The Green Scene Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2018 6/19/2018 2:49:37 PM 20 Green Key Global Wins Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Innovation Award <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Recipients Honoured as Baxter Travel Media Hands Out Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum 2015 Leadership Awards (including Green Key Global &ndash; Innovation)</p> 6/8/2015 12:43:09 PM Shining a Green Light on the Intercontinental Boston <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Environmental sustainability does not mean that you have to give up on luxury - the Intercontinental Boston proves just that.</p> 6/8/2015 12:14:44 PM Would You Give Up the Bar of Soap in Your Hotel Room? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Did you know that 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded every day from hotel rooms across the United States? Unfortunately, the same problem exists for those small bottles of half empty shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotions.</p> 6/8/2015 2:25:29 PM Engage Employees in Being Green <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Many of us in the hospitality industry manage a passionate team of people who make it a top priority to put your hotel, resort, or conference center at the forefront of quality, and customer service. At the same time, there are several properties who have a green program of some sort, with one person responsible for ensuring that it is running smoothly.</p> 6/8/2015 12:12:56 PM Sustainable Conference for all #Eventprofs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Meetings, large and small, are important to each industry. It is a place for us all to gather, get face-time with other industry executives, network, educate, and learn about new technologies, best practices, and tips to improve whatever industry we work in.</p> 6/8/2015 12:13:40 PM 2015 Green Key Members' survery: Let Us Know What You Think <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />The 2015 Green Key members' survey is being undertaken with the aim of understanding your motivations and needs so that we may be able to serve you better. This year, we have agreed to send out a study on behalf of Professor Rachel Dodds from Ryerson University who is examining green marketing practices within hotels. The purpose of this research is to determine what extent hotels market their sustainability activities and whether hotels that showcase sustainability practices see any advantage from this marketing. This research also investigates to what degree sustainability practices are undertaken in perceived &lsquo;green hotels&rsquo;. The survey will take approximately 7 minutes to complete. </p> 6/8/2015 2:20:35 PM La Tabl&eacute;e des Chefs & Green Key Global: Reducing Food Waste in the Hotel Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Green Key Global and La Tabl&eacute;e des Chefs are proud to announce their new partnership. With this collaboration, the two organizations who both promote sustainable development among the hotel industry, wish that a maximum of hotels will mobilize in the food waste cause.</p> 6/8/2015 12:40:59 PM The New York Times and Financial Times Launch New Digital Access Program For Hotels <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />The New York Times and Financial Times recently announced a new, first-of-its-kind program available to U.S. hotels to provide their guests with access to and on any device connected to the hotel&rsquo;s network.</p> 6/8/2015 12:41:46 PM Five Silverbirch Properties Receive Green Key Ratings <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Five new Silverbirch Hotels & Resorts' properties have been awarded Green Key designation under the globally recognized Green Key Eco-Rating Program. With the new additions, all 14 of SilverBirch&rsquo;s hotels across Canada are now Green Key certified.</p> 6/8/2015 12:38:42 PM Niagara Casinos receive green (Green Key) recognition <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Niagara Casinos was awarded a 4 Green Keys rating from Green Key Global acknowledging their sustainable convention facilities and practices, topping off another year of substantial environmental initiatives at both Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara.</p> 6/8/2015 12:47:22 PM Calif. Super 8 Delivers on Promise with Pay-Per-Use Laundry System <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br />In the hospitality business, many owners see only two worlds to spend money: the front of the house&mdash;amenities and features that attract and cater to guests&mdash;and that other land known as the back of the house. Most owners place these worlds in different galaxies.</p> 6/8/2015 2:09:34 PM Burt's Bees and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts expand bee partnership to promote and improve sustainable urban food production <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br />This year's WILD FOR BEES expansion includes three major bee hotel installations in Vancouver, a total of 16 bee hotels across Canada.</p> 6/8/2015 12:46:04 PM;fromOtherPageToDisableHistory=Y&amp;menuName=News&amp;sId=&amp;sInfo= Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 6/8/2015 1:52:06 PM;issueID=38254 Get Green Webinar <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Join Green Key Global on how to implement sustainable initiatives and best practices that will help increase business while reducing your carbon footprint. We will discuss successful initiatives and best practices, enabling hoteliers to implement sustainable green techniques. WHEN:Thursday June 25, 2015 @ 1:00pm</p> 6/8/2015 2:15:08 PM Green Key Global will once again be attending Incentive Works! August 18-19, 2015 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2015</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />About Incentive Works: Build your Career, Connections and Business For over 20 years we are proud to be Canada&rsquo;s largest and longest running education and tradeshow event for the meetings, incentive travel and special events industry. Two incredible days of education and networking opportunities offer an unparalleled environment to build your career, your connections and your business.</p> 6/8/2015 2:29:49 PM The State of Electric Vehicles in Canada <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />David Dodge - Huffington Post Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a pretty unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles, or EVs, in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EV's north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary dude. He's the founder of Sun Country Highway, a company which has installed electric vehicle charging stations across Canada. </p> 4/14/2015 1:03:59 PM What hotel companies did during EarthHour 2015 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Earth Hour 2015 took place last month, uniting people & large corporations to protect the planet and highlight the need for climate action. How did the hospitality industry get involved? </p> 4/14/2015 12:07:26 PM Big Changes...Big Returns for the Hospitality Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />In February 2014, National Geographic published the article called "Hotels Save Energy With a Push to Save Water ". This post is to celebrate the successes of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Did you know that 31 of their properties, all casino hotels, are Green Key Eco-Rating members?</p> 4/14/2015 12:06:05 PM How Your Hotel Can See ROI from Going Green <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Has your hotel been considering going green? Are you concerned that investments made will not show a quick return? Smart choices can lead to very profitable results...</p> 4/14/2015 1:00:41 PM Water Conservation &ndash; What can hotels do? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />What is World Water Day ? It&rsquo;s a day to celebrate water! The World Water Day website shows that the 2015 theme is "Water and Sustainable Development". With the day of celebration rapidly approaching, we have been researching for resources that we could share on this blog to provide our readers with tips and best practices to reduce their water consumption.</p> 4/14/2015 12:26:24 PM Green Key Member Spotlight- Edmonton's Metterra Hotel Is Now the Largest in Canada to Be 100 Per Cent Bullfrogpowered With Green Electricity <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Today Bullfrog Power&reg;, Canada's leading green energy provider, and Metterra, an Edmonton lifestyle hotel, are announcing that Metterra Hotel on Whyte is now the largest hotel in Canada to have its entire premises bullfrogpowered with 100 per cent clean, pollution-free electricity.</p> 4/14/2015 1:10:37 PM;issueID=34261 Clean the World and Global Soap Consolidate <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />This is a marriage of strengths. Clean the World now manages all the collection and recycling of soap and plastic bottles, while Global Soap focuses on soap distribution and hygiene education. Please see the press release below for more details. </p> 4/14/2015 12:11:07 PM Hilton Worldwide Makes Changes to Improve Animal Welfare in Supply Chain <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to stop buying food from companies which use cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs.</p> 4/14/2015 12:22:05 PM;utm_campaign=c3d037b943-Newsblast+-+Jan+14&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_260023552e-c3d037b943-78334109&amp;mc_cid=c3d037b943&amp;mc_ Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Achieves Global CO2 Reduction Target <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Becomes the first hotel brand and Canadian-based company to meet WWF's industrious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions</p> 4/14/2015 1:18:32 PM While 22 April is Earth Day in the Calendar, Every Day is Earth Day in the Shangri-la Kitchens <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br />This April, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will mark the global rollout of its culinary sustainability initiative, Rooted in Nature, by hosting a month-long celebration of the group's most exceptional food purveyors. From small farms in the Maldives to fishing villages in Malaysia, the hotels will recognise the farmers, fisherman and ranchers that make dining at Shangri-La not only delicious but also sustainable. </p> 4/14/2015 12:52:06 PM;fromOtherPageToDisableHistory=Y&amp;menuName=News&amp;sId=&amp;sInfo= What are you doing for Earth Day 2015? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Please share with us what your plans are for Earth Day on Wednesday April 22nd! Twitter - @GreenKey_Global or Facebook - </p> 4/14/2015 12:25:36 PM New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association&rsquo;s Annual Conference's session on Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2015</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />April 19-20, 2015 &ndash; Green Key Global will be part of the expert panel</p> 4/14/2015 12:18:33 PM And the Award Goes To... <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Winners of the Green Key Global Environment and Green Key Meetings Awards were announced at the Hotel Association of Canada Annual Conference.</p> 2/9/2015 1:49:51 PM Does Planning a Green Meeting Have to be Difficult? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />While we all want to be conscious of our affect on the environment, planning a meeting, conference or special event that is socially responsible, environmentally friendly, that still delivers on your objectives can prove to be troublesome at times....</p> 2/9/2015 12:29:19 PM Green Key Meetings Member Spotlight <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />As part of our commitment to creating a blog for our members that&rsquo;s full of valuable information and insights, we&rsquo;re going to occasionally feature some interesting conversations with people who we believe are driving sustainability in hospitality and meetings forward.</p> 2/9/2015 2:50:46 PM GreenBiz: The State of Green Business, 2015 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />The 2015 State of Green Business report is just out, our eighth annual assessment of the environmental performance of companies around the world, along with the trends to watch in the year ahead.</p> 2/9/2015 12:33:22 PM 6 Hotel Trends to Keep an Eye On <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />You shouldn't be surprised to see what #2 is...</p> 2/9/2015 2:30:52 PM In 42 of the 50 Biggest U.S. Cities, Rooftop Solar is Now Cheaper than the Grid! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Treehugger: The price of electricity from the grid is going up over time and the price of electricity from solar panels has been going down rapidly for decades. It doesn't take a crystal ball to divine what will happen. At some point, solar power will be cheaper than everything else, and only non-price related considerations will slow it down (thankfully, grid-scale energy storage is also improving fast). After all, the U.S. could power itself over 100x with just solar power, so it's not like there's a shortage...</p> 2/10/2015 9:40:45 AM Employee Engagement: 'Even Small Changes Make a Difference' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />The Guardian: Becoming a more sustainable company doesn&rsquo;t just involve implementing top-down initiatives &ndash; it also requires the participation of employees. For example, Domtar&rsquo;s EarthChoice Ambassadors program creates opportunities for employees at all levels to make a positive impact &ndash; both inside the office and out. This month&rsquo;s Q&A spotlights Tish Goldsberry, an inventory clerk at the Rock Hill Converting Center in South Carolina.</p> 2/10/2015 9:43:44 AM Welcome to Our Newest Supplier - Pure Water Nova Scotia <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 2/9/2015 2:14:47 PM;issueID=34260 Upcoming Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2015</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Listings for February and March 2015</p> 2/9/2015 3:28:15 PM;issueID=34260 Group Germain Hotels Expands Alt Hotels Brand with Second Investment of $80 Million <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />December 3, 2014 Group Germain Hotels today announced a transaction valued at more than $80 million in share capital, to be added to the Alt Canada Investment Fund L.P. The transaction, the second of this value in three years, is a testament to the confidence of institutional and private financial partners regarding both the company&rsquo;s performance and the growth potential of Alt Hotels. The private and institutional partners who participated in the financing announced in 2011 are back at the table, including La Caisse de d&eacute;p&ocirc;t et placement du Qu&eacute;bec as lead investor, Investissement Qu&eacute;bec, La Capitale Financial Group and Industrial Alliance. New partners include the Fonds de solidarit&eacute; FTQ and DNA Capital, which acted as a financial broker for the Alt Canada Investment Fund L.P. by bringing together private investors from Quebec and Europe. The new investment will allow Group Germain Hotels to develop the Alt Hotels brand in Canadian markets where it does not currently have a presence.</p> 12/15/2014 10:48:38 AM Announcing the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. (Including Green Key Energy & Environment and Green Key Meetings Awards)</p> 12/15/2014 11:39:41 AM Q&A With Herv&eacute; Houdr&eacute; On The Search For NYC&rsquo;s Greenest Hotel <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Herv&eacute; Houdr&eacute; has been called one of the greenest hoteliers in NYC. As the regional director of operations and general manager of the Intercontinental New York Barclay (now under renovation), and chairman of the Hotel Association of New York City&rsquo;s (HANYC) Sustainable Hospitality Committee, Houdr&eacute; is passionate about making NYC hotels more sustainable.</p> 12/15/2014 11:51:25 AM NYC&rsquo;s Most Sustainable Hotels Are Identified, Artworks Awarded <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Congratulations to the Waldorf Astoria New York, New York Hilton Midtown, and The Carlton Hotel &ndash; they are the winners of the first ever Hotel Association of New York City&rsquo;s HANYC Sustainability awards. Great Forest provided expert guidance, and worked with the HANYC to launch the awards. </p> 12/15/2014 11:07:01 AM Best Western wins Champion Green Award <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Perth Courier The Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn and Spa received the Champion Green Award at Best Western International's Convention held recently in Toronto. </p> 12/15/2014 11:48:50 AM;issueID=34259 MGM Resorts' New Solar Array Pushing Las Vegas in a More Sustainable Direction <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Leon Kaye Sustainable Brands With its ongoing water struggles, the vast amounts of energy and resources going toward recreating cities such as Paris and Venice, and its bawdy reputation as a party town, sustainability is the last topic that comes to mind when thinking about Las Vegas. But Sin City is drenched in sun, and the ample roof space throughout the city offers the local hospitality sector opportunities to reduce costs via solar power and demonstrate it can be a more responsible industry. To that end, MGM Resorts International announced last week it has completed the installation of what it&rsquo;s calling the world&rsquo;s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center.</p> 12/15/2014 10:56:26 AM Press Release: Simple Solution Stops Spread of Ebola <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Clean the World to Ship 5 Million Soap Bars to West Africa for Operation Soap Blitz</p> 12/15/2014 11:02:40 AM Grow Pittsburgh Unveils Updated Braddock Farms <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Improvements made in part with grant from Fairmont Pittsburgh</p> 12/15/2014 11:36:15 AM Hotel Association of Canada's Conference - Special Registration Price <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />$449!!! </p> 12/15/2014 10:16:18 AM;issueID=34259 Upcoming Green Events <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Listings for January - February 2015. </p> 12/15/2014 12:02:00 PM;issueID=34259 Hotel Association of Canada's National Conference <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />February 2 & 3, 2015</p> 12/15/2014 12:03:03 PM What Google can teach us about innovation in sustainability <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Inquiring Minds</em></strong><br />John Elkington GreenBiz December 9, 2014</p> 12/15/2014 11:04:35 AM Three New Frontiers of Sustainability Communications <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>December 2014</a> -- <em>Inquiring Minds</em></strong><br />St&eacute;phanie Leblanc The Business of a Better World Communications can play a dual role in improving sustainability impacts: They alert us to problems, persuade us about solutions, and help us spur actions now, and at the same time, they shape our values and perceptions in the longer term. This makes sustainability communications crucial to anyone who wants to transform business models, consumer behavior, or even whole industries.</p> 12/15/2014 11:01:34 AM Green Key Global - Inaugural Member of Meeting Professionals International Affinity Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Green Key Global (GKG) is pleased to announce their inclusion in Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) Affinity Program, an initiative designed to give back to the meeting and event industry through the MPI Foundation Education Endowment.</p> 10/14/2014 12:26:52 PM Green Key Meetings Member Spotlight &ndash; The International Centre, Toronto <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />As part of our commitment to creating a blog for our members that&rsquo;s full of valuable information and insights, we&rsquo;re going to occasionally feature some interesting conversations with people who we believe are driving sustainability in hospitality and meetings forward. We&rsquo;re pleased to launch this series with Trevor Lui, Director of Operations and Sustainability at the International Centre in Toronto. </p> 10/14/2014 10:13:45 AM HAC 2014 Awards Deadline Fast Approaching! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />The October 23, 2014 deadline for the Hotel Association of Canada's 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence is fast approaching. Don't miss out on the opportunity! The Green Key Environment Award Recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations. The Green Key Meetings Award Recognizes facilities of all sizes (hotels, motels, resorts, convention centers, golf courses etc.) for their commitment to improving the environmental performance of their meetings and/or events operations as well as the well-being of their staff and guests. </p> 10/14/2014 11:43:08 AM Greener, Earth-Friendlier Meetings <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Conference venues step up to help create greener meetings.</p> 10/14/2014 12:16:21 PM;issueID=34258 Why Procter & Gamble is resetting its sustainability goals <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />By Joel Majower GreenBiz October 13, 2014 Today, Procter & Gamble is updating its sustainability commitments, expanding some of its efforts and dialing back on another. Behind that announcement is a larger story about how the world&rsquo;s largest consumer packaged goods story is viewing sustainability these days.</p> 10/14/2014 10:41:56 AM;issueID=34258 Welcome to Our Newest Supplier <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 10/14/2014 12:35:39 PM;issueID=34258 International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />November 9-11, 2014 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City</p> 10/14/2014 12:00:40 PM;issueID=34258 Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>October 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />October 28-30, 2014</p> 10/14/2014 12:54:06 PM;issueID=34258 Green Key Global Launches v2.0 of its Green Key Meetings Certification Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Green Key Global (GKG), in partnership with MPI Foundation Canada, announces the release of version 2.0 of the Green Key Meetings Program, a comprehensive environmental assessment tool for facilities, both lodging and non-lodging, that host meetings of any scale. Developed with the assistance of senior meeting planner professionals, the Program has been updated to ensure incorporation of current meeting practice elements as well as to complement the well-known APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Standards.</p> 8/11/2014 9:06:14 AM What is Green Key Meetings v2.0? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Introducing the ALL NEW Green Key Meeting Certification, our most advanced program yet. Supporting the principles of People, Planet and Profit &ndash; Green Key Meetings is the sustainable solution for events, meetings, symposiums and conferences</p> 8/18/2014 9:00:41 AM;issueID=34257 Exclusive Offer to Green Key Members! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Kinesik and Green Key Global, offer you a special opportunity to purchase Ecoglo Running Man signs at a reduced price.</p> 8/15/2014 1:06:42 PM (Green Key Member) The InterCon Montreal&rsquo;s garden <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Canadian Lodging News Leslie Wu MONTREAL&mdash;Chef Matthieu Saunier and his kitchen team at the InterContinental Montreal are going green with a new chef&rsquo;s garden project on the roof of the hotel.</p> 8/15/2014 1:14:52 PM;issueID=34257 Farm-to-table F&B is still important <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Hotel News Now Ed Watkins CHICAGO&mdash;The movement toward restaurant menus featuring farm-to-table ingredients isn&rsquo;t a fad; it&rsquo;s something that will continue to be part of hotel food-and-beverage operations, said panelists during a discussion at last month&rsquo;s meeting of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Food & Beverage Council at the Godfrey Hotel. </p> 8/15/2014 1:23:37 PM;issueID=34257 Sustainable semantics: 'Global warming' vs. 'climate change' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br /> Meghan McDonald In sustainability communications, even synonyms can inspire vastly different reactions. Take "nature" and "environment," for instance. We&rsquo;ve learned that "nature," when coupled with "conservation" or "stewardship," can better engage a more conservative audience for whom "environment" is a rather abstract concept associated with liberal politics.</p> 8/15/2014 12:36:58 PM;issueID=34257 This Floating Grass Billboard Can Suck Pollution out of Filthy Rivers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br /> Liz Dwyer When it comes to methods of cleaning the world&rsquo;s most polluted waterways, using grass probably isn&rsquo;t the solution that immediately comes to mind. But an innovative partnership in the Philippines is using an 88.5-foot-long floating billboard made of vetiver to purify Manila&rsquo;s insanely dirty Pasig River. The hopeful message it displays as it drifts on top of the water? "Clean River Soon."</p> 8/15/2014 1:31:26 PM;issueID=34257 Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 8/18/2014 9:21:46 AM;issueID=34257 Green Key Global is excited to once again exhibit at IncentiveWorks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />IncentiveWorks is Canada&rsquo;s largest event for professionals who plan, organize or influence meetings and events. This two-day event is specifically tailored for meeting planners to connect with suppliers, engage the industry and learn how to plan better events. Visit us August 19 & 20 at Booth #637! </p> 8/13/2014 10:06:00 AM Fourteen made-in-Canada sustainable event solutions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Source: Corporate Meetings Network Shawna McKinley, MAEEC Clean, green and beautiful outdoor spaces are a cornerstone of Canada&rsquo;s destination image abroad. But did you also know Canada is home to some pretty cool sustainable event solutions? Check out these innovative programs that can help your next corporate event go green, with a little tint of red and white, too. </p> 6/9/2014 11:04:52 AM;issueID=34256 Please take our readership survey! Enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Your participation is vital to better understanding how we can increase the benefits of the Green Scene eNewsletter. </p> 6/9/2014 11:43:58 AM;issueID=34256 MGM Resorts International Ranked One of the Top 100 Greenest Companies by Newsweek Magazine <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />LAS VEGAS, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has been listed among Newsweek Magazine's 100 most environmentally responsible companies in the United States, making it the third highest-ranked company in the hospitality industry. MGM Resorts earned the 82nd spot on the list, up from 122 in 2012.</p> 6/9/2014 9:52:42 AM;issueID=34256 Manitoba Announces Initiatives To Stengthen TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />"Manitoba will work cooperatively with the Manitoba Hotel Association to expand their Green Key Eco-rating Program, which assesses a number of ecologically responsible practices, such as conserving energy and water, reducing waste, reusing...Working with the hospitality industry and promoting the national Green Key Global Eco-rating Program will help make Manitoba more sustainable and a destination of choice."</p> 6/9/2014 10:25:39 AM;issueID=34256 The Plastic Nightmare of Single Serve Coffee <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Taking Plastic Out Of The Equation Fair trade, fairly traded, organic, bird friendly, sustainable, all terms that have quickly become ubiquitous within the coffee industry. But what does it all mean for you? Choices. </p> 6/9/2014 10:41:55 AM;issueID=34256 E-mazing Race coming to Green Key hotels across North America! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Sun Country Sustainability Fund is gearing up to kick off its 2014 cross-continent EV awareness and fund-raising event, E-mazing Race, in multiple cities across North America. Touring the Sun Country Highway Charging Network, the rally will bring attention to the advances made in the electric vehicle movement, including all businesses and municipalities supporting EVs, as well as raise funds for world-leading sus-tainability initiatives. Racers and organizers will participate in media events at sponsor locations throughout the month-long journey. </p> 6/9/2014 11:50:31 AM Westmont Hospitality Group Secures Full Green Key Certification for its Canadian Portfolio <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Ottawa, ON; May 6, 2014 &ndash; Westmont Hospitality Group (WHG), one of the largest privately-held hospitality organizations in the world, has solidified its position as a leader in sustainable lodging with a full commitment to Green Key Global in Canada. As of November 2013, Green Key Global&rsquo;s Eco-Rating Program has certified the entire 120-plus Canadian hotel portfolio, with each property earning a Key rating befitting its environmental performance.</p> 6/9/2014 12:03:17 PM Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 6/9/2014 12:58:31 PM;issueID=34256 Upcoming "Green" Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>June 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Listings for June and July 2014</p> 6/9/2014 1:33:18 PM;issueID=34256 Eco-Certified Hotels Tend to Run More Efficient Operations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Hotel News Resource: Cornell&rsquo;s researchers tested the operating efficiency of U.S. hotels using financial performance data from PKF Hospitality. Hotels that had earned the 'Eco-Leaf' designation from were more efficient in several areas of resource use than hotels that did not have eco-certification.</p> 4/7/2014 12:16:37 PM;issueID=34255 Earth Day is Upon Us! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Once again, Earth Day is drawing near...on April 22, over a billion people across the planet will be celebrating in over 190 countries. Our hope for Earth Day this year, is for all of us to better share our successes, to show everyone that being sustainable is simply, good for the planet AND good for business. Please, share your stories with us; Twitter: @GreenKey_Global</p> 4/7/2014 3:57:26 PM;issueID=34255 Green benefits run the hotel gamut <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Hotel News Now Patrick Mayock Hoteliers from properties big and small can&mdash;and should&mdash;reap the benefits of sustainability. </p> 4/7/2014 1:50:26 PM;issueID=34255 Green Certifications Rank High in Travel Intentions Survey <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Ottawa, ON; February 26, 2014 &ndash; Since its inception the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has watched the lodging industry gradually embrace and embed a culture of sustainability into its daily operations. This move towards greener practices is resonating with Canadian business and leisure travelers as noted by the Hotel Association of Canada in their annual Travel Intentions Survey released earlier this month.</p> 4/7/2014 1:30:04 PM British Columbia Building Performance Study - Hotel Sector <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />British Columbia&rsquo;s existing buildings account for two-thirds of all energy consumed in the Province and 41% of the Province&rsquo;s total GHG emissions. Recognizing the significant role that buildings play in meeting the Province&rsquo;s efforts to address climate change, energy, and water consumption and waste generation, this study sought to evaluate the performance of buildings in British Columbia and provide special consideration to the potential impact of third-party rating systems on achieving public policy objectives.</p> 4/7/2014 10:15:38 AM Eco-Certified Hotels Tend to Run More Efficient Operations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Hotel News Resource: Cornell&rsquo;s researchers tested the operating efficiency of U.S. hotels using financial performance data from PKF Hospitality. Hotels that had earned the 'Eco-Leaf' designation from were more efficient in several areas of resource use than hotels that did not have eco-certification.</p> 4/7/2014 12:20:35 PM;issueID=34255 LEDs Lighting The Way For The Future <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />With the recent and increasing bans on incandescent lamps business owners and consumers are looking for more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable lighting solutions. Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs) are an efficient solution, but not an environmentally sustainable one. CFLs emit UV rays which are harmful for your skin and contain mercury gas which when inhaled can cause major problems for human beings. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are the way of the future; these robust, highly controllable and sustainable lamps can last up to 50,000 hours and beyond lowering maintenance and lamp replacement costs considerably!</p> 4/7/2014 1:58:05 PM Green Key Global Partners with Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association to Promote Sustainable Certification to State&rsquo;s Lodging Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Ottawa, ON; February 27, 2014 &ndash; Green Key Global and the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) have partnered to promote the Green Key Eco-Rating Program to Colorado&rsquo;s lodging industry. The selection of Green Key Global as its certification partner compliments a drive by the association to promote a culture of sustainability amongst its members.</p> 4/7/2014 1:32:15 PM Green travel vendors have edge: survey <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Purchasing B2B: CHICAGO, IL&mdash;Most travellers say they prefer to buy from or patronize "green" vendors and service providers when they are out of town, according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a GO Group member company based in Chicago.</p> 4/7/2014 1:42:04 PM;issueID=34255 Webinar: Sustainability Best Practices for the Hospitality Sector <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />In this innovative webinar, panelists from Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, Hyatt Calgary's Catch Restaurant & the Oyster Bar, and Meetings & Conventions PEI discuss how to create and implement a meaningful sustainability plan, how to leverage your environmental initiatives to differentiate your offering, and best practices for employee and customer engagement. </p> 4/7/2014 9:57:58 AM;issueID=34255 is GREEN <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />Global Business Travel Peter Greenberg The airlines list him on their manifests as William Adams. He's a multi-million-miler mega road warrior who averages 600,000 real air miles a year, currently commuting around London, Los Angeles, and Australia. At hotels, he almost always registers using an alias.</p> 4/7/2014 1:20:25 PM;issueID=34255 How IBM helps monitor biodiversity in the Amazon <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br />GreenBiz Kristine A. Wong In the future, tracking the growth and development of a certain stand of a&ccedil;a&iacute; palm trees in Brazil's Amazon rainforest might just as likely be done by a student as a government biologist.</p> 4/7/2014 1:28:18 PM;issueID=34255 Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the Green Key Global website. </p> 4/7/2014 2:33:14 PM;issueID=34255 Upcoming "Green" Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Listings for April through May 2014</p> 4/7/2014 3:44:17 PM;issueID=34255 The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Can you honestly say that you know what impact your hotel has on the environment? If a customer asked this question, what would be your reply? </p> 2/10/2014 9:42:08 AM;issueID=34254 Second store <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>GREEN GLOSSARY</em></strong><br />here is another brief summary</p> 2/4/2014 10:09:10 AM Innovation at the Service of Environment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />The "Innovative Product of the Year" award, by Pulp & Paper International at the 2013 PPI Awards, was presented to the Cascades Moka product line. </p> 2/7/2014 12:06:29 PM;issueID=34254 Coffee for a Cause <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Wyndham Resorts and the Arbor Day Foundation Preserve the World&rsquo;s Rainforests, One Cup at a Time</p> 2/7/2014 12:59:00 PM Greening a Hotel: From Carbon Offsetting to Solar Power and Recycling <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Hotelier Magazine: Its no secret hotels are energy hogs. In fact, the average 150-room hotel contributes three tonnes of greenhouse gases to our global environment every day, and, in one month, a 150-room hotel can save more than 22,714 litres of water and 151 litres of detergent if guests employ a simple linen and towel reuse program &mdash; that&rsquo;s according to EcoStay, a Oakville, Ont.-based program that helps North American hotel operators take an active role in combating climate change.</p> 2/7/2014 1:40:41 PM;issueID=34254 Running Man Exit Sign, Another Opportunity to be Greener <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Features</em></strong><br />Today in Canada the National Building Code 2010 and all Provincial Codes (except Quebec) specifies the new Running Man Symbol should be used as EXIT signs. </p> 2/10/2014 1:12:04 PM;issueID=34254 Cascades Got "Pinked" for the Cause: $5000 for Breast Cancer Research <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />As announced last year, Cascades Tissue Group introduced its Cascades&reg; Pink hand towels for the Away-from-Home market to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation&reg; (BCRF) in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in last October. </p> 2/7/2014 12:36:49 PM;issueID=34254 ECOGREENHOTEL Delivers $500,000.00 of Energy Solutions To Hoteliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Noteworthy</em></strong><br />EcoGreenHotel, a leader in Sustainable Solutions for the hospitality industry, announced approval of $500,000.00 of Energy Solutions over three (3) Alabama Hotel&rsquo;s with an ROI under 2.5 years.</p> 2/7/2014 2:36:10 PM The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Eco-Innovators</em></strong><br />Can you honestly say that you know what impact your hotel has on the environment? If a customer asked this question, what would be your reply? </p> 2/10/2014 9:53:33 AM;issueID=34254 Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Green Product Directory</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Hotel Portal" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 2/10/2014 12:09:56 PM;issueID=34254 Upcoming "Green" Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Enviro Events</em></strong><br />Listings for February and March 2014</p> 2/10/2014 12:09:12 PM;issueID=34254 Help Us Keep You Up-To-Date <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2014</a> -- <em>Inquiring Minds</em></strong><br />Has your property recently been rebranded? Have you taken over as Green Key contact from someone else? </p> 2/10/2014 12:07:58 PM;issueID=34254 Big News!!! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Our brand new website to be launched Monday, November 18, 2013</p> 11/13/2013 3:55:34 PM;issueID=25854 Green Key Global to Partner on Inaugural Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum (CTEF, Dec 10-11, Punta Cana) <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Green Key Global is proud to announce that it will partner on the launch of Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum (CTEF), the first event to focus exclusively on what can be done at a policy, financing and technology level to reduce the energy costs of Caribbean hotels and resorts.</p> 11/13/2013 12:41:47 PM;issueID=25854 The Key to Your Greener Home Away from Home: Green Key Rated Hotels <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Originally Printed in EcoParent Magazine When your family hits the road for some adventures, you don't have to leave your eco values at home!</p> 11/13/2013 1:43:31 PM The &lsquo;Sin&rsquo; of Travel Emissions&mdash;and How Offsets Can Help <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By Amy Haddon, Marketing & Communications for Renewable Choice Energy Earlier this year, The New York Times declared that air travel is our "biggest carbon sin." Although air travel only currently accounts for about 5% of global emissions, that number is projected to rise considerably, without significant innovations in airline technology or legislative mandates for U.S. airlines to participate in an emissions trading scheme.</p> 11/13/2013 11:59:15 AM;issueID=25854 Silverbirch Hotels & Resorts Earns Green Key Ratings <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce that all of its operating hotels have been awarded at least a four Green Key designation under the globally recognized Green Key Eco-Rating Program. SilverBirch is currently operating 15 hotels from coast to coast and has another five being built or renovated.</p> 11/13/2013 1:21:58 PM;%20Resorts%20Earns%20Green%20Key%20Ratings.pdf Survey: Help Natural Resources Canada Understand the Canadian Market for Commercial Foodservice Equipment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Caneta Research Inc. has been engaged by Energy Star Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada to undertake a study of the commercial foodservice equipment market in Canada.</p> 11/13/2013 1:07:27 PM;issueID=25854 Pemberton Valley Lodge Takes Gold For Being Green <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />It&rsquo;s not easy being green, but Pemberton Valley Lodge has once again proven it&rsquo;s up to the challenge. The lodge has been awarded gold status with Green Tourism Canada, becoming the first hotel in the region, and only second in the province, to do so.</p> 11/13/2013 1:26:59 PM Walmart Turns Green Roofs Into Research Labs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br /> Walmart and Oregon's Portland State University are working together on research to advance the use of green roofs. </p> 11/13/2013 12:30:24 PM;issueID=25854 Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Hotel Portal" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 11/13/2013 2:36:51 PM;issueID=25854 Upcoming "Green" Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>ENVIRO EVENTS</em></strong><br />Listings for November through December 2013</p> 11/13/2013 4:22:52 PM;issueID=25854 Help Us Keep You Up-To-Date <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2013</a> -- <em>INQUIRING MINDS</em></strong><br />Has your property recently been rebranded? Have you taken over as Green Key contact from someone else? </p> 11/13/2013 2:34:58 PM;issueID=25854 Green Key Global to Launch New Website in the Fall <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />New and improved website coming soon!</p> 8/13/2013 11:13:44 AM The Carbon You&rsquo;re Not Counting <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Many hotels and resorts are leading the way in sustainability through a wide variety of initiatives. Increasingly, these efforts include the purchase of green power via renewable energy credits (RECs). RECs are used to address the emissions generated from purchased electricity since, for many in the lodging industry, the cost of onsite renewable energy remains prohibitive. </p> 8/13/2013 9:59:58 AM;issueID=25853 Hotel Gardening: Tips to Keep the Green in Your Lawn and Wallet <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />In today&amp;rsquo;s economy, staying within budget while keeping a landscape looking beautiful can seem impossible. But a healthy, attractive landscape does not have to break the bank. Making smart choices, such as conserving water through efficient irrigation systems and tailoring a scope of work specific to the needs of a hotel property can help cut costs in the long term.</p> 8/13/2013 10:25:40 AM;issueID=25853 Business Travellers Choosing Green Hotels <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Business travellers are increasingly opting for environmentally-friendly hotels in an effort to curb the impact of their frequent travelling, according to a report.</p> 8/13/2013 10:57:04 AM RCI(R) Presents "Green Awards" to Grand Pacific Resorts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Properties Receive the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards for Their Environmentally-Friendly Practices.</p> 8/13/2013 9:32:12 AM Who Says Tissue has to be White? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Cascades Tissue Group launched the Cascades&amp;reg; Moka&amp;trade; facial tissue, an addition to the bathroom tissue product line. Those products are made from 100% unbleached recycled fiber and are the most environmentally responsible choices on the market. </p> 8/13/2013 9:53:10 AM "Greening Is Not Enough": 4 Steps to Corporate Leadership on Climate Change <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Network for Business Sustainability, July 8, 2013</p> 8/13/2013 12:05:12 PM Live Green Toronto Membership Card and Green Key Global Partner to Promote Green accommodations in Toronto <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />The City of Toronto announced a strategic partnership with Green Key Global to promote green hotels, motels and other tourist accommodations in Toronto.</p> 8/13/2013 12:15:14 PM Mission Accomplished: prize-winning distributors collectively saved the equivalent of 845,209 trees in 2012 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Every year, Cascades Tissue Group is proud to recognize the implication of its distributors and partners in buying preferable products with the environmental achievement awards. Cascades Tissue Group announces that 33 of its corporate partners and distributors received environmental achievement awards for their strong partnership and commitment to offering environmentally preferable products in 2012. </p> 8/13/2013 9:45:00 AM;issueID=25853 EnergySage Awarded $500,000 Department of Energy SunShot Startup Investment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Cambridge, MA &amp;ndash; June 13, 2012</p> 8/13/2013 12:02:26 PM MGM Resorts International Partners With NRG Solar To Launch Commercial Solar Project <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />LAS VEGAS, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, today announced the planned installation of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays in the world at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 6.2-megawatt installation will be MGM Resorts' first commercial solar project in the United States and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes.</p> 8/13/2013 12:11:54 PM Clifton Hill hotel offers new service to eco-friendly drivers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Bullet News Niagara Travelodge at the Falls in Niagara Falls has recently installed two EV (electrical vehicle) 90-amp SCH charging stations at their location on Clifton Hill.</p> 8/13/2013 1:35:19 PM Discover Our Newest Partner and Supplier Members <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy-saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Members Area" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 8/13/2013 1:33:05 PM;issueID=25853 Upcoming Green Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2013</a> -- <em>ENVIRO EVENTS</em></strong><br />Events occurring from September-November 2013</p> 8/13/2013 12:23:25 PM;issueID=25853 How Far Have We Come? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Anthony P. Pollard, Managing Director - Green Key Global Economic issues are consistently making headlines around the world, and some may say environmental concerns seem to have taken a back seat in recent years; at least in terms of media and government attention. However, six years of environmental data from the Hotel Association of Canada&rsquo;s (HAC) Annual Travel Intentions Surveys show that travelers regularly expect properties to be environmentally sensitive, despite where the issue falls in national importance. </p> 5/7/2013 9:11:53 AM;issueID=25852 Qu&rsquo;avons-nous r&eacute;alis&eacute;? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Par: Anthony P. Pollard, Directeur g&eacute;n&eacute;ral &ndash; Cl&eacute; Verte Global Les questions &eacute;conomiques font constamment les gros titres &agrave; travers le monde, et certains peuvent dire que les pr&eacute;occupations environnementales semblent avoir pris un si&egrave;ge arri&egrave;re ces derni&egrave;res ann&eacute;es; au moins en termes d&rsquo;attention des m&eacute;dias et du gouvernement. Cependant, six ann&eacute;es de donn&eacute;es environnementales de l&rsquo; enqu&ecirc;te annuelle sur les intentions de voyage de l'association des h&ocirc;tels du Canada (AHC) montrent que les voyageurs s'attendent r&eacute;guli&egrave;rement que les propri&eacute;t&eacute;s soient sensible &agrave; l&rsquo;environnement, peu importe o&ugrave; la question rel&egrave;ve en importance nationale.</p> 5/7/2013 9:14:28 AM;issueID=25852 Green Key Global Milestones: Fifteen Years and Three Thousand Members <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Green Key Global headed into Earth Week celebrating two major milestones for its flagship offering, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. This spring Green Key Global celebrated the Green Key Program&rsquo;s 15th anniversary as well as having reached the 3,000 member mark.</p> 5/6/2013 8:21:51 AM EnergySage & Green Key Global Partner to Promote Solar & Sustainable Practices in Lodging Industry <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />EnergySage, an online marketplace for solar Photovoltaic systems and other clean energy technologies, and Green Key Global, a leading environmental lodging certification body, announce a partnership to promote the adoption of sustainable business practices and clean energy technologies throughout the lodging industry. </p> 5/7/2013 2:11:51 PM;issueID=25852 Hotels Have a Green Power Choice in Canada <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />This spring, Renewable Choice Energy became a strategic partner with Green Key Global.</p> 5/6/2013 1:08:03 PM;issueID=25852 Cascades receives LEED Gold certification for the expansion of its Lachute plant <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />The expansion of Cascades Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Qu&eacute;bec, has received LEED&reg; Gold certification. The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain LEED&reg;-NC (New Construction) certification in the Canadian paper industry.</p> 5/6/2013 8:52:15 AM Club Carlson commits to a global carbon offsetting initiative <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Club Carlson, the hotel rewards program for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announced on Earth Day, that they have become the first hotel loyalty program to commit to a global meetings and events carbon offsetting initiative. Club Carlson will purchase carbon credits to offset the estimated carbon footprint of 100 percent of Club Carlson for Planners meetings and events globally, across the group&rsquo;s six brands totaling 1,077 hotels in operation worldwide. </p> 5/6/2013 9:00:32 AM MGM Resorts Launches New Corporate Social Responsibility Website <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />As part of its longstanding commitment to sustainability and its communities, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has launched a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) website onEarth Day. Branded to coalesce with MGM's powerful CSR initiative, "Inspiring Our World", the website details the Company's advancements in diversity, community engagement and environmental responsibility.</p> 5/6/2013 9:23:46 AM Best Western International Supports Earth Month <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />In celebration of &lsquo;Earth Month&rsquo; at Union Station, Best Western representatives shared &lsquo;green&rsquo; travel tips to attendees and promoted Earth Day through its social share photo booth. Earth Day revelers were invited to have their picture taken at the event and distribute the image socially to raise awareness. </p> 5/6/2013 9:27:35 AM Fairmont Broadens Its Approach to Operational Sustainability <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />More than two decades after Fairmont Hotels & Resorts led the foray into environmental stewardship with the launch of its highly acclaimed and industry-leading Green Partnership program, the luxury hotel brand is again raising the bar with the introduction of its new Fairmont Sustainability Partnership.</p> 5/6/2013 9:41:39 AM The Green Standard <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Author: Sarah J.F. Braley The rising number of green hotel certifications can confuse the process of evaluating properties for their sustainability practices...</p> 5/6/2013 9:48:56 AM A year after the launch of PLANET 21, Accor strengthens its leadership position in sustainable hospitality <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />After nearly 20 years of environmental commitment, last April 21, Accor again demonstrated its pioneering spirit when it launched PLANET 21. A year on, the group&rsquo;s sustainable development program has won over customers and employees alike and modified behaviors. </p> 5/6/2013 12:59:11 PM Cascades Shows Its Nose for Environmental Firsts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Early April, Cascades Tissue Group announced an extension to its sought-after Cascades&reg; Moka&trade; line with the first-ever launch of an unbleached, 100 percent recycled facial tissue. This new beige-colored facial tissue follows last year&rsquo;s award-winning launch of the Cascades Moka bathroom tissue. </p> 5/6/2013 1:44:23 PM;issueID=25852 Earth Day at The Westin Ottawa <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />In celebration of Earth Day, the Westin Ottawa&rsquo;s Green Committee hosted a fun event in the hotel lobby from 11am-2pm on April 22, 2013, showcasing the hotel&rsquo;s environmental initiatives for both hotel guests and associates. </p> 5/6/2013 1:11:29 PM;issueID=25852 Fairmont Pittsburgh Named Environmental Hotel of the Year <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Fairmont Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that it has been named Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 2012 Environmental Hotel of the Year. The award recognizes Fairmont properties around the world for outstanding commitment to the Green Partnership Program, a company-wide environmental stewardship program. The announcement was made by Jennifer Fox, president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.</p> 5/7/2013 9:05:46 AM;issueID=25852 Grand Pacific Palisades Resort Named RCI Green Award Platinum Winner <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands announced the winners of its RCI Green Awards with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort earning top honors as the Platinum RCI Green Award winner. </p> 5/6/2013 9:53:24 AM Radisson Plaza Hotel Introduces Green Machine <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />REGINA &mdash; The Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan has taken another step in water and energy savings, by becoming the first hotel in Regina to own an ORCA Green Machine.</p> 5/6/2013 9:55:18 AM;utm_source=twitterfeed Hilton New York Goes Green with a 1,750kW Cogeneration System,+hotels,+restaurant&utm_content=Hospitality+news+and+resour <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The energy efficient cogeneration system provided by Anaergia represents a bold investment taken by New York City&rsquo;s largest hotel to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve energy and reduce the urban heat island effect.</p> 5/6/2013 10:03:25 AM;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_term=hospitality,+hotels,+restaurant&amp;utm_content=Hospitality+news+and+resour Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Supports the Application for Canada's First National Sustainable Seafood Day with David Suzuki and Friends. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The first ever National Sustainable Seafood Day in Canada has been proposed for March 18, beginning in 2014. Designed to bring awareness to the issues of over fishing and non-sustainable harvesting methods, National Sustainable Seafood Day also celebrates eco-friendly solutions. </p> 5/6/2013 10:05:06 AM Travelodge Hotel London South Adds to their Sustainable Toolbox <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Travelodge Hotel London South has recently begun an initiative to keep guest room fridges unplugged when not in use.</p> 5/6/2013 12:43:41 PM;issueID=25852 Beauty and The Bees <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />In an effort to preserve indigenous wildlife, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth partnered with the Ecomuseum and sponsored five "beauties" residing at this local zoo &ndash; a Snowy owl, a gray wolf, a lynx, an Arctic fox and a great horned owl. </p> 5/7/2013 9:39:56 AM;issueID=25852 Discover Our Newest Partner and Supplier Members <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy-saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Members Area" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 5/7/2013 10:10:13 AM;issueID=25852 Upcoming Green Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>May 2013</a> -- <em>ENVIRO EVENTS</em></strong><br />Events occurring from May 2013-July 2013</p> 5/6/2013 10:19:44 AM;issueID=25852 Sustainability 2.0: Beyond Green Teams <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Author: Francisca Quinn, Sustainability Practice Leader and Managing Principal, Loop Initiatives. Imagine a hotel recognized and supported by customers for its responsible environmental practices. A hotel where employee and customer satisfaction rankings, along with occupancy rates and margins, are consistently above average. Yes, this IS possible. All it takes is a well-managed sustainability program. </p> 2/12/2013 3:08:02 PM;issueID=25851 Why It Makes Sense for Hotels to Purchase Green Power <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />Everywhere you look, "green" is a hot topic. From retailers to builders to universities to hotels, becoming green has become the industry standard. What drives the push toward green, and, more importantly, what is the value proposition behind adopting green business practices like purchasing green power? </p> 2/12/2013 3:11:03 PM;issueID=25851 Green Key Global Continues to make its Mark <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />2012 was a year of tremendous growth for the Green Key Eco-Rating Program and the membership continues to grow in 2013. </p> 2/12/2013 3:29:03 PM;issueID=25851 Green Key Global Partners with the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Ottawa, ON; January 9, 2013 &ndash; Green Key Global is pleased to announce that The Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) has adopted Green Key Global&rsquo;s flagship program, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, as its preferred environmental certification system. HANYC is the first city association in the United States to make this designation. </p> 2/12/2013 1:34:15 PM;issueID=25851 Konover Hotel Corporation Attains Green Key Certification for its Entire Portfolio <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Becomes the first management company in the United States with full adoption</p> 2/12/2013 1:34:47 PM Fifteen MGM Resorts International Properties Awarded Top Green Key Global Eco-Ratings <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Fifteen resorts operated by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) have achieved the prestigious Green Key rating; this accomplishment peaks MGM Resorts&rsquo; previous achievement of 12 properties designated with "Green Key" honors.</p> 2/12/2013 1:35:10 PM EPA Voluntary Programs <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a variety of programs, like ENERGY STAR, that are free to the public and that can assist hotel owners and operators in achieving "green" goals.</p> 2/12/2013 1:38:19 PM;issueID=25851 Cascades Tissue Group receives Green Seal GS-1 re-certification <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Cascades Tissue Group has achieved Green Seal Standard, GS-1 re-certification of Sanitary Paper Products for its entire line of Cascades&reg; and North River&reg; Away-from-Home towel and tissue products.</p> 2/12/2013 1:49:23 PM;issueID=25851 Canada&rsquo;s Bullfrog Power: Why Resorts and Lodges are Going Green <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />What B.C.'s Pemberton Valley Lodge, Ontario's Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park and Nova Scotia's Atlantica Hotel and Marina Oak Island all have in common is that they are choosing clean, renewable electricity from Bullfrog Power as part of their sustainability strategies. </p> 2/12/2013 2:07:42 PM;issueID=25851 Proving Luxury Hotels Can Be Green <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The Boston Globe &#9474; January 29, 2013</p> 2/12/2013 1:27:28 PM Hilton Worldwide and Sundance Institute Announce 2013 LightStay Sustainability Film Award Winners <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Hilton Worldwide and Sundance Institute announced today the winning documentaries of the second annual Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award program. </p> 2/12/2013 1:28:02 PM Westin Ottawa Wins Hall of Fame Energy & Environment Award <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The Westin Ottawa is the proud recipient of the Energy & Environment Hall of Fame Award, presented by the Hotel Association of Canada.</p> 2/12/2013 1:32:03 PM;issueID=25851 Discover our Newest Supplier Members <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy-saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Members Area" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 2/12/2013 1:04:17 PM;issueID=25851 Local and International Events: Educational, Celebrational, Inspirational <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>February 2013</a> -- <em>ENVIRO EVENTS</em></strong><br />A list of events taking place February 2013 through May 2013 </p> 2/12/2013 12:46:37 PM;issueID=25851 Developing a Successful Green Program: Part Two <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Francisca Quinn, Sustainability Practice Leader, Loop Initiatives In the last issue of Green Scene, we introduced Loop&rsquo;s Sustainability Integration Framework&trade; as a strategic guide to going green. In that article, we discussed the first two steps: developing a charter and designing a program. In this article, we provide practical direction on how to integrate sustainability into the way you run your business by selecting sustainability indicators, setting targets and tracking progress.</p> 10/31/2012 10:46:37 AM;issueID=25731 Not-So-Strange Bedfellows <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Akanksha Halbe and Paul Parker Leaders in the hotel sector are proving that five-star luxury and a lighter footprint can thrive under the same roof.</p> 11/2/2012 10:35:30 AM;issueID=25731 Greening Your Meeting Space <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Jon McKay, Public Relations Manager, Bullfrog Power Inc. From discouraging the distribution of paper handouts to encouraging catering that uses reusable instead of disposable dishware, "reduce" is a message that event planners and hotels alike have integrated into their businesses. </p> 11/5/2012 8:37:10 AM;issueID=25731 Reducing Food Waste - Tips and Best Practices <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, President of Meeting Change The Ontario-based Value Chain Management Centre has issued a recent report on the critical issue of food waste in Canada. In the report, they state that in Canada alone there is an estimated $27 billion of food that is wasted annually*. </p> 11/1/2012 9:44:56 AM;issueID=25731 Green Key Global Announces Two Appointments to the Team <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global, is pleased to announce two new appointments within the organization. </p> 11/6/2012 6:26:17 AM;issueID=25731 Konover Hotel Corporation Attains Green Key Certification for its Entire Portfolio <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Konover Becomes the first Management Company in the United States with Full Adoption Green Key Global, operators of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program (Green Key), have announced that the Konover Hotel Corporation is the first management company in the United States to attain Green Key certification for its entire portfolio. While several hotel management companies have certified individual properties, Konover is the first with 100-percent adoption.</p> 11/6/2012 1:37:46 PM Check out the Green Key Meetings Fall Promotion! <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Register for Green Key Meetings and Receive $25.00 off your first year of membership! Promo Code: GKMFALL12 Valid until December 15th, 2012</p> 11/6/2012 1:44:37 PM;issueID=25731 Sustainability 2.0: Beyond Green Teams <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Green Lodging News 9/24/2012 Imagine a hotel recognized and supported by customers for its responsible environmental practices. A hotel where employee and customer satisfaction rankings, along with occupancy rates and margins, are consistently above average. Yes, this IS possible. All it takes is a well-managed sustainability program.</p> 10/24/2012 10:44:32 AM Debunking Three Green Cleaning Myths; Discerning Fact from Fiction <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Green Lodging News 10/9/2012 Environmental awareness otherwise known as "going green" is a broad philosophy deeply rooted in the concept of environmental conservation and improvement. In recent years, the concept of going green has certainly made its mark on popular culture, and as direct consequence has revealed a darker side to the movement. Cultural myths have made it difficult for the average consumer to discern fact from fiction. This is especially the case when it comes to the green cleaning industry. Below is a list of three commonly held misconceptions related to green cleaning.</p> 11/1/2012 10:49:18 AM Fairmont Strives to Meet WWF Goals <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Canadian Lodging News - September 2012 Three years ago, when Fairmont Hotels & Resorts committed to the World Wildlife Foundation&rsquo;s Climate Savers Program, it set some ambitious goals. One of those was to reduce operational CO2 emissions from its existing hotels by 20 per cent below 2006 levels by 2013.</p> 10/31/2012 11:13:34 AM Eco-hotel installs Electric Car Charging Station <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The Hilton Garden Inn on 500 York Road, an "eco-hotel", recently announced the installation of its first electric vehicle charging station. This destination hotel is one of first in Southern Ontario to adopt greener business practices, and cater to the ever-growing eco-traveler market.</p> 10/31/2012 11:15:56 AM Hilton Worldwide Announces Mattress Recycling Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Hilton Worldwide announced a new mattress recycling program in coordination with the installation of new Serta mattresses and box springs. Available immediately across all brands in the U.S, the program will recycle approximately 85 percent of our hotels' mattresses and box springs into various products rather than being diverted to a landfill.</p> 11/5/2012 8:28:23 AM Compostable Take Out Packaging, the Material with a Conscience <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Food and Beverage Operation Managers now have a new opportunity to reduce the hotels&rsquo; environmental impact. The focus is the environmental resources management of the interaction and impact of human societies on the environment.</p> 11/2/2012 1:18:31 PM Penticton Lakeside Resort Provide Organic Garden Produce for Guests and Patrons at Resort <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />By: David Prystay, General Manager at Penticton Lakeside Resort Penticton Lakeside Resort's latest environmental labour was the development of the 10 acre Valley View Farm. The strategic partnership between the General Manager, Chef, Gardner, and Maintenance staff, took on an enormous task with this endeavour to provide farm to table, organic produce for guests at Resort.</p> 11/6/2012 1:34:11 PM Welcome to our Newest Members <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY</em></strong><br />The Green Product Directory is designed to assist our Green Key Members in furthering their environmental and energy-saving initiatives. To access the complete directory, visit the "Member Portal" section of the Green Key Global website. </p> 11/6/2012 7:47:31 AM;issueID=25731 Demystifying Green Jargon <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>GREEN GLOSSARY</em></strong><br />Helping you decipher the terminology associated with sustainability and energy-saving actions. </p> 11/1/2012 10:07:38 AM;issueID=25731 Upcoming Green Events from Around the World <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>ENVIRO EVENTS</em></strong><br />Events occurring from November 2012 - April 2013</p> 10/31/2012 2:21:03 PM;issueID=25731 Is Your Green Key Assessment Up-to-Date? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>November 2012</a> -- <em>INQUIRING MINDS</em></strong><br />Recent changes to the Green Key Eco-Rating Program require all members to ensure that they have completed the most recent version of the online assessment. </p> 10/31/2012 3:12:50 PM;issueID=25731 Unravelling the Green Supply Chain <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By Steve Ott, Sustainable Business Development Manager, Cascades Tissue Group&rsquo;s Away-From-Home Division From independents to national chains, lodging facilities are bringing greener hues to their rooms and services. Yet for all the improvements, more can be done. </p> 7/23/2012 9:10:43 AM;issueID=25730 Green Key Eco-Rating Program: Tips For Using The Online Portal <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By Green Key Global There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, but many aren't aware of all of them. The Green Key Members area contains a number of useful resources, links and tools designed to help members with their sustainability initiatives. </p> 7/23/2012 8:55:13 AM;issueID=25730 Green Key&rsquo;s Newest Addition To Their Sustainability Portfolio: The Carbon Calculator <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By: Green Key Global On June 4th, 2012, Green Key Global officially launched their new Carbon Calculator, developed specifically for the lodging industry. The Carbon Calculator will become a great asset to hotels in determining their annual carbon footprint (based on a set of key sources and activities). The Carbon Calculator was created in partnership by the Hotel Association of Canada and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association to meet the growing demand for an industry-specific carbon management tool. </p> 7/23/2012 10:27:36 AM;issueID=25730 International Housekeeping Week <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By Roxanna Lopez, Operations Manager&ndash;US Region, Green Key Global, LEED Green Associate International Housekeeping Week has been celebrated since 1981 and soon it will be time again to recognize those team members that maintain a safe and clean environment for your guests and fellow associates. </p> 7/23/2012 8:36:28 AM;issueID=25730 Developing a Successful Green Program <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>FEATURES</em></strong><br />By Francisca Quinn, Sustainability Practice Leader, Loop Initiatives One of the most frequently asked questions by Green Key members is: How do I start and maintain a Green Program? </p> 7/23/2012 3:01:56 PM;issueID=25730 Evaluating the ROI in Going &lsquo;Green&rsquo; <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Environmental Leader News When the environmental movement of this century began to really gain steam a few years ago, many companies decided to "go green" in a variety of ways. While some companies implemented recycling programs to reduce waste, others installed energy saving appliances and re-designed offices to include more environmentally-friendly materials as well as to take better advantage of natural lighting. The environmental benefits of these actions are readily apparent: the U.S. Green Building Council reports that on average, "green" buildings experience 30-50 percent reduced energy use, 35 percent reduced carbon emissions, 40 percent reduced water use, and 70 percent reduced solid waste. However, aside from its obviously positive impact on environment and its connection to good corporate citizenship standing, becoming more sustainable can also have a number of other benefits for companies.</p> 7/23/2012 10:57:56 AM Massachusetts DEP Preparing Regulations Banning Hotels, Other Businesses from Discarding Food Waste <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Green Lodging News Regulations proposed in Massachusetts by that state&rsquo;s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will ban commercial businesses, including hotels, from discarding food waste. Greg Cooper, director of consumer programs for the DEP, expects the regulations to be implemented by the middle of 2014.</p> 7/23/2012 10:48:31 AM Future of Hotels Lies In Sustainable Practices <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Travel News Research carried out by the company has shown that hotels in the U.S. consume an average of 84.7 billion kWh of electricity, annually, which is equivalent to the electricity supplied to Washington DC for ten years. Even a 10 percent reduction in energy usage would result in saving 8.47 billion Kwh of electricity, per year.</p> 7/23/2012 10:51:25 AM Novotel putting down roots in Quebec - Earth Day project comes to fruition <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Novotel News Release Every year, employees of Novotel hotels in Canada take part in Earth Day activities to help make their community a better place. Employees at Novotel hotels in Montreal and Ottawa have taken the concept one step further by helping finance a first-of-its kind project that keeps the spirit of Earth Day going all year-round.</p> 7/23/2012 10:57:00 AM AH&LA Honors Green Key Member, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Md Hotels, with THE Prism Award at the Summer Summit <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>NOTEWORTHY</em></strong><br />Green Lodging News The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the winners of the AH&LA Achievement Awards, part of the annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which honor stand-out initiatives at hotel properties. In a ceremony held during the AH&LA Summer Summit at the InterContinental Houston near the Galleria, these awards, which have been awarded annually since 1966, distinguish individual hotels that have developed outstanding programs, events and campaigns. Winners were chosen in the categories of Good Earthkeeping, Community Service and Diversity, among others.</p> 7/23/2012 10:46:25 AM Canada's Bullfrog Power: Renewable Energy Solutions <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />By Jon McKay, Manager, Public Relations, Bullfrog Power As a recent edition of Western Hotelier magazine points out, "going green" may now be the most frequently used term in the hospitality sector. Many Canadians are looking for greener hotels to support and businesses are considering the environmental impact of their off-site events, such as meetings, seminars and conferences. As hotels, motels and resorts develop their own sustainability plans, they are faced with a number of green options.</p> 7/23/2012 3:26:49 PM;issueID=25730 Honey Hospitality: Jersey City Hyatt's rooftop bee hive is first to buzz in New Jersey <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />The Star-Ledger Several weeks ago, the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City began fielding inquiries from curious neighbors in high-rise office towers overlooking the hotel. What, exactly, is with the giant bee? </p> 7/23/2012 11:00:21 AM Hyatt Regency Atlanta Introduces Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Atlanta Hyatt Hyatt Regency Atlanta announced the launch of Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Hyatt&rsquo;s global philosophy is focuses on sourcing and providing healthy food and beverage options for Hyatt guests and associates and that are good for the local communities in which they reside and good for the planet. Embarking on the journey to become the first global hospitality brand to make an effort of this magnitude, this philosophy will guide Hyatt Regency Atlanta&rsquo;s food and beverage planning from the operational level to the guest experience. With this long term strategy, Hyatt Regency Atlanta will work to anticipate and satisfy the evolving preferences of its guests, ensuring that travelers have more options to fit their needs and lifestyles while staying in Atlanta.</p> 7/23/2012 11:00:56 AM Delta Hotels Scores Big with Green Leadership Award <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>August 2012</a> -- <em>ECO-INNOVATORS</em></strong><br />Hotelier Kostuch Media's Green Leadership Award recognizes environmental excellence and innovative practices within Canada&rsquo;s hospitality industry. David Bird, senior vice-president, Operations, Delta Hotels and Resorts explained the Delta Greens plan and its success, in this exclusive Q & A.</p> 7/23/2012 11:01:53 AM