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Outdoor Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic—a Solid, Sustainable Investment


NATIONAL REPORT—Part of what makes outdoor furniture sustainable is its sturdiness—its ability to last for years without requiring replacement. Another green factor is the materials from which the furniture is made. Fortunately for hoteliers, there is a wide variety of outdoor furniture available that has a strong green materials story. A large percentage of that furniture is made from recycled plastic—primarily high density polyethylene (HDPE) from recycled milk jugs and other containers. Suppliers have their own names for the plastic material that can be used in the construction of furniture items ranging from chairs to tables to towel valets or caddies—Ecowood, Neowood, POLYWOOD, Forever·nu, etc. Furniture made with a high percentage of HDPE will not chip, corrode or discolor and is impervious to insects, mold and moisture. It is also not affected by salt or chlorine. Furniture made from recycled plastic can be recycled again at the end of its life. Here then is a rundown of some of the most prominent suppliers that sell outdoor furniture that includes recycled plastic content.

Sina Pearson Collection Offers ‘Walking the High Line’


NEW YORK—The first time Sina Pearson climbed the steps to the High Line, the elevated park incorporated into 1930s railroad tracks on Manhattan’s west side, she realized she’d found inspiration for her next collection. Pearson, designer and owner of Sina Pearson Textiles, is known to weave narratives into her fabrics; Walking the High Line tells a tale of modernism, landscape and city skylines.

USGBC Launches Real-Time Green Building Data Resource


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the United States and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs—highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state—provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state. “Our state-level market briefs demonstrate USGBC’s commitment to data and information transparency at an important level of granularity,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “You can’t find this data anywhere else in the market. The choice to build green buildings is simple. These state-level data visualizations make it even simpler.” The market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to tell robust stories about the multifaceted benefits of LEED green buildings. Each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place in an industry that McGraw-Hill projects could be worth up to $248 billion by 2016.

Green Building Part of Discussion at Upcoming NeoCon Show


CHICAGO—A comprehensive program of seminars and keynote sessions provides the educational and inspirational platform at this year’s NeoCon trade show in Chicago. For the 46th edition of the largest commercial interiors trade show in the United States—to be held from June 9 to 11 at the Merchandise Mart—organizers have curated a compelling, content-rich array of topics that represent the breadth and currency of issues and ideas relevant to the industry today. Whether it’s continuing education, fresh thinking and approaches, or new trends, NeoCon has a diverse program offering to meet the needs and goals of its audience.

Green Lodging News Adds Hanita Coatings as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Hanita Coatings as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Hanita Coatings’ SolarZone window films effectively filter UV radiation, glare and infrared heat, reducing heat buildup and improving the operational efficiency of HVAC equipment. Available in a wide spectrum of finishes, from cool silver to subtle smoke, these films can provide a full-scale, aesthetic upgrade to a hotel’s exterior—or preserve its original appearance with virtually indiscernible, heat-rejecting film.

Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff Celebrates LEED Prototype Precertification


KANSAS CITY, MO.—Marriott International announced that the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff in Missouri is the company’s first hotel to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building program status through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) prototype precertification program.

Renewable Choice Energy Joins Green-e Climate


BOULDER, COLO.—Renewable Choice Energy announced that it has joined Green-e Climate, and can now provide certified carbon offsets to green building projects under the new U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED v4 guidelines. The LEED v4 guidelines, which were released in November of 2013, provide universal criteria for green building performance, including new market sectors, new environmental impact categories, and clearer guidance to aid in the global adoption of green building practices.

Crossville Announces Recycling Program Milestone


CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. announced that the company has diverted a total of 40 million pounds of fired porcelain since launching its Tile Take-Back program and TOTO USA partnership.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Completes Renovation


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIF.—Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, operated by Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., announces the completion of a $10 million dollar multi-phased refurbishment of the hotel’s guestrooms and lobby in addition to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) updates to accessible paths of travel. Reflective of DNC’s award-winning environmental stewardship platform GreenPath, the hotel’s guestrooms were remodeled using eco-friendly materials. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls guestrooms were designed with a soothing, neutral palette featuring Yosemite-themed artwork by local photographers. Highlighting eco-friendly upgrades, all rooms were freshly painted using California-based Kelly Moore paints with low or zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Each room features new carpet and bathroom tiles made from recyclable materials, as well as Energy Star flat-screen televisions. Lighting was enhanced with steel wall sconces, pendants and floor lamps using energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls sourced furniture from U.S.-based Old Hickory Furniture Co. to outfit the rooms. This rustic, durable collection is made using midwestern hickory saplings.

CityFlatsHotel Brand to Expand into Third Michigan Location


PORT HURON, MICH.—Port Huron, Michigan will become home to a new eco-friendly boutique hotel; CityFlatsHotel brand will open its third Michigan location in this historic downtown setting. Located at 301 Huron Avenue, CityFlatsHotel—Port Huron will revive one of the most well-known landmarks in the area. The building which once housed Sperry’s Department Store will be converted into a truly unique hotel property, a project CityFlatsHotel is familiar with from the construction of its Grand Rapids, Mich. location. “There is nothing more exciting than to see your baby take their first steps,” said Chuck Reid, owner of CityFlatsHotel. “We are honored and excited to be chosen to expand our CityFlatsHotel brand, along with developing a new center of activity for the bustling Port Huron downtown.” After purchasing the building in 2011 and beginning restorations, development group Sperry’s Landmark Inc. has now signed a licensing agreement with CityFlatsHotel. In addition to licensing, CityFlatsHotel will operate the property through a management agreement.

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