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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.

Whirlpool Ahead of Schedule to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. announced it will increase the company’s commitment to environmentally sound business practices by reducing total greenhouse gas emissions 6.6 percent by 2012. The company will make these global, voluntary reductions while at the same time increasing production by 17 percent. The positive output of this reduction is equivalent to approximately 4.47 million acres of trees, an area larger than the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Whirlpool Corp. is an industry leader in energy and water efficiency, and the only appliance manufacturer that brings an “across the board” focus to energy and water conservation,...

TIES, FUNDEMAS Join Forces to Strengthen Ecotourism in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism association dedicated to socially, ecologically and economically responsible travel, is partnering with FUNDEMAS to help further establish and strengthen ecotourism and sustainable tourism in El Salvador. FUNDEMAS, the Business Foundation for Social Action, is a foundation that promotes sustainable development through socially responsible business practices, entrepreneurial values and philanthropic initiatives. A strong advocate for sustainable tourism development, FUNDEMAS has been a member and collaborating partner of TIES since August 2006. As an upcoming international and regional tourism destination, El Salvador holds unique cultural and...

Atlas Travel Partners with NativeEnergy to Offset GHG Impact

MILFORD, MASS.—Travel-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are a recognized contributor to global warming and are expected to grow by 75 percent over the next 10 years unless positive action steps are taken. To help combat this trend, Atlas Travel International just launched their ecoAtlas program to help neutralize this impact. Under the new program, Atlas has partnered with NativeEnergy Travel Offsets to provide Atlas customers with a valuable, cost-effective option to offset travel-generated carbon emissions. “We see this as a way to help clients travel responsibly while also contributing to the overall health of the planet,” says Elaine Osgood, president...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Keynote Greenbuild Conference & Expo

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the opening keynote speaker for USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. Greenbuild will be held November 17-19, 2008, in Boston. Bishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, lead a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Today, he is revered worldwide as a “moral voice” seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses. “Bishop Tutu’s life, work, and message demonstrate the power of transformational change,” commented Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chairman of USGBC....

International Ecotourism Society Announces Location for 2008 Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Leaders in sustainable tourism from across North America and beyond will meet in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 27-29, 2008 at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2008 (ESTC 2008), The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced. Hosted by the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, the BC Sustainable Tourism Collective and the Council of Tourism Associations of British Columbia, the conference will provide opportunities to gain knowledge of the latest trends in ecotourism and sustainable tourism, learn practical skills, and participate in invaluable networking and knowledge sharing. The ESTC 2008 will be held at the Fairmont Hotel...

Vail Resorts Lays Out Ambitious Sustainability Plans for RockResorts

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Continuing on many of its company-wide environmental initiatives, Vail Resorts intends to return RockResorts to its original legacy of leadership in protecting the natural environment that serves as the setting for each one of its iconic resorts. RockResorts announced that it will be launching comprehensive sustainability initiatives across the full spectrum of its operations in the coming months, including energy and water conservation, renewable energy, construction, guestrooms, meetings and events, cuisine, local community outreach, education and guest activism. “The mission of our company is Extraordinary Resorts, Exceptional Experiences,” says Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts. “What defines each...

Star Island Project Under Development in Out Islands of Bahamas

THE BAHAMAS—There have been many changes in the few years since “travel” and “sustainable” first appeared in the same sentence. Emerging technologies coupled with mounting consumer demand have given us green travel options from luxury ecolodges (that have a negligible impact on their ecosystems) to carbon-neutral resorts, tours and airlines. A new leader in this green revolution is Star Island, a private-island destination currently under development in the Out Islands of the Bahamas. When it opens its doors in late 2009, its mix of high-luxury and high-sustainability could be the talk of the travel industry and the inspiration for...

Fairmont’s Kitchen Experts Find Creative Ways to Pursue Sustainability

TORONTO—As part of Fairmont’s Hotels & Resorts’ new commitment to organic, sustainable and local menus, measures are taken everyday at Fairmont hotels across the globe to also find creative ways to run an environmentally responsible kitchen. Going beyond simply purchasing sustainable food items, these efforts include recycling, and reusing and donating—all resulting in an overall impact that lessens the luxury brand’s footprint on the planet. Fairmont properties have long had partnerships in place that provide them with the freshest local ingredients, and many of these purveyors are as committed to sustainability as Fairmont. For example, Fairmont locations in the Pacific...

Editor at The Economist to Address Sustainability Issues at ALIS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Emma Duncan, deputy editor of The Economist and an expert on the evolving economic state of going green, will share her global insight and environmentally-friendly development strategies at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 28–30, 2008. In her keynote address, “Business & Climate Change,” Duncan will advise an audience of hotel executives, investors, developers, and professional financial advisors of the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change and how their businesses can help solve this intractable problem. ALIS, the lodging industry’s annual premier investment conference addressing the unique needs of the hotel investment community, has made eco-friendly business...

International Hotel & Restaurant Assn. Honors Willard InterContinental

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Willard InterContinental, under the leadership of general manager Hervé Houdré, was awarded the IH&RA Environmental Award for Hospitality Sustainable Development for “Willard InterContinental—The Next 100 Years.” The holistic plan is comprised of interwoven sustainable projects designed for a luxurious urban hospitality experience in harmony with social and ecological consciousness and economic viability. The myriad programs that comprise the sustainability program include the conversion to 100 percent wind energy power—making the Willard the first hotel in the nation’s capital and one of the first urban luxury hotels in the United States to achieve this. Other projects include a complete...