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Responsible Travel Tied to Bottom Line Benefits

There is increasing recognition among both travel professionals and consumers of the importance of responsible travel and “strong evidence” that responsible travel is good for the economic bottom line, according to analysis by Center for Responsible Travel. CREST’s study, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics, examines a wide range … Read more »

Boutique Hotels Show Sustainable Way

Boutique hotels are leading the sustainability charge in the hospitality industry, according to the Guardian. There has been a significant trend toward zero-carbon hotels in the last 10 years and there is “no doubt” that smaller hotels are the repositories of sustainability best practice, says Willy Legrand, a teacher of … Read more »

Econo Lodge Requires Recycling, Efficient Lights

EconoLodge is rolling out an environmental initiative that it says could save 6 million gallons of water and 12 million kWh of energy. All US Econo Lodge hotels, which are franchised by Choice Hotels International, are to implement the Choice Hotels’ Room to be Green program in 2013. The program is designed to reduce … Read more »

Caesars Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 5%

Caesars Sustainability Report: Normalized Emissions Drop 5%

Caesars Entertainment Corporation reduced its normalized greenhouse gas by 5 percent year-on-year in 2011, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. In 2010, the casino and entertainment company emitted 19.7 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of space compared to 18.7 mt in 2011, the report says. Since … Read more »

Virgin, Ritz-Carlton to Bottle Own Water

Hospitality brands including Virgin Hotels and Ritz Carlton have signed up to the Whole World Water initiative, through which they will filter, bottle and sell their own water. The spas, hotels, resorts and restaurants that join the program will then contribute 10 percent of the bottled water proceeds to the Whole World … Read more »

Hilton Launches Mattress Recycling

Hilton has begun a mattress recycling program, across all its US hotel chains, that it says will recycle about 85 percent of its mattresses and box springs. The hotel chain has purchased more than 50,000 mattresses in the past two years in the US alone. DH Hospitality, a provider of recycling, … Read more »

DEL Ozone Laundry Saves Hotel $9,000 a Year

DEL Ozone Laundry Saves Hotel $9,000 a Year

Using an ozone-based laundry system could save a 95-room hotel $9,331 and cut its carbon emissions by 35 tons over the course of a year, when compared to traditional laundering, according to a report by EcoGreenHotel. The hotel in the study, which is titled Ozone Laundry – 95 Room Hotel … Read more »

Hilton Reaches 20% Waste Reduction Goal

Hilton Worldwide has achieved its five-year goal to reduce total waste output by 20 percent over 2008 levels, two years ahead of schedule, according to figures from its Lightstay sustainability measurement system. The company has reduced its waste output by 23.3 percent against the 2008 baseline, the results show. The … Read more »

Wyndham Sustainability Report: Normalized CO2 Emissions Drop 5%

Wyndham Sustainability Report: Normalized CO2 Emissions Drop 5%

Hospitality company Wyndham Worldwide reduced its normalized carbon footprint by 5 percent over the course of 2011, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. In 2010, the company produced 0.0098 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per square foot of space. In 2011, this figure dropped to 0.0093. Wyndham is working … Read more »

Marriott to Procure 75% of Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment From Sustainable Sources

Hotel chain Marriott International will spend 75 percent of its 2013 furniture, fixtures and equipment budget with suppliers who are part of sustainability consultant MindClick’s Hospitality Sustainability Performance Index. The HSP Index measures suppliers’ corporate social responsibility, environmental operations, and product sustainability efforts. Marriott is incorporating MindClick’s supplier scorecard as … Read more »

Marriott Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Drops 3.9%

Marriott Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Drops 3.9%

The Marriott hotel group reduced its carbon intensity by 3.9 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 304.4 to 292.6 lbs of CO2 per square meter of facility, according to the company’s latest corporate sustainability report. But in 2007 – the company’s baseline year – Marriott produced 287.7 lbs of CO2 … Read more »