greener hotels [link friday, 6.14]

Hotels are not instantly perceived as being mindful of their emissions or focused on being carbon neutral. But now, many corporations are choosing hotels for their events based partially on what their carbon footprint will be.

Testing by about 50 hotels shows the report takes about two hours to complete from data such as energy bills and suppliers. After being entered into a spreadsheet, the hotel can analyze its carbon footprint for guestrooms and meeting spaces during a specified year, per night and per guest.

The working group behind this initiative include Accor, Beijing Tourism Group, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Diamond Resorts International, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, Hyatt Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marriott International, Meliá Hotels International, MGM Resorts International, NH Hoteles, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd, Pan Pacific Hotel Group, Premier Inn-Whitbread Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, TUI AG and Wyndham Worldwide.

It's a big step on a larger scale for hotels to move forward in creating less emissions and a smaller carbon footprint. This is also nice bit of news that will transition to a larger post soon on how to lower your own carbon footprint when traveling and staying in hotels.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and happy Father's Day to all dads!

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