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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.

New Research Shows New Net Zero Model Brings Benefits for Hotel Sector

DENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM—A new paper co-authored by international property consultancy Gleeds, global engineering and design consultancy Arup, global hospitality company IHG Hotels & Resorts, and energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has revealed how the hotel industry can tackle the net zero carbon challenge and save millions in the process. Entitled “Transforming Existing Hotels to Net Zero”, the team compiling the research used a real-life case study to consider what opportunities exist to decarbonize existing hotels and drive operational energy to net zero carbon. With energy consumption typically accounting for as much as 60 percent of a hotel’s emissions...

Making Small Business Changes to Benefit your B&B

NATIONAL REPORT—Sustainability in hospitality is good for business. In Booking.com’s Sustainable Travel Report, 73 percent of global travelers indicated their intentions to stay at least once in a green accommodation within the coming year. Booking.com’s report also revealed that over half (55 percent) of travelers are more set on making sustainable travel choices this year and adopt sustainable travel habits, indicating the increasing call for the bed and breakfast owners to get on board. In response, the company has rolled out its sustainability program and reaffirmed its commitment to help properties make sustainable changes. For the bed and breakfast properties listed and...

Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club Announces New Amenities & Offerings Aimed at Environmental Education & Enhanced Guest Experience

CLEARWATER, FLA.—Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club, Clearwater’s first eco-friendly hotel inspired by the resilient star of the Dolphin Tale movies, Winter the Dolphin, announced the addition of all-new family-friendly amenities and on-site educational opportunities through the hotel’s unique partnership with Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA)—Winter’s home sweet home. Furthering CMA’s mission of marine rescue, rehabilitation, and release, Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club now proudly offers permanent, on-site educational opportunities through a designated interactive Education Room, featuring a Lego table, Dolphin Tale memorabilia, marine-themed books, and reading area, as well as interactive tablet stations with CMA educational content, Kids’ Activity Guides available at the front desk, and a mock sea turtle nest....

Booking.com’s 2021 Sustainable Travel Report Affirms Potential Watershed Moment for Industry & Consumers

NEW YORK—New research released from Booking.com, containing insights gathered from more than 29,000 travelers across 30 countries, suggests that the pandemic has been the tipping point for travelers to finally commit to their own sustainable journey, with 63 percent of U.S. travelers believing people must act now to save the planet for future generations. As the world of travel starts to open up again, Booking.com’s 2021 Sustainable Travel Report reveals that American travelers are more committed than ever to do so in a mindful way, with just under half (46 percent) stating that the pandemic has influenced them to want to...

Booking.com Releases Sixth Annual Sustainable Travel Report

Booking.com just released its sixth annual Sustainable Travel Report (see related article). It is based on one of the travel industry’s largest surveys and worth paying attention to. A total of 29,000 travelers from 30 countries were surveyed. (Click here to access a page where the Report can be downloaded.) “Our research uncovers how the travel hiatus has opened travelers’ eyes to the impact, both positive and negative, that their trips can have on local ecosystems and communities around the world,” said Marianne Gybels, Director of Sustainability at Booking.com. As the world of travel starts to open again, Booking.com’s 2021 Sustainable Travel...

Brune Poirson Joins Accor as Chief Sustainability Officer

PARIS—Accor announces the appointment of Brune Poirson to the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. Poirson will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, and will become a member of the Executive Committee. Her role will be to define, drive and monitor the commitments, the strategy and the roll-out of the Group’s action plans in terms of sustainable development. She will also be responsible for the Accor Solidarity Foundation and the ALL Heartists Fund. This appointment became effective on May 5, 2021. Sébastien Bazin, Accor Chairman and CEO said: “For more than 25 years, Accor has been at the forefront...

Six Senses is First Hospitality Brand to Partner with The United States Coalition on Sustainability and SustainChain

BANGKOK—As part of an ambitious Plastic Free 2022 strategy to remove and avoid all virgin plastic materials from its hotel and spa operations, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is the first hospitality brand to collaborate with the United States Coalition on Sustainability and SustainChain. This follows a partnership with the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative signed in 2020 to work with suppliers to seek safer alternatives and address the root causes of plastic pollution. SustainChain is a change engine to drive unprecedented action and progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Championing the value of collaboration, SustainChain connects the global...

Johnson Controls Named to Prestigious FT European Climate Leaders List

CORK, IRELAND—Johnson Controls, a global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, announced it has been named to the inaugural FT Climate Leaders in Europe list. Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021 is a list of companies across Europe that have shown the highest reduction of their emission intensity, i.e., core greenhouse gas emissions in relation to revenues, between 2014 and 2019. Johnson Controls was one of only 300 companies selected from 4,000 across Europe. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Financial Times as a European climate leader,” said George Oliver, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls. “Sustainability has long been at the heart of...

Mohawk Ranked Most Sustainable Flooring Supplier on Index

CALHOUN, GA.—Mohawk Industries has been recognized as the most sustainable flooring supplier on Green Builder Media’s 2021 Brand Index. Receiving the top Brand Index score in the flooring category, green professionals ranked Mohawk as a leader in terms of products and initiatives and identified the brand as a sustainable thought leader. “At Mohawk, we’re ever-evolving to meet the latest sustainable needs of all our customers,” said Scott Gibson, Senior Director of Sales Operations, Mohawk Builder + Multifamily. “With innovative and environmentally friendly product solutions, we strive to be a single-source partner. This distinction further helps set us apart from the...

DuPont Froth-Pak Spray Foam Introduces New Formulation

WILMINGTON, DEL.—In support of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while delivering sustainable innovation, DuPont announced a new standard for two-component polyurethane foams with the launch of the HFC-free Froth-Pak Spray Foam. Froth-Pak Spray Foam, available this month, offers customers an innovative solution with a significant global warming potential (GWP) reduction, while helping advance DuPont’s 2030 Sustainability Goals. This product is compliant with currently enacted, as well as draft, U.S. State Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) and Canadian GWP regulations. It also delivers GHG reductions in support of the Paris Climate Agreement along a timeline that is more aggressive than the Kigali...