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Valley Forge Honored as Finalist in Sustainable South Florida Awards


FORT LAUDERDALE—Valley Forge Fabrics was honored as a finalist by the Natural Resources Committee of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as it hosted its first annual Sustainable South Florida Awards. The Green Business Award honors a South Florida business that provides a superior product, service, or innovation that enables others to practice sustainable and green efforts.

Rocky Mountain Institute Releases Green Footstep Online Carbon Calculator


SNOWMASS, COLO.—Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has unveiled Green Footstep, a free online carbon calculator for reducing carbon emissions in building construction and retrofit projects. While many carbon calculators are available online, none address multiple building emissions over the building lifetime. “Green Footstep makes it easier for design professionals to set the design targets they’ll need to achieve a carbon neutrality that includes not just operation, but also embodied carbon and others,” said Victor Olgyay, AIA, principal at RMI. “Just as a life cycle cost analysis of a green building design shows the operating costs you are saving over time, Green Footstep shows you the saved carbon.” Green Footstep also shows designers how to comply with specific design goals—including those established by the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization that has challenged designers to make all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030.

Sustainable Foodservice Consulting Announces Launch of New Blog


EUGENE, ORE.—Sustainable Foodservice Consulting (SFC) announced the launch of its new blog, The Sustainable Shift Drink. The blog covers a variety of topics concerning sustainability in the foodservice industry, including local and organic food, energy efficiency, green foodservice products, innovative restaurants, industry trends, national news and more.

Sustainable Hotel Awards Presented at HICAP in Hong Kong


HONG KONG—Winners of the Sustainable Hotel Awards were presented at the 20th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), held October 14 to 16, at the InterContinental Hong Kong. HICAP is hosted by Horwath HTL and Burba Hotel Network (BHN). The 56-room Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi in Koh Yao Noi, Phang-nga, Thailand, was the winner in the Sustainable Project Design category. The hotel is owned by Six Senses Resorts & Spas/EHY Company Limited and operated by Six Senses Resorts & Spas. The hotel was recognized for its use of recycled and natural materials, sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment, and rain collection efforts. Sonu Shivdasani, chairman & CEO, Six Senses Resorts & Spas accepted the award. The 362-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, received the award in the Sustainable Operations category. The hotel is operated by Carlson Hotels Worldwide and was recognized for its waste, water, and energy management efforts.

Rainforest Alliance Releases Results of Latin America Study


SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA—In celebration of World Tourism Day, September 27, the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, released the results of a study that examines whether tourism businesses in Latin America benefit from applying sustainable practices to their operations. The study, titled “A Cost and Benefit Analysis of Best Practice Implementation in Tourism Businesses,” was conducted earlier this year with 14 tourism businesses.

Westin Riverfront Resort Awarded LEED Silver Certification


AVON, COLO.—Colorado’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa announced that it has been awarded Silver Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Westin Riverfront is the first hotel in Colorado to achieve this coveted green accolade and only the ninth hotel in the country to earn Silver LEED status. The Beaver Creek resort, which opened a year ago this week, is also the first Silver LEED Certified hotel in the Westin brand, which includes more than 160 hotels around the world. The Westin Riverfront features 210 guest residences.

Vail Resorts Announces it Will Not Continue Purchase of Wind Credits


BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts announced that concurrent with its announcement of its leadership role in the Hayman Restoration Partnership, the company would not be renewing its three-year commitment to purchase wind energy offset credits. “Our Company is very proud of the leadership stance we took on alternative energy and climate change in August of 2006,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. “We are very pleased to see all of the progress that has followed us both in terms of new corporate commitments to clean energy and the political progress our country has made on climate change. As a company, we remain committed to addressing climate change and are focused on energy conservation across our company. However, going forward, we intend to channel our efforts on more comprehensive projects, which help protect the climate and also offer habitat and watershed benefits to local communities, such as the Hayman Restoration Project.”

ASHRAE’s 2010 Winter Conference to Focus on Building Sustainability


ATLANTA—“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” is often used to explain the less-than-comfortable temperatures in Florida. With that in mind, there seems to be no better place to discuss ASHRAE’s winter’s conference theme: “Building Sustainability from the Inside Out.” Whenever the temperatures outside are too hot or humid to handle, ASHRAE ensures that indoor environments are comfortable and, most important, sustainable. ASHRAE’s 2010 Winter Conference will be held in Orlando from January 23 to 27 at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo, held in conjunction with the Conference, will run January 25 to 27. The Expo will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, a short distance from the Conference headquarters hotel. The technical program will feature more than 90 programs and 300 speakers.

Shaw, La Quinta Join to Keep 30 Tons of Carpet from Landfills


DALTON, GA.—Shaw Industries, Inc., through its division Shaw Hospitality Group, and La Quinta Inns & Suites have partnered to keep more than 30 tons of carpet from landfills during five La Quinta hotel renovations in Texas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

Two Groups Merge to Form Tourism Sustainability Council


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and the Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC) announced their official merger. The result will be a new initiative that will launch in 2010 called the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC), a global membership council that will offer a common understanding of sustainable tourism and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and criteria. The TSC will bring together tourism businesses presently operating to various degrees of sustainability performance—governments, United Nations bodies, research and academic institutions, social and environmental NGOs, certification programs, and others from distinct regions of the world. “The marriage of the GSTC Partnership with the STSC is fortuitous, strategic, and practical for both initiatives,” said Erika Harms, executive director of Sustainable Development at the United Nations Foundation.

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