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GreenScene - January 2017   
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Green Key Eco-Rating Program V3 - Update Your Assessment Now!

The move to V3 is all part of Green Key Global's continuing goal of remaining the leading environmental certification body in the industry and to align ourselves with GSTC Recognition status. 
 
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Pine Bungalows, situated in Jasper National Park, celebrated 80 years of operation in 2016, and has been owned by the Wasuita family for over 42 years and is recognized as one the Parks' leaders in environmental stewardship.

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You're Green, Now What?

"Going Green" has become standard practice in a high percentage of hotels and other hospitality facilities. It's the right thing to do. But it can also create the positive public relations and opinion of your brand that you are looking for. It's a win-win.

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Green Key Global is pleased to announce Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown, a Green Key Global member since 2013, has received a 4 Key rating with the new GSTC Recognized Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

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Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort awarded 4 Green Key Rating
 
In December, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort was awarded a 4-Key Rating by Green Key Global for efforts to reduce waste and conserve resources. 
 
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Green Key Global is pleased to announce its partnership with TravGanic, one of the first exclusively green travel online databases in the world. The recent launch of TravGanic (www.travganic.com) will provide Green Key Global members a new opportunity to market their sustainable successes, while also continuing to empower the public in making environmentally friendly lodging choices. 
 
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Winter can be beautiful and tons of fun, but it also means icy roads, snow storms, and high heating and electrical bills. Things no business looks forward too. That said, there are many "quick fixes" you and your property can do to help conserve, and keep those costs under control. 
 
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What did we learn in 2016? Tons. It was a year of significant change, with new partnerships, and new information to share. Here is just a snapshot of what we wrote about last year, and we hope it helped you move the needle! 
 
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Supplier Spotlight
 
Green Venue Report
The Green Venue Report is an industry wide initiative to understand collective impact, catalyze best practice, and stimulate competition around global convention & exhibition center sustainability. The report aims to give insight and content to best practices, with real data showing trends across the facets of event and venue sustainability. We encourage all venues to participate in the survey regardless of where they may be on their "sustainability journey."

Green Lodging Trends Report
The Green Lodging survey report highlights and summarizes responses to 108 survey questions in these categories: Air Quality, Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Cleaning & Maintenance, Kitchen & Laundry, Communications, Staff Involvement, Community Involvement, Procurement, and Climate Action & Certification. Our report also takes a look at the most common green practices among respondents, what sustainability initiatives are trending, and what practices are most innovative.

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In Other News
Sustainable tourism - bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action - is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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Fairmont is buzzing for bees! For more than a decade, through its Fairmont Sustainability Partnership and Bee Sustainable initiative, Fairmont has committed itself to improving the overall health and conservation of bee species globally.

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In July 2015, the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Danbury, Conn., installed 400 solar panels on the rooftops of two of its five buildings to generate 132,000 watts of solar electricity. The 113-room hotel, owned by Diamond Properties and managed by Meyer Jabara Hotels, is significantly reducing its carbon footprint by receiving 18 percent of its annual energy from the sun.

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Hilton Expands Soap Recycling Program  
Hilton announced last month that all 750 properties across its all suites brands will recycle discarded soap and amenity bottles and donate them to reduce hygiene-related illnesses for communities in need. 

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