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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. 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.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. 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.

Largest Element Hotel Yet, With 460 Guestrooms, Opens in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—Element Hotels—part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 leading brands and designed for today’s healthy, active traveler—announced the opening of Element Philadelphia, marking the brand’s debut in the city. Developed by Conshohoken-based Chestlen Development, the hotel will be the newest addition to Philadelphia’s reemerging hospitality scene, with travelers planning an average of 2.7 trips this year, according to a recent Visit Philadelphia report. Designed with a focus on sustainability and well-being, Element is ideal for families, groups and business travelers who want to maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road. “Bringing the Element brand to Philadelphia was a strategic decision to appeal...

Steeped Coffee Adds La Colombe Coffee Roasters to Lineup

SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.—Steeped Coffee, a Certified B Corp, announced the addition of La Colombe Coffee Roasters to its lineup of top brands available in its single-serve Steeped Brewing Method. La Colombe, a pioneer of third wave and fourth-wave coffee, now offers its signature cafe blends in fully compostable Steeped Packs. The proprietary brewing method is changing the way people view single-serve coffee, delivering all the benefits with none of the barriers. The partnership brings quality touch-free coffee and a sought-after green business solution to hotels, offices, wholesale purchasers, and other consumers nationwide. Steeped Coffee, quickly becoming the new standard in single-serve coffee, is the only fully compostable...

Tarkett Releases 2020 CSR Report

SOLON, OHIO—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, has released its 2020 Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSR) report. Fully audited by an independent third-party organization, KPMG, this report showcases the company’s ongoing sustainability performance. “In the last ten years, we have achieved strong progress in sustainability. In many cases we have exceeded our 2020 objectives, developing circular economy initiatives, reducing our carbon footprint and eco-designing our products with healthy materials,” says CEO Fabrice Barthélemy. “Opening a second chapter in its sustainability strategy, Tarkett is leading the way in its industry. As part of our ‘Change...

PM Hotel Group Among Management Company Leaders When Addressing Sustainability

CHEVY CHASE, MD.—One of the fastest growing hotel management companies in the United States—PM Hotel Group—also happens to be one of the ones most committed to corporate responsibility. The Chevy Chase, Md.-based company has its own Director of Sustainability + Facilities (Christie Berlin), manages four LEED hotels, including one LEED Platinum (Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring, Md.) and purchases 100 percent green energy. “We started 10 years ago with 11 hotels,” Berlin says. “We now manage 51 and are working on three development projects at the moment.” “This company has always been committed to corporate responsibility,” Berlin adds. “It definitely...

Fairmont Celebrates 30th Anniversary as Global Leader in Sustainability

PARIS—Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its award-winning Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, now part of Accor’s Planet21 program. In continuing to set the industry standard in sustainable practices, Fairmont along with Accor has announced the goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A commitment has also been made to eliminate any remaining single-use plastics in guestrooms, meeting areas, and restaurants across all hotels by the end of 2022. “Thirty years ago, our forward-thinking team literally wrote the book on environmental sustainability in the hospitality industry with the very first edition of our famed Green Partnership Guides,”...

Johnson Controls Releases 2021 Sustainability Report

CORK, IRELAND—Johnson Controls, a global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, published its 2021 Sustainability Report, highlighting bold new environmental, social and governance commitments and progress towards the company’s sustainability goals. “At Johnson Controls, sustainability is our business,” says George Oliver, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls. “This year saw us continue to pioneer new and important paths to sustainability, including our issuance of a green bond in the U.S. capital markets—among the very first industrials to do so. We welcome and embrace the enhanced attention and urgency around tackling climate change and making gains across environmental, social and governance pillars....

With Many Green Features, Home2 Suites by Hilton Flourishes—Even with Pandemic

MCLEAN, VA.—Last year was undoubtedly one of the worst years in the history of the lodging industry but that bad year saw the continuation of one of the industry’s most notable success stories—Hilton’s Home2 Suites extended stay brand. Designed with “sustainability being a key pillar,” according to Global Brand Head Leonard Gooz, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the brand. As of December 31, 2020, there were 463 open and 409 in the pipeline. According to Hilton, the 500th Home2 Suites is expected to open by the end of this quarter. STR says Home2 Suites saw the most supply...

World Centric Unveils Breakthrough Compostable Molded Fiber Cutlery

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF.—World Centric announced a new and unique collection of certified compostable molded fiber single-use cutlery and serving utensils. This collection of wood-free, plastic-free products provides the foodservice industry a more environmentally conscious option to traditional disposable cutlery and serving utensils and is suitable for a broad range of common food serving and meal prep uses. Currently, available items include 6” and 3” spoons, 6” sporks, and 10” serving utensils capable of hot or cold use. Additionally, molded fiber 6” forks and knives will be available in Spring 2021. World Centric is the first in North America to offer...

Grand Canyon Railway Runs on Diet of Oil from Area Hotels, Restaurants

WILLIAMS, ARIZ.—The Iron Horse is back and healthier than ever thanks to a strict diet of oil used for cooking French fries and chicken wings. The oil comes from fast food joints and hotels in the region and Williams-area including the Grand Canyon Railway and & Hotel’s restaurants themselves. While such a diet might be hazardous to the health of humans, The Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) uses recycled waste vegetable oil as fuel for Locomotive No. 4960, a steam engine built in 1923, to keep it running and running green. Eight times from April through October, all are welcome aboard for...

The Pad, a New Boutique Hotel/Hostel in Colorado, Becomes B Corp Certified

SILVERTHORNE, COLO.—The Pad team isn’t just talking about their commitment to sustainability for their new boutique hotel/hostel that opens this summer in Silverthorne, Colo., they’re taking action and joining more than 3,000 global sustainability leaders in pledging to adopt a new business model and culture that prioritizes purpose alongside profit. The Pad, a 36-room boutique hotel with hostel-style rooms, was recently certified as a pending B Corp with plans of achieving the full B Corp certification once they’re eligible after being open for 12 months. The Pad is on track to becoming the first B Corp certified company in Summit...