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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.

Swissôtel Releases Sustainability Report Update

PARIS—Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, announces the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015. The 2018 Sustainability Update provides insight as to how Swissôtel tackles areas which are most important to its internal and external stakeholders based on materiality assessments conducted by the brand’s sustainability management team and third-party experts. The report includes updated performance data, recent case...

USGBC Launches LEED Zero

CHICAGO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. “Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, Senior Vice President of Technical Core at USGBC. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired to net zero milestones. We are recognizing the leadership of these projects—and formalizing our commitment to focusing on carbon and net zero across the entire LEED community. These new certification programs will encourage a holistic approach for buildings and places to contribute to a regenerative...

Disney Conservation Fund Awards $5 Million to Organizations

BURBANK, CALIF.—The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) continued its more than 20-year commitment to conservation last month by awarding more than $5 million in grants to support 76 organizations working to protect the magic of nature around the world. The fund also recognized 13 people across the globe with the Disney Conservation Hero award, for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts. “The Walt Disney Company has a rich history of respecting, protecting and preserving our natural resources and wildlife; as such, we are proud to award these latest grants to people and...

Shangri-La Resort in Malaysia Showcases Unique Borneo Rainforest

KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA—Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu has launched new immersive guest experiences within its 64-acre Rasa Ria Reserve to showcase the unique Borneo rainforest, home to numerous plants and animals found only on the island. Located in the 130-million-year-old jungles of Malaysian Borneo, the Rasa Ria Reserve’s enhancements focus on local nature conservation and education through scenic walking trails, hiking to the Ria Lookout, a Discovery Centre, Canopy Walkway, Waterfall Garden Area, and an Adventure Point with a climbing wall and playground. Through these new facilities and programs, guests can explore some of the world’s...

Global Ecolabelling Network Hosts Educational Event in Berlin

ATLANTIC BEACH, FLA.—The Global Ecolabelling Network, in cooperation with the German Blue Angel and the German Environment Agency, hosted an educational and inspirational event in Berlin in late October to highlight the success of ecolabelling around the globe, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Blue Angel and the first annual World Ecolabel Day. Gathered at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, members of the Global Ecolabelling Network and guests saw presentations on sustainable raw materials and human rights due diligence in product supply chains given by the German Environment Agency and Oeko-Institute. A...

UPS/Greenbiz Study Identifies Motivators, Barriers to Electric Fleets

ATLANTA—Attaining environmental benefits and lower cost of ownership are driving more commercial fleets to electrify, according to a UPS and GreenBiz study released last month. In the “Curve Ahead: The Future of Fleet Electrification” report, industry leaders identify the main motivations and barriers to electrification, as well as strategies to move the commercial electric vehicle market from niche to mainstream. The top motivation to go electric for 83 percent of large businesses surveyed is sustainability and environmental goals. A lower total cost of ownership—factoring in both direct and indirect costs and savings over the life of the vehicle—is the second biggest driver, cited by 64...

Westin Resort Opens in the Maldives

MALDIVES—The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort has opened and features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 over water. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create ideal natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region. Developed by Belluna Co. Ltd, Japan and Asia Capital PLC, Sri Lanka, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort heralds the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldivian...

Dream Hotel Group Announces Plans for Your Nature, an Unscripted Eco Resort

NEW YORK—Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group announced plans to launch Your Nature, an Unscripted Eco Resort by Dream Hotel Group, in Antoing, Belgium in 2020. Your Nature is a Belgian eco-friendly resort located on the French border in a 700-acre forest belonging to the Princes de Ligne. This latest hotel signing represents a major milestone for Dream Hotel Group as it continues to grow its portfolio of lifestyle brands in Europe. Set to open in 2020, Your Nature, an Unscripted Eco Resort by Dream Hotel Group, is a one-of-a-kind leisure destination designed with sustainability and conservation in...

Mohawk Group, Groundswell Unveil smartflower Solar Energy Unit

EDEN, N.C.—Mohawk Group and nonprofit Groundswell have teamed up to locate a new smartflower™ solar energy unit near three Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina—a project that will bring the benefits of clean solar power to the area, create educational opportunities for students and also contribute to Mohawk’s sustainability efforts to leave more handprints than footprints. The smartflower technology was unveiled on November 29 at a special event in Eden, N.C., which is also the home of Mohawk’s historic Karastan woven carpet plant. The mill celebrated its 90th anniversary of operation this year. Planted on the campus of Eden’s Central Elementary School, the smartflower is located adjacent to Holmes Middle...

Six Senses Laamu Recognized as Leader in Marine Conservation

LAAMU, MALDIVES—Six Senses Laamu has been named Marine and Coastal category winner at the 17th Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held at the at the 79th Skål World Congress in Kenya. Three independent sustainability experts judged 62 entries from 31 countries, placing Six Senses Laamu top in its category. The award recognizes the resort’s commitment to protect the Laamu Atoll’s marine environment, spearheaded by the efforts of a nine-member marine team, the Maldives Underwater Initiative. The team has been regularly monitoring the health of reefs since 2012. Their conservation and research efforts have since expanded across numerous disciplines, including coral...