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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.

Las Vegas Sands Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for First Time

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands Corp. has once again been recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), and for the first time has been named to DJSI World, representing the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on long-term economic and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Sands also earned repeat placement on DJSI North America, placing the company in the top 20 percent of North American sustainability performers. Sands is the only U.S.-based hospitality and gaming company to be included on DJSI World, as well as DJSI North America. In...

Six Senses to Debut Grenada Resort in Late 2022

BANGKOK—Marking the brand’s debut resort in the Caribbean, Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada is set on a headland on the southern part of the island known for its spice and relaxed lifestyle. Set to open in late 2022, the resort and residences are spread over 38 acres (15 hectares) and laid out using the natural topography of the land, with great effort given to ensuring space, privacy, and uninterrupted views over the turquoise sea. The resort will offer 56 guestrooms, seven one-bedroom villas and five two-bedroom villas, with no building higher than a palm tree. Influenced by the region’s traditional...

Ecolab Named to CDP Climate & Water Security A Lists

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that protect people and vital resources, has been recognized for its sustainability leadership by global environmental nonprofit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious “A List” for tackling climate change and protecting water security. CDP is widely considered the gold standard for corporate environmental transparency. Ecolab is one of a small number of companies that achieved CDP’s double “A” rating, out of more than 5,800 businesses that were analyzed. Because of its significant action on climate change and water security risks, Ecolab is recognized...

Ameresco Releases First ESG Report

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, released its first Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) report for 2020. The report centers on the theme of “Doing Well by Doing Good,” which reflects Ameresco’s mission of delivering energy efficient and renewable solutions that enable a low carbon future. The report is a reflection of Ameresco’s progress in the ESG focus areas from the company’s inception, while also addressing many of its goals for the future. Ameresco’s ESG Committee, which includes employee representatives across various functions, geographies and contributions, was established in 2020 to spearhead efforts to...

Legacy Vacation Resorts Reimagines their Approach to Mindful Travel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.—Florida-based Legacy Vacation Resorts (LVR) has been on a journey of growth and learning over the past few years, spending time and resources working diligently behind the scenes to become a Certified B Corporation. B Corps, as they are referred to, are businesses that voluntarily meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose through third-party review. However, many of the changes happening at the company were invisible to the everyday guest—things like carbon offsetting, a living wage initiative for employees, reduction of emissions and an income and savings program...

Acuity Brands Publishes 2020 Environmental, Social & Governance Report

ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. has recently published the company’s 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. The report describes the Acuity Brands ESG program, entitled EarthLight, and the related actions the company is taking to help customers improve their impact on the environment and to benefit the lives of its associates and their local communities. The report also emphasizes the company’s ongoing commitment to transparency and integrity in its business practices. “We’re very pleased to have completed the first full year of our EarthLIGHT program, and we are immensely gratified at how far into our operations our program has reached,” said Adam...

CREST Names Recipient of Martha Honey Legacy Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) staff and Board of Directors announced this year’s recipient of the Martha Honey Legacy in Responsible Travel Award: Judy Kepher-Gona, Founder and Principal Consultant at Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda (STTA). The inaugural Legacy in Responsible Travel Award was made last year to Dr. Martha Honey on the occasion of her retirement to honor her leadership and accomplishments in responsible travel. At that time, the CREST Board of Directors decided to make this an annual award to someone in the global tourism industry making a significant difference in pushing the envelope in responsible...

Antigua & Barbuda Named Lonely Planet’s Emerging Sustainable Destination of the Year

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA—Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Awards has named the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda 2021’s Emerging Sustainable Destination of the Year. Unveiling a radical reimagining of its much-awaited Best in Travel picks for 2021, Lonely Planet is looking ahead to the important changes taking place globally, from sustainability to diversity, and shining a light on the future of travel. This year, Antigua and Barbuda has been highlighted as one of the destinations transforming the travel industry. From banning single-use plastics to establishing a “Green Corridor” of environmentally friendly businesses, Antigua and Barbuda have made sustainability a priority. Charles Fernandez, Minister...

Summit Hotel Properties Publishes Its Corporate Responsibility Report For 2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. announced that it has published its annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2019, which covers the company’s ongoing commitment to the environment, its community, and stakeholders. The company’s corporate responsibility goals use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a guideline and outline the company’s key performance indicators, achievements and initiatives to address important environmental, social and governance issues. “Since establishing our Corporate Responsibility program in 2017, we have built upon our sustainability objectives, from tracking metrics related to our consumption, waste, recycling and greenhouse gas emissions, to setting measurable, science-based reduction targets for energy, water and...

Carrier to Reduce Customers’ Carbon Footprint by More Than One Gigaton

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA.—Carrier Global Corp. announced the company’s first set of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals since becoming an independent company in April. Building on the company’s vision to create solutions that matter for people and our planet, Carrier is targeting carbon neutrality across its operations by 2030. The company is also aiming to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton, supported by a planned investment of more than $2 billion over the next 10 years toward the development of healthier, safer, and more sustainable building and cold chain solutions. “At Carrier, we are applying...