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TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA—The Brando, a luxury resort on French Polynesia’s private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, is now open. The Brando is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with seawater air-conditioning and renewable energy systems, without any sacrifice to luxury or comfort. Designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture, the all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas, each with its own private beach area and plunge pool. Exclusive and private, access to The Brando is a 20-minute flight from Tahiti by Air Tetiaroa to Tetiaroa’s airfield. “There is nothing like The Brando in the world, and we look forward to sharing this paradise with our guests and making their stays with us truly memorable and life enriching,” said Silvio Bion, General Manager, The Brando. The award-winning cuisine of Guy Martin of the Michelin two star restaurant Le Grand Vefour in Paris is featured in all dining venues and in-room dining.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its Conference and Events team has earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management.
NEW YORK—Fifty-five percent of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to a new study by Nielsen. The propensity to buy socially responsible brands is strongest in Asia-Pacific (64 percent), Latin America (63 percent) and Middle East/Africa (63 percent). The numbers for North America and Europe are 42 and 40 percent, respectively. “Consumers around the world are saying loud and clear that a brand’s social purpose is among the factors that influence purchase decisions,” said Amy Fenton, Global Leader of Public Development and Sustainability, Nielsen. “This behavior is on the rise and it provides opportunities for meaningful impact in our communities, in addition to helping to grow share for brands.” The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility polled 30,000 consumers in 60 countries* to understand: how passionate consumers are about sustainable practices when it comes to purchase considerations; which consumer segments are most supportive of ecological or other socially responsible efforts; and which social issues/causes are attracting the most concern.
CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association has issued “Bright Ideas,” its first-ever sustainability newsletter, which offers tips and tools to restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices that save money, resources and help protect the environment. The newsletter, produced by Conserve, the NRA’s sustainability initiative, features a variety of videos, best practices, case studies and personal accounts of chain and independent operators who have achieved success by practicing sustainability at their businesses.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, took home international top honors, receiving The Outstanding Building of the Year Award (TOBY) at the Building Owners and Managers Association International’s (BOMA) annual conference this week. The recognition is for its corporate headquarters building in Parsippany, N.J. TOBY Awards honor outstanding office buildings for excellence in building management, operational efficiency, emergency planning, tenant relations and community impact. Wyndham was honored for its achievements in the Corporate Facility category. To win an International TOBY Award, a property must first win both the local and regional competitions. Wyndham Worldwide won its first TOBY at the New Jersey state competition last fall and its second at the Middle Atlantic Regional competition in April. “A tremendous amount of thoughtful planning goes into the operation of our headquarters building,” said Frank Campana, Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Wyndham Worldwide. “We consider everything when it comes to associate productivity and sustainable practices.”
WARRENTON, VA.—Airlie, known for its distraction free meeting environment, abundant gardens and sustainable practices, has just been designated as the first lodging destination to receive the Certified Healthy Destination by the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA). The IHDA PIECES Certification serves as a discernment tool for meeting professionals, business travelers and general consumers who regard health as a significant indicator of value when selecting destinations for leisure or business travel.
RENO, NEV.—The capital costs and the environmental impact of operating a large resort hotel almost always coincide. Heating, laundry, lighting, landscaping—they all have an impact on both a resort’s bottom line and the natural environment. Hotels have the opportunity to save money and save the environment at the same time, but launching conservation projects that significantly reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint and operating budget takes strategy, some innovative thinking and a commitment to capitalize conservation efforts. Here are five ways The Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino saves millions of dollars each year while conserving water and energy and reducing the resort’s overall environmental footprint. The Peppermill made a huge bet on geothermal energy in 2011.
WAILEA, HAWAII—The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa located in the luxurious Wailea Resort destination has recently been recognized with the ‘Aipono “Excellence in Sustainability Award”. The reader’s choice award, presented by Maui Magazine, acknowledges the resort’s accomplishment as a top sustainability performer and recognizes its role in environmental leadership.
ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced that IHG’s patented Green Engage program, the online sustainability program used by more than 2,700 IHG-branded hotels worldwide, is helping hotels address the drought conditions in California. IHG is targeting a reduction in water usage in water-stressed areas by 12 percent globally by 2017. To support this global effort on a local scale, IHG Green Engage Water Conservation Kits were sent to 230 IHG hotels in California, including Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn hotels. The resources in the Water Conservation Kits include details on how hotels can actively participate in conserving water, with tips on IHG Green Engage Green Solutions to implement, as well as examples of how other hotels have been successful in their water conservation efforts. The kits also include aerators to easily install on water faucets to contribute to the potential savings of over 77 million gallons of water per year in California. Guestrooms are the primary source of water usage in hotels (estimated 30 percent), and aerators can help save water used in guestroom sinks.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association has asked the governors in five Gulf States to support their local restaurants in a quest to maintain uncompromised, year-round access to seafood fished in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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