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IN THIS ISSUE
Sustainability Reporting: Your Hotel’s Green Report Card
Case Studies: Call for Contributors
Survey: Network for Business Sustainability Requests Input
Ensuring a Stress-Free On-Site Inspection
Green Key Assessment: Mandatory Redo in 2012
Clean the World: Used Amenities Get a Second Chance
Making Sustainable Choices in Toilet Paper
Canada and U.S. Collaborate to Save Energy in Commercial Buildings
The Business Case for Sustainability
ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings (Canada)
Updated National Energy Code Calls For 25% Higher Efficiency (Canada)
Four Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012
20 Ways the World Has Changed Since 1st Earth Summit
Wickaninnish Inn Renovates
The Lenox Hotel unveiled Boston's first visible commercial charging station for electric vehicles
Accor shares its environmental impact assessment findings
Hôtel du Fort in Montreal goes smoke free
Carlson World Headquarters earns LEED EB Silver
Carlson establishes partnership with Clean the World
LED Source
Welcome to our Newest Suppliers
Upcoming Green Events from Around the World
How often am I required to redo my Green Key Assessment?
Demystifying Green Jargon
FEATURES
In previous issues of Green Scene, we’ve talked about individual sustainability initiatives in areas such as energy, water, procurement, waste management and carbon. While all of these individual initiatives are important, they have more impact if you can bundle them together to tell your company’s overall sustainability story. A sustainability report is like a report card: it provides a snapshot of all the work you’ve done to make your hotel a more sustainable organization. It also signals how important sustainability is to the success of your hotel.
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Green Key Global is seeking program members interested in contributing to the case studies housed in the Members' Area of the Green Key website.
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Green Key Global is pleased to announce our participation in a newly formed Industry Association Council. This initiative, the first of its kind in Canada, is being led by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS). The purpose of the council is to identify and support the difficult sustainability challenges facing our members.
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A new year is upon us which means a new round of on-site verification audits is about to begin. Each hotel enrolled in the Green Key Eco‐Rating Program is subject to an on‐site inspection at any time while participating in the Program. Annually, 20% of participating Green Key members will be randomly selected to receive an on‐site verification inspection. To date, inspections are in place throughout the United States and Canada.
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On Oct. 3, 2011, Green Key Global launched an updated version of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
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Founded in February 2009, Clean the World Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of Clean the World, is a US not-for-profit charity operating under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code - Division of Environmental Waste Solution.
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Choices have never been more abundant when it comes to sustainable paper products. Toilet paper to hand towels are available with a sometimes dizzying set of features and attributes. Let’s try and set the record straight.
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NOTEWORTHY
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to report that on Nov. 9, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) signed an agreement that will create a common platform for measuring and assessing the energy performance of commercial buildings in both countries.
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By: Mary Teresa Bitti, Nov. 22, 2011

On the second floor of the Centre for Green Cities, Toronto’s community environmental hub in the heart of the Don Valley, senior leaders from Wal-Mart Canada Corp., Unilever and Cascades Inc. have gathered to talk about the role of sustainability in today’s corporations and, perhaps more importantly, to make the business case for collaboration. Wal-Mart Canada organized the symposium as a follow-up to the Green Business Summit it hosted in February 2010, which brought together hundreds of business leaders from across industries to share best practices.
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The ecoENERGY Efficiency program is investing $78 million between 2011 and 2013 to maintain the government of Canada’s momentum to improve energy efficiency in Canada — at home, at work and on the road.
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The Ontario and Federal Governments are both introducing new energy efficiency standards for commercial, institutional and government buildings, additions and major renovations.
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By Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

CHICAGO, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The worldwide movement toward sustainability has made significant progress over the past half-dozen years as companies and cities have pursued strategies that balance future and current societal needs. Now, sustainable development is entering a new phase, characterized by greater alignment within and between the public and private sectors.
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The United Nations says humans are more concerned about damage done to the environment than we were 20 years ago—but we're still destroying it faster than we can fix it. That's part of a snapshot prepared by the United Nations Environment Program in a report called Keeping Track that looks at a wide range of changes that have occurred since the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.

(Note: the original idea for the Green Key Eco-Rating Program came about as a result of this summit)
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ECO-INNOVATORS
The Wickaninnish Inn has completed a major renovation of all 45 existing guest rooms taking sustainability into consideration throughout the process.
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On Nov. 1, 2011, The Lenox Hotel unveiled Boston's first visible commercial charging station for electric vehicles at its curb on Exeter Street.
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Accor recently decided to assess its environmental impact 15 years after it took a stand and started taking concrete action to embrace sustainable development. This group started working on gauging its environmental footprint at the end of 2010 to gather a comprehensive corpus of reliable facts in order to step up its strategy on that front. This study is in a class of its own and stretches beyond measuring greenhouse-gas emissions to encompass energy and water consumption, water pollution and waste generation throughout lifecycles in the group.
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The Hôtel du Fort, Montreal is pleased to announce that they are now 100% smoke free.
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Minneapolis, Minn. | December 2011

Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, announced that its World Headquarters earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Silver level certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB O&M®) certification. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
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Minneapolis | November 2011

Carlson today announced an agreement between Carlson Hotels and Clean the World Global LLC, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.
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With the disappearance of incandescent light bulbs on the horizon comes the rise of alternative lighting solutions such as light-emitting-diodes, or LEDs.
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GREEN PRODUCT DIRECTORY
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.
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ENVIRO EVENTS
Listings for February-May 2012.
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INQUIRING MINDS

Rated members of the Green Key Program are required to redo their assessments every two years from the date they first completed the original assessment. Members due for re-assessment are notified at the time of their annual renewal.

Exception: all members who joined prior to Oct. 1, 2011 are required to redo their assessment in 2012 as a result of the recent program updates. These members will not then be required to redo their assessment again until their anniversary date in 2014.

 
GREEN GLOSSARY
Helping you decipher the terminology associated with sustainability and energy-saving actions.
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