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ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF Sustainability, a division of global independent public health organization NSF International, has partnered with emissions testing leader Materials Analytical Services, LLC (MAS) to offer VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission testing for the commercial and institutional furniture industry. This new service will help companies save costs and time by providing all testing and validation services needed to complete BIFMA level certification for sustainable furniture.
JEFFERSON CITY, TENN.—Longtime industry veteran, Peter Mandel, has created an exclusive collection of internationally known brands of Italian designed seating and tables to be manufactured and represented in North America under Motivo Furniture. Motivo Furniture, geared for the trade and hospitality industries, now offers more than 300 SKUs of highly styled modern Italian design that is fabricated in Tennessee.
LAS VEGAS—This year’s Hospitality Design Expo + Conference, to be held May 15 to 17 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will feature a Green Voice Luncheon on May 15, a series of Green Voice Conversations with Experts on May 15 and May 16, and a special session on “Creating a Sustainable ROI for Hotels” on May 15. More than 900 exhibitors’ products and services—many of which have a sustainability focus—will be included on the Expo’s trade show floor. At the Green Voice Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 15, David Mahood, LEED AP, Olive Designs and Olive Hospitality Consulting, will moderate a panel discussion that will include: Adrienne Pumphrey, Global Head, Adoba Eco Hotel and Suites; JoAnna Abrams, CEO, MindClick SGM; David Tracz, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, at STUDIO3877; and Dr. Mark Westneat, Curator and Chair of Zoology, Field Museum. The focus of the discussion will be, “Sustainable Hospitality in the Crossroads of Climate Change.”
TEMPERANCE, MICH.—MTS Seating announced that Josh Swy has been promoted to Director of Design. “Since being named product designer in 2012, Josh has created several new chair designs,” said MTS president Bart Kulish. “He has also completely redesigned our major trade show presence to give MTS a new, fresh image.”
WESTBURY, LONG ISLAND, N.Y.—The Viana Hotel and Spa announced that it has been awarded LEED Certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the principal program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Viana Hotel and Spa achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at accomplishing high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality. Operating Partner Alan Mindel of Samar Hospitality, the parent company to the Viana Hotel and Spa stated, “My family and I had a vision when we built the Viana Hotel and Spa from the ground up to be extremely environmentally conscious and responsible. We knew what we had achieved when the hotel was completed and when we began operating; however, to now be recognized and become LEED certified through the USGBC just put the icing on the cake for all of us.”
ACWORTH, GA—The facility dedicated to housing InterfaceSERVICES—the installation and maintenance business unit of modular carpet tile manufacturer Interface—has earned LEED-CI Gold certification. The interior includes 6,636 square feet of offices plus a 26,977-square-foot warehouse operation. Randall-Paulson was the architectural firm of record for the corporate campus, with Morrison-Hershfield consulting on and overseeing the sustainability aspects for Interface.
ALPHARETTA, GA.—BEST WESTERN PLUS The Inn at King of Prussia, a 168-room property owned and operated by RWK Enterprises, Inc., has completed a furniture refinishing and armoire conversion project led by The Refinishing Touch. Within 30 days, The Refinishing Touch restored headboards, nightstands, side chairs, benches, desks, micro fridge cabinets and armoires in 100 rooms throughout the establishment.
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.—LittleFootprint Lighting, a pioneer of sustainably designed LED task lighting products made in the United States from recycled e-waste, announced the installation of its HeronLED Personal Task Lights in all 120 guestrooms in Seattle’s Hotel 1000. Known for its hi-tech, eco-friendly rooms and on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013, Hotel 1000 purchased the desk lamps to provide better lighting for guests while reducing energy costs and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and green jobs in the United States.
HIGH POINT, N.C.—Mitchell Gold, co-founder/chairman of the home furnishings manufacturing and retail brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, announced that the company has become the first corporate sponsor to reach the top level of the Sustainable Furnishings Council corporate sponsor program by donating $10,000. The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a nonprofit balanced coalition of industry players founded in High Point, N.C. in 2006 to promote sustainable and safe practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gensler, a global design firm with more than 3,700 professionals in 43 locations on four continents, has joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance as its newest innovation partner. Greenprint is a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors and financial institutions committed to improving the environmental performance of the global property industry, with a focus on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
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