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ASHRAE Resources Can Help Reduce Risk of Legionella
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ASHRAE Resources Can Help Reduce Risk of Legionella

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, a nonprofit technical society headquartered in Atlanta, has developed resources to help reduce the risk of Legionella, including Standard 188, which provides a comprehensive approach to help prevent the growth and spread of Legionella within building water systems. “With the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Atlanta, we would like to increase awareness of...

Why It’s Critical to Integrate Legionella into Crisis Management Programs
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Why It’s Critical to Integrate Legionella into Crisis Management Programs

NATIONAL REPORT—Legionella can make people ill and has been linked to dozens of deaths. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Legionella bacteria, normally found in fresh water such as lakes and streams, can infiltrate water systems and colonize in showerheads, sinks, water heaters, cooling towers and even fountains if they...

Hyatt Regency Seattle Officially Receives LEED Gold Certification
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Hyatt Regency Seattle Officially Receives LEED Gold Certification

SEATTLE—Hyatt Regency Seattle, a 45-story premier meeting and event hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle, has officially received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first and only LEED Gold–certified hotel in the Seattle area. It earned LEED as part of the...

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms
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Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic is the world’s first hotel company to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Assn. The rooms are also prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and are not located on...

Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building
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Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building

NATIONAL REPORT—“Radon maps” is a term that frequently crops up when talking about the risk of radon. A radon map provides a general picture of the areas where there is a risk of high radon levels. These maps are available at both national and regional levels. However, the problem with a radon map is the...

AHLA Releases Results of 2018 Lodging Survey
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AHLA Releases Results of 2018 Lodging Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday...

The Faroe Islands Declare a Weekend of TLC: ‘Closed for Maintenance, Open for Voluntourism’
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The Faroe Islands Declare a Weekend of TLC: ‘Closed for Maintenance, Open for Voluntourism’

NEW YORK—The pristine Faroe Islands—a group of volcanic islands in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway—welcome approximately 100,000 visitors each year, attracted by the country’s dramatic scenery, including rugged cliffs, sea caves, spectacular waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife, not forgetting a population of just 50,000 Faroese people and their 80,000 sheep. But,...

North Star Mohican Casino Resort Earns Travel Green Wisconsin Certification
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North Star Mohican Casino Resort Earns Travel Green Wisconsin Certification

BOWLER, WIS.—North Star Mohican Casino Resort has received certification to become a member of The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Travel Green Wisconsin program, a program that supports Wisconsin’s conservation tradition. With Wisconsin’s longstanding conservation and environmental legacy, this program furthers the commitment to sustainability. North Star Mohican Casino Resort shows continued dedication to reducing its...

Greenview Releases Green Lodging Trends Report
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Greenview Releases Green Lodging Trends Report

SINGAPORE—Greenview has released its 106-page Green Lodging Trends Report 2018. The Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. The Report highlights and summarizes responses to 115 survey questions in these categories: Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Conservation,...