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IN THIS ISSUE
Unravelling the Green Supply Chain
Green Key Eco-Rating Program: Tips For Using The Online Portal
Green Key’s Newest Addition To Their Sustainability Portfolio: The Carbon Calculator
International Housekeeping Week
Developing a Successful Green Program
Evaluating the ROI in Going ‘Green’
Massachusetts DEP Preparing Regulations Banning Hotels, Other Businesses from Discarding Food Waste
Future of Hotels Lies In Sustainable Practices
Novotel putting down roots in Quebec - Earth Day project comes to fruition
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
Canada's Bullfrog Power: Renewable Energy Solutions
Honey Hospitality: Jersey City Hyatt's rooftop bee hive is first to buzz in New Jersey
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Introduces Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served
Delta Hotels Scores Big with Green Leadership Award
Wyndham Vacation Ownership Commits to Raising $1 Million to Plant One Million Trees
Kelowna hotel charged up and LEED-ing the way
Welcome to our Newest Members
Upcoming Green Events from Around the World
Demystifying Green Jargon
FEATURES
By Steve Ott, Sustainable Business Development Manager, Cascades Tissue Group’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.
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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.
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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.
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By Roxanna Lopez, Operations Manager–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.
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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?
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NOTEWORTHY
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.
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Green Lodging News Regulations proposed in Massachusetts by that state’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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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ECO-INNOVATORS
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.
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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?
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Atlanta Hyatt Hyatt Regency Atlanta announced the launch of Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Hyatt’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’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.
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Hotelier Magazine.com Kostuch Media's Green Leadership Award recognizes environmental excellence and innovative practices within Canada’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.
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Wynham Worldwide Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE:WYN), today announced the launch of the Wyndham® Million Trees Project, an initiative to plant one million trees throughout national forests in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.
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Best Western Plus The Best Western PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites continues to charge forward with environmentally responsible initiatives. Not only has the hotel installed an EV charging station, they have just received LEED® Silver Certification for their new environmental wing through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).
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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
Events occurring from August 2012 - December 2012
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GREEN GLOSSARY
Helping you decipher the terminology associated with sustainability and energy-saving actions.
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