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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.

WTTC Sustainability and Investment Summit to be Held June 2022 in Puerto Rico

LONDON—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company announced the Sustainability and Investment Summit, which will take place on June 14 in the city of San Juan. Announced at FITUR, the international tourism fair held in Madrid, Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “This one day event will demonstrate WTTC’s and the wide Travel & Tourism sector’s commitment to preserving the planet, reducing the effects of climate change and, above all, increasing its resilience to ensure its continued sustainable growth. From the very beginning of this pandemic, the Government of Puerto Rico through the...

Analysis of GRI Reports Points to Progress in SDGs Integration

AMSTERDAM—A new study has revealed that four-in-five companies assessed now include a commitment in their sustainability reports to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet fewer than half set measurable targets for how their actions contribute towards fulfilling the Goals. The publication from GRI and Support the Goals—State of Progress: Business Contributions to the SDGs—analyzes a sample of over 200 companies around the world that produced a GRI report in 2020. Key findings include: 83 percent of companies state that they support the SDGs, recognizing the value of aligning their reports with the Goals; 69 percent of companies articulate which Goals...

Schneider Achieves Outstanding Performance in Sustainability Ratings

BOSTON—Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has delivered yet another strong year of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance based on 2021 ratings from independent and renowned corporate sustainability experts. Schneider Electric uses the annual ratings from four key external indexes: CDP Climate Change, Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), EcoVadis, and Vigeo Eiris, to grant shares to executives, senior management, leaders and talented employees determined as part of the Schneider Sustainability External & Relative Index (SSERI) long-term rewards scheme. “Motivating employees with sustainability targets based on external assessments is a necessity for any organization serious...

Trying to Make Sense of Sustainability Fees

It was about 14 years ago that I wrote about the energy surcharges that some hotels were charging. Due to their unpopularity, they disappeared quite quickly. In a January 10 story on The Points Guy, it was reported that some Marriott hotels have begun tacking on a nightly “sustainability fee”. The Points Guy picked up the story from One Mile at a Time which reported about one hotel adding on a nightly $4.99 sustainability fee. “This fee isn’t referenced when rates are initially displayed, but rather it’s just added at the end of the booking process, as part of...

Results of Deloitte’s Survey of 2,000+ C-Suite Executives Regarding Climate Change, Sustainability

During September and October 2021, Deloitte polled over 2,000 C-suite executives across 21 countries to examine business leaders’ and companies’ concerns and actions when it comes to climate change and environmental sustainability. Climate weighs heavily on the minds of the world’s executives. However, there is also a disconnect between ambition and impact. Organizations are struggling to implement actions that demonstrate they have embedded climate considerations into their culture and have the senior leader buy-in and influence to effect meaningful transformation. The report further explores the disconnect between ambition and impact as well as steps CxOs can take to start...

Support from Visit Bend Launches Sustainable Tourism Lab at OSU-Cascades

BEND, ORE.—Oregon State University – Cascades will establish a research laboratory to provide data and services to help tourism entities around the country and in Bend balance visitor needs and community impact, thanks to a $125,000 commitment from Visit Bend made through the OSU Foundation. “We’re grateful to Visit Bend for their generosity and visionary leadership in helping launch a research lab that can support sustainable economic, social and environmental futures for tourism destinations like Bend,” said Andrew Ketsdever, Interim Vice President of OSU-Cascades. Tourism represents 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic and $12.8 billion in direct spending in Oregon...

USGBC Partners with Dodge Data to Release World Green Building Trends 2021 Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of the 2021 World Green Building Trends report, of which USGBC is a contributing partner. The new report demonstrates that despite the challenges of the last two years, commitments to increase green building efforts continues to remain strong. The report shows that green building continues to remain a global priority, driven by extreme events and despite rising concerns like the COVID-19 pandemic. “The World Green Building Trends report underscores the increasing importance that governments, corporations and institutions are placing on green buildings for our climate, health and economy,” said...

Hyatt Announces Plans for Grand Hyatt The Red Sea in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with The Red Sea Development Company for a 430-room Grand Hyatt hotel on Shaura Island, the hub of the ambitious Red Sea Project on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The luxury resort hotel will represent the largest of 11 hotels set to open on the island and will occupy a prime position within this innovative tourist development. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom and the seventh Grand Hyatt hotel in the Middle East, marking an important milestone...

Why Hospitality Schools Should Teach Biodiversity

When not traveling for work, we travel to explore destinations, seeking relaxation and inspiration to recharge our batteries. As tourists, we want an environment that is clean and untouched. Nobody wants to go on vacation and lie on the beach next to a pile of garbage. Whether diving in the ocean, climbing a mountain for a glorious view, or heading out on a safari, one of the major reasons we travel is to discover foreign ecosystems and their wildlife. Tourism depends heavily on biodiversity, and ensure that our students are aware of this. So, What is Biodiversity? For a long time, biodiversity...

Scandic to Open Climate-Neutral Hotel in Sundsvall

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic Hotels has signed a long-term lease agreement with Skanska for a new 210-room hotel in downtown Sundsvall. The new hotel, which will be attractively located in the city’s harbor area, will be built of wood, giving it a very high environmental standard. The hotel is expected to open during 2024. The hotel will be called Scandic Sundsvall Central. The hotel, which will be ideally located next to Sundsvall’s harbor and railway station, will have 210 rooms and a cozy restaurant and bar area on the ground floor. One floor up, guests will be able to enjoy the hotel’s...