the 2007 IH/M&RS, recognizing the most innovative new products—and environmentally sound products—for the hospitality industry. In addition, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award will spotlight the overall best new product introduced at the market, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention...

Three Marriott Hotels Join Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

AMMAN, JORDAN—In an effort to continuously promote awareness of environmental issues, Marriott Hotels in Jordan have just announced that they have become members of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), an independent voluntary organization devoted to the conservation of Jordan’s natural resources. Managing the natural resources of Jordan is done by setting up protected areas to safeguard the best wildlife and scenic areas, and breeding endangered species to save them from extinction. In addition, conservation includes enforcing governmental laws to protect wildlife, controlling illegal hunting, and raising awareness of environmental issues through educational programs. As members in the...