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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: editor@greenlodgingnews.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: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Electrolux Highlights Lower Emissions in 2018 Sustainability Report

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Electrolux, an appliance industry sustainability leader, reported a 66 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its operations since 2005, and highlighted how significant investments at manufacturing sites and in new product platforms will make a major contribution to the company achieving its climate targets. In the 2018 Sustainability Report, Electrolux presents facts and figures showing the company’s progress towards its targets in the nine key areas outlined in its sustainability framework, For the Better. Read the full report here. Contributing to the CO2 reduction achieved until 2018, 24 of Electrolux manufacturing sites now only procure electricity from renewable energy sources....

MGM Resorts Joined Observance of Earth Hour

LAS VEGAS—For the 12th consecutive year, MGM Resorts International participated in Earth Hour, the worldwide effort that puts climate change in the spotlight. A total of 19 MGM Resort properties around the globe, as well as T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, turned off all non-essential exterior lighting, rooftop signage and marquees to symbolize MGM’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. All interior and essential lights remained on during this time, and property operations were not affected. Earth Hour was held on March 30, 2019 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time and is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch...

Saudi Arabia Demonstrates Commitment to Green Future with $23 Billion Riyadh Project

You do not have to look far to find examples of human rights violations by Saudi Arabia. Last year’s killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul is a recent prominent example. Saudi Arabia’s intervention in the war in Yemen is another example. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, 56,000 civilians and combatants were killed in Yemen between January 2016 and October 2018. Terrible for such a small nation. It is certainly challenging to lift Saudi Arabia up as a country to emulate but some recent news out of the country on...

Whisper Creek Farm Gets JW Marriott Executive Chef John Janucik’s Creative Juices Flowing

Name: John Janucik Title: Executive Chef Location: JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Years in Current Position: Almost three years Primary Responsibilities: “I focus on food quality, food specs, menu development, guest satisfaction scores, event survey scores, wages, financials, associate engagement, recruiting, training, and growing talent within.” Organization’s most significant f&b-related, sustainability-related accomplishment: “Whisper Creek Farm. It is our 7,000-square-foot fruit and vegetable garden with an adjoining 11,000-square-foot outdoor event space.” Organization’s most significant f&b-related, sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “The culinary talent has shrunk greatly. The talent pool is small. Hiring good talent and developing them. Also, increasing our volume of donations to Second Harvest Food...

Earth Hour 2019: A Time to Inspire a Movement to Protect the Planet

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses and cities around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to celebrate Earth Hour and recommit to protecting the planet. From the Sydney Opera House to the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, thousands of iconic landmarks will join millions of people to show their support for the fight against climate change and the conservation of the natural world. Earth Hour comes at a critical juncture in the history of the planet and humanity. From devastating wildfires to unprecedented hurricanes, the negative impacts of accelerating...

Water in a Carton: A Product Whose Time is Now

I spoke yesterday with the representative of a company that is developing a customizable water product that will be available in a carton to the entire lodging industry soon. Water is sold in a paper carton like cartons you purchase milk or orange juice in. Compared to plastic and glass, the carbon footprint of a carton is significantly less. It biodegrades much faster than plastic while still being recyclable. The carton I learned about has no BPAs or VOCs. I was sent some images of cartons that had been customized with photos of hotel properties on the outside and...

Travelzoo Celebrates Successful Debut of Global Sustainability Campaign

SHANGHAI—Travelzoo, a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, has seen a highly positive reaction from its members in China to the company’s #GreenAmbassador initiative. The #GreenAmbassador is the first in a series of initiatives to be launched by Travelzoo as part of its new Global Sustainability Campaign to champion sustainable travel solutions for the world. China is now the fastest-growing market for new-energy vehicles in the world. In 2014, only 74,763 new-energy vehicles were sold in China; by 2017, that number had increased by over 1,000 percent to 777,000 (source: South China Morning Post, April 2018). Recognizing...

Six Senses Laamu Leads the Maldives as Eco-Resort of the Year

LAAMU, MALDIVES—Tourists visit the Maldives to experience diverse coral reefs, out-of-the-ordinary marine life and beautiful palm-fringed beaches. When a business relies on natural assets, like Six Senses Laamu does, environmentally-responsible operations that conserve them are a must. What the resort does on land is just as important as what it does on and under water, and that is why MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) has named Six Senses Laamu the Leading Eco-Resort at the Maldives Travel Awards 2018. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operate with the philosophies of wellness and sustainability at their core. These values...

Hilton Brands to Recycle 1 Million Bars of Soap by Global Handwashing Day

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton’s Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and All Suites brands are launching the Clean the World Challenge in partnership with Clean the World, a global health leader dedicated to sustainability and water, sanitization and health. Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will challenge hotel owners and Team Members to collect bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycled into 1 million bars of new soap by Global Handwashing Day (October 15) for Clean the World to distribute to communities in need. “As one...

P&G Goal: Deliver 25 Billion Liters of Drinking Water to Those in Need

CINCINNATI—This World Water Day, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is celebrating the achievement of its 2020 goal of delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water through its nonprofit Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program. P&G is now accelerating its efforts to help provide clean drinking water to even more people by delivering 25 billion liters—more than 100 billion glasses of water—worldwide by 2025. Since the program launched in 2004, P&G has worked closely with a network of more than 150 partners to raise awareness of the global water crisis and provide water to families in more than 90 countries through...