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MTS Seating Recognized for Commitment to Supporting Renewable Energy


TEMPERANCE, MICH.—MTS Seating, a leading manufacturer of hospitality stackable seating, was recognized by Consumers Energy of Michigan for its commitment to renewable energy through the Green Generation program. As one of the top 10 largest participants in the program, MTS utilizes more than a half a million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year. This equals nearly 20 percent of the company’s total annual consumption.

Green Lodging and Hospitality Conference Wraps Up in Orlando


ORLANDO—The second annual Green Lodging and Hospitality Conference, held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla., from December 9-11, featured a strong group of speakers but failed to attract the crowd one might expect from one of the largest hotel centers in the world. Attendance was 175 for the event, including approximately 50 vendors. The conference was hosted by the TREEO Center, University of Florida. Highlights of the conference included a keynote presentation by David Jerome, senior vice president for corporate responsibility, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and presentations with titles such as “Green Lodging from 10,000 feet, How a Corporate Hotel Company Goes Green,” “The Sustainability of Marketing Sustainability,” “The Art and Science of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing,” and “Sustainable Renovations.”

Neenah Paper Introduces ‘Carbon Neutral Plus’


ALPHARETTA, GA.—In today’s world, many businesses are searching for ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Neenah Paper is taking it a step further with the introduction of “Carbon Neutral Plus,” the company’s commitment to not only conserve the environment by reducing carbon emissions, but to take a broader approach to conservation by supporting biodiversity projects which protect and restore natural habitat.

Communities Expanding Their Green Building Programs


WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the wake of an extended global economic slump, local communities are pushing ahead and expanding their green building programs. More than one in five U.S. cities with populations greater than 50,000 surveyed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report having a policy to promote green buildings, accounting for more than 53 million people. The AIA initially conducted this survey in 2007 for a Local Leaders in Sustainability report that has just been updated. The new report, “Green Building Policy in a Changing Economic Environment,” is an inventory of policies and best practices intended to help policymakers advance a more sustainable legislative agenda for growth and development. The report also contains detailed case studies of the green building programs in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville, and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Sustainability, Local Sourcing Top List of Hottest Menu Trends


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association’s annual survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—reveals that local sourcing of ingredients, sustainability and nutrition will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2010. Locally grown produce, locally sourced meats and seafood, sustainability, mini-desserts and locally produced wine and beer top the list of nearly 215 culinary items in the “What’s Hot in 2010” survey. Rounding out the top 10 trends are nutritious kids’ meals, half-portions, farm-branded ingredients, gluten-free/food-allergy conscious meals and sustainable seafood. “No one has a better view of restaurant menu trends than the chefs of the nation’s nearly one million restaurants, and that is why we survey these culinary professionals on what hot, new trends we’ll see in the coming year,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the Association.

NSF Certifies First Global Company to Sustainable Carpet Standard


ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, the developer of the only American National Standard for sustainable carpet, announced that InterfaceFLOR, a leading manufacturer of modular carpet, has received certification to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainable Carpet for both their GlasBac and GlasBac RE products. InterfaceFLOR’s facility in Chonburi, Thailand, is the first manufacturing facility outside of North America to achieve this certification.

Procurement Company Avendra Launches Fresh Produce Road Show


ROCKVILLE, MD.—Avendra, one of the hospitality industry’s leading procurement services companies, continues to collaborate with suppliers to bring new products, ideas and expertise to customers. The most recent program, the Fresh Produce Road Show, proved to be a unique educational experience and an opportunity for Avendra and local produce suppliers to foster relationships with culinary teams at customer locations.

Whirlpool Corp. Issues Global Sustainability Report


BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp., a leading manufacturer and marketer of appliances, announced the release of the company’s first global, comprehensive sustainability report. The report provides an overview of the company’s efforts to make a sustainable difference in the world.

CityCenter Named Best Commercial Project of 2009 by FSC-US


LAS VEGAS—The Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) has honored CityCenter as the best commercial project of 2009 in the fifth annual Designing & Building with FSC Awards. The awards recognize entities that are committed to using sustainably harvested wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management. CityCenter’s dedication to the use of FSC-certified wood products is unprecedented in scale and resulted in a significant market transformation. “We are honored to be recognized as this year’s top commercial project,” said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of MGM MIRAGE’s Energy and Environmental Services. “Sustainability has been at the forefront of every design and construction decision for CityCenter, and due to our high demand for responsibly harvested FSC-certified wood, numerous local companies have transformed their business practices, thereby opening channels for future sustainable projects.”

Green Globe Certifies Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia


ATLANTA—The Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia recently announced its certification by Green Globe, a leading international brand for sustainable travel, tourism and related green businesses. Green Globe traces its roots back to the United Nations Earth Summit of 1992, and uniquely looks at a hotel’s effects on the environment as well as its impact on the community.

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