Hotel Buffets, a Culprit of Food Waste, Get Downsized

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Though no good data exists yet about how much hotels or their buffets specifically contribute to the overall waste total, the thinking is that hotels are an ideal place to raise awareness and change behaviors around sustainability issues, as they have for water conservation.

Webinar: They’ll Leave the Light On for You – and Other Energy Waste in Hospitality

June 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Long hours of use, high occupancy, rigid comfort standards, and inefficient equipment lead to big energy bills for hotels. Through field study with mid-scale hotels in Minnesota, an energy efficiency consulting firm investigated new opportunities for energy efficiency in the hospitality sector.

These hotels are fighting food waste, one guest at a time

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Some of the world’s most iconic hotels are to trial new approaches to tackling food waste, as part of a major new initiative launched today by WWF, the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA).

Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels, and Marriott International are among the high-profile brands to sign up to the 12-week pilot program, which aims to test a range of different technological and behavior change approaches to curbing food waste levels.

The program is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative, which aims to reduce post-harvest food loss and halve the world’s food waste by 2030. According to the group, currently around 40 percent of U.S. food waste occurs throughout the supply chain, with the hospitality and food services industry being a prime culprit.

Your Used Bar of Hotel Soap Has a Surprising Afterlife

Read the full story at Thrillist.

In the world’s outcry over waste — paper, plastics, fumes, foods — your hotel soap ain’t exactly a crisis. Still, everyone has wondered at least once: Where do all those once-used bars go? Not to the next guest, for sure. Heck, to be a five diamond property, a hotel’s staff must replace your soap daily, even if it wasn’t touched. That amounts to a lot of fine-smelling garbage: Travelers and hotels combine to toss out roughly a million bars a day in the US and perhaps 5 million bars a day worldwide.

But it’s not all waste. If you’re staying at certain hotels, your hair-streaked, Italian-milled body bar might be going toward fighting diseases around the world. An Orlando-based company called Clean the World has taken to collecting used hotel soap, melting it down, and making new soap to send to impoverished countries. They’re saving landfill space locally, and perhaps saving lives globally.

WWF, AHLA, Rockefeller Foundation Band Together to Tackle Hotel Food Waste

Read the full story at Waste360.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), has launched a series of pilot projects aimed at further reducing food waste in the hotel industry.


Hilton Works to Divert Food Waste, Mattresses from Landfill

Read the full story at Waste360.

Hilton has partnered with Global Sustainable Solutions to launch its Mattress Recycling Initiative and ORCA, a subsidiary of Totally Green Inc., to add food waste disposal systems to a number of its hotels.

Tackling Bed Bugs: A Starter Guide for Local Governments

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The purpose of this starter guide is to provide local governments with useful and applicable information to aid them in supporting communities with bed bugs. The guide provides a comprehensive, high-level summary of the bed bug problem and suggestions on how to work towards control. It is meant for local governments in communities facing increasing bed bug infestations.