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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.

The Purpose Hotel Continues Evolution with WP Hospitality Group LLC at Management Helm

NASHVILLE—WP Hospitality Group LLC, the award-winning hotel and resort management company, will be at the management command for The Purpose Hotel The luxury company is spearheaded by Horst Schulze, former President and COO of the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and founder of Capella Hotel Group. HASTINGS Architecture will oversee the primary design aiming for an open of 2022 in Nashville. The revolutionary idea is the brainchild of renowned photographer Jeremy Cowart. Everything from blankets to soap, internet access to furniture, The Purpose Hotel will help fight cyclical issues through domestic and international partnerships offering visitors the chance to literally...

SportsArt Fights Climate Change in Caribbean

MIAMI—SportsArt, the green fitness company, is offering individuals residing in and visiting the Caribbean an opportunity to contribute directly to the fight against climate change while exercising and staying healthy. The innovative SportsArt company produces gym equipment that converts human energy expended during exercise, in a gym or at home, into utility grade electricity. SportsArt ECO-POWR is a line of cardio equipment that harnesses human energy produced throughout a workout and converts it into utility grade electricity, offsetting the facility’s power consumption and reducing its carbon footprint. According to Jaime Fairfoot, Director of Sales and Business Development for SportsArt, this...

Booking.com Reveals Key Findings from Its 2019 Sustainable Travel Report

NEW YORK—Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, has released findings from its annual sustainable travel report for the fourth consecutive year. Research reveals almost two-thirds (66 percent) of U.S travelers believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations. However, common barriers travelers face when making sustainable travel choices are (percent of U.S respondents who agree): I do not know how to make my travel more sustainable (40 percent); Although I do see options to travel more sustainably, other options tend to appeal more (41 percent); I...

Highlights from Hersha’s 2018 Sustainability Report

For those of you not familiar with Hersha Hospitality Trust, it is a real estate investment trust that invests in hotels (48 hotels, 7,644 rooms). The company is organized in Maryland, with its principal office in Harrisburg, Pa. Hersha created its award-winning sustainability program, EarthView, in 2010. Hersha just released its 2018 Sustainability Report. According to Hersha, since 2010 it has seen a $65 million increase in portfolio value thanks to EarthView. It has also experienced $11 million in savings. Compared to 2010, Hersha has seen a 15 percent reduction in energy per square foot, 41 percent reduction in greenhouse...

NRA Show to Include Many Green-Focused Sessions

CHICAGO—During this year’s National Restaurant Association Show, operators will find out just how easy it is to be green. Restaurateurs who want to add a dash of sustainability to their operations will have access to tips and tools and best practices on how to accomplish their eco-friendly goals, including reducing food waste, incorporating recycling into back-of-the-house operations or providing more sustainable food options on menus. Here are just a few of the educational offerings at this year’s Show, May 18 to 21, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago: Nutrition and Sustainability: The Best of Both Worlds on Your Menu Location: Learning...

World is ‘On Notice’ as Major UN Report Shows One Million Species Face Extinction

PARIS—A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail without radical action, UN biodiversity experts said on Monday. Speaking in Paris at the launch of the Global Assessment study—the first such report since 2005—UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said that its findings put the world “on notice”. “Following the adoption of this historic report, no one will be able to claim that they did not know,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said. “We...

New York City Will Require Green Roofs and/or Solar Panels on Newly Constructed Buildings

NEW YORK—Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announced that the New York City Council has passed a suite of measures to reduce greenhouse gases released from buildings in New York City, including a requirement for green roofs and/or solar panels on newly constructed buildings. The Climate Mobilization Act passed NYC Council last week. “For the past two years Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has been advocating for new measures to grow the green roof market in New York City, and we are very pleased with the passage of this new legislation,” said Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President,...

Classic Hotels & Resorts Announces 1% for the Planet Membership

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Through business and individual memberships, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. They advise on giving strategies, certify donations, and amplify the impact of the network. 1% members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,200 member businesses, a new and expanding core with hundreds of individual members, and...

Banyan Tree Celebrates 25 Years, Earth Day with Over 25 Percent Reduction of Single-Use Plastic

SINGAPORE—Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Earth Day 2019 with an over 25 percent groupwide reduction of single-use plastic in a year. The Group announced a pledge against single-use plastic in support of the Earth Day 2018 theme End Plastic Pollution. Within a year, this declaration has inspired the change across its 48 hotels worldwide and successfully eliminated 4.2 million single-use plastic items, equating to a significant 26 percent reduction in total usage.Championing 25 years of sustainable development since its inception in 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels &...

Duchateau Announces Launch of DUGOOD

SAN DIEGO—Duchateau, an innovator in the design and manufacture of luxury architectural finishes from hardwood flooring to 3D wooden wall panels, announces the launch of DUGOOD, the brand’s new corporate sustainability program. Duchateau has partnered with the nonprofit organization, National Forest Foundation (NFF), and DUGOOD will directly contribute to NFF’s ambitious campaign to plant 5 million trees by 2023. The DUGOOD initiative will commit that one tree will be planted for every Duchateau hardwood floor sold, with a portion of the trees being planted in areas directly impacted by California Wildfires.