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12/17/2014

John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village Gets a Fresh, Green Facelift

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIF.—Nestled amongst picturesque forests and meadows and steps from the famed General Grant Tree, John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove Village has been lending itself to unforgettable national park trips for close to two decades. A fixture of countless family getaways and outdoor adventures, the rustic stone-and-timber lodge offers intimate and inviting quarters for guests in all seasons. Now, its welcoming atmosphere is further enhanced and equipped to deliver an authentic national parks experience after a full remodel of the lodge’s 36 rooms. Partnering with local Darden Architects, concessionaire Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts devoted approximately $400,000 to update everything from carpeting, bedding and window treatments to headboards, lounge chairs and fans. In keeping with Delaware North’s GreenPath philosophy, which applies environmentally conscious practices across all facets of business, all furniture, carpeting, fabric and blinds are eco-friendly. Much of the wood furniture is crafted from sustainably sourced hickory saplings that would not be able to grow healthily in nature and would have to be removed.

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Lodging Study Results Reflect Green Industry Trends

Anyone looking for concrete evidence that our industry is going green need look no further than the just released report entitled, “The 2014 Lodging Study Hotel Trends: An Inside Look at Popular Amenities and Guest Services.” The report summarizes the results of a survey of more than 9,600 hoteliers. The American Hotel & Lodging Assn., along with STR, produced the survey that was funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. Green Lodging News has reported in the past on this same survey that is generated every two years. If you are an AH&LA member you can get a complete copy of the survey results at no cost. Otherwise, the cost is $1,500 for all of the results or $300 for each individual data point. See the article I posted this past week for details. Among the survey questions were many that have something to do with environmental initiatives.

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Look to the Restroom to Save Money and Stay Healthy

When anyone in the hospitality industry considers ways to cut operational costs to save money, chances are the public restroom may not be the first area that comes to mind. However, a few simple changes in restroom fixtures can help to eliminate waste and reduce maintenance costs—all while keeping the restroom clean and sanitary for both customers and employees. Sanitation in the restroom is a major concern, especially during flu season, but cost is a top concern no matter what the season. Paper of every kind has become increasingly expensive over the past decade and typically people use more than they need to in public restrooms. In fact, on average, people use 2.5 paper towel sheets every time they dry their hands. So think about how many people use your restroom every day and multiply that number by 5 cents each. It’s an expense that can add up quickly.

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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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Earthkeeping a Passion at Historic Brown Palace Hotel

DENVER—The piece-of-pie shaped Brown Palace Hotel, a fixture in the heart of Denver since 1892, has been undergoing a green transformation the last couple of years that has caught the eye of many. The 241-room property won the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2013 from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Assn. and the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2014 from the American Hotel and Lodging Assn. While dabbling in sustainability for a number of years—bee hives have been on the hotel roof as part of the hotel’s Bee Royalty Initiative since 2009—it was in October 2012 when good things really started to happen. That is when Brenna St. Onge was hired as Executive Housekeeper. She brought a passion for sustainability to her job and it was a year ago that she was promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms and Chair of Sustainability.

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Bardessono’s Treadway Named General Manager of Year by CH&LA

YOUNTVILLE, CALIF.—Bardessono, the LEED Platinum certified wine country hotel located in Yountville in the heart of Napa Valley, announced that its General Manager Jim Treadway was named “General Manager of the Year” in the Small Property category by the California Hotel & Lodging Assn. This award honors a hotelier who has demonstrated superior professionalism in operating a CH&LA member property and has taken a leadership role in the industry by actively participating in association, community or industry programs. “I’m honored by this prestigious CH&LA award, but running a high-performing small luxury hotel is a team sport,” said Jim Treadway, General Manager, Bardessono. “So I share this award with our team at Bardessono. They really are outstanding, and deserve this wonderful recognition. So, too, is Benchmark Hospitality International and its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels collection, which provide wonderful management company support.”

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Sometimes Survey Results Just Don't Seem to Add Up
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As reported in Green Lodging News last week, the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) just released the results of its survey entitled, “The 2014 Lodging Study Hotel Trends: An Inside Look at Popular Amenities and Guest Services.” The study was conducted by STR and is easily the most comprehensive trends survey in the lodging industry. Conducted every two years, this year’s study had more than 9,600 participants. I commented on some of the survey results in my weekly column. Many of the questions in the study pertained to green operations. The AH&LA/AH&LEF surveys conducted by STR are always chockfull of valuable data. That said, there are always some findings that don’t quite seem to be add up. In this year’s study, for example, folks were asked whether or not allergy-free rooms are available to guests.

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