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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.

2006 WasteWise and NPEP Conference Set for October 19 to 20

ARLINGTON, VA.—The 2006 WasteWise and NPEP (National Partnership for Environmental Priorities) Annual Conference, with the theme “Partnering for Success in Sustainability,” will be held October 19 to 20 in Arlington, Va. The two-day conference, at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, will cover topics such as waste reduction, the climate/waste link and the reduction of Priority Chemicals. Contact Jeff Tumarkin or go to WasteWise for more information.

AH&LEF, Smith Travel Survey Offers Insight into Green Trends

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The latest American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and Smith Travel Research 2006 Lodging Survey provides valuable insight into industry availability of liquid soap dispensers, recycling programs, air purifiers, energy management sensors, linen/towel reuse programs and nonsmoking rooms. A total of 42,407 hotels were polled and twenty-one percent (9,300 hotels) responded to the survey that wrapped up the first quarter of this year. Survey results were released earlier this summer. The survey was funded by AH&LEF, the nonprofit affiliate of AH&LA, and tracked the size, scope and emerging trends of the U.S. lodging industry. The AH&LA...

Florida DEP Partners With DadePaper to Improve Air Quality in Hotels

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has partnered with DadePaper Co. to help Florida’s lodging industry improve indoor air quality in hotels and motels across the state. The partnership is the latest component of DEP’s Green Lodging initiative, which encourages hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving green practices that conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality and reduce waste. “By participating in the Green Lodging Program, DadePaper becomes an example and leader within the lodging industry,” says DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille. “Their environmental commitment serves as a challenge to hotels, suppliers, trade associations and...

Green Globe, Green Tourism Conferences to Focus on Sustainability

SAN JUAN, P.R.—“Enhancing the Business of Tourism—The Path to Sustainability” is the general theme of the Green Globe International Conference and the Green Tourism Conference to be held November 1 to 3 at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference is a joint staging of the second biennial International Green Globe Conference (the inaugural edition was held March 2004 in New Zeeland) and the third biennial Caribbean Green Tourism Conference. The 2006 edition is being organized by the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) with the assistance of its parent organization, the Caribbean Hotel Assn.,...

Beware of Remarketers As You Plan Your Energy Purchasing Strategy

NATIONAL REPORT—Imagine as a hotel general manager or chief engineer never having to worry about energy budgets, energy deviations and energy conservation. This is a new marketing strategy being employed by suppliers of gas and electricity to the hotel industry. These suppliers are commonly known as energy “remarketers.” The concept is fairly simple. The remarketer approaches the hotel owner, general manager or chief engineer with a proposal that entails just one payment every month for all forms of energy, regardless of how much energy the hotel uses. At first glance, this proposal may seem very attractive, as the negotiated figure...

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan Captures Third 2006 Award for Community Efforts

OAKLAND, GUATEMALA—Eco hotel Uxlabil Atitlán, part of Uxlabil Hotels, announced that it has received awards three times this year for its efforts in the area of social responsibility. The last of these awards was received August 22. For the first time in Guatemala there were six awards publicly given to Socially Responsible Enterprises in six different categories. In the category of Opportunities to Reduce Poverty, the winner was Banco del Café; the second place award was given to Eco hotel Uxlabil. The next day both enterprises shared their experiences and the specific manner in which their work has benefited families...

Fairmont Southampton Recognized for Environmental Excellence

SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA—The Fairmont Southampton has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Jason Pick, assistant superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status for the property’s golf course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. The Fairmont Southampton is the first golf course in Bermuda and the 617th in the world to receive the honor. “Fairmont Southampton has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” says Shawn Williams, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs. “They are to...

Dispensers Offer Affordable Amenity Solution While Reducing Waste

NATIONAL REPORT—Ten billion. That is the estimated number of shower amenity packaging pieces that are thrown away annually by the world’s hotels. Thanks to efforts by dispenser vendors and participating hotels, however, those mountains of shampoo bottles are getting just a little bit smaller. Especially in four- and five-diamond hotels, resistance to using dispensers has been great. “Franchisors oftentimes don’t consider them as safe, secure and attractive,” says Ray Burger, president of Saint Charles, Mo.-based Pineapple Hospitality, a seller of amenity dispensers. Dispensers are becoming more common in three-star and lower properties. The perception has been that guests love to take home...

WTTC Issues Call for Entries for 2007 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

LONDON—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has issued a call for entries for the 2007 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The awards, now in their third year under WTTC stewardship, promote and reward best practices in travel and tourism all over the world. There are four categories for entry, allowing for applications from tourism destinations, businesses and organizations. The categories are: • Destination Award: for destinations of any size that show a commitment to responsible tourism development; • Conservation Award: for any tourism organization committed to the protection of natural and cultural heritage; • Investor in People...

Vail Resorts, National Forest Foundation Support Conservation Projects

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts Inc. and the National Forest Foundation have partnered together to raise money for conservation projects in the White River National Forest in Colorado and the national forests of Lake Tahoe Basin in California and Nevada, where Vail Resorts operates its five mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly. Throughout the 2006-2007 winter season, Vail Resorts will offer guests at its five mountain resorts the opportunity to participate in a special fundraising effort by contributing $1 on season passes, $1 on online lift ticket transactions, and $1 per room night at its Colorado-based...