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GreenScene - February 2016
In this Issue

Announcing the Hotel Association of Canada's Hall of Fame 2015 Award Winners! 
The Green Key Energy & Environment Award Winners: The Pemberton Valley Hotel

The Green Key Meetings Award: The International Centre

Awards will be presented at the HAC Annual Conference  in Toronto on February 29 & March 1, 2016 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.

Special Event: The Conference Board of Canada for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Summit 2016.

We are pleased to be partnered with The Conference Board of Canada for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CSR) Summit 2016.

As a partner, we are happy to extend a reduced rate of $895 for you to attend the Summit. To register at this reduced rate, please enter Rebate Code PRM16 in the final steps of the registration process.

Summit Overview
No longer is sustainability viewed as an "add-on" to the corporate strategy. Organizations are beginning to look at sustainability as the way to conduct business.
If you're looking to gain access to practical tools and techniques to fully embed a corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability into your business strategy, and learn how to assess and improve your organization's performance overtime, then join us at   Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CSR) Summit 2016  on March 22-23, in Toronto.

Our Top Green Meeting Tips for Hotel Professionals

In 2015 we made the commitment to sharing information - not just to hospitality industry supplies, but to meeting and event professionals too through our blog. We want our members, prospective members, and the community at large to be educated on the practices of sustainability, green meetings, and green initiatives. The following are some of our favourites from the past year:

Our Top Green Meeting Tips for Event Professionals

2015 was a great year for Green Key Global. One of our major initiatives was to provide valuable content to meeting and event professionals through our blog. Each month, we have posted tips and best practices for you to take into consideration as you move forward with your role. The following are some of our favourites from the year:

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Grows Greener with Hydroponics at Kawailoa Farm 

In 2015 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa invested over $300,000 to convert one of their tennis courts into a hydroponic garden to grow lettuce for the resort's restaurants and events. The 4,000 sq. ft. former tennis court, now farm, produced its first crop in January 2015 and is now consistently producing over 300 pounds per week of the seven types of lettuces grown. Named Kawailoa Farm, the moniker pays homage to the resort's owner who envisions a sustainable future for the resort.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina Becomes the First Bullfrog powered Hotel in Saskatchewan

Bullfrog Power®, Canada's leading green energy provider, and DoubleTree by HiltonTM Hotel and Conference Centre Regina, are announcing that DoubleTree by Hilton Regina is the first hotel in Saskatchewan to choose green electricity with Bullfrog Power. Through the partnership, Bullfrog Power ensures the energy going onto the grid for DoubleTree by Hilton Regina's SilverBirch Conference Centre® meeting and conferences rooms and three Hilton HHonors floors is coming from clean, green sources.

Supplier Spotlight

ChargePoint Rolls Out EV Marketing Program

The newest program from ChargePoint, ChargePoint Places, connects participating businesses to the largest community of electric vehicle (EV) drivers and provides EV drivers access to exclusive offers from destinations that offer charging. ChargePoint Places in a unique and innovative program where companies in hospitality can increase their sales by promoting special offers and experiences to ChargePoint's extensive community of EV drivers.  
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Welcome to Our Newest Suppliers:

In Other News
Free webinar: Track your hotel carbon footprint with Green Hotelier

Hoteliers, tourists and business travellers can learn how to track the carbon footprint of their hotel stays with a new free webinar.

Mayor de Blasio Announces 16 Hotels To Join NYC's Fight Against Climate Change

Another major expansion of NYC carbon challenge adds hotel sector to multifamily buildings, universities, hospitals, and commercial offices - part of de Blasio Administration's OneNYC and Green Buildings Plan

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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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