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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

Leading Hotels of the World, STI Partner on Carbon Neutral Program

BOULDER, COLO., NEW YORK—The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the largest global luxury hotel brand, announced the launch of the Leading Green Initiative. This innovative program will enable and encourage guests to make a conscious decision toward greener travel by actively supporting Sustainable Travel International (STI), a leading nonprofit organization focused on responsible tourism. The Leading Green Initiative is a carbon neutral program whereby The Leading Hotels of the World will directly absorb the cost to offset guests’ energy consumption for stays at any of its 440 hotels worldwide. “We are extremely proud to be the...

Comfort Suites Decision Sparks Growth of FreshStay Site

SAINT CHARLES, MO.—The decision by Choice Hotels International to go smoke free at all 433 domestic Comfort Suites hotels as of May 1 will bulk up the growing ranks of FreshStay, an online directory of smoke-free lodging facilities worldwide. “The number of completely smoke-free hotels in the United States grew more than 2,700 percent in 2006, and with Choice Hotels’ Comfort Suites brand coming into the fold, we’re already off to a great start for 2007,” says Ray Burger, president of Pineapple Hospitality, which founded FreshStay. “Studies show that at least four out of five hotel guests prefer...

Hartmann & Forbes Launches New ErtheWeave Collection

TUALATIN, ORE.—Hartmann & Forbes, fabricator of sustainable handcrafted window coverings, announces the launch of the ErtheWeave Collection, the company’s first line of textile window coverings. The European-inspired collection includes more than 70 natural textiles with more than one-third being handwoven. “Handcrafting natural textiles is the logical next step for Hartmann & Forbes,” says Michael Jones, Hartmann & Forbes’ founder and CEO. “We searched exhaustively throughout Europe for the finest natural materials and wove them into a collection that will provide designers with high-end, environmental sensitivity they won’t find anywhere else.” The ErtheWeave Collection captures the texture and...

U.S. government Travel Planners Begin to Screen for Green Hotels

Last November I wrote an article about the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating program for hotels. One of the most intriguing things I learned while writing that article was that the government of Canada had endorsed the program and is requiring many of its employees to stay at Green Key hotels. I just spoke with Tony Pollard, president of HAC, for an update article on Green Key and he stated that one of the primary reasons for Green Key’s success is the government participation and requirements. Until last week, I had not read or heard...

Ecolab’s 2006 Sustainability Report Details Company’s Environmental Stewardship Progress

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc. has published its 2006 Sustainability Report, which details the corporation’s efforts in the areas of economic progress, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. It provides data on related activities for 2006. “Sustainability at Ecolab is much more than just a green product line,” says Bruce Cords, vice president of Environment, Food Safety and Public Health. “Sustainability is something we work to integrate into all that we do as part of our business development and daily practice.” Highlights of the report include: Continued advancements in research and development. From solid formulations to innovative packaging...

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Launches New Green Guide

TORONTO—As an environmental ambassador and industry pioneer in responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced it has launched the third edition of its acclaimed Green Partnership Guide, a comprehensive how-to text for companies looking to “green” their operations. The ultimate source for companies looking to introduce or expand their green policies, the latest edition of Fairmont’s authoritative manual once again opens the vault on the brand’s environmental best practices. Forwarded by world-renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, the Green Partnership Guide focuses on key areas such as energy management, water conservation, and innovative community...

EnviroGLAS Expands Sales Force to Meet Recycled Product Demand

PLANO, TEXAS—EnviroGLAS announced a significant expansion and the reapportionment of sales regions to meet the rapidly increasing demand for recycled glass and porcelain counters, floors, wall panels and landscaping mulch. EnviroGLAS has added 14 architectural representatives in the last year, and EnviroGLAS products are now carried in at least 30 showrooms across the country, many of which are new green building supply stores. The expanded sales team can be viewed at www.enviroglasproducts.com/reps.asp. The number of EnviroGLAS dealers is expected to double in 2008. “Earth Day is this weekend,” says president and founder Tim Whaley. “It’s the perfect...

Noted Authors Introduce ‘Green Cleaning for Dummies’

BLOOMINGTON, IND.—Beginning this month, commercial or institutional cleaning executives will have no excuse for not starting a green cleaning program. That’s when ISSA will publish a special industry-specific edition of Green Cleaning for Dummies, written by industry experts Steve Ashkin and David Holly, which demystifies and simplifies the green cleaning process. “Setting up a green cleaning program is easier than people think,” says Ashkin, who has spent more than 25 years in the cleaning industry and the past 17 years advocating for environmentally preferable cleaning. “Based on our extensive experience greening the cleaning industry, we were able to...

Bentley Partners with ANEW to Keep Carpet Out of Landfills

LOS ANGELES—Bentley Prince Street has taken another step in its Mission Zero sustainability commitment through a unique partnership with the Asset Network for Education Worldwide (ANEW) Foundation, a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization that collects and repurposes surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment for groups in need. Their goal? Create a program that unites environmental sustainability with social responsibility—keeping carpet out of overflowing landfills while, at the same time, helping community learning programs that can benefit from repurposed carpet. Through this partnership, Bentley Prince Street will work with ANEW to identify and assess surplus carpet—carpet that for one reason or...

Olde Mill Inn Adds PURE Guestrooms to Rooms Inventory

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.—The Olde Mill Inn here is now offering its guests a healthier night’s sleep with PURE rooms from Pure Solutions NA, Cheektowaga, N.Y. The inn is the first hotel in New Jersey to offer this special service. A PURE room is one that has been professionally treated to minimize irritants, contaminants, and odors. PURE allergy friendly rooms are the most complete allergen-resistant hotel rooms on the market. Each PURE room is treated extensively, ensuring a comfortable and inviting stay every time. In addition to PURE guestrooms that feature air cleaners, eco-friendly items such as Energy Star...