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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 Unveils World-First Global Travel & Tourism Climate Footprint Data

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled groundbreaking new data detailing the climate footprint of the global Travel & Tourism sector. The findings were launched at the global tourism body’s 22nd Global Summit in Riyadh by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Saudi-based Sustainable Global Tourism Center. In a world-first, this comprehensive research covers 185 countries across all regions and will be updated each year with the latest figures. During her opening speech Julia Simpson, President & CEO of WTTC announced the findings of the Environmental & Social Research (ESR). In one of the largest research...

WinCup Releases New phade Sustainable Boba Straws

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.—Eco-minded boba tea enthusiasts nationwide are now able to enjoy their favorite beverage without using a straw that harms the environment. WinCup, Inc., the manufacturer of phade, the world’s first marine biodegradable, home and industrial compostable Caribbean blue drinking straw, has released a new bubble tea-sized straw for boba, smoothie and milkshake drinkers. The boba straw’s wider size is more suitable for thicker liquids while incorporating phade’s superior sustainable technology. Made with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), a meaningful new biopolymer derived from the fermentation of canola oil, phade straws maintain the feel and user experience of traditional plastic straws but will safely...

Soul Community Planet Announces Partnership with Boardriders Foundation & SeaTrees

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced a new partnership with the Boardriders Foundation and SeaTrees as part of its Every Stay Does Good program. Through Every Stay Does Good, SCP’s guests help to make the world a better place through special programs that advance the values of wellness, social good and sustainability. With the announcement, SCP will plant one SeaTree—or kelp—each time a guest stays at the SCP Seven4One Hotel or the Laguna Riviera Hotel. The program will help restore the marine ecosystem along the Southern California Coast and foster positive climate change. “We are honored to partner with Boardriders Foundation...

Booking.com Celebrates One Year of Travel Sustainable Program

LONDON—Leading digital travel platform Booking.com announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one-year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable program, introduced in 2021 to provide travelers with transparent and credible information to make more mindful choices for their trips. With the ongoing aim to recognize the efforts of a wide range of property types to operate more sustainably and to provide travelers with consistent and easy-to-understand information, the company is introducing three distinct badge levels to the Travel Sustainable program. The new levels have been designed to clearly demonstrate a broader spectrum of where different accommodations are...

Green Lodging News Adds REV Energy Ventures Case Study to Website

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added a REV Energy Ventures case study to its website. The case study details how REV Energy Ventures worked with Host Hotels & Resorts to develop and implement a corporate renewable energy strategy to increase onsite solar PV across Host’s U.S. portfolio. Since 2011, REV performed high level portfolio analysis to identify solar opportunities and in-depth feasibility assessments on over 100 hotel properties. The assessments enabled Host to invest approximately $17M in solar projects in Hawaii, Arizona and Washington, D.C. where REV provided turnkey services managing the whole project development lifecycle. REV continues to identify renewable...

Cardamom Tented Camp Wins HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award

CAMBODIA—Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia has won the 2022 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Sustainable Hotel Award for Climate Action. Apart from climate action, there were awards for building preservation/adaptive reuse, positive community impact, and sustainable design. Seven judges, mostly from institutional sustainability backgrounds, assessed the submissions. The BHN Group, which runs the HICAP event, announced the winners in October. The judges based the climate action decision on Cardamom Tented Camp’s ability to work with partners to preserve 180 sq km of lowland rainforest in the Botum Sakor national park in southwest Cambodia. On climate action, it is estimated that the...

REV Energy Ventures Helps Host Hotels & Resorts Save Millions Through Solar Investments

Onsite Solar Strategy, Feasibility and Implementation Host Hotels & Resorts Portfolio Properties, including Hyatt Regency Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani, Andaz Maui, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Westin Georgetown, JW Marriott Washington DC, Hyatt Place Waikiki, AC Kierland Host Hotels & Resorts is an S&P 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) and one of the largest owners of premium luxury hotels. REV Energy Ventures (REV) worked closely with Host to develop and implement a corporate renewable energy strategy to increase onsite solar PV across Host’s U.S. portfolio. Since 2011, REV performed high level portfolio analysis to identify solar...

USGBC Announces Updates to LEED v4 to Better Address Carbon Emissions, Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced updates to the primary version of the LEED green building certification program, LEED v4, to more directly address carbon emissions and climate change. The updates will raise the threshold of LEED v4 to encourage greater energy performance, aligning LEED v4 with the rigor of LEED v4.1, which raised the bar on energy and climate upon its release in 2018. “From day one, USGBC has been committed to the continuous improvements and advancement of green buildings standards. The new updates to LEED v4 affirm that climate is core to LEED,” said Peter Templeton,...

Dusit Hotels and Resorts is first Hotel Chain in Thailand to Offer 100 Percent Organic Rice at Its Properties Throughout the Country

BANGKOK, THAILAND—Dusit Hotels and Resorts, under Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has become the first hotel chain in Thailand to offer 100 percent organic rice across its entire portfolio of properties nationwide, bringing nutritional benefits to guests, customers, and employees, and sustainable income gains and life-changing developments to agricultural communities in the kingdom’s Thung Kula Rong Hai area, specifically Surin and Sisaket provinces. Driven by Dusit International’s food business unit, Dusit Foods, and the company’s Sustainability Committee, the initiative sees Dusit work directly with farm collectives and provide all the support they need—from quality...

UNWTO at COP27: Uniting Tourism Around Tangible Climate Action Plans

SHARM EL SHEIKH—The tourism sector has set out its plans to achieve its climate action ambitions. At COP27, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) brought leading sector stakeholders together to share practical insights into accelerating the shift to greater sustainability and reaching Net-Zero. Since the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism at COP26, more than 700 businesses, destinations, civil society groups and even countries have signed up, committing to decarbonize, regenerate and measure in order to halve their carbon emissions by 2030 and reach Net-Zero by 2050 at the latest. UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic said: “One year after...