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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.

Sustainability

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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.

Vail Resorts Announces Wind Energy Contract, Plan to Eliminate Single-Use Dining Plastics

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts, Inc. took major steps in its Commitment to Zero, as the company announced a long-term wind energy contract to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100 percent of its estimated FY 2019 North American operations by 2020. Additionally, Vail Resorts announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all its North American restaurants with compostable and recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018-19 winter season. “As a growing company, deeply connected to the outdoors, we made a commitment last year to address our most pressing global and...

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Transplants First Corals from Its Coral Nursery

FÉLICITÉ ISLAND, SEYCHELLES—October marked the first anniversary of the coral restoration program at Six Senses Zil Pasyon and the beginning of the next chapter in the project, which aims to restore a seafloor area of about 6,500 square feet (600 square meters). During the one-year period, corals grew over 200 percent on average, with a growth range of between 85 and 422 percent per harvested segment. Survival rate was 93.4 percent, with most of the loss resulting from nursery damage that unfortunately took place during August’s rough monsoon season. The restoration program, which saw the resort collaborate with local NGOs...

Hawaii Convention Center Launches Conservation Program with LEED Gold Certification

HONOLULU, HAWAII—To mark its 20th year of operations, the Hawaii Convention Center is launching the Hoʻomaluō Program, a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability with the goal of enhancing the guest, planner, staff and community meetings and events experience. Hoʻomaluō launched in conjunction with the 2018 American Dental Association (ADA)—America’s Dental Meeting. The meeting was held last week and drew over 15,000 registrants from 46 countries, while generating an estimated $70.8 million in statewide visitor spending. It was ADA’s third annual conference at the Center, including the building’s largest-ever gathering of 30,000 attendees in 1999. The ADA returned in 2009, marking...

Interface Hospitality Brings Fully Custom Program to Sector with Luxcierge

NEW YORK—Interface Hospitality has launched Luxcierge, a custom design process available to the full-service hospitality market. The new premiere service takes a collaborative approach to bring its clients’ luxury flooring vision to life. Luxcierge will debut at BDNY, November 11 to 12, 2018, at the Interface Hospitality booth #1139 in the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Mirroring the service level guests receive in upper upscale luxury hotels, Luxcierge offers a creative partnership directly between Interface Hospitality designers and the client’s internal team. Recognizing that each high-end hotel is unique, Interface Hospitality’s custom design team crafts every offering...

Why Green Workplace Design Creates a Feel-Good Factor for Employees

LOS ANGELES—In the Los Angeles offices of Cuningham Group architecture firm, natural daylight streams in through four skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, while discreet vents manage the flow of fresh air. Individual offices are set in upcycled shipping containers, with a central indoor garden that filters the air and enhances the space with morale-boosting greenery. “Sustainability in the office has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last five or ten years,” says Stuart Finnie, Head of Design at Tétris. “Design measures that can enhance a firm’s environmental credentials are coming to the top of every client’s wish list.” Common eco-friendly measures include the...

Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia to Open in December

KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA—Reservations are being accepted at Six Senses Krabey Island following confirmation that the resort is on track for its scheduled opening. The hosts at Six Senses Krabey Island will welcome guests on December 1 as the brand marks its arrival in Cambodia. The Six Senses Krabey Island will include its own water bottling plant using glass bottles, an Earth Lab that tends a 3,700 square foot organic market farm, coral propagation program, the support of school programs in nearby villages as well as the introduction of sustainable practices within the local Khmer communities. Six Senses Krabey Island is set...

3 Pillar Solutions Releases Cloud-Based Hotel Sustainability Assessment

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—3 Pillar Solutions, LLC announced the launch of their online 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Assessment, eliminating what can sometimes be unaffordable on-site consulting and travel fees. This comprehensive 238-question assessment takes a comprehensive snapshot of the entire operations. Shortly after submittal, a custom-tailored report of recommendations for improvement and cost savings are provided, along with a 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Guide offering education in all areas of sustainable hospitality, from food waste prevention, stakeholder engagement strategies, to adopting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 2030 locally. “The 3P Hotel Sustainability Assessment by 3 Pillar Solutions provided a comprehensive and affordable...

Song Saa Reserve, a Unique Development in Cambodia, has Sustainability at its Heart

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA—The owners of Song Saa Private Island—Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort, renown internationally for its commitment to environment and social sustainability—announced the launch of a new project, centered in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap: the Song Saa Reserve. Building on the knowledge and success of Song Saa Private Island and its sister NGO, the Song Saa Foundation, the Song Saa Reserve seeks to fulfil Rory and Melita Hunter’s vision of creating a commercially successful, ethically led integrated resort: a place where all luxury tourism blends effortlessly with initiatives that restore and improve the local natural and human...

Clean the World Rallies to Assist Hurricane Michael Victims

ORLANDO—In response to Hurricane Michael, Clean the World is answering to the need for hygiene and relief supplies in affected areas with plans to assemble and distribute 50,000 emergency relief kits. After working around the clock to provide 50,000 relief kits to areas devastated by flooding in the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence, many of Clean the World’s supplies are running low in addition to drained financial resources due to shipping and costs associated with the distribution of kits from Orlando and Las Vegas facilities. In order to provide much needed relief and comfort to displaced families overwhelmed by the devastation of...

Meliá Hotels Joins #PorElClima Community to Combat Global Warming

PALMA, MALLORCA, SPAIN—Meliá Hotels International announced that it is joining the #PorElClima community as part of its commitment to combat climate change. The platform is a pioneering Spanish project which brings together individuals, companies, organizations and public administration with a common goal: concrete actions to ensure Spain complies with its Paris Agreement commitment to reduce emissions. The 2015 Paris Agreement defined objectives for slowing down global warming and limiting the increase in the Earth’s temperature to 1.5°C, which would considerably reduce the risks and impact of climate change. Meliá Hotels International plays a leading role in combatting climate change within the...