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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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,...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Releases Responsible Business Report

PARIS—Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), the global digital travel management company, published its latest Annual Responsible Business Report, showing significant progress towards its 2020 objectives. This latest report has reached the UN Global Compact Advanced Level, recognizing the success of CWT’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. “I am very proud the UN Global Compact has honored our commitment to ethical business behavior in this way,” said Kurt Ekert, CWT’s President and CEO. “Responsible Business is deeply embedded in our culture, and this recognition—on top of being rated Gold by EcoVadis for a second year running—shows that we are on the right path.” Demonstrating...

Seven Furniture Companies Win High Scores on Sustainable Wood Sourcing

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) have launched the Wood Furniture Scorecard, a comprehensive assessment of wood sourcing policies for over 50 of the largest furniture retailers in North America. Published on a dedicated website and available through both organizations, the scorecard covers publicly available information on how companies source virgin wood. It also evaluates company use of recycled and reclaimed wood. Scorecard results include 7 Top Scorers: ABC Carpet & Home, Williams-Sonoma Group, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, City Furniture, and Target. Six companies earned Honorable Mentions...

Venetian Macao Earns Platinum-Level Green Hotel Award

MACAO—The Venetian Macao has been awarded the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award, the first and only hotel in Macao to earn the new top designation of platinum, which was introduced in the latest edition of the awards. Award criteria met by the integrated resort include showing evidence of year-on-year waste reduction; availability of electric vehicle parking spaces and charging stations for staff and guests; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement program; monitoring the environmental performance of shuttle buses, including turning off idling engines; establishing a management plan for reducing food waste; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement. The...

Soul Community Planet Opens First SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the opening of its first SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs after a nine-month, $6 million renovation. The 98,000 square-foot, 176-room property, located at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak, is in its final stages of renovation. SCP Hotels represents a fresh holistic hospitality concept for both travelers and the surrounding community. Inside each SCP Hotel, guests will find opportunities to recharge their minds, refresh their bodies and re-center their souls, while connecting with fellow travelers and the community. SCP Hotels aims to help make the planet a better place through the extensive...

Delaware North Locations Announce Environmental Management News & Initiatives

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North’s proprietary stewardship platform, GreenPath, helps ensure the company carefully manages its environmental impact and positively contributes to the communities it serves. In recent months, locations throughout Delaware North’s parks and resorts portfolio have taken on several high-profile, impactful and innovative initiatives in support of GreenPath. Through GreenPath, Delaware North sets strict guidelines for energy and water consumption, waste management and other standards at its 200-plus operating locations around world. Since its inception in the 1990s, GreenPath has won dozens of awards from the likes of NASA, the National Park Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

New Honey Bee Suite at Renaissance Asheville Hotel

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—One year and two hives later, Renaissance Asheville Hotel’s urban beekeeping project is thriving. In 2006, when honey bee colonies started disappearing, later dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder,” beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike became very concerned. After all, one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. Equally important, 85 percent of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for the survival of their species. While less is known about native bees and other pollinators, we do know that entire species are disappearing at alarming rates as they battle most of the same enemies as honey...

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Set to Launch July 9

NATIONAL REPORT—The Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey will be launched by Greenview on July 9, 2018. The survey will close on August 10, 2018. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some 2,100 properties participating from 46 countries. The survey encompasses topics ranging from energy management to communication to Health & Wellness. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of Green Lodging...

SGS to Host Free Sustainability Webinar

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—SGS will host a free webinar to help hoteliers learn more about the current risks and sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the travel and hospitality industry. The webinar, “Moving Towards Sustainability: Future-proofing in the Hospitality Sector, will be held on July 25 at 10 a.m. Click here to register. The travel and hospitality industry is faced with a variety of potential risks, including environmental, social and economic. Of the many challenges facing the travel and hospitality industry today, two hold the greatest potential impact on guest experience and profit; risk and sustainability. To help inform hospitality industry professionals, SGS...

Keurig Green Mountain Releases Sustainability Report

BURLINGTON, MASS.—Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing, announced meaningful progress against its priority 2020 sustainability commitments. In the company’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report, Keurig details the continued evolution of its sustainability programs to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the lives of coffee farmers, and positively impact local communities. Keurig’s 2017 Sustainability Report details the significant improvements made in the following key areas: Achieved its 2020 water stewardship target three years ahead of schedule, restoring 6,154 million liters of water; Made significant progress to achieve 100 percent of K-Cup pods are recyclable...