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TORONTO—The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, two of the world’s leaders in environmental practices, announced a formal partnership aimed at promoting sustainability, conserving natural resources, and advancing the overall commitment to environmental stewardship. Involved in social awareness and conservation, The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation shares common interests with Fairmont’s award-winning environmental platform.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF.—Bentley Prince Street is taking a significant step toward its goal of becoming a completely sustainable enterprise by the year 2020 by launching a new carpet tile backing line using thermoplastic technology.
ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—Here at Maho Bay Camps, you have to be careful what you throw away. Your “trash” just might end up as part of a piece of art on sale to a visiting guest. For more than 10 years now, glass bottles, aluminum cans, worn tablecloths, napkins, towels, sheets, shredded cardboard and paper, and even laundry lint have been converted into saleable pieces of art as part of Maho Bay Camps’ Trash to Treasures program. Last year, the resort sold $250,000 worth of art made from items otherwise destined for the trash heap.
CHEVY CHASE, MD.—The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., L.L.C., and renowned diplomat for the environment, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society, have signed a 10-year agreement to further develop and expand the award-winning Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) program from the current location at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman to a select group of the brand’s other resort and urban hotel destinations around the world, including Kapalua, Maui and Sanya, which opened April 24, 2008.
COSTALEGRE, JALISCO, MEXICO—Boca de Iguanas, the newest eco-resort project along Mexico’s pristine Costalegre, has named Lorena Vargas sustainability manager responsible for eco-friendly programs that reflect the project’s commitment to the environment.
NEW YORK—The Cayman Islands is working to change the face of tourism in the Caribbean as it goes ‘green’ with the introduction of the Cayman Islands Environmental Project for the Tourism Sector (CEPTS). CEPTS, a joint collaboration between the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Department of Environment and the private sector, is the Caribbean’s boldest response to the environmental issues facing the region, and just one of the ways that Cayman is preserving its natural splendor.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Milliken & Co., long recognized for sustainable leadership and environmental stewardship, has launched its second partnership to harvest methane as an alternative energy source. Spartanburg County approved the initiative on the eve of Earth Day 2008, April 21.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service, is extending GreenPath, its award-winning sustainability and environmental system, to its worldwide operations. In a related announcement, Delaware North said it is naming John Huey to a newly created post of director of sustainability and environmental affairs. Huey was instrumental in the development and implementation of GreenPath, the company’s proprietary and award-winning environmental stewardship program, which began with Delaware North’s operation in Yosemite National Park, and is firmly in place at all parks and resorts, as well as Delaware North’s global headquarters.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc.’s established reclamation program will now include FRESH bedding fabrics. These high thread count fabrics are made from 100 percent recycled polyester. FRESH is an acronym for Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards (for) Hospitality.
BOULDER, COLO.—Sustainable Travel International, a leading nonprofit organization committed to sustainable tourism development, has introduced upgrades to the first travel-related carbon footprint calculator, complimenting a globally recognized carbon offset portfolio.
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