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BETHESDA, MD.—As part of its global sustainability strategy to address climate change, Marriott International announced the company’s global energy intensity decreased cumulatively by 2.6 percent over 2013, 13.1 percent compared to a 2007 baseline. Across the majority of the company’s four global regions, energy results continued to decline. In The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, energy intensity for managed hotels decreased over 2013 by 3.0 percent, 0.7 percent and 1.3 percent respectively. In the Middle East and Africa, energy intensity increased by 1.2 percent over 2013 as the region stabilized and travel increased. “Our global decrease in energy intensity demonstrates the commitment Marriott International has made to attain its sustainability goals,” said Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, Marriott International. “As Marriott’s global footprint expands, we continue to look for new ways to conserve energy at our more than 4,100 properties.” In March, Marriott announced water conservation results, sharing that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—For fine bath and ambient lighting, WAC Lighting introduces the Kube family of LED vanities and wall sconces. Updated geometric styled metalwork meets sleek etched opal glass cubes of light. They are ideal for above a mirror or to illuminate distinctive entryways and other rooms in fine homes, restaurants and other spaces.
DALTON, GA.—As part of their annual sales meeting, Tandus Centiva partnered with West Zephyrhills Elementary, Joshua House and Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter to offer service hours. Employees performed facility improvement tasks such as painting and floor covering installation, assembling of playground equipment and gardening.
CHICAGO—The Langham, Chicago announced that it has achieved the LEED Gold level of certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
ADVANCE, N.C.—Beaufurn, the manufacturer of fashion-forward, functional designs announced that it is introducing the multi-functional Lotus collection. These side chairs and barstools are well-suited to a variety of locations sporting a light, modern décor, including restaurants, bars, universities and retail spaces.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Milliken announced that Bill Graves has been appointed vice president of sales for the company’s global floor covering division. A veteran of the floor covering industry, Graves will join Milliken effective April 13.
NEW YORK—Restorative Hospitality, a subsidiary of the wellness real estate firm Delos, and Leonardo DiCaprio have announced plans to create the world’s most sustainable island resort at Blackadore Caye, Belize. Upon its completion in 2018, Blackadore Caye will be the greenest island resort ever built, the business partners say, and the world’s first “Restorative Island” project designed with sustainable building techniques that restore and regenerate the surrounding ecosystem and reverse the effects of climate change. The project is being developed by Restorative Islands, LLC, designed by McLennan Design and operated by Restorative Hospitality, which will also manage the wellness programming offered at the resort. “Islands and coastal areas all over the world are being threatened by climate change due to rising sea levels, ocean acidification and habitat pressures,” said Leonardo DiCaprio. “This project is leading a new way in eco-tourism, development and green building and demonstrates that human development can be truly restorative and beneficial for the environment.” The resort’s design will restore and reinforce Blackadore Caye by replanting mangrove.
CALHOUN, GA.—Mannington Commercial announced that the Redefined Collection, two products inspired by houndstooth and chevron patterns, are available for specification. Created in collaboration with international architecture and design firm Corgan, Check and Herry are fashion classics reimagined as 18” x 36” modular carpet.
WHEELING, ILL.—The works of art that inspired Brentano’s spring Studio collection evoke strong reactions, but the artists run the gamut—artists Brentano’s designers have always loved, recently discovered or know personally. Drawn from the work of watercolorist Raoul Dufy (Autumn), sculptor Naum Gabo (Construct), portrait painter Han Holbein the Younger (Holbein) and the Precisionism movement (Precision)—among many others, Brentano’s new contract textiles perform with eco-conscious finishing and contents.
NEW YORK—Carnegie, a leading manufacturer and innovator of textiles and wallcoverings, announced it has joined Be Original Americas; an organization committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future. Carnegie views its practice and support of original design as both a corporate and social responsibility.
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