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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.

The NAFEM Show to Feature More Than 540 Exhibitors

This week I will be attending The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) in Orlando. The show runs from February 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. I am looking forward to it and will report on the event in next week’s column. There are currently 541 exhibitors. I will be on the lookout for new innovations and technologies—specifically ones that help hoteliers save energy and water and reduce waste. Within foodservice there has been a lot of chatter recently about the health risks of gas stoves. According to The New York Times, mounting evidence...

Guests of Pueblo Bonito Resorts Aid Mother Nature to Protect Turtle Hatchlings

LOS CABOS, MEXICO—For nearly two decades, Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts—now joined by Quivira Los Cabos—have aided a turtle protection and hatchling release program, boosting the survival rate of an endangered reptile that’s vital to the region’s ecosystem. But what happened last fall was truly something special. “The arrival of the olive ridley turtle occurs in Mexico on the Pacific coast, in the States of Oaxaca and Michoacán, and here in Baja California Sur,” explains Carlos Villalobos, Manager of Pueblo Bonito’s Sea Turtle Protection Program. “What happened last fall in Los Cabos in the Bay of Cabo San Lucas...

Green Key Global Aligns with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in New Certification Program

OTTAWA, ONT—For more than 20 years, the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating program, run by Green Key Global, has been evolving to keep up with changing trends, technologies, operational practices, standards and expectations. According to Rebecca Bartlett-Jones, Manager, Business Development, Green Key Global, the Eco-Rating program is about to evolve again with a new version of the hotel certification program set to launch on February 1. While previously mostly a North America-centric program, moving forward it will be entirely North America-centric. Already recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Green Key Global is working toward accredited certification...

Regenerative Travel Prominent on Euronews 2023 Travel Trend Report

Euronews just released its 2023 Travel Trend Report. Almost all the trends touch on sustainability or wellness in one way or another. First on the list is regenerative travel—nature positive and carbon positive travel. “Tour operators, destination bodies and hotels are tasked with the job of actively repairing, restoring and investing in nature, in order to keep pace with consumer sentiment,” the report says. Third on the list is Rail Revival. Driving the return to this form of travel is the convenience, cost and lower carbon footprint. “A handful of private companies are reviving night trains across Europe,” the report says....

Soul Community Planet Achieves Regenerative Travel Milestones

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP), the holistic hospitality company founded on the values of wellness, social good and sustainability, announced it has reached several milestones in its efforts to make regenerative travel a reality. These include achieving its company-wide Net Zero Waste goal for 2022, receiving a new EarthCheck benchmark, and launching the new Pristine Playa program on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. SCP Exceeds 2022 Net Zero Waste Goal In 2022, SCP achieved superior waste efficiency, with an estimated one pound of landfill waste generated per occupied room—less than half of the estimated industry average. Over the same period, SCP’s...

Car Free Las Catalinas Announces Completion of Beach Town Neighborhood

GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA—In 2006, the innovators behind a car-free town aspired to create a better way of life connecting people to nature in a place where 1,000 acres of a 1,200-acre property would remain undeveloped as a tropical dry forest reserve. After 16 years of planning and construction, that vision is now a reality with the completion of the neighborhood of Beach Town in Las Catalinas. Referred to as one of the most important and beautiful new towns in the world by renowned Notre Dame School of Architecture Professor Douglas Duany, Las Catalinas is located in the northwestern province of Costa Rica. Inspired...

Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering Welcomes New President & CEO

IRVINE, CALIF.—Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, the commercial interiors industry’s largest supplier of contract textiles and wallcoverings, has named Paul Cleary as its new President and CEO. Cleary aims to bolster the company’s long-standing commitment to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration. Cleary most recently held the role of Senior Vice President of Healthcare at global flooring company Mohawk Group, where he worked for more than 15 years in various capacities. Cleary also has an impressive track record of C-Suite experience, serving as CEO & President at Twitchell Technical Products. Prior to his work at Twitchell, Cleary was President of Hospitality at Tarkett...

Fiberon Wildwood Composite Cladding Earns Two Awards

MAUMEE, OHIO—Testament to the company’s innovation in wood-alternative siding, Fiberon Wildwood composite cladding has earned two prestigious awards: a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and a Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products magazine. “These awards validate the commitment we have made to producing beautiful, high-performance building products that are sustainable and kind to the environment,” said Kate Haws, Director of Brand Marketing for Fiberon. The Good Design Awards program honors “both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world...

Southall, Franklin, a Farm-based Resort, Opens on More Than 325 Acres in Tennessee

FRANKLIN, TENN.—Southall Franklin, a farm-based resort, has officially opened its doors. Set on a working farm dedicated to education and exploration, Southall encompasses over 325 acres of Middle Tennessee hillside, creating a unique escape dedicated to saluting the agricultural heritage of the region, while advancing innovative practices for a sustainable future. Southall features 62 guestrooms and suites, along with 16 stand-alone cottages; a spa; a wealth of farm, wellness, and adventure activities, and a signature restaurant and culinary program led by Executive Chef Andrew Klamar and Senior Vice President of Culinary and Agriculture Tyler Brown. “The first seeds for Southall...

WTTC & Trip.com Group Global Traveler Report Reveals Shift Towards Sustainable Travel

MADRID, SPAIN—A major new report by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Trip.com Group, together with Deloitte, reveals a heightened appetite for sustainable tourism amongst consumers, with 69 percent of travelers actively seeking sustainable travel options. In this follow-up report, WTTC joined forces again with leading global travel service provider, Trip.com Group and its major consumer brands Trip.com, Ctrip and Skyscanner, with additional data sourced from Deloitte, to analyze the trends that shaped the Travel & Tourism sector last year and will continue to do so over 2023. The report, “A world in motion: shifting consumer travel trends in 2022 and beyond”, shows...