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CHICAGO—In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, Hyatt Hotels Corporation unveiled an aggressive set of environmental goals for the year 2020, all designed to strengthen Hyatt’s collective ability to collaborate, inspire and further its commitment to environmental stewardship. Hyatt, which is already an industry leader for tracking comprehensive global energy and water data since 2006, is significantly expanding the scope of its existing sustainability initiatives and will continue to focus strongly on measuring and reporting progress. Known as the Hyatt 2020 Vision, these new, ambitious environmental goals define a suite of measureable and actionable targets across three focus areas—use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire—all with the goal of bringing together Hyatt hotels around the globe to create a more sustainable future. “The conservation efforts undertaken by Hyatt hotels around the world since formalizing our approach several years ago have had a real impact, resulting in major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and water and energy usage by properties across our portfolio,” said Brigitta Witt, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Hyatt.
CINCINNATI—Attendee registration is now open for Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the award-winning trade fair and conference tailored exclusively to hospitality design professionals. The event will take place November 9 to 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announce the signing of a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program.
HONOLULU, HAWAII—The Hawaiian Islands represent a wide diversity of ecosystems and environments, including areas of breathtaking natural beauty as well as densely populated coastal cities. These unique environments are already changing under the influence of climate change from the effects of increasing temperatures, decreasing rainfall, rising seas, coastal erosion, land use and development changes, and increasing demands on natural resources. What can we expect in the future, and how can we best prepare? A new report titled, “Climate Change Impacts in Hawaii: A summary of climate change and its impacts to Hawaii’s ecosystems and communities, produced by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) with funding from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), helps with answers. It addresses such basic questions as, “What does climate change look like?” and “What is the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change globally, and how does it relate to Hawaii specifically?” By addressing these fundamental questions, UH Sea Grant and HTA are striving to improve the general understanding of climate change and its associated impacts.
REVERE, MASS.—Mohegan Sun Massachusetts is expected to be among the greenest resort casinos in the nation, with one of the highest LEED scores of any such facility in the industry. This is according to points earned from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program that recognizes building best practices and scores various elements and features. The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA MA) has also commended Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, calling it “markedly superior in every design aspect” compared to a Wynn Resorts proposal for Everett, Mass. In a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the AIA MA praised Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ design for its creativity, sustainable features and strong connections to public transportation, the beach and the surrounding community. “The Revere design is curvy, playful, fun architecture that fits Revere’s long history of recreation and entertainment....The proposed project feels like a true destination,” said the AIA MA in the letter to the Gaming Commission.
SHELTON, CONN.—The International Centre, one of the largest privately-owned trade and consumer show and convention facilities in Canada, joins a growing list of world class venues to be certified to the event industry’s global sustainability standard. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, The International Centre achieved Level One certification to the ASTM Standard pertaining to the evaluation and selection of venues for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences.
DOVER, DEL.—In ongoing efforts to promote green awareness, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host the first Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference on September 15 and 16, a first-of-its-kind opportunity to unite foodservice and lodging facilities, tourism agencies, “eco” product suppliers and consultants around the common cause of maintaining and promoting environmentally friendly lodging and foodservice practices.
STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of the 138-room Element Harrison-Newark, the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey. The hotel is owned by Harrison Hotel 1, an entity of Ironstate Holdings, LLC and The Pegasus Group, and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Element Harrison-Newark is an exciting addition to the Element portfolio and will provide a smart, sustainable lodging option for travelers to the bustling Newark metropolitan area,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “On track to double its portfolio in the next two years, Element offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work and play, as well as a lineup of innovative brand-led programming.” Designed by progressive New York architectural firm HWKN, the new hotel features a distinctive façade that tips its hat to the innovative thinking of the Element by Westin brand. By creating a trompe l’oeil effect (trick of the eye), HWKN toyed with the building’s form—creating the playful illusion that each window is three dimensional.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, received U.S. Veterans Magazine’s 2014 Best of the Best Award for its supplier diversity program and commitment to supporting veteran-owned businesses. This is the first time the company received the award.
LAS VEGAS—Ed Begley, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. His presentation will take place on Tuesday, October 28, the first day of the event that will run through October 30 at the LEED Gold and Green Key certified ARIA Resort & Casino. Begley, an actor who has appeared in many movies and on television in shows such as St. Elsewhere, has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition for Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, among many others. His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
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