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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

ClimeCo Launches EcoCommitted Partner Program

BOYERTOWN, PA.—On the heels of National Entrepreneur Week, ClimeCo, a leading global decarbonization and environmental solutions company, has launched its EcoCommitted Partner Program. This innovative program provides a convenient, cost-effective, and valid way for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to stand out by implementing a sustainability strategy, minimizing their carbon footprint and demonstrating environmental concern and leadership. Through the EcoCommitted Partner Program, businesses can choose from three options based on their size to effectively offset their entire operation for one year by purchasing offset credits from a group of active and validated environmental projects from around the world. As a leading expert...

Zero-to-Landfill Wyboston Lakes Resort Adding on to Sizeable Solar Installation

Most of you have probably never heard of Wyboston Lakes Resort. The resort is in the East of England and sits on 380 acres. The resort describes itself as “Northern Europe’s largest independently owned business and leisure destination.” It has an ambitious sustainability program. Wyboston Lakes Resort just announced that it has implemented phase one of its Green Energy Roadmap and embarked on phase two of its path towards self-sufficiency in green energy. A total of 356KWh of solar panels and a 200KWh storage battery installed at The Willows Training Centre are already helping to make the Centre more self-sufficient in...

AHLA, HAC Unite to Expand Hotel Sustainability Certification, Partnership to Take Effect April 1

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) announced that their formal partnership to operate the Green Key Global sustainability certification program in the U.S. and Canada will take effect April 1. In the meantime, hotel properties can continue to sign up for the Green Key sustainability certification program here. HAC created Green Key Global in 1994 to certify hotels’ environmental sustainability policies and processes, and its certification criteria are aligned with all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative, which provides certifications to hotels around the world, puts hotels through an assessment and audit...

Ojai Valley Inn Achieves Responsible Hospitality Sustainability Verification

OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Valley Inn announced that it is in the inaugural class of resorts to achieve the Responsible Hospitality VERIFIED designation, an industry-leading sustainability standard for luxury hospitality. Responsible Hospitality is recognized by Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on hospitality excellence, as the official sustainability verification for its community of Star-Rated hotels in more than 80 countries. The comprehensive assessment verifies hotels on best practices to protect the environment and support the well-being of employees, guests, and the community—creating a global standard for the world’s finest hotels and a trusted third-party verification for guests. Designed in partnership with highly respected hotelier Hervé...

Sofidel Recognized for Fight Against Climate Change & Deforestation

HORSHAM, PA.—Sofidel has once again been recognized by CDP—one of the main independent organizations for measuring and reporting environmental performance globally—for its commitment to fighting climate change and deforestation. Once again, the Group has positioned itself in the Leadership band of the Climate Change 2023 and Forests 2023 ratings by CDP. For both ratings, Climate Change and Forests, Sofidel received A-, positioning itself above both the European average (B, in the case of Climate Change, and C in the case of Forest Management) and the sector average (B for both ratings). Sofidel has recently intensified its ecological transition policies, committing to Science Based Targets (SBTi) to achieve carbon neutrality by...

Choosing the Best Sustainability Software for Your Organization

Sustainability software is a valuable tool for organizations of all sizes to track, manage, and report on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. A sustainability software solution can help you to: Identify and assess your sustainability risks. Set and track sustainability goals. Perform scenario analysis to assess the impact of different sustainability strategies on your organization. Allocate resources to achieve your sustainability goals. Important ESG Software Criteria When choosing a sustainability software solution for your organization, several important factors must be considered.    Technical Criteria: Find software that is user-friendly and easy to navigate, even for team members with limited technical...

Fairmont Maldives Appoints Marine Biologist as Sustainability Manager

THE MALDIVES—Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has appointed David Estellés as the resort’s new Sustainability Manager. Estellés will drive the resort’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainable practices preserving the ecological balance of the area in the Maldives. The team at the resort recently achieved 87 percent in the Green Globe certification for its dedication to sustainable operations and development. Under Estellés’ guidance Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi will continue its sustainable initiatives, including the Sustainability Lab—the first resort-based recycling center; the Coralarium, a coral regeneration project and underwater art gallery that is home to more than 100 different fish species; and...

Accor Awarded ‘A’ Rating by CDP for Environmental Leadership

PARIS—For the first time, Accor joins the ‘A-list’ of global environmental non-profit CDP, as part of the leading companies regarding transparency, management of environment risks and demonstrating the rigor and ambition with which the climate issue is addressed in the company’s business model. Accor is one of the 141 European companies that achieved an ‘A’ on climate change out of over 21,000 companies scored. Moreover, Accor has once again demonstrated its leadership on the climate issue by being the only company, among the leading hospitality companies, to be recognized with an ‘A’. This recognition rewards the work carried out as part...

PurOptima Pushes Boundaries with Lowest Carbon Footprint to Date

NEW YORK—PurOptima, a global leading manufacturer of sustainable interior glass wall partitions and doors, previously announced that all its glass and aluminum wall partitions and doors were made using Hydro CIRCAL, providing the lowest embodied carbon in the market. In the latest news, Hydro CIRCAL now delivers recycled aluminum with an even lower documented carbon footprint of 1.9 kg of CO2e/kg aluminum, down from the previous 2.3 kg of CO2e/kg. This is done through advances in sourcing, sorting, and traceability of post-consumer aluminum scrap. “The aluminum extrusions that we are using for our systems provide the lowest carbon contribution of...

BeCause Closes Seed Round with Tail-End Investment from Curiosity VC

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—BeCause, the Danish start-up transforming how the global hospitality, travel, and tourism industries manage their sustainability data, has secured a $600,000 tail-end investment from Dutch investor Curiosity VC to close their seed round. This latest investment brings the company’s total seed funding to $2.5 million, including the $1.9 million seed raised in November from Denmark’s Ugly Duckling Ventures, Estonia’s Superangel.io and other investors. “We reserved some space at the end of our round for a strategic investor to join on equal terms and are thrilled to have found that partner in Curiosity VC. As an AI-focused fund, Curiosity brings key competencies and an international network to the table that will prove...