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BANGKOK, THAILAND—Six Senses Resorts & Spas’ Soneva Fushi, in the Maldives, is the first of the group’s properties to implement a program to offset its guests’ flight emissions. This step will make Soneva Fushi carbon neutral by 2008. The resort has a goal of being carbon free by 2010. This is just the beginning of the Six Senses Zero Emissions Objective commitment to sustainable development and to the environment.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—In support of a companywide initiative for a Sustainable Summer—a new program that will encourage the company’s colleagues from all corners of the globe to put the concerns of the planet at the forefront on Friday, June 22—the employees of the Fairmont Newport Beach will do their part by staging a “sleep in” for the inaugural Dream in Green-Summer Solstice Sleepover, 2007.
NATIONAL REPORT—“Leading the hospitality industry in promoting education, inter-cooperation, and endorsed policies for environmentally responsible practices, construction methods, materials and environments.” That is the mission of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality’s Sustainability Committee. Formed last year, the committee currently includes 11 members representing design, architecture, purchasing, manufacturing, and hotel asset management. The organization's website features a vendor Resource Directory.
PORTLAND, ORE.—The Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland-Lloyd Center announced that the property has been recognized by the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development for its commitment to sustainability. The BEST Award is the latest acknowledgement of the Doubletree’s efforts to bring sustainability into the hospitality industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) has teamed up with the London-based International Tourism Partnership, which is a program of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, to launch its going Green initiative. going Green offers guidelines for hotels to set minimum standards to improve sustainability and achieve goals for better environmental management.
LOUISVILLE, KY.—New from LSI Wallcovering, Second-Look is the first program to reclaim previously installed vinyl wallcovering and turn it into new fashionable wallcovering designs with 18 percent recycled content and a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer.
JUPITER, FLA.—Each year, from March 1 through October 30, guests of the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa are exclusive witnesses to one of Nature’s miracles: the annual migration of endangered sea turtles to the beaches of Palm Beach County, Fla. Florida’s east coast beaches provide nesting habitat for the world’s largest remaining population of threatened loggerhead turtles, as well as globally important populations of endangered green and leatherback turtles.
LONDON—A growing number of city center hotels are facing up to their environmental and social responsibilities, according to the April edition of greenhotelier. The magazine’s feature, “City Hotels—Greening the Urban Jungle,” examines how city hotels are implementing green strategies.
LOS ANGELES—JL Furnishings (JLF)/Lone Meadow, the exclusively sustainable division of JL Furnishings, has expanded its collection with the introduction of 14 new creations; from sleek, modern lounge chairs to sofas with stylish patterns.
LONDON—For the fourth year running, World Travel Market will host the Responsible Tourism Awards, sponsored for the first time by Virgin Holidays. The awards celebrate tourism ventures that make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities while minimizing any negative impacts on tourism.
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