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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.

Ryan Butler Keeps PM Hotel Group Centered, Focused on Sustainability Goals

Name: Ryan Butler Title: Corporate Director, Sustainability + Energy Years in Current Position: One year and 9 months. Primary Responsibilities: “Looking at our brand and local compliance standards. Understanding what brand needs are, as well as investor needs. Handling utility procurement. Explaining the renewable energy credits market. Educating around sustainability.” Company’s most significant accomplishment in sustainability: “One to highlight is releasing six sustainability reports. It shows continued transparency. When comparing our first report with our 2024 report, it is like night and day.” Company’s most significant challenge moving forward in sustainability: “Education for ownership groups and translating sustainability initiatives for the groups. Making sure...

Hawaii’s Governor Green Signs Landmark Regenerative Tourism Bill into Law

HONOLULU—Governor Josh Green, M.D. signed into law a bill incorporating regenerative tourism frameworks into the Hawaiʻi State Planning Act in a ceremony at his office on June 28, attended by legislative leaders, community proponents, and Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) leadership. “Sustainable tourism is essential for the future of our state,” said Governor Green. “This bill ensures that our visitor industry grows in a way that respects and preserves our cultural heritage while promoting economic diversification.” Senate Bill 2659, introduced by Senators Jarrett Keohokalole and Les Ihara, Jr. and championed by the Native Hawaiian Caucus in both chambers of the Legislature, incorporates...

Caesars Entertainment Releases 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment, Inc., the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S., released its 2023 Corporate Social Responsibility report. The report highlights the company’s progress in environmental impact, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Team Member development, community investment and more. “At Caesars Entertainment, we’re committed to continuing to develop, diversify and achieve our CSR goals,” said Heather Rapp, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility for Caesars Entertainment. “We’ve been in a period of progress as we met and exceeded our interim emission reduction goals three years ahead of schedule, and because of that work, we were able to implement new, more ambitious goals...

USGBC Applauds Final Definition of a Zero Emissions Building

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will work with the Biden Administration during Greenbuild to announce plans to create a new national definition of a zero-emissions building. This is the future of buildings, and the definition will be an important tool for establishing a common understanding of what it really means to be a zero operating emissions building. As financial institutions, investors, and insurers grapple with climate risks, USGBC sees the baseline established by this definition as key to evolving market expectations. USGBC is currently developing the next phase of the LEED rating system—LEED v5—and is committed to aligning the new rating systems by including specific LEED certifications designed to certify projects to the national definition. LEED, which launched the green building revolution 30...

Six Senses Kyoto Opening Marks the Brand’s Entry into Japan

KYOTO, JAPAN—Six Senses Kyoto has opened its doors, marking the brand’s entry into Japan. Conveniently situated among the iconic heritage shrines and palaces within the ancient capital, Six Senses Kyoto invites guests to both an epicenter and an escape, to enjoy holistic wellness, signature sustainability and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Six Senses Kyoto marks a historic milestone of taking the Six Senses brand into new frontiers, while continuing to enrich IHG’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio—now the second largest in the world. The hotel’s design draws inspiration from the Heian period (794 to 1185), when Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was the capital of Japan, considered...

Calilo Establishes Environmental Action Plan & Observatory

IOS, GREECE—Calilo, the family-owned luxury resort in Ios, announced the launch of an independent Environmental Observatory for the island, solidifying its commitment to sustainability and preservation. The independently funded, operated and science-based plan aims to enhance sustainable development on the island by monitoring environmental evolution, diagnosing trends, formulating data-driven proposals, and implementing sustainability practices across the island. Situated on the unspoiled island of Ios in the Greek Cyclades, Calilo was created with sustainability and ecotourism at the heart of their ethos. With a deep-rooted love for the island and a goal of immersing guests in a destination focused on reconnection...

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Earns Turtle Safe Certification

The Turtle Conservancy is dedicated to protecting threatened turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide, and to promoting their appreciation by people everywhere. Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. just announced its achievement of the Turtle Conservancy’s Turtle Safe Certification, highlighting its commitment to protecting local sea turtle populations. This prestigious certification recognizes the resort’s comprehensive efforts to implement turtle-friendly lighting throughout its property, ensuring a safe nesting environment for these endangered creatures. In collaboration with the Turtle Conservancy, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina received a grant to assist in the transition to turtle-friendly lighting....

Laminam Releases Sustainability Report

FIORANO MODENESE, ITALY—Laminam has released its comprehensive Sustainability Report, demonstrating the company’s ability to manage the market in adverse conditions and achieve higher-than-industry average performance figures with an inclusive, circular approach to sustainability. Globally, Laminam’s consolidated revenue is 237.4 million Euros, EBITDA of 11 percent and economic value distributed of 212 million Euros. As Laminam North America continues to broaden its presence and contribute to the overall growth of the company, sustainable innovation is a guiding principle. “We are proud of these accomplishments and will persist in our commitment, as each of us has a vital role to fulfill in shaping a future that is...

Bahamas Awarded Caribbean Destination Resilience Award

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS—The Bahamas has been awarded the prestigious Caribbean Destination Resilience Award by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST). This award is a testament to The Bahamas’ unwavering commitment to sustainability and resilience in tourism, aligning with the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Caribbean Destination Resilience Award acknowledges destinations that exhibit a deliberate focus on resiliency, particularly through innovative strategies and collaborative efforts that engage both public and private sector stakeholders. The Bahamas’ exemplary initiatives in addressing climate change and fostering...

Good Plastic Company Selected for Sustainability Lab at NeoCon

NEW YORK—The Good Plastic Company was prominently featured in Metropolis’ Sustainability Lab at NeoCon 2024, held June 10 to 12 at THE MART in Chicago. Climate designer and Studio O+A Co-Founder Verda Alexander selected the company’s revolutionary Polygood––100 percent recycled and recyclable plastic panels––as the primary material for the 27 display pedestals throughout the space. Utilizing nearly 1,000 pounds of recycled plastics, Polygood’s presence in the Lab is a true case study for circularity, demonstrating the importance of thoughtful planning and material selection to minimize environmental impact. The Lab took visitors on a transformative journey, diving into the latest...