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NATIONAL REPORT—A series of six webinars with topics ranging from water efficiency to green cleaning to window film will launch on March 26 and wrap up on May 21. In total, there will be 18 different presentations throughout the six webinars that are sponsored by the U.S. EPA. The free webinars are being organized by Dan Ruben of Boston Green Tourism and Peter Cooke of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Those who attend all six sessions will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Element brand is gaining momentum in Florida with plans for a second hotel in the Miami metropolitan area. A groundbreaking ceremony for Element Miami Doral took place on March 11 with Doral Mayor Luigi Boria and other local officials in attendance, as well as several Starwood executives. The new Element is expected to open in July of 2015 as part of a dual-hotel development, joining Aloft Miami Doral which opened in March 2013. Owned by Eurocon, LLC, Element Miami Doral will offer 139 stylish, sustainable rooms. “We are delighted to break ground on Element Miami Doral, the second Starwood property in this ideally located dual-hotel development, close to Miami’s best shopping, world-famous beaches and nightlife,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “The Element brand offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work and play and we expect this hotel will be well received by visitors to greater Miami.”
LYNDEN, WASH.—Pacific Northwest-based furniture artist Greg Klassen is set to premiere his River Collection at the upcoming Architectural Digest Home Design Show. River is a customizable collection of modern handcrafted tables that take their name from their inlaid “rivers” of hand-cut blue glass. Made to order and available directly from the artist, River is intended for residential and hospitality environments.
NEW DELHI, INDIA—ITC Hotels Luxury Collection will add an 11th property with the opening of ITC Green Bharat in July. The property is taking shape on the outskirts of New Delhi in the northern region, amid the Aravalli hills. Pioneers of “Responsible Luxury,” ITC Hotels’ super-premium Luxury Collection has blazed new trails in sustainable hospitality as the first and only chain with all properties accorded LEED Platinum certification. The ITC Green Bharat is being built to meet these same rigorous standards, and will provide guests an idyllic getaway that also contributes to a planet-positive ethos. “We are proud of the high standard we have set for the ITC Luxury Collection,” said Nakul Anand, Executive Director at ITC Limited. “ITC Green Bharat will strengthen our presence in northern India and offer sophisticated travelers to New Delhi an unparalleled experience of Indian culture and comfort. Like all our hotels, ITC Green Bharat will combine grandeur with intimacy and operate according to the highest principles of environmental stewardship.”
DALTON, GA.—On Friday, February 28, Tandus Centiva held its fifth annual Community Service Day. More than 200 Tandus Centiva employees from the United States and Canada volunteered with organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Chatsworth, the Women’s Enrichment Center, the Go Murray Art Center and Coffee Shop, Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes and Eastside Elementary School.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Do you think you could ever get to the point of being able to describe your hotel as the greenest on your continent? If you followed the lead of the innovators behind Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa, you might be able to. The hotel was built with sustainability in mind from the ground up. It’s literally in the walls since the construction includes Cobiax void formers—recycled plastic balls placed strategically within the concrete slabs that are required for the various floors. They dramatically reduce the amount of concrete required, while maintaining the structural integrity. Andre Harms, Sustainability Manager and founder of Ecolution Consulting, is a trained mechanical engineer and the expert behind some of the more technical aspects of the building. “We have looked at different ways of doing everything right from the word ‘go,’” he says. As well as photovoltaic panels and wind turbines for power, Hotel Verde also boasts a sophisticated grey water recycling plant that contributes towards a 37 percent reduction of potable water use.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Pavilion Furniture as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Pavilion Furniture’s new Ecowood line is made from recycled materials. The slats are a high-density polyethylene, UV-inhibited and resistant to weather types. The frames are powder-coated aluminum. Pavilion Furniture is manufactured in Miami.
OBERLIN, OHIO—Oberlin College will soon construct a state-of-the-art hotel, restaurant, and conference center that will be named in honor of Peter B. Lewis, the late philanthropist and chairman of Progressive Insurance Co. The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center will become the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, an ongoing development encompassing the northeast corner of North Main Street and East College Street. The Lewis Center project is a planned 100,000-square-foot, mixed-use development that will incorporate renewable energy systems, and it is designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating. In addition to a 65-room hotel and conference center, the complex will include commercial and office space, a culinary training facility, and a restaurant featuring locally grown and sourced fare. Oberlin College has recognized Peter B. Lewis for his $5 million gift toward the project, which is part of Oberlin’s $250 million comprehensive campaign. Lewis’gift is the single largest contribution in Oberlin’s campaign for support of the Green Arts District.
BERKELEY, CALIF.—Peerless, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella, announces the release of Vellum linear suspended LED luminaires. The product is well suited for use in commercial offices, retail spaces, academic institutions, as well as hospitality and healthcare settings.
PORTLAND, ORE.—Viridian Reclaimed Wood announced the introduction of a new range of tabletops, according to Viridian co-owner Joe Mitchoff. Cut to standard dimensions at Viridian’s own Portland fabrication facility, the company is introducing tabletops in its flagship Jakarta Market Blend (indoor and outdoor versions), Doug-fir beam, gym bleacher and white oak.
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