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Radisson Blu Announces Partnership with Soap for Hope Program

BRUSSELS—Radisson Blu announced its new partnership with the Soap for Hope program, which recycles used hotel soaps to create fresh bars for distribution in local communities with limited access to hygiene and sanitation. The Soap for Hope program works in partnership with Sealed Air, a leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. Soap for Hope was pioneered by Sealed Air to save lives by giving free soap to communities with limited access to soap, to create local entrepreneurs and to help hotels reduce waste through recycling. Capitalizing on the success of projects in Georgia and in the Philippines, 23 Radisson Blu hotels across Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East and APAC will collect used soap bars and pass them to Sealed Air representatives. Local entrepreneurs are then shown how to recycle the soap using an innovative cold-press method, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete and requires no running water or electricity. The used soap is then distributed to local communities.

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New Website, Results of Two Major Surveys Coming Soon

Within the next month there will be a number of significant announcements—two of which involve Green Lodging News. First, I have been working hard on a redesign of the Green Lodging News website. I compare it to moving from one country to another as almost 9,000 files have been moved to a new software platform. The website will look significantly different and certainly more updated from a design standpoint compared to the current site. The new site should be ready to for launch in the next few weeks. Watch for it! Speaking of my current site and the new site, I am in need of guest columnists to continue the flow of those types of articles to the website and e-newsletter. If you have an idea for a guest column, give me a call at (813) 510-3868, or e-mail Suppliers, consultants, owners, managers, engineers, students, teachers and others are all welcome to submit guest columns. Perhaps you have an opinion to express?

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A Hotelier’s Reflection on Environmental Consciousness

Writing about environmental sustainability issues is not the most gratifying task. You are invited, dear reader, to please continue reading, though. This article does not attempt to stimulate guilt or parent-ego induced finger wagging. What follows are insights, learnings, thoughts and musings from a hotelier viewing the impact—particularly the hospitality industry’s impact on the environment. These thoughts are based on insights stemming from eight years of hospitality related environmental sustainability consulting work. It is stating subjective observations about possible changes in value perception of a person, a profession and an industry. A hotel is an organization or economic system where goods and services are exchanged for one another or for money. The 18th century (1724 to 1780) free-market economist Adam Smith fathered the idea about the division of labor and the societal benefits of individuals’ pursuit of their own self-interest.

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Six Senses Hotels Announces First North American Property

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announces the brand’s long-anticipated debut in the United States with Six Senses New York, a luxury hotel being developed by HFZ Capital Group in New York City between Manhattan’s popular High Line and the Hudson River. “This project is a fascinating and exciting contrast to the typical Six Senses locations where we operate resorts in settings with azure waters, UNESCO heritage listings and lush rainforests,” said Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “Six Senses New York will have the same touch-points and DNA, with some creative adaptation of course, but with no compromises on our commitment to community, wellness, sustainability and design. We are delighted to be partnering with HFZ on this fabulous urban development.” The development project by HFZ Capital Group is located on 10th Avenue. The site encompasses the entire block between 17th and 18th streets in the heart of the city’s vibrant and artsy Chelsea neighborhood. The overall project, named The Eleventh, features two soaring towers.

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14th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Sustainability Conference
The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Green Festival Expo--San Francisco
Pier 35, San Francisco

Friday, November 11, 2016

HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Sustainable Travel International Announces Appointment of Geoff Bolan to CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sustainable Travel International, the leading nonprofit focused on improving lives and protecting places through changes in the way destinations around the world manage travel and tourism, announced that Geoff Bolan has been named CEO. Bolan succeeds Sustainable Travel International’s Founder and CEO, Brian Mullis. Mullis will transition into an Executive Advisor role after nearly 14 years guiding the organization. Bolan will lead Sustainable Travel International in its next chapter of growth, focusing on expanding the organization’s global impact to combat threats like environmental degradation and economic inequality. Bolan joined Sustainable Travel International in January 2016 as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. His background includes more than 25 years of management, business development, and strategic planning on a global scale in both the nonprofit and private sectors.

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The Complex World of Green Amenities Explored at HX
18 hours ago

I will be moderating a panel discussion at HX: The Hotel Experience on Sunday, November 13 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. that is entitled, “Greenwashing or Nothing But the Truth—The Untold Story of the Greening of Amenities.” I am excited about the session because I have a great group of panelists: Ian Wallace, President of Dispenser Amenities; Guido Bonadonna, CEO, GFL SA; and Ray Burger, President, Pineapple Hospitality. Interestingly, I had a number of suppliers who will be exhibiting at HX decline participation. Maybe it was the “greenwashing” part of my session title that scared them away? I have always found amenities to be a fascinating topic. It is a very competitive space in our industry, with many companies vying for your business. From an environmental standpoint, there are many issues to consider: product content, packaging and waste being several main ones.

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