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NYLO Hotels Installs Electric Vehicle Charging at DFW Locations

DALLAS—NYLO Hotels, LLC announced they are providing Tesla Motors charging stations at NYLO Dallas South Side, NYLO Irving/Las Colinas and NYLO Plano at Legacy. The service began on October 10. Each DFW-area NYLO Hotel will have three charging stations for electric car owners to use for free on a first come, first serve basis. “We are thrilled to offer NYLO guests a chance to charge up their Tesla vehicle,” said Mike Mueller, CEO of NYLO Hotels. “We believe in the Tesla brand and installed stations because they are reinventing the way people buy cars. This relationship will enhance NYLO’s commitment to be at the leading edge of environmentally friendly hotels, and it will also allow us to provide a wider range of excellent and unique services to our guests.” The Tesla Motors Model S is the world’s first premium electric sedan, designed from the ground up to take full advantage of electric vehicle architecture. In June, California-based Tesla Motors opened a gallery at Dallas’ popular NorthPark Center to join similar galleries in Austin and Houston.

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Sustainability Work Deserves Recognition, Celebration

This past Tuesday (October 14), the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association honored hotels and allied businesses that are leading the adoption of sustainable hospitality practices at its 2nd Annual Sustainable Hospitality Awards. The event took place at the InterContinental Miami and I was asked to be a guest speaker at the event. Approximately 120 people attended. It was fun watching each of the award winners receive their awards—in categories ranging from Energy Efficiency & Conservation to Communication & Education. There is nothing like an awards ceremony to get folks charged up about sustainability. I have been seeing an increasing number of green lodging/tourism awards programs pop up lately. Lodging Magazine will be presenting awards in five categories at its Lodging Green + Sustainability Conference + Expo later this month. The Hotel Association of New York City organized a competition for three sustainability awards this year.

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If Professional Sports Adopts It, It Can Change the World

When professional athletes find themselves in the “hot seat” due to some unfortunate incident, commentators never fail to mention that the situation is even more disturbing because it will have a negative impact on children and other sports fans. In fact, today more than ever, professional athletes are powerful celebrities, and what they say and do—good or bad—are widely reported. Of course, just as negative news about or by a professional sports leader can have widespread ramifications, so can positive actions. Consider, for instance, if American basketball star Kobe Bryant were to speak out about making a personal commitment to green and environmental issues and, further, encouraged the National Basketball Association to consider the environment in all its activities and venues? He has a lot of fans and a lot of fans that will be influenced about his concerns about the environment.

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Turtle Bay Resort’s New Green Roof Covers 60,000 Square Feet

OAHU, HAWAII—Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, has completed the installation of an innovative green roof that covers a total of approximately 60,000 square feet as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. “We are dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s delicate and natural resources as stewards of the land,” said Scott McCormack, Vice President of Real Estate for Turtle Bay Resort. “We have received positive feedback from our resort guests who appreciate the project’s eco-friendly benefits and are enjoying enhanced guestroom views of the ocean and landscape art atop the newly designed roofs.” The lower flat roofs of Turtle Bay Hotel were completely transformed and “roof-scaped” with intricate, contemporary patterns using river rocks and native Hawaiian plants. The combination of this conservation project’s size and detailed design makes the green roof unique to Hawaii and beyond.

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Jeff Benavides Helps to Make Wyndham Vacation Ownership Uniquely Green

ORLANDO, FLA.—As Energy & Sustainability Specialist, Resort Management for Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) in Orlando, Jeff Benavides, as part of the sustainability team, touches a lot of people—not only the primary contacts at the 190 resorts that WVO manages, but also the more than 900,000 families who have ownership interests. For Benavides there is no typical day. One time slot might be spent on chasing down rebate and incentive opportunities for a client. Another might be spent on strengthening or administering WVO’s required Sustainability 101 course or voluntary Energy University program. What the sustainability team has accomplished along with others at WVO and Wyndham Worldwide should come as no surprise given Wyndham’s commitment to developing sustainability programs. Wyndham’s Wyndham Green program was launched in 2006 and Wyndham has had a seat at the table whenever the lodging industry has met to discuss important sustainability concerns.

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Year’s Second Wellness-Focused Certification Program Launched
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For the second time this year, wellness is the focus of a new certification program. Back in July, as reported on by Green Lodging News, the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA) launched a certification program that allows hotels/resorts to achieve Approved Healthy Destination or Certified Healthy Destination status. This week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. Within the IHDA programs, items such as housekeeping practices, amenities, waste management practices, air filtration, safety and security, and community involvement are considered. WELL v1.0 sets performance requirements in seven categories relevant to occupant health and wellbeing: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

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