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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.

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...

Phase II of Destiny USA to Include Green Hotel with 1,300-Plus Rooms

CHICAGO—In a presentation at Greenbuild earlier this month, Destiny USA founder and chairman Robert J. Congel introduced the initial design of a hotel and conference facility that will be the next phase of the Destiny USA project in Syracuse, New York. The hotel, which will feature more than 1,300 rooms, is being designed to LEED Platinum standards and will serve as a showcase for sustainability. “Five years ago, Destiny USA was still learning what it takes to build a living laboratory for environmental stewardship, renewable energy and innovation,” Congel said. “Fortunately, we were ahead of the curve. Today we are...

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Assn. Wraps Up ‘Lodging Forecast: Green’ Conference

COLUMBUS, OHIO—The Ohio Hotel & Lodging Assn. (OH&LA) held its annual conference on Monday, November 19 in Columbus. Approximately 400 attendees met at the Hilton Columbus at Easton to learn about green industry trends and how to simultaneously save energy, water and improve profitability. The theme for the event was “Lodging Forecast: Green” and featured speakers including Joe McInerney, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA), and Chris Lane, v.p. environmental affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts. McInerney was the keynote speaker during the luncheon. He commended OH&LA for its focus on environmental issues and...

ARAMARK Helps Secure $1 Million Donation to National Park Foundation

PHILADELPHIA—ARAMARK, a professional services organization and leading concessionaire of parks, resorts and hospitality services, has helped secure a $1 million grant to the National Park Foundation as the initial and lead sponsor of the Foundation’s newly unveiled First Bloom project. First Bloom was created in conjunction with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for children to participate in hands-on natural resource protection activities in national parks. The First Bloom project, honoring the work of Lady Bird Johnson, was launched by the National Park Foundation and Honorary Chair, Mrs. Laura Bush. The donation is the first investment in the First Bloom...

Xanterra to Install One of Largest Solar Energy Systems in the U.S.

DENVER—Xanterra Parks & Resorts announced that it will install one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in the country—and the largest system in the U.S. tourism industry—in Death Valley National Park, the sunniest place in the country. The one megawatt (MW) system will harness the sun’s energy to generate more than one-third of the annual electricity needs for Xanterra’s operations there, comprised of the Furnace Creek Inn, Ranch, golf course and employee offices and housing. Xanterra’s system in Death Valley will be one of the largest privately owned PV energy systems in the country, and easily the largest...