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Source: Environmental Expert.com

Lodging Leader Collects 1M Soap Bars and Amenity Bottles

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 25, 2013 /PR Newswire/ — Global hospitality leader Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) has become an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a non-profit that collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need.  With nearly 47,000 rooms (more than 200 hotels) already participating, Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected nearly 1 million soap bars and amenity bottles and diverting more than 120 tons of waste from landfills since 2009.

‘We are guests on this planet, and conservation ensures our resources are sustained for generations to come,’ said Denise Naguib, Marriott International’s Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity.  ‘Our new partnership will help support our global environmental strategy while helping provide a basic need to people in our local communities and around the world.’
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Source: Waste & Recycling News.com

The U.S. Composting Council has created a new, more user-friendly website.

The U.S. Composting Council, which works to promote organics recycling and compost use, has launched a new website created in part to make it easier for consumers to purchase compost from USCC members.

The new site will also have resources for community gardens participating in the 2013 Million Tomato Compost Campaign, a nationwide project to grow tomatoes using donated compost, the USCC announced.

The USCC said it anticipates adding more features, like video and sleeker copy, to the site in the future.

Source: Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet.com

Super Bowl Sunday ranks number one for American TV viewership, rates as one of the top five days for pizza consumption in the U.S., and ranks eighth for beer consumption. But here’s a surprising stat where it ranks far down the list: energy consumption.

Fans that watch together save energy together

While the game itself has a sizeable energy impact (more on that shortly), for the millions of Americans watching from the comfort of their TV sets at home, it’s another story. Last year, more than 111 million Americans tuned in, making the 2012 Super Bowl the most-watched television event in U.S. history. According to data from General Electric, Americans consumed 11 million kWh of electricity watching the event. That may sound like a large number, but actually, all that football-watching actually reduced energy consumption.

Opower analyzed the energy use patterns of 145,000 households on Super Bowl Sunday and compared it to any given Sunday last winter. The results were … intriguing. On the West Coast, energy use during the game dipped to five percent below similar Sundays (and at times, reached 7.7 percent below), and remained 3.7 percent below average even hours after the game. On the East Coast, the during-game energy dip averaged 3.8 percent over the course of the game.

Why? TV pooling. With people focused only on watching the game, and communally congregating at friends’ and family members’ houses, most TVs, ovens, and other appliances were turned off. The corresponding reduction in the nation’s game day energy bill amounted to no small piece of change: $3.1 million.
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Source: Jane Black, Washington Post.com

Not to make you feel guilty, but think for a minute about what you threw out of your refrigerator this week: that wilted lettuce, the yogurt that had passed its expiration date, the Tupperware full of mac and cheese that the kids had to have but never finished. It adds up.

Now imagine the amount of wasted food in a huge cafeteria that serves thousands of meals each day, a place like the South Campus Dining Room at the University of Maryland. That’s what three students did one day back in 2010. The quantities of soup, roast turkey, pasta and salads were so jaw-dropping, they decided to do something about it. They created the Food Recovery Network.
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Source: Environmental Protection.com

On Oct.19, the DEP’s new Garden State Green Hotels Project will hold its first workshop, allowing hotel owners and operators to learn about state programs that pay for energy efficiency improvements, environmental reviews, and worker training.

The workshop will take place at the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College. The event is scheduled to begin at 8:30am and last until noon and will feature a panel discussion and several presentations from hotel, clean energy, and utility industries. Those who attend the event will learn about environmental improvements that can help achieve the best results and turn those results into an effective marketing tool. During the panel discussion, hotel general managers whose facilities use greener practices will be sharing their experiences.

In conjunction with other state and federal agencies, the DEP launched the Garden State Green Hotels project in April. The main purpose of this project is to aid New Jersey hotel owners and operators in increasing energy efficiency and cost savings through the implementation of green practices. The program offers several workshops and training sessions, and no-cost and no-obligation energy and environments reviews to participating hotels. The Green Hotel Project will also be focusing on reducing greenhouse gases, hazardous materials, and waste generation, while striving to conserve water in hotels.

The Garden State Green Hotel Project is funded by an $180,000 contribution from the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program, which is matched by the DEP. Other partners include the state Board of Public Utilities, Division of Travel and Tourism, the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter, Atlantic Cape Community College, and the State Employment & Training Commission.

Please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/sage/green-hotels.htmlfor more information about the Garden State Green Hotel Project.

Source: Environmental Leader.com

The International Golf Federation, which includes member organizations representing more than 150 countries, agreed to a policy that will make sustainability a core priority within the sport through a number of initiatives aimed at conserving water, reducing impact on land and increasing awareness.

The IGF outlined eight sustainability measures, including a commitment to expand awareness among golfers and golf facilities; help golf facilities to incorporate sustainable principles and practices into daily business decisions; conduct high profile golf events in an environmentally responsible manner; and embrace measurement, target setting, transparency and verification.
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WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement with the Green Sports Alliance to work together to address environmental challenges faced by sports venues, organizations and teams. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe joined Green Sports Alliance Executive Director Martin Tull today to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Second Annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Seattle, Washington. The agreement will facilitate collaboration between the two organizations on issues such as waste management, water and energy conservation and sustainability for teams and at stadiums and sporting venues.

EPA has also agreed to share tools like the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, an energy management tool that allows building owners to track and assess energy and water consumption, to help Alliance members to improve their environmental performance.
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Source: CENTER FOR HOSPITALITY RESEARCH, Cornell University

Hospitality managers have long suspected that there’s a connection between the industry’s high turnover and employee attitudes. A new report from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research focuses on how that connection works. The report has found that co-workers’ attitudes over time play a large role in whether a person leaves or not. The study, The Contagion Effect: Understanding the Impact of Changes in Individual and Work Unit Satisfaction on Hospitality Industry Turnover,” by Timothy Hinkin, Brooks Holtom, and Dong Liu, explains the results of a two-year longitudinal study examining the effects on employee turnover resulting from the change in individual and unit levels of satisfaction. The report is available at no charge from the CHR…see more / download report.

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Less than 5% of AAA/CAA properties receive the AAA Four Diamond rating

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa joins Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino as an AAA Four Diamond rated resort.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has been awarded with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating from the American Automobile Association. The AAA Diamond rating process is North America’s premier hospitality rating program. Only 4.8 percent of the nearly 31,000 AAA/CAA approved and Diamond rated lodging properties receive the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award. Over 53 million AAA members rely on the rating to assist with their travel decisions.

“We are honored to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award,” said John Farahi, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. “It is a well-deserved tribute to each Atlantis team member’s efforts to consistently exceed our guests’ expectations. We take great pleasure in offering our guests a standard of excellence unmatched in northern Nevada, and are committed to continually improve our product and services.”

Atlantis features Reno’s only Concierge Tower with VIP check-in, butler service, and access to the exclusive 25th floor Concierge Lounge. Repeat winner of SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Hotel Casino Spa, Spa Atlantis is a 30,000 sq. ft. haven of tranquility. From its unparalleled amenities to its casino-wide action, there’s always something exciting at Atlantis. Reno’s newest resort rooms are equipped with seamless in-room technology, complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet, custom furnishings and Sealy® pillow-top mattresses. Repeat winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and voted Reno’s Best of by locals, Atlantis is known for its award-winning dining. With eight exceptional restaurants, 10 captivating bars and lounges, the world-class Spa Atlantis, and state-of-the-art Cardio Theater & Fitness Center, Atlantis offers something for everyone.

Atlantis has earned top recognition as an award-winning conference and convention facility and is the only resort connected by way of a glass-enclosed Sky Bridge to the 500,000 sq ft. Reno-Sparks Convention Center. With the completion of its $100 million expansion, Atlantis is the perfect location to book the ultimate resort experience with the finest service for business, meeting and convention travel.

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Hotels trying to attract green consumers should use targeted marketing that draws on both functional and emotional green images, according to research from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

The analysis Profiling the Potential ‘Green’ Hotel Guest: Who Are They and What Do They Want?, which was presented in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, found identifying green customers can be challenging for hotels. UNH surveyed 563 US hotel patrons who were randomly selected by a national recognized marketing research firm for the analysis.

While industry research has shown a significant percentage of hotel guests prefer to stay in a hotel that cares about the environment, guests are not always that predictable, said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management at UNH and author of the analysis.

He noted that a study by a major national hotel operation found the opposite and 75 percent of their guest respondents said they wouldn’t give up daily hotel room service activities. That study also found guests pay less attention to the environment while traveling because they’re not directly responsible for the costs of cleaning and utilities.

Barber found in his analysis that green consumers tend to be more concerned for others and have a higher desire to work for the good of society than non-green consumers. Green consumers also place a higher value on the restraint of actions that could upset or harm others and violate social norms; and they’re less likely purchase self-serving products such as those associated with achievement or success, according to the analysis.

As a result of the findings, Barber suggests hotels develop a green placement strategy targeted at green consumers that draws on both functional and emotional images. For example, green consumers look for tangible, functional images such as a recycling program or a LEED certification. They’ll also look for actions that illustrate a hotel’s commitment to the environment, such as a menu that offer food supplied by local farmers.

A growing number of hotel chains have launched environmental initiatives. In May, Hilton Worldwide and sustainability consultants BSR kicked off a three-year initiative to help procurement professionals make more informed purchasing decisions based on the best available sustainability data and information.