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Starwood Achieves 16% Carbon Reduction

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has reduced carbon emissions by 16 percent, water use by 17 percent and energy use by 12 percent across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use … Read more »

Starwood Debuts Eco-Conscious Hotel in China

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has debuted its eco-conscious Element brand of hotels with the opening of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. The hotel, owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development, features 188 guestrooms and suites. Each Element guestroom includes water-efficient faucets, Energy … Read more »

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Starwood Hotels to Open LEED-Certified Eco-Hotel

Starwood Hotels and Resorts says it will open an Element hotel — the company’s eco-hotel brand — in Fargo, ND, in November 2015. In 2008, Element was the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification. There are Element hotels in … Read more »

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Building Retrofits Generate $1m Annual Savings

Multifamily housing real estate firm Peabody Properties has reduced energy use by 5 million kilowatt hours, saving the real estate firm $1 million in electricity costs annually through a building retrofit program led by web-based utility analytics company WegoWise. The company now plans to expand its program with WegoWise to … Read more »

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Jones Lang LaSalle, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and other global real estate firms cut their collective carbon emissions 3.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, says a report published by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. Buildings also reduced their energy consumption by … Read more »

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Nike, UPS, Starbucks Shareholders Demand GHG Cuts, Sustainability Reporting

Investors filed 110 shareholder resolutions this proxy season related to sustainability issues and climate change with 94 US companies, according to business nonprofit Ceres, which helped coordinate the shareholder filings. Among resolutions filed with major US manufacturers, consumer brands and service providers, many investors requested board oversight of corporate sustainability … Read more »

Cleaning Product Industry Cuts GHGs 12% in One Year

Cleaning Product Industry Cuts GHGs 12% in One Year

Dow Chemical, Ecolab, SC Johnson, Seventh Generation and other American Cleaning Institute member companies reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the ACI’s 2013 Sustainability Report. The cleaning product industry’s second sustainability report shows overall decreases by member companies in four environmental metric data … Read more »