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Starwood to Expand Florida Element Portfolio

10/7/2014

STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year’s opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral. Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, LLC, developed by GCD Associates, and managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group, Element Orlando will offer 151 sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere.


Three NEWH Green Voice Conversations Added to Extensive Schedule of Sustainability-Focused Sessions at IHMRS/BDNY

10/6/2014

NEW YORK—Three NEWH Green Voice Conversations have been added to the extensive schedule of sustainability-focused sessions at the Hospitality Leadership Forum, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS), and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) events to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 8 to 11 in New York City. The Green Voice Conversations will take place as part of BDNY. The first Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The topic will be, “Where Does Your Wood Come from and Why it Matters: Understanding Responsible Sourcing of Wood and Forest Management Certifications.” The guest speaker will be Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners. The moderator will be David Mahood, LEED AP, GGP, Olive Hospitality Consulting. The second Green Voice Conversation will take place Sunday, November 9 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The topic will be, “Better Design through Nature’s Chemistry: Why Nature Should be Your Model for Buildings and Products. The guest speaker will be Mark H. Dorfman, MSPH, Biomimicry Chemist, Biomimicry 3.8.


When Cleaning Tools Spread Contamination

10/6/2014

HAMILTON, OHIO—Many cleaning professionals are unaware of studies that indicate how the very tools we use to clean surfaces—specifically, cleaning cloths and mops—are sometimes the very ones that cause cross-contamination.


Study Confirms Capability of Ozone Systems to Reduce Laundry Energy, Water Consumption

10/2/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Those looking for assurance that ozone laundry technology does indeed reduce energy, water and related costs can find proof in study results recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) Building Technologies Office. The D.O.E., with the assistance of outside consultants, conducted a demonstration project to evaluate ozone laundry technologies for reducing the energy and water use of multi-load washers in healthcare and hospitality facilities. The D.O.E. report documents the demonstration of two ozone laundry system installations. The first installation took place at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C. and incorporated a system from ClearWater Tech, LLC, San Luis Obispo, Calif. The second installation, by Ozone Water Technologies, Inc., Tryon, N.C., took place at Rogerson House, an assisted living facility in Boston. The Charleston Place Hotel laundry facility consists of three Braun 250-pound multi-load washers and one Washex 90-pound multi-load washer. The hot water for the clothes washers is heated by a natural gas boiler with a nominal thermal efficiency of 75 percent.


Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Joins H2Otel Challenge

10/2/2014

EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA—Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has taken the pledge to be a part of the Water Sense H2Otel Challenge. Water Sense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnership program designed to help save water for future generations. Bucuti is the only resort outside of the United States and North America that has taken this initiative at this time.


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

10/1/2014

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.


Branson Convention Center Launches Green Initiatives

10/1/2014

BRANSON, MO.—The Branson Convention Center recently launched a task force of employees to investigate how the facility could lessen its environmental impact through green initiatives. After several months of research and planning the task force has begun implementing their recommendations with a new sustainability plan.


Hilton Implements ISO 50001 Energy Management System

9/30/2014

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide announced that, following a comprehensive upgrade to its LightStay global environmental management system, more than 4,200 of its properties around the world are now ISO 50001 (energy management) certified. This certification complements the company’s other global system-wide ISO certifications of ISO 9001 and 14001. ISO provides internationally recognized frameworks and standards for organizations in the areas of products, services and systems. Hilton Worldwide achieved ISO 9001 (quality management) and 14001 (environmental management) certifications in 2011, and was fully recertified to both of these standards this year. With these certifications, Hilton Worldwide is one of the first multinational organizations to certify its entire system globally, achieving one of the largest-ever volume certifications of commercial buildings. “The ISO frameworks help us to ensure we are managing our properties as efficiently and sustainably as possible,” said Randy Gaines, Vice President of Engineering, Hilton Worldwide. “This results not only in cost and emissions reductions, but also helps us better prepare for potential changes in regulations in the United States and around the globe.”


Vegas Casino Employees Surveyed About Secondhand Smoke

9/30/2014

LAS VEGAS—A recent survey of casino employees revealed a significant concern that secondhand smoke inhalation is causing serious illness and disease. Smoke-Free Gaming of America and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 721, a union comprised of table games dealers, collaborated in reaching out to 55 Las Vegas casino employees to find out if breathing secondhand smoke was a health concern.


Caesars Entertainment Exceeds Corporate Citizenship Goals

9/29/2014

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment Corp. issued its fifth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, entitled “Serious Play.” Caesars has long been committed to being a positive corporate citizen that contributes to improving the economic, social and environmental quality of life wherever it operates. Caesars’ mission—inspiring grown-ups to play responsibly—is described in its latest citizenship report, which showcases the company’s positive impacts on society and the environment in 2013 and early 2014. Caesars tracks its corporate citizenship progress in areas including Responsible Gaming, Employee Development, Environmental Stewardship and Community Investment Performance. The latest report details the company's impact in 2013 and also provides more recent information that demonstrates its corporate citizenship efforts in action. As detailed in the current report, Caesars exceeded its aggressive environmental-sustainability goal to reduce energy and carbon emissions and surpassed its waste-diversion goal. Significant strides have also been made in the reduction of water use and continued community giving. Caesars remained an industry leader in innovative Responsible Gaming programs, training 43,286 employees in 2013.


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