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GreenScene - April 2016: Earth Day Edition!
In this Issue:

Being Sustainable Goes Beyond the Designated Days...  

With many hotels participating in programs around World Water Day , Earth Day , and Earth Hour every year, it is important to recognize efforts that the hospitality industry makes to conserve, and ensure their footprint on the environment is as small as possible.

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The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Green Key Global's Green Key Eco-Rating Program has achieved 'GSTC-Recognized' status. The awarded status affirms Green Key Global's commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

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With Green Key Global's Green Key Eco-Rating Program, which is favoured by hotel establishments in North America, just recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Transat is pleased to announce that all of the hotel certification programs it promotes now comply with GSTC criteria, the global benchmark for sustainable tourism. Transat's customers can now be secure in the knowledge that, whichever eco-friendly hotel they choose, it conforms to the highest social and environmental responsibility standards.

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2016 Canadian Federal Budget - Emphasis on the Environment

The budget proposes to spend $191.8 million over five years on environmental initiatives which will have direct positive impact on hotels and the HAC Green Key Global Program, the world's largest hotel environmental certification program. The government is proposing to spend $63 million over two years to build charging stations for electric vehicles and hydrogen and natural gas refueling stations. In addition it has budgeted $128.8 million over five years to deliver energy efficiency programs toretrofit buildings and to improve standards for vehicles and products.

Supplier Spotlight
Marquee Times Square Hotel Checks in for Energy Savings

A luxury hotel in New York City's Times Square district is using data analytics to identify operational improvements for Energy efficiency. The hotel has achieved over 8% reduction in energy consumption between June'15 - December'15. By implementing operational changes that are identified by Continuous Monitoring & Analytics, the hotel has been able to achieve an ROI of less than 5 months. 

In addition to energy savings the hotel is also using data to
  • Improve Guest Satisfaction & Compliance
  • Maximize the value of existing investments i.e. generating savings from purely operational measures
  • Use inputs for Continuous commissioning of assets like Chillers & Air Handling Units (AHUs)
The hotel partnered with Wipro EcoEnergy, the Energy & Sustainability services division of Wipro Ltd (NYSE: WIT), a $8bn global IT services provider for multi-year Energy Management & Analytics Services to drive energy consumption reduction to help Hotel achieve its 2020 Energy reduction targets.

Wipro's analytics driven service empowers the Hotel's Engineering teams to take immediate actions to correct Energy deviations, Enhance life of equipment, reduce Maintenance costs & Breakdown cycles.

Using analytics to correlate data from Building & Room Management Systems, Energy Sub-meters, Occupancy & Weather systems the hotel has already achieved an 11% reduction in the first quarter.  
In Other News
Hotels check in to greener thinking

Enter a hotel room anywhere in the world and the chances are you'll find a polite-but-prescriptive card by the bed or bath, advising of the benefits of 'eco-friendly' behaviors such as living with linen longer and reusing towels.

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Despite our reliance on gadgets and technology, sustainability remains a key consideration with one third of hotel guests believing that hotels should be judged on their sustainability. More than a third of people surveyed admitted to using more energy than at home when they travel, but as many as half responded by saying that the sustainability and energy use of a hotel is important to them. For 13% of travellers, unsustainable practices from hotels was identified as a top frustration.

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A few months ago, the dog-friendly hotel partnered with Ottawa Dog Rescue to turn the hotel's lobby into a temporary foster home for rescue dogs. Hotel staff built a kennel - complete with a Parliament Hill dog house - right beside the escalators.

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MGM Resorts Launches New $100 Million Park on the Las Vegas Strip

MGM Resorts opened The Park this week on the Las Vegas Strip to answer growing demand for more outdoor social spaces from both leisure visitors and convention organizers.
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Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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