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IN THIS ISSUE
How Far Have We Come?
Qu’avons-nous réalisé?
Green Key Global Milestones: Fifteen Years and Three Thousand Members
EnergySage & Green Key Global Partner to Promote Solar & Sustainable Practices in Lodging Industry
Hotels Have a Green Power Choice in Canada
Cascades receives LEED Gold certification for the expansion of its Lachute plant
Club Carlson commits to a global carbon offsetting initiative
MGM Resorts Launches New Corporate Social Responsibility Website
Best Western International Supports Earth Month
Fairmont Broadens Its Approach to Operational Sustainability
The Green Standard
A year after the launch of PLANET 21, Accor strengthens its leadership position in sustainable hospitality
Cascades Shows Its Nose for Environmental Firsts
Earth Day at The Westin Ottawa
Fairmont Pittsburgh Named Environmental Hotel of the Year
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort Named RCI Green Award Platinum Winner
Radisson Plaza Hotel Introduces Green Machine
Hilton New York Goes Green with a 1,750kW Cogeneration System
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Supports the Application for Canada's First National Sustainable Seafood Day with David Suzuki and Friends.
Travelodge Hotel London South Adds to their Sustainable Toolbox
Beauty and The Bees
Discover Our Newest Partner and Supplier Members
Upcoming Green Events from Around the World
FEATURES
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’s (HAC) Annual Travel Intentions Surveys show that travelers regularly expect properties to be environmentally sensitive, despite where the issue falls in national importance.
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Par: Anthony P. Pollard, Directeur général – Clé Verte Global Les questions économiques font constamment les gros titres à travers le monde, et certains peuvent dire que les préoccupations environnementales semblent avoir pris un siège arrière ces dernières années; au moins en termes d’attention des médias et du gouvernement. Cependant, six années de données environnementales de l’ enquête annuelle sur les intentions de voyage de l'association des hôtels du Canada (AHC) montrent que les voyageurs s'attendent régulièrement que les propriétés soient sensible à l’environnement, peu importe où la question relève en importance nationale.
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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’s 15th anniversary as well as having reached the 3,000 member mark.
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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.
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NOTEWORTHY
This spring, Renewable Choice Energy became a strategic partner with Green Key Global.
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The expansion of Cascades Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Québec, has received LEED® Gold certification. The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain LEED®-NC (New Construction) certification in the Canadian paper industry.
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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’s six brands totaling 1,077 hotels in operation worldwide.
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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.
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In celebration of ‘Earth Month’ at Union Station, Best Western representatives shared ‘green’ 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.
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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.
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Author: Sarah J.F. Braley The rising number of green hotel certifications can confuse the process of evaluating properties for their sustainability practices...
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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’s sustainable development program has won over customers and employees alike and modified behaviors.
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ECO-INNOVATORS
Early April, Cascades Tissue Group announced an extension to its sought-after Cascades® Moka™ line with the first-ever launch of an unbleached, 100 percent recycled facial tissue. This new beige-colored facial tissue follows last year’s award-winning launch of the Cascades Moka bathroom tissue.
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In celebration of Earth Day, the Westin Ottawa’s Green Committee hosted a fun event in the hotel lobby from 11am-2pm on April 22, 2013, showcasing the hotel’s environmental initiatives for both hotel guests and associates.
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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.
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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.
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REGINA — 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.
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The energy efficient cogeneration system provided by Anaergia represents a bold investment taken by New York City’s largest hotel to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve energy and reduce the urban heat island effect.
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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.
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Travelodge Hotel London South has recently begun an initiative to keep guest room fridges unplugged when not in use.
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In an effort to preserve indigenous wildlife, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth partnered with the Ecomuseum and sponsored five "beauties" residing at this local zoo – a Snowy owl, a gray wolf, a lynx, an Arctic fox and a great horned owl.
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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 "Members Area" section of the Green Key Global website.
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ENVIRO EVENTS
Events occurring from May 2013-July 2013
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