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Green Spa Network Accepting Registrations for Eighth Annual Congress

YOSEMITE, CALIF.—The Green Spa Network (GSN) is now accepting registrations for its 8th Annual Congress, the only spa event in the industry designed to define sustainability issues and inspire solutions. With the theme Moving Mountains: The Power of Change, this year’s event will be held at the award-winning Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, Calif., September 26 to 30. Building on seven years of success, this year’s Congress attendees can look forward to the rich personal and professional development the event has historically fostered, tapping the infinite knowledge of nature and the incredible legacy of preservation that Yosemite is known for. Back by popular demand, Larry Prochazka will return as facilitator to guide an interactive creative process designed to leave participants inspired and connected with concrete solutions for ongoing sustainability initiatives. Larry’s engaging and intimate leadership style has received outstanding reviews from spa professionals and sustainability minded groups for more than a decade. Agenda highlights will be released in the coming months. The regular Congress program begins on Sunday evening, September 27.

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Thanks to Heroic Efforts, Proper Training, Man’s Life Saved at New York Hotel

The evening of Friday, May 8 was unlike any other for Ruben Hernandez, Security Supervisor at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. Ruben had just started his shift, which typically runs from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., when he got a call that a guest was unresponsive in a fifth floor room. Ruben grabbed the hotel’s automated external defibrillator (AED) and started running. Fortunately, the elevator door on the ground floor was open. That alone could have meant life or death for the guest. When Ruben arrived at the scene, he and his fellow Security Officer, Danny Sandoval, began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When CPR failed to revive the guest, Ruben made the decision to activate the AED. The AED told Ruben to administer a shock to the guest using the AED.

guest column
Teknor Apex Manager Responds to ‘Future Without Vinyl’ Column

One glance around a hotel lobby and the trained eye can see many opportunities for flexible and rigid polymeric materials necessary for efficient, effective and safe construction. It would seem that Cliff Goldman, author of the guest column in January entitled, “A Hotel Industry Future Without Vinyl Products,” would have these potential opportunities exclude vinyl as an option, for reasons he may not fully understand. Most professional designers and engineers know the benefits of flexible vinyl, including its inherent flame retardant advantages, UV resistance, stain and scratch resistance and low VOC properties, not to mention recyclability. These characteristics all fare very well when compared to other polymeric materials.

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Experts Agree On Sterling's Sustainable Modular Mattress

Max H. Tucker, CHA, General Manager, Best Western Big America: “Sterling mattresses are an important part of our strategy for meeting guest comfort and working towards a more sustainable hotel operation.” Brian Keller, Director of Property Services, Oakwood Worldwide, LEED Green Associate: “One definite advantage is the concept of replacement components…this has been a great find for Oakwood.” The top three reasons buyers are choosing the Sterling Hospitality Sustainable Modular Mattress: 3) Shows guests you care about their comfort. 2) Reduces maintenance and replacement costs and downtime. 1) Reduces your carbon footprint. For more information, call (888) 281-2817 today!

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Hotel Indigo in Development for The Sustainable City in Dubai

DUBAI, U.A.E.—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the signing of a management agreement with Diamond Developers to launch the second Hotel Indigo in the U.A.E. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s boutique brand and each Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighborhood it is located in. From the design of the building to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, each Hotel Indigo property is unique to its surroundings, so no two properties are the same. In addition, guests can look forward to immersing in stories of the neighborhood through creatively crafted spaces reflecting the area’s heritage—a key cornerstone of the brand.

upcoming events
Better Buildings Summit
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Boutique Hotel Investment Conference
SVA Theatre, New York

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Austin Convention Center (Texas)

Monday, June 15, 2015

NeoCon 2015
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

Monday, June 15, 2015

personnel profile
IHG’s Lindsay Wilkinson Helps Push Company Toward 100 Percent IHG Green Engage Participation

ATLANTA—Late last year, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that its IHG Green Engage program would be rolled out across the company’s global estate of 4,900 hotels as of January 1, 2015. All properties flying an IHG flag—Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Candlewood Suites, etc.—now have until the end of this year to reach at least Level One within IHG Green Engage. In a franchisor/franchisee relationship, mandates sometimes do not go over well but in this case, says Lindsay Wilkinson, Manager—Environmental Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility for IHG, reception has been widely positive. Helping to oversee the transition to IHG Green Engage is just one of Wilkinson’s many responsibilities within IHG. Those properties working to achieve Level One must accomplish 10 action items—setting up a green team and tracking utility data are two of the items.

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GoFoam Florida Reaches Out to Green Lodging News
2 days ago

I recently heard from someone representing a local foam advocacy site here in Florida. The name of the site is GoFoam Florida. In case you are wondering what kind of foam I am referring to, it is the polystyrene foam found in cups (often referred to as Styrofoam cups, even though Styrofoam is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Company that is used for insulation, not food packaging products). Polystyrene foam is also used in egg cartons, serving trays, to-go containers, etc. GoFoam is an affiliate of Dart Container Corp., maker of polystyrene foam containers. Of course it is in the best interest of Dart to do what it can to keep folks using polystyrene foam. For those who do, and there are a lot of you, Dart has provided a map of public drop-off locations for polystyrene foam recycling. A quick check found just four locations here in Florida.

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