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WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Exposition Cancelled
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WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Exposition Cancelled

LAS VEGAS—The Southern Nevada Water Authority, organizers of the annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition (WSI), announced it is cancelling this year’s event, originally scheduled for September 30 to October 1 in Las Vegas. “After much deliberation, we’ve decided the conference would be less effective and appealing if social distancing measures are still in effect,”...

Atlanta’s Stonehurst Place: Luxurious While Strong on Sustainability
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Atlanta’s Stonehurst Place: Luxurious While Strong on Sustainability

ATLANTA—Throughout the current pandemic, Atlanta’s historic Stonehurst Place has continued to provide a safe place to stay for travelers in search of boutique luxury—all with a dose of eco-friendliness thrown in. The eight-suite property, owned by Barb Shadomy and first constructed in 1896, has features including a solar thermal system for water heating, a greywater...

Charged Water: One Way to Sanitize, Disinfect
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Charged Water: One Way to Sanitize, Disinfect

GenEon Technologies NATIONAL REPORT—With so much attention on virus elimination given the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Lodging News has been exploring green cleaning technologies that make it easier for hoteliers to provide a safe, hygienic, disinfected environment for guests and employees. One such technology is electrochemical activation (ECA)—the process for creating electrolyzed water using a low...

Grupo Vidanta Increases Green Initiatives in Celebration of Earth Day
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Grupo Vidanta Increases Green Initiatives in Celebration of Earth Day

Vidanta Riviera Maya launched a sargassum removal project to prevent ongoing damage on the coast and beaches and collected 3,578 tons of sargassum seaweed in 2019 through manual operations and with an installed barrier system. MEXICO CITY—Grupo Vidanta, the leading resort and tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America, continues to set new benchmarks for...

Textile Advancements Make Towel, Robe Laundering Less Resource Intensive
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Textile Advancements Make Towel, Robe Laundering Less Resource Intensive

NATIONAL REPORT—Advancements in textile technology are making it easier for hoteliers to incorporate towels and robes into a property’s sustainability program—product that requires less water and detergent to wash and less time to dry. The textile fiber type can vary but suppliers are currently offering material ranging from Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, to microfibers...

No Matter How You Slice It, Minneapolis Convention Center is Green Through and Through
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No Matter How You Slice It, Minneapolis Convention Center is Green Through and Through

MINNEAPOLIS—When it rains on the 1.6 million square foot Minneapolis Convention Center, that water is collected in an underground rainwater storage area that holds up to 250,000 gallons of water. According to Jessica Klimisch, Marketing Manager for MCC, that water is used for irrigation around MCC and diverts an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff...

Steam Systems Offer Chemical-Free Path to Cleaning & Disinfection
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Steam Systems Offer Chemical-Free Path to Cleaning & Disinfection

APX1250 Cleaner from APEX Steam NATIONAL REPORT—While only a small percentage of hotels in the United States currently use steam cleaners in their daily cleaning, an increasing number of properties are discovering that steam cleaning is an effective way to disinfect, deodorize and clean while eliminating chemicals and using a minimal amount of water. Steve...

Ray Caye: Rebranding A Sustainability-Centered Belizean Resort
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Ray Caye: Rebranding A Sustainability-Centered Belizean Resort

PLACENCIA, BELIZE—Ray Caye is a small (20-unit) island resort with a very large focus on sustainability. The property is 17 miles off the coast of Belize and a short flight from Belize City, then a boat ride. It has been open for eight years but is reopening in January as Ray Caye. This is a...

Seven Ways to Be Recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Property
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Seven Ways to Be Recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Property

NATIONAL REPORT—Environmentalism has spread through every industry it can touch, and hospitality is one of them. Guests have always wanted enjoyable, high-class hotel experiences, but they’re increasingly requesting sustainable practices along with this. They want to know they’re spending their money on morally conscious, socially responsible businesses. Environmental issues are too significant to ignore for...

Madrid’s VP Plaza España Design Earns LEED Gold
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Madrid’s VP Plaza España Design Earns LEED Gold

MIAMI—VP Plaza España Design, a luxurious 214-room hotel located on Madrid’s famous Gran Vía, has earned the prestigous LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certification, solidifying its position in the city as an example for environmentally conscious design and operation. The five-star hotel, which opened March 2018, scored well in several areas including...