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Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff Celebrates LEED Self-Certification

Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff Celebrates LEED Self-Certification

Kansas City, Mo.—The Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff in Missouri is Marriott International’s first hotel to earn LEED green building program status through the U.S. Green Building Council self-certification program. The only LEED certified Marriott property in Missouri, the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff was constructed on top of a mine, land previously undevelopable, and 10 percent of building materials used contain recycled content. Like all Marriott LEED certified hotels, this hotel features a number of elements that focus on energy conservation, water efficiency, and recycling. Some of those elements include white roofing material that reflects heat to save energy; Kohler low volume, plumbing fixtures; Philips low energy consuming LED lighting and controls; a salt water pool, reducing the number of chemicals used in treating the pool; an electric car charging station and preferred parking for low-emission cars and carpoolers; and 20-foot floor-to-ceiling glass wall of windows in the ballroom for day lighting and optimal view. “Sustainable development is a priority for Marriott. LEED certification earned by our properties demonstrates our commitment to the environment while simultaneously appealing to our environmentally conscious customers,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity. “The LEED self-certification program allows our owners and ...

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Top 10 Highest-Rated Green Hotels in the United States

Top 10 Highest-Rated Green Hotels in the United States

TripAdvisor recently announced the 10 highest-rated TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotels in the United States. The list is based on properties that have achieved the peak platinum status in the GreenLeaders program, and are the most popular with travelers according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index: 1. Bardessono, Yountville, Calif. In the heart of Wine Country, this 62-room hotel welcomes guests to the lap of luxury while minimizing the environmental impact. A subterranean geothermal system provides heating and air-conditioning to the sumptuously designed guestrooms, while two on-site gardens deliver fresh produce for the hotel’s gourmet Lucy Restaurant and Bar. A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “We love the peaceful surroundings and sustainable environment.” 2. Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Ore. Blending seamlessly into 35 acres of hillside in the Willamette Valley, this 85-room resort was designed with sustainability in mind. The property boasts a “living roof,” which provides insulation to reduce energy use. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The inn is very environmentally conscious. Glass bottles for filtered water in the room are refilled, linens are only changed by request.” 3. Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. In the Sandhills region of North Carolina, eco-conscious travelers can stay at this 104-room hotel that carefully monitors ...

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Hotels Satisfy Demand for Sustainable Food Practices

Hotels Satisfy Demand for Sustainable Food Practices

Hotels that have cultivated sustainable food practices are discovering that what is good for the planet also can be good for business and the surrounding community. The burden on the Earth’s food supply is at an all-time high, and the hospitality industry has responded by implementing best practices that improve use of natural resources, such as sourcing sustainable seafood, purchasing locally grown fruit and vegetables in season, and planting on-property gardens. For example, Hilton Worldwide is taking a country-by-country approach to eliminate shark fin from all restaurants across its portfolio. As of April 1, its 96 owned and managed properties in the Asia Pacific no longer serve shark fin dishes. The demand for shark fin is a major cause of the decline in shark populations in the region. “In placing a global ban on shark fin, we take action in support of environmental conservation efforts worldwide and progress our efforts in responsible business operations,” stated Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. On the other side of the globe in Ithaca, N.Y., you’ll find staff at The Statler Hotel working directly with hotel chefs and the director of purchasing to craft menus that incorporate seafood acceptable within the Monterey Bay ...

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Starwood Hotels Announces Ban on Shark Fin

Starwood Hotels Announces Ban on Shark Fin

STAMFORD, Conn.—As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. will no longer procure shark fin in any of its nearly 1,200 hotels or 1,300 restaurants around the world, beginning July 2014. The company has committed to completely eliminating the consumption of shark fin, without exception, in all restaurants and food and beverage services across its global portfolio by year-end. “At Starwood, we believe economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment, including the health of the world’s oceans and its inhabitants,” said Frits van Paasschen, president and chief executive officer of Starwood. “Our worldwide ban on shark fin represents an important, environmentally responsible step to aid in the collective goal of marine preservation. As a company with a collection of hotels that span the globe, Starwood has a unique opportunity to influence travelers and guests worldwide, and to underline the importance of good stewardship of our planet.” “This is tremendously good news and a beacon of corporate leadership in ocean health,” said Peter Seligmann, CEO, chairman, and co-founder of Conservation International, a global partner of Starwood’s since 2009. “As apex predators, sharks serve a critical role ...

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Hotels Worldwide Support Earth Hour

Hotels Worldwide Support Earth Hour

On March 29, hotels around the world will support Earth Hour, a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change. Here are just a few examples of properties that are honoring the occasion: For the fourth consecutive year, Hilton Worldwide hotels around the world will support Earth Hour. This year, hundreds of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,000 hotels and timeshare properties will once again be switching off lights, as well as organizing a number of innovative projects for guests in demonstration of their commitment to live sustainably and take action by caring for the planet in the year ahead. Some of the planned events around the world include: switching off main building exterior lighting and rooftop neon signage; dimming interior lobby and reception lighting; hosting candlelit dinners with low carbon menus and sustainable cocktails; and showcasing acoustic music sessions including classical music and jazz in the dark. “As the travel and tourism industry continues to expand around the world, Hilton Worldwide increasingly seeks ways to reduce energy consumption while delivering great guest experiences,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president, sustainability, Hilton Worldwide. “Through the switching off of lights and a range of other activities ...

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