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How Major Hotel Brands Plan to Cut Food Waste

How Major Hotel Brands Plan to Cut Food Waste

A series of projects that aim to help hotels reduce food waste are underway at major hotel brands including Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International.

Marriott Hotel

Free Tool Compares Hotels’ Water, Carbon Footprints

The hotel industry will be able to compare energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 is available from the CHR at no … Read more »

Staples, Marriott to Push Suppliers to Participate in Chemical Footprint Tool

Staples, Marriott, Dignity Health, Trillium Asset Management and other US businesses representing more than $50 billion in investment and purchasing power will require vendors, suppliers and builders to use a new tool that measure the use of harmful chemicals in products and production processes. The initiative will begin June 17, according to … Read more »

LEED Certification Boosts Hotel Revenue

LEED-certified hotels make more money in average daily rates and revenue per available room than their non-LEED competitors, according to a study by Cornell University. This is a change from a 2013 Cornell study that stated hotels, on average, don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The new study … Read more »

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Green Certification Expands to Europe, Canada

TripAdvisor is extending its GreenLeaders program, which highlights hotels and B&Bs engaging in environmentally friendly practices, into 19 new markets. GreenLeaders has grown quickly in the US, TripAdvisor says, and it now plans to take the program into Canada and Europe, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The hotel … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: ANSI/ISEA Standard, Seattle Mariners, BAN

ANSI and the International Safety Equipment Association have released Standard ANSI/ISEA 125 – 2014 to address conformity of personal protection equipment.The conformity assessment system can be used by suppliers, specifiers, users and regulators. The Basel Action Network (BAN) has recognized the Seattle Mariners for responsible e-waste management and designated it an … Read more »

Staples, HP, Marriott Staff Back Chemical Assessment Principles

Staples, Hewlett-Packard, Marriott, Timberland, Method and Seventh Generation are among the companies whose senior environmental staff have signed onto the Commons Principles for Alternatives Assessment, a framework developed by the Environmental Defense Fund, BizNGO, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute. Staples senior scientist and vice president Roger … Read more »

LG Electronics

LG TVs Cut Marriott’s CO2 Emissions 1.8M Pounds Annually

LG’s Energy Star-certified TVs installed in Marriott’s US properties since 2011 have reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 1.8 million pounds annually compared to a non-Energy Star TVs, the company says. That’s equivalent to saving 6.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and almost $700,000 in electricity costs over the lifetime of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Birds Eye, GMOs, LG’s LCA, Building Commissioning

NSF International will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator in early 2014, offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another way to earn the Non-GMO label. The project’s verification process requires ongoing testing of major at-risk ingredients, an action threshold of 0.9 percent, traceability and segregation practices, and … Read more »

Trip Advisor

TripAdvisor Doubles ‘Green Hotel’ Participation

TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program has doubled its hotel participation, from 1,000 to more than 2,000 participating properties, since its launch in April. The travel site says this makes GreenLeaders the largest national green hotel program that directly assesses eco-friendly practices. Participating brands include Best Western, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Fairmont Hotels … Read more »

Marriott Cuts Landfill Waste per Room by Nearly 5%

Marriott Cuts Landfill Waste per Room by Nearly 5%

Marriott decreased landfill waste per occupied room in its Americas region by 4.9% from 2011 to 2012, the company announced in its 2013 sustainability report update. In 2012, Marriott initiated 15 third-party waste audits and waste characterization analyses to better understand the company’s waste streams. As a result, Marriott-managed properties … Read more »

Sodexo to Serve Eco-Labeled Seafood, Improve Supply Chain Sustainability

Sodexo will serve Marine Stewardship Council-certified seafood at 11 Washington, DC-area locations and has agreed to use the Real Food Calculator to increase supply-chain sustainability on all Sodexo-contracted campuses. The food services company says the following locations will participate in the sustainable seafood program, which begins this month: National Geographic, … Read more »