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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.

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...

Center for Responsible Travel Examines Overtourism in New Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) released The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018, which includes an in-depth look at the complex issue of overtourism and the role of responsible travel in developing solutions. The new CREST report considers overtourism trends in five distinct types of destinations and concludes that the principles of responsible travel and visitor education provide a vital framework for effectively addressing the issue. It also highlights growing consumer demand for authentic and meaningful travel experiences and analyzes the role of tourism businesses in mainstreaming responsible travel. Trends & Statistics 2018 updates CREST’s previous industry...

Six Senses Fiji Wins Climate Action Category at HICAP 2018

MALOLO ISLAND, FIJI—The annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) has announced the winners for the HICAP 2018 Sustainable Hotel Awards and Six Senses Fiji has taken the title in the Climate Action Category. The awards are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region, creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region. For climate efforts, Six Senses Fiji is honored to have been awarded top spot for a range of initiatives that are practiced within the resort....

Hersha Announces Support of Waterboys Program

PHILADELPHIA—Hersha Hotels and Resorts announced that EarthView, their corporate social responsibility platform, will be providing support to the Waterboys program—the hallmark initiative of the Chris Long Foundation. Hersha will donate $1 from the sale of each EarthView water bottle that is purchased at their hotels towards the funding of wells in East Africa. Launched in 2015 by Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long, Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in service. The charity provides underserved rural communities in emerging economies with clean, safe and sustainable water per well by drilling wells serving up to 7,500 people at a cost of...

Organic Cotton Linen: An Integral Part of a Healthy Sleep Experience

NATIONAL REPORT—Non-organic Cotton linen is standard in hotels today but their environmental impact—from the cotton field to the guestroom—is significant. According to Anna Sova, a provider of luxury organic cotton linen, conventional cotton makes up only 3 percent of the world’s crops but uses 25 percent of the world’s pesticides annually. Every pound of cotton grown has been treated with one-third pound of pesticides. Pesticide residues often can remain in the fabric through the processing and finishing stages of the garment. It is not just the pesticides that pose an environmental and health risk—especially for those workers applying it—it is...