Waste Management

From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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In2green Receives Top Recognition in 2016 Icon Honors

7/26/2016

HASTINGS ON HUDSON, N.Y.—In2green, a leader in luxury sustainable home goods and accessories, received top recognition in the home and gift industry winning the coveted Icon Honor for Innovation. Hailed as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry, Icon Honors took place Thursday, July 14 and was produced by AmericasMart Atlanta, in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Assn. (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media and in affiliation with Gift For Life.


Eco-Products Earns B Corp. Certification

7/26/2016

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products announced that it has become a Certified B Corp, earning the coveted distinction for meeting “the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.”


Save A Sample Expands to Canada

7/20/2016

NEW YORK—Save A Sample!’s annual industry recycling drive is coming to Canada. Save A Sample!, a nonprofit recycling drive, makes it easy for designers to donate materials and samples to local design students. Save A Sample! takes place each year throughout the United States, saving tons of materials from the landfill. This year Save A Sample! expands its sustainable mission to Canada.


Audits Help Caesars Reduce Waste as It Approaches 2020 Goal

7/18/2016

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment Corp., with the help of Ecova, is digging deep into its own trash to uncover opportunities to improve its waste diversion rate. That diversion rate currently stands at 44 percent, up from 23 percent in 2013. The company’s 2020 goal is a 50 percent diversion rate. Key to Caesars’ success so far is its commitment to consistently measure its waste stream and conduct a “dumpster dive” every now and then to uncover opportunities for continuous improvement. When Jeff Ruskowitz, Caesars’ Manager of Engineering and Sustainable Operations, joined the company in 2013, he found that Caesars had not been actively measuring its organizational diversion level as part of the company’s overall CodeGreen program. “Execution was happening in site-specific silos,” Ruskowitz says. “There was no centralized, aggregate reporting effort, so we were unable to make an accurate assessment of our progress. In addition to this decentralization, we realized that not everything being diverted, particularly organics, was being reported. We had not physically opened up a compactor. We didn’t really have an idea of what was there.”


Glasdon Introduce C-Thru Battery Recycling Bins

7/14/2016

SANDSTON, VA.—Following the success of their existing C-Thru range, Glasdon—a leading supplier of recycling bins and trash cans—have launched the C-Thru Battery Recycling Bins, designed especially for the collection of unwanted batteries. Batteries are ubiquitous in our everyday lives and are often overlooked in our recycling efforts. But batteries commonly contain heavy and corrosive chemicals that have the potential to pollute the environment if they are not disposed of correctly.


Sustainability Report Highlights Hersha Hospitality Trust’s EarthView Success

7/12/2016

PHILADELPHIA—It was just a year ago that Hersha Hospitality Trust released its first Sustainability Report. Last month, Jay Shah, CEO of the lodging REIT, announced the release of the company’s second Sustainability Report. According to Bennett Thomas, Senior Vice President of Finance and Sustainability for Hersha, it is one of only a few lodging REITs to issue a sustainability report. “Hersha is one of the few lodging REITs that report on sustainability,” Thomas says. Hersha’s second report reflects the activities of its 55 owned hotels. Last year was another strong year for sustainability accomplishments for Hersha. For the third time in four years, EarthView was awarded NAREIT’s Lodging & Resorts Leader in the Light award for superior and sustainable portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives. Hersha’s performance last year is a continuation of its EarthView program that was launched in 2010. EarthView takes a triple bottom line approach to sustainable hospitality—implementing sustainable and innovative practices that benefit the environment, local and global communities, and positively impact a hotel’s financial performance.


Dusit International Teams Up with PressReader

7/3/2016

BANGKOK—Leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International has teamed up with PressReader to offer unlimited access to more than 5,000 leading publications and magazines worldwide to its valued guests. PressReader HotSpot is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly service available to guests staying in participating hotels and resorts where they can download the PressReader application on any digital device such as smartphone, tablet, eReader or access content using a laptop via web browser.


Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead’s Wes Shirley: Always Chasing, Cultivating Big Ideas

6/30/2016

ATLANTA—It is no coincidence that big projects and accolades seem to gravitate toward Wes Shirley. The Director of Engineering at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is always looking for something new to elevate the guest experience, cut costs and reduce environmental impact at the same time. Shirley, who fell in love with building and operating buildings at an early age, has been the driver behind projects such as a 50,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system and a 20-panel solar thermal system. This past week he accepted an award for the hotel as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Participants in the Challenge pledge to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. As Director of Engineering at the 439-room hotel, Shirley oversees a team of 12 engineers. He and the hotel’s controller act as coaches of the green team which consists of one manager from every department.


Green Lodging News Adds reCollect2 as Survey Sponsor

6/27/2016

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes reCollect2 Co. as a Green Lodging Survey sponsor at the Bronze level. The reCollect2 recycler is a three piece set which includes a 10 quart wastebasket, matching recycle bin and base. Select message(s) of one’s choice can be printed on the individual bins and base. The set is manufactured from reprocessed plastic products. Each reCollect2 set measures 15.25” x 12.25” x 12” high and is made in Wisconsin.


Republic, Mirage Hotel & Casino Unveil New Recycling Exhibit

6/15/2016

LAS VEGAS—Republic Services and The Mirage Hotel & Casino unveiled a new recycling exhibit inside the Sustainability Discovery Center at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The exhibit is part of an ongoing commitment made by Republic and MGM Resorts International to increase awareness of sustainability throughout Southern Nevada and among roughly 42 million tourists who visit annually. “MGM Resorts International and Republic have partnered to increase awareness of the positive impacts of recycling, and the important role each individual can play,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “The Mirage Sustainability Discovery Center serves as a valuable educational resource for the Las Vegas community.”


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