The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap

Read the full story at The Hustle.

Hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used bars of soap every day. A nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose them.

IHG Hotels & Resorts Green Engage Program

Read the case study from U.S DOE’s Better Buildings Program.

IHG Hotels & Resorts provides all its hotels with access to the IHG Green Engage system, a comprehensive online sustainability platform that allows hotels to track, measure, and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption. The system also offers more than 200 “Green Solutions” to help hotels drive resource efficiency and reduce their environmental footprints, as well as detailed technical guidance that hotels can use to implement these solutions.

Piloted in 2009, the program’s initial successes and support from the independent IHG Owners Association led to the adoption of IHG Green Engage as a foundational standard for all IHG-branded hotels globally in 2015.

Shipping container boutique hotel planned for Haughville neighborhood

Read the full story from Indianapolis Business Journal.

An Indianapolis company is building a boutique hotel using repurposed shipping containers to accommodate guests seeking unusual experiences in the heart of the city.

Constructing a green and sustainable future

Read the full story at HospitalityNet.

In today’s climate following the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a strong demand, both from investors and consumers for green with a health and wellbeing framework to ensure that sustainability is at the forefront at every level, from the design and construction of new hotels, including the health of construction workers, to the comfort of those who work in and occupy the buildings, to the impact of the buildings on our environment.

Disneyland Resort pilots new program aimed at reducing food waste

Read the full story from Spectrum News 1.

Disneyland Resort has rolled out a pilot program aimed at reducing food waste. The program is being tested at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland, which has separate bins for trash, food waste and mixed recycling, including liquids. The resort has a goal of zero waste by 2030 and says it already diverts more than five million pounds of food from landfills each year.

How the travel industry is embracing sustainability

Read the full story at SmartBrief.

The pandemic has not caused the travel and hospitality industry to lose sight of sustainability. Major airlines and hotel chains are still paving the way for a better future — whether it’s sustainable aviation fuel or relying more on LED lighting in hotels, the best of the best in the travel and hospitality industry are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.  

Online training: Tahoe Truckee Green Lodging Workshop

May 11-12, 2021
More information and registration

FREE Green Lodging Workshop for small to medium hotels, lodges and the hospitality industry. Learn best practices in energy efficiency, food and waste management, customer engagement, and sustainable transportation. Join a green business program and save money while operating at the highest environmental efficiency. Attract eco-conscious customers.

Although the training is targeted at states in EPA Region 9, much of the information presented applies to all states.


All times PDT

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • 9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome; Introduction to CA and NV Green Business Programs
  • 9:15 – 9:30 – “The Importance of Hospitality in Climate Action” by US EPA
  • 9:35 – 10:45 – Panel #1: Food Waste Diversion For Hospitality
  • 10:50 – 11:50 pm -Panel #2: Moving our Region Forward with Sustainable Transportation
  • 11:50 – 12:00 – Lodging Case Study

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • 9:00 – 9:15- Day 1 recap and open discussion
  • 9:15 – 10:30 – Panel #3: Customer Experiences to Engage Stewardship
  • 10:30 – 11:45 – Panel #4: Green Business Certification for Lodging
  • 11:45 – 12:00 – Day 2 Plenary

HRS Launches Hotel Sustainability Assessment, Database

Read the full story at Business Travel News.

Corporate lodging platform HRS has created a solution that allows corporate travel managers and travelers to select hotels based on sustainability scores, which HRS calculates using a proprietary formula taking various inputs into account, the company told BTN. Dubbed its Green Stay Initiative, the move comes as sustainability programs and carbon-reduction efforts gain visibility at many corporations.

2020 Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index

CHSB is the hotel industry’s largest annual benchmarking of energy, water, and carbon, open to hotels and hotel companies of all sizes and published in a freely available index every year. It offers participants a peer-based reference for analyzing their hotels.

The 2020 Index contains data for 18000 hotels. They are currently accepting new participants for the 2021 report. Contact them to participate.

Ecolab Has a Sustainability Plan for the Hospitality Sector

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Ecolab is a 97-year-old company that provides consulting services and solutions on water, hygiene, and infection prevention to the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets. In a bid to show its leadership over the next decade, the company recently launched its 2030 Impact Goals for streamlining both its own operations and how it will approach its work with customers.

For its customer-driven work, Ecolab aims to help the industries with which it works by conserving 300 billion gallons of water annually while helping its customers become carbon neutral by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 million metric tons.

When looking at its customer base, the company will face many challenges in executing this strategy over the next 10 years. The hospitality industry, in particular, has an uneven success rate in meeting sustainability goals. But Ecolab, with its presence at 3 million commercial locations, is primed to meet and even exceed these goals.