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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.

Sustainability

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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.

Accor Joins Global Sustainability Network, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, FRANCE—Accor, a world leading hospitality group with more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a global organization that brings together engaged hospitality companies and uses the industry’s collective power to address and tackle key challenges affecting the planet and its people. Since its creation in 1967, Accor has been a pioneer in developing sustainable travel experiences and investing in innovations to enable positive hospitality experience with a reduced environmental impact. As part of its on-going CSR strategy, in 2011 the Group identified 21 areas of business activity...

Sustainable Hospitality Design: Catching Up

The world’s environment is affected primarily by real estate, transportation, and manufacturing. Due to the influence that these industries have on each other, it is clear that designing and operating sustainable buildings have a tremendous impact on the environment. Some of the concerns addressed by sustainability practices include inefficient site planning; lack of smart growth; waste of water, electricity, and energy; overconsumption and excessive waste; not using sustainable materials; minimizing transportation; the lack of healthy indoor air quality; increased pollution; depletion of the ozone layer; and climate change. Challenges & Misconceptions The hospitality industry was slow to adopt sustainable operations and design because...

Cintas Goal: Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

CINCINNATI—Cintas Corp. announced its ambition to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company is also in the midst of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide review of its business model as it relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities, improvements, and efficiencies. Cintas has been built on sustainable business practices, and the continuous improvement of its sustainability measures has been key to the company’s operational success over the years. As its business review continues for the next 12 to 18 months, Cintas expects to better define its ESG journey, including identifying strategies to reduce its Scope 1 and 2...

Marriott International Reports on Environmental, Social, and Governance Progress

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International, Inc. released its 2021 Serve 360 Report presenting data from 2020 and demonstrating its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts toward the company’s 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. The Report can be accessed here. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Marriott’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, guides the company’s commitment to make a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business, delivering value for associates, customers, owners, the environment, and communities around the world. “While we, along with the rest of the world, continue to focus on pandemic...

International Code Council Launches ‘Code on a Mission’ Challenge Urging Adoption of Modern Energy Efficiency Codes

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Code Council—the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions—launched its “Code on a Mission” challenge which aims to have over a third of the U.S. population covered by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the end of 2023. To make this a reality, the Code Council is challenging the building industry and communities alike to update their building energy codes to meet or exceed the requirements of the 2021 IECC. Already industry leaders like Architecture 2030, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC), Northeast Energy Efficiency...

Fregate Island Introduces Coral Adoption Program

NEW YORK—Fregate Island is excited to announce a new coral adoption program in partnership with Luxury watchmaker BlancPain and Coralive.org. The aim is to support the regrowth of corals and resilience using first of its kind mineral accretion technology. This trailblazing method results in a higher survival rate of coral fragments compared to classic rehabilitation and is one of the few locations in the world that utilize this practice. The coral adoption program will allow for participants to join this unique project in three ways; A complete coral dome donation, part of a coral dome donation, or the planting of coral fragments/a...

1 Hotel & Homes to Premiere in 2025 on Crete

NEW YORK—1 Hotel & Homes Elounda Hills will be the newest sustainable sanctuary of 1 Hotels, offering an unparalleled luxury hotel experience that honors ancient Mediterranean history and its undeniable influence on the modern world. Situated on the northeast coast of Crete, this Grecian oasis is not only surrounded by the enchanting Elounda Hills and rugged coastline of Mirabello Bay—it’s welcomed by a culture centered around warmth, vitality, and hospitality. With their pioneering vision, Mirum Hellas will develop the property, and SH Hotels & Resorts will operate the exquisite escape, following its prospective opening in the summer of 2025. Seamlessly pairing ancient architecture...

Shaw Industries Introduces Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold Collection

DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries (Shaw) has introduced its first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold (V3.1) flooring products, representing the latest in the company’s sustainability achievements. The company has long been committed to Cradle to Cradle design and its focus on material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship and social fairness. Shaw’s EcoWorx-backed carpet tile (introduced in 1999) was the first flooring to ever be Cradle to Cradle Certified and was one of the first products from any industry to obtain that achievement. Today, almost 90 percent of the products the company manufactures are Cradle to...

DuPont Publishes Environmental Product Declaration for New Insulation

WILMINGTON, DEL.—With the release of the latest landmark climate report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), DuPont announced it is even more urgent that architects, policymakers and industry work together to limit the impact of global warming, and reduce embodied carbon. Affirming its commitment to transparency, DuPont Performance Building Solutions has published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its newest Styrofoam Brand ST-100 Series extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS). This latest EPD continues the company’s practice of publishing third-party-verified EPDs for Styrofoam Brand products sold in North America, including its reduced and low global warming potential (GWP) products introduced in 2021 to help architects...

Japan Hotel Run by Electricity Generated from Hydrogen, Food Waste

KAWASAKI CITY, JAPAN—In any conversation about green hotels, one of the hotels that deserves a lot of time is the Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in Kawasaki City, Japan. The 186-room property is run by 100 percent renewable energy. Thirty percent of the energy is derived from hydrogen. Seventy percent of the energy is derived from food waste generated renewable energy. Since transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy the hotel has saved more than $15,000 per year. To generate hydrogen, used plastics (household plastic trash plus hotel amenities) are sent to Showa Denko K.K.’s hydrogen production facility where they...