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Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Water Conservation

Home Water Conservation
Profits go down the drain, literally, when water is not conserved. Fortunately, there are many measures that can be taken to reduce consumption. Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and best practices. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

ITP Uses World Water Day for Release of Water Stewardship Report

Today, World Water Day, the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has released a 24-page report entitled, “Water Stewardship for Hotel Companies.” Be sure to read it. The report explains the connection between areas of tourism growth and water stress, and recommends six steps essential to any corporate water stewardship strategy. ITP’s goal is to “support increased water-use efficiency, sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and reduce the number of people affected by water scarcity by embedding water stewardship programs across hotel portfolios.” How bad is the global water problem? According to the report, the impact of growing human...

Simple Ways for Hotels to Embed Water Stewardship on World Water Day

LONDON—On World Water Day a report from the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) reveals the six simple steps the hotel sector must take to protect this vital resource and become responsible stewards of water for future generations. Authorities have had to consider switching off the water supply in Cape Town, South Africa. It could happen as early as July. Forty percent of the world’s population suffers water shortages for at least one month each year. Countries forecast with the highest water stress in the coming years are also amongst those with the greatest tourism growth, putting hotel companies at the forefront of...

Cintas is First Recipient of Evoqua Water Sustainability Award

NEW YORK—Evoqua Water Technologies named Cintas Corp. the inaugural recipient of the Evoqua Water Sustainability Award, recognizing excellence in water stewardship. Cintas saves up to 599 million gallons of water per year through its companywide system. Of note, Cintas Industrial Laundry can deliver significant improvements in water use compared to home laundry by providing approximately 20 percent water savings—in addition to significant energy and soap savings. Cintas has also demonstrated leadership in sustainability by taking steps to lower water use and minimize environmental impact at several facilities through enhanced wastewater treatment, as well as enhanced water reuse efforts. For example, at...

Illinois Location Gets Eco-Friendly Makeover with Element Hotel

MOLINE, ILL.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, and Ctwo Hotels, announced the opening of Element Moline, marking the debut of the eco-conscious, extended-stay brand in Illinois. With the support and inspiration of the Moline Historic Society, Element Moline offers guests eco-friendly and wellness-focused amenities within the historical surroundings of one of Moline’s oldest buildings. Part of the hotel is housed in the O’Rourke Building, a warehouse that was originally built in 1916. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Illinois for the first time with the opening of this landmark property,” said Marlon Whyte, Senior Global Brand Director...

Honoring New Water Technologies on March 22—World Water Day

VISTA, CALIF.—International World Water Day is held annually on March 22. Its goal is to focus on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the better management of water. But what is often overlooked, according to Klaus Reichardt, CEO and Founder of Waterless Co., one of the largest manufacturers of waterless urinals in the United States, is all the progress the world has made technologically when it comes to water. “New technologies are providing more people access to potable water for drinking and sanitation,” says Reichardt. “Not only is this helping to keep people healthier, it is producing greater economic...

Laura Abshire: Overseer of NRA’s Sustainability Program

Name: Laura Abshire Title: Director of Sustainability Policy and Government Affairs Organization/Location: National Restaurant Assn./Washington D.C. Years in Position: 5+ years Primary Responsibilities: “I view my role as someone who is increasing education around sustainability—monitoring everything around the sustainability space and how it impacts our members.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “The NRA has done a lot of work linking sustainability efforts with restaurateurs and their daily operations. Raising awareness and inspiring action has been a very big accomplishment.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “There is so much more work to be done to educate members on sustainability. The lack of infrastructure for...

Oasis at Death Valley Resort Undergoing Major Renovation

DENVER—OZ Architecture, an award-winning, national architecture and design firm, is leading the major renovation of one of the nation’s unique resort destinations: the Oasis at Death Valley, formerly known as the Furnace Creek Resort. The historic resort, operated by Xanterra Travel Collection, is undergoing a significant transformation that will bring a variety of new luxury amenities and facilities, while maintaining the historic ambiance, stylistic qualities and Mission architecture that have attracted visitors for over 100 years. Although construction began in 2017, OZ began designing the master plan and vision for the Oasis in 2012, with the commitment to revitalize the...

Green Lodging News Welcomes Pürlin to Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Pürlin to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Linens & Towels category. Through its integrated closed-loop, recycling system Pürlin’s laundry-free linens satisfy the hospitality industry’s need to provide safe clean linens while protecting the environment. Pürlin allows guests to rest comfortably knowing that they’re the only ones to ever sleep on Pürlin’s soft, hypoallergenic, single use sheets. Utilizing the same man-made micro-fiber technology safely used in baby diapers and personal hygiene products for over 30 years, Pürlin simulates cotton without the use of dyes, pesticides,...

IHG Unveils New Responsible Business Targets

ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced new Responsible Business targets for 2020, alongside details of the progress the company has delivered against its previous five-year targets. Published in the online 2017 Responsible Business Report, the new 2018-2020 targets focus on four areas where IHG believes it can have the most positive impact: environmental sustainability, community impact, people and responsible procurement. “Many companies have responsible business commitments, but with hotels in local communities all over the world, IHG touches the lives of millions of people,” says Keith Barr, CEO, IHG. “This puts us in a unique...

LINENS & TOWELS

Pürlin The Future of Hotel Linens Has Arrived Through our integrated closed-loop, recycling system Pürlin’s Laundry-Free Linens satisfy the Hospitality Industry’s need to provide safe clean linens while protecting the environment. Pürlin allows your guests to rest comfortably knowing that they’re the only ones to ever sleep on Pürlin’s soft, hypoallergenic, single use sheets. Utilizing the same man-made micro-fiber technology safely used in baby diapers and personal hygiene products for over 30 years, Pürlin simulates cotton without the use of dyes, pesticides, or chemicals. Pürlin consumes a fraction of the water required for cotton-based sheets and creates zero waste, making it...