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IN THIS ISSUE
Green RFPs: Upping Your Sustainability Quotient with Potential Clients
Demystifying the Carbon Footprint
Put Your Green Key Rating to Work for You
Unisource Launches Lodging Product Guide
How IT Can Go Green
Survey Reveals Travellers Value Green Lodging Initiatives
Green Key Eco-Rating Program Renews Partnership with Meetings + Incentive Travel
Green Key Global Assists Sabre Holdings with Eco-Certified Hotel Program
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe Wins Environment & Energy Award at HAC Conference
TripAdvisor Survey Reveals Travelers Growing Greener
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Join The Electric Circuit - Public Charging Stations to Be Installed at Five Quebec Hotels
To reinvent hotels sustainably, Accor is launching PLANET 21
Kelowna’s Green Hotel Earns Prestigious Carbon-Neutral Status
Cascades Tissue Group is Awarded Prestigious Certificate
Hilton New York Takes its Sustainability Initiatives to New Heights
Kamloops Hotel Takes Cleaning to the Next Level
Cascades partners with the Global Food Safety Resource Centre
Cascades Moka Bathroom Tissue: a New Roll Model for the Environment
Welcome to our Newest Members
Upcoming Green Events from Around the World
Demystifying Green Jargon
FEATURES
You have just received a request for proposal from a potential client. Flipping through it, your heart sinks; it requests information on the environmental sustainability performance of your facility. Although you have a few things in place that might be of interest to your potential client, it isn’t formalized, and you aren’t certain of how to respond. This article provides a brief step-by-step approach to responding to a green RFP, now and in the future.
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Calculate your hotel’s emissions easily while benchmarking your results to the industry with the Green Key Carbon Calculator.
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The increased awareness of green initiatives both at home and when traveling has allowed consumers to make educated decisions on where they want to book their next room. But how does the hotelier market to consumers who want to stay at hotels that are environmentally conscious?
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NOTEWORTHY
Unisource Canada, Inc. has announced the launch of a new 230-page Lodging Product Guide. The first of its kind for Unisource Canada, the guide showcases the depth of the company’s current product and solution offerings.
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By Jungsun (Sunny) Kim and Daniel Connolly
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Results from the Hotel Association of Canada’s annual Travel Intentions Survey indicate that 42 per cent of business travellers (up five per cent from 2011) said environmental initiatives such as water recycling and energy efficiency are important to them.
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Green Key Global is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) magazine to promote the Green Key Eco-Rating program. This renewed agreement marks the fourth year that Green Key and M+IT have worked together toward the common goal of advancing a sustainable meetings industry.
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Green Key Global, the operator of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program (Green Key), is pleased to announce that Green Key is participating in Sabre Holdings’ new eco-certified hotel program, announced last week. An industry-first, Sabre’s eco-certified hotel program addresses travelers’ growing desires for environmentally responsible accommodations by providing clear and easy access to sustainable hotels throughout Sabre’s portfolio.
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11 April, 2012, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] announces The Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Saint-Hyacinthe was recently awarded the Environmental & Energy Award at this year’s Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Conference, highlighting their commitment to environmental sustainability.
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2012-04-19: TripAdvisor announced the results of its eco-friendly travel survey of more than 700 U.S. travelers. The green travel trend is gaining momentum among TripAdvisor members, as 71 percent said they plan to make more eco-friendly choices in the next 12 months compared to 65 percent that did so in the past 12 months.
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ECO-INNOVATORS
MONTREAL, April 13, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The founding partners of The Electric Circuit—Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, RONA, METRO, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Québec—are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to install charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) at their Québec hotels. EV drivers will be able to fill up with clean, renewable energy at the Queen Elizabeth, Château Frontenac, Château Montebello, Manoir Richelieu and Fairmont Tremblant this summer.
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04/12/2012: Accor's new program, PLANET 21, represents an important phase in the Group's commitment to sustainable development. More than ever before, Accor is placing sustainable hospitality at the heart of its strategy, intensifying its mobilization and involving all its hotels, employees and customers to fulfil a major objective: reinventing the hotel industry sustainably.
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Kelowna, BC, March 1, 2012 – BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is known as Kelowna’s Green Hotel, undertaking many initiatives in reducing the carbon footprint of the hotel’s 176 guest rooms, restaurant, pub, spa and conference centre. A carbon footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases (GHSs) created from activities such as burning fossil fuels, generating electricity, using natural gas to heat buildings and water to name just a few.
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Candiac, Quebec (February 17, 2012) – Cascades Tissue Group is proud to have been awarded, for a 10th consecutive year, a certificate for meeting the CFPA Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI) requirements, and to surpass industry standards set anywhere in the world. Cascades Tissue Group applies the PCF logo on its Cascades® North River® and Cascades Elite™ branded paper products.
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Manhattan’s Largest Hotel Takes a Bold Step in Reducing Its Carbon Footprint with Innovative New Green Space and Energy Efficient Cogeneration System.
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Kamloops, February 20th, 2012 – The BEST WESTERN PLUS Kamloops Hotel, besides earning the "I Care 2 Certification" from Best Western that shows our "Ultra Cleaning" of our guestrooms, has taken our cleaning to the next level with "natural" cleaning of our guest rooms with an "Aqueous Ozone Solution."
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Candiac, Quebec (February 10, 2012) - Cascades Tissue Group is proud to announce the beginning of a partnership with the Global Food Safety Resource Centre (GFSR) to promote the Cascades® green Antibacterial Hand Towel, an innovative and award-winning paper product that has been shown to serve in the reduction of hand-transferred bacteria, a concern shared by most stakeholders within the food industry.
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Cascades presents a first-of-its-kind 100 per cent recycled unbleached bathroom tissue. Cascades® Moka, now available for the commercial market, becomes the ultimate sustainable bath tissue by eliminating chemical whitening and reducing environmental impact.
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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
GREEN GLOSSARY
Helping you decipher the terminology associated with sustainability and energy-saving actions.
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