Responsible Stay initiative launched by the American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association AHLA has announced its Responsible Stay initiative.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association AHLA has announced its Responsible Stay initiative.

The industry-wide initiative aims to make meetings, events and guest experiences in America’s hotels more environmentally and socially responsible.

Responsible Stay is focused on prioritising hotels’ environmental sustainability efforts in four key areas:

Energy efficiency: optimising energy efficiency through operational improvements and adoption of clean energy technologies

Waste reduction: investing in waste reduction programs and new, innovative alternatives to reduce, reuse and recycle waste across properties

Water conservation: ensuring the reduction of water usage by implementing water-efficient practices in core areas like laundry, food and beverage, and landscaping

Responsible sourcing practices: sourcing responsibly and prioritising sustainability in supply chains to prevent harmful environmental and social impacts

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA said: “The hotel industry has shown a longstanding commitment to sustainability, and many of our member companies have been on the leading edge of these efforts. We’re thrilled that the industry is committed to this critical issue that will shape how we travel for years to come. The launch of Responsible Stay is the next step of our industry’s sustainability journey, and we are uniting as an industry to provide a responsible stay for our employees, guests, communities and our planet.”

Responsible Stay aims to advance environmental initiatives and help hotels shift operations to be more sustainable. This commitment to provide a ‘responsible stay’ builds on existing initiatives by AHLA to support industry efforts to reduce carbon emissions, water and energy usage, waste and more, including:

AHLA’s Sustainability Committee, comprised of industry leaders, communicates, educates and advocates on behalf of the lodging industry to showcase environmental efforts and elevates environmental sustainability and resilience;

AHLA’s new partnership with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance works to amplify, collaborate on and support hospitality sustainability programs and solutions;

AHLA’s long-standing partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the Hotel Kitchen programme, which uses innovative strategies to engage staff, partners and guests in curbing food waste from hotel kitchens;

AHLA’s ongoing partnership with the Department of Energy Better Buildings Initiative highlights energy efficiency and drives leadership in energy innovation in the hospitality sector by accelerating investment and sharing successful best practices;

AHLA’s newly-formed research initiative with GreenView helps quantify and benchmark sustainability practices across the hotel industry in the US, which will allow for better insights, best-practice development and sustainability progress tracking over time.

Responsible Stay has elicited broad support across the sector, with members, state association partners and other industry stakeholders endorsing the programme and its principles.

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voco hotels announces packages with sustainable twist

WORLDWIDE: IHG Hotels & Resorts’ voco hotels has announced limited-edition packages, which feature amenities and activities with a small sustainable twist. 

WORLDWIDE: IHG Hotels & Resorts’ voco hotels has announced limited-edition packages, which feature amenities and activities with a small sustainable twist. 

The exclusive packages offer room upgrades and “eco-minded” amenities and experiences. 

Jane Mackie, senior vice president, global marketing, luxury & upscale brands, IHG Hotels & Resorts said: “We welcome guests to ‘come on in’ and experience what makes this unique brand reliably different, while also enjoying an eco-friendly painting activity or hitting the pavement in a way that treads lightly on our planet – be it walking or cycling.”

The packages, which are already available in the US, will be rolling out at selected voco hotels in the UK, Australia and New Zealand over the next few weeks.

One of 17 brands in the IHG Hotels & Resorts portfolio, “Step by step” is voco’s sustainability mantra, built on a belief that small steps collectively make a big difference.  Some of the small steps the brand has taken include duvet and pillow fillings made from 100 per cent recycled materials, and glass water bottles in guest rooms.

Guests who book the Birds of a Feather package in the US will receive a voucher for a free pair of sustainably-made Allbirds Tree Runners, a local city guide, and choice of a barista-style coffee or a cocktail – including a zero-proof option – in addition to a room upgrade. 

In the UK, guests who book the Very Important Peddlers (VIPs) package will have access to a fleet of bicycles to explore local attractions, as well the choice of a barista-style coffee or a cocktail – including a zero-proof option – along with a room upgrade. 

The bicycles will be available at voco St. John’s Solihull, voco St. David’s Cardiff, voco Reading, voco Grand Central Glasgow and voco Edinburgh – Haymarket.

When booking in Australia or New Zealand, guests can participate in the region’s first upcycled art series created in partnership with a local sustainable artist. The Sustainable Sip & Paint package will offer a complimentary Pinot & Picasso voucher to create upcycled artwork on voco bedsheets, which are part of the Better Cotton Initiative. Included in the package is the choice of a barista-style coffee or a cocktail, in addition to a room upgrade and QR code packed with tips and inspiration from the artist. The package is available at voco Auckland City Centre, voco Brisbane City Centre, voco Gold Coast, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and voco Melbourne Central.

IHG Hotels & Resorts currently operates 41 open voco hotels properties in more than 25 countries around the world with an additional 34 in the global pipeline, including the upcoming voco Guadalajara Naruda, voco Dubai the Palm and voco Avignon – Le Bristol.

Six Senses Hotels & Resorts recently launched a Sustainability Camp for teenagers.

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1 Hotel Miami Beach receives 2022 Green Good Design Award

US: Luxury hotel, 1 Hotel South Beach, has been awarded a 2022 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

US: Luxury hotel, 1 Hotel South Beach, has been awarded a 2022 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The 435-room hotel, which is LEED Silver Certified and carbon neutral, offers guests the opportunity to be sustainable during their stay through experiences such as dining in the farm to table restaurants, or donating clothes to be recycled. There are also workshops for younger guests to learn about nature, and the opportunity to take the hotel’s electric car for a drive around Miami. 

Architects Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc have used natural recycled materials where possible, such as wood and stone, and there is a living wall as well. The building uses a water filtration system to deter guests from having bottled water, as well as having an energy efficient heating and cooling building system.

1 Hotels has offset 19,171 tons of CO2 since it started recording the data. To put that into perspective, one ton of CO2 is the equivalent of driving 23,000 miles or once around the world.

Three of the group’s hotels are LEED Silver certified including the Miami Beach property while 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge gained a LEED Gold certification. Three of the group’s hotels are in the process of being certified for LEED.

In other design news Fosters + Partners is designing a sustainable development on the Red Sea.

US App launches A Green Way to Travel Initiative

US: WayAway, the recently founded price comparison app for travel, has announced the launch of ‘A Green Way To Travel Initiative’.

US: WayAway, the recently founded price comparison app for travel, has announced the launch of ‘A Green Way To Travel Initiative’.

The price comparison travel app launched this summer and offers cost-saving, intelligent searches for the best flight, hotels and car rental deals.

The Green Way to Travel Initiative aims to limit the carbon footprint of travellers by giving them the option to buy carbon credits, provided by the company Sustainable Travel International. 

The company partnered with Envira Amazonia Project in Brazil which takes care of 500,000 acres of rainforest and protects against lumber harvesting and cattle ranching. 

Users of the app who pay for the WayAway Plus membership plan can get access to cashback offers from all their trip purchases. They are also able to withdraw their cash back as hard money via PayPal. 

WayAway Plus users can then use their cashback for a contribution to ‘A Green Way To Travel’, which is within the app. All contributions are then doubled by WayAway. 

Ivan Baidin, WayAway CEO said: “Travelling damages the planet and this problem needs to be solved if we want to keep going for vacations. But many travellers are simply lost as to what meaningful steps they should take to address this. So we at WayAway have established a partnership with the inspiring team at Sustainable Travel International to give our users a simple and trustworthy option for offsetting their travel with every trip.”

While it’s encouraging to have the option for traveller’s to offset their trips, it will be interesting to see the figures for the percentage of traveller’s who choose to contribute to the Green Way to Travel Initiative. SHN looks forward to reporting back when more information is available.

1 Hotels to open sustainable Nashville property this month

US: 1 Hotels, the luxury eco-conscious hotel group is opening its Nashville poverty this month hot on the heels of its San Francisco site.

US: 1 Hotels, the luxury eco-conscious hotel group is opening its Nashville poverty this month hot on the heels of its San Francisco site.

The Nashville property is built on a brownfield site and will feature a living wall cladding the facade with 56,000 plants.

1 Hotels takes sustainability seriously with each US location certified carbon neutral and 100 per cent LEED Certified (the most recognized sustainable building rating system in the world). 

To achieve these levels the design process is key and 1 Hotels has repurposed more than 50 per cent of construction waste materials to create the hotel.

Other essentials are intelligent BMS systems (A BMS monitors, controls and reports on smart building technology systems) to control HVAC (heating ventilation and air con) and lighting systems and efficient water systems.

The group also has a partnership with Audi which offers guests use of their electric e-trons to explore the area.

The Nashville property opens this month.

1 Hotels is a US based group but its portfolio ranges across America and North America as well as four hotels in Europe and two in Asia Pacific.

Turkey welcomed its first carbon neutral hotel this month.