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CARLSBAD, CALIF.—La Costa Resort and Spa announced the resort has been awarded Green Seal’s 2013 Silver distinction, in recognition of recent improvements to the property and operational systems aimed at conserving resources. “We are very proud and honored to receive Green Seal’s Silver rating,” said Paul McCormick, vice president and general manager of La Costa Resort and Spa. “The team at La Costa is dedicated to protecting our natural resources and we constantly re-evaluate our systems to ensure the resort is as environmentally friendly as possible. Our guests know when they come to La Costa they can feel good about their choice of accommodations.” La Costa had previously received the Bronze distinction from Green Seal’s environmental certification program in 2011. In order to earn the Silver rating as a lodging property, La Costa had to meet the next level’s criteria within three years of receiving the Bronze ranking. Categories for improvement included waste minimization, energy efficiency, fresh water management, waste water management and implementing a purchasing policy that was environmentally and socially sensitive.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—High levels of hazardous chemicals were found in garden hoses for the second year in a row. Researchers at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Ecology Center found phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA in the water of a new hose that had been sitting outside in the sun for just two days. Findings include BPA levels of 0.34 to 0.91 ppm in the hose water, a level that is three to nine times higher than safe drinking water standards.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Ellerman House has launched an initiative to become Cape Town’s most eco-friendly boutique hotel. Through newly implemented green projects such as solar panels, LED light bulbs, heat pumps, earthworm farms and recycling systems, the property aims to be Cape Town’s leader in eco-friendly luxury hospitality by September 2013. In order to measure the carbon footprint for the entire property, including the main house, villas, spa, art gallery and all administrative housing and offices, Ellerman House hired an energy efficiency company, BrightBlack, as a consultant and to administer extensive energy testing.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) annual Summer Summit, held June 18 to 19 at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, will feature awards for eco-friendly practices. These Good Earthkeeping awards, to be presented at the Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon, are just some of the awards that will be presented.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Mario and Annemarie Delicio of Dematech are the owners behind Hotel Verde. Dedicated and passionate about sustainability, they have transformed what was initially just a sensible business proposition into a showcase for some of the most advanced environmentally conscious technological installations as well as construction and operation practices in the world. “We have a responsibility as a company, as an employer and as a visitor on this planet to live as sustainably as possible,” says Mario Delicio. “This is the only way we can survive long-term and hand over to our children in a responsible manner.” Construction on Hotel Verde, which is a part of the recently launched BON Hotels group, began more than a year ago just outside Cape Town International Airport. “If you look at what can be done from a green angle you look at energy, water and waste reduction,” Delicio explains. “You then take each of these areas and work out how to implement alternatives, generating your own electricity for example.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) annual Summer Summit, held June 18 to 19 at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver, will feature awards for eco-friendly practices. These Good Earthkeeping awards, to be presented at the Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon, are just some of the awards that will be presented. Other areas in which awards will be presented include: community service, guest relations, special events, diversity, and information technology.
PARIS—Accor Hotels announced that its Plant for the Planet program will fund 200,000 trees in the United Kingdom in a pioneering project designed to promote sustainable food production and nurture links between hotels, guests and farms. Europe’s largest hotel group marked the first anniversary of its PLANET 21 sustainability strategy by revealing plans to finance up to 50 projects across the United Kingdom by the end of 2015, planting trees on farms in smart ways that cut costs, raise yields and improve the environment. The program also aims to engage Accor’s employees and guests on sustainability. Plant for the Planet is financed by money saved when guests choose to reuse towels rather than send them to be washed. Since 2008, thanks to their responsible behavior, Accor has planted over 3 million trees worldwide—around 1,500 each day. In the United Kingdom 72 percent of the group’s hotels take part in the program and in five years they have funded more than 247,000 trees in Romania.
LONDON—The first international restaurant rating system that enables diners to choose restaurants that match their sustainability priorities wherever they are in the world was launched recently by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Some of the best restaurants in the world have already completed the SRA rating and a number of others have committed to doing so. Narisawa, the two Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, won the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa, at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, by achieving the highest score among the 50 Best Restaurants to complete the SRA’s new Global Rating survey. Noma, in Denmark and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, in Hong Kong, completed the top three in this award. The SRA’s Global Sustainability Rating means diners in New York, Paris, Tokyo or Sydney for example, who care about where their food comes from, how restaurants manage their energy, waste and water and how they treat their staff, can check their credentials.
ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and NRG Energy, Inc. announced a new global alliance to expand the use of renewable energy systems at Starwood properties. The alliance will begin with three properties, including the installation of a 1.3 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands where NRG will build, own and operate the project. This array will provide clean, efficient power to the resort and help to reduce local air emissions and the impact of shipping on the fragile Caribbean ecosystem by directly reducing demand for diesel fuel imports. NRG will own the solar arrays while Starwood will be the enabling partner.
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MON.—Three West Yellowstone properties owned and operated by global hospitality company Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts successfully graduated from the Yellowstone Business Partnership’s (YBP) UnCommon Sense Program. The Gray Wolf Inn & Suites, the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Branch Restaurant and the Yellowstone Park Hotel are known as the Park Gate Lodges.
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