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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.
OCEANSIDE, CALIF.—The 149-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Oceanside, Calif., is oficially open for business. The SpringHill Suites San Diego Oceanside/Downtown will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by GF Properties Group, LLC and managed by Sage Hospitality of Denver. The hotel has been designed to LEED? (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.—Orlando’s newest lifestyle hotel—B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World Resort—is offering local artists and galleries the opportunity to showcase original works in its hotel. The resort is accepting submissions, now through March 15, from artists who wish to participate in this innovative program. The new “B Artistic Exhibit” will showcase the vibrant local art scene to travelers who come from around the world to Orlando’s bustling Tourism Corridor. Selected works from Central Florida’s artists and galleries will be prominently displayed in the pre-function area of the expansive meeting spaces. Guests will be able to purchase the displayed works, and all proceeds from art sales will go directly to the artists. “We are looking for works that are inspired as well as welcoming and fun,” said Veronica Miranda, Director of Brand Services for B Hotels & Resorts. “Selected pieces will be part of an eclectic display that complements the hotel’s playful and contemporary design,” Miranda said.
SHAWANO, WIS.—The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee announces the return of Green Voice Conversations during the upcoming HD Expo in Las Vegas, May 14 to 16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The live sessions will feature a combination of one-on-one interviews in The Social Hub booth #1955 during show hours open to all show attendees and a CEU-accredited panel discussion in the HD conference meeting rooms for paid conference pass holders. Green Voice is now in its third year, continuing to grow in scope and popularity each year. This year's sessions feature eight industry experts actively involved in sustainable practices across many facets of hospitality, lodging, dining, and business. Presenters, moderators and speakers will lead the audience through five conversations covering sustainable principles and practices that impact the hospitality industry from a unique range of perspectives. “The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Committee has been addressing sustainability for a very long time and our Green Voice programs are one of the ways we get to share this with the expanded hospitality community,” said David Mahood of Olive Hospitality Consulting.
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