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  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • Countdown to Opportunity: The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018

    Written By: Laura Resco, official event guest blogger for the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018 - One of the most important jobs of a graduate student is to produce original research that furthers the existing knowledge within an industry.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

  • Job Description Template: Club Accounting Positions

    The HFTP Americas Research Center has developed example job descriptions for club accounting positions. The process involved reviewing sample job descriptions, and compiling the information into standardized job descriptions.

Updated Guide to Purchasing Green Power Released

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·19 September 2018
EPA announced the release of the updated Guide to Purchasing Green Power. The Guide provides current and potential buyers of green power with information about green power purchasing. It covers the green power procurement process, different green power supply options, benefits of green power purchasing, as well as information on how to capture the greatest benefit from a purchase.

Pure Grenada Bans Importation of Polystyrene 'Styrofoam

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·19 September 2018
Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, has made a major shift to ensure that its natural environment is protected and preserved for future generations. The Government of Grenada has implemented a far-reaching Non-Biodegradable Waste Control Act, which began with the complete ban on the importation of polystyrene commonly referred to as ‘Styrofoam’ effective September 1, 2018.

Friedrich VRP Lands Gold for HVAC Innovation

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·19 September 2018
Friedrich’s VRP (Variable Refrigerant Packaged) Heat Pump system has landed top honors as one of the best new products of 2018 by Consulting-Specifying Engineer in the “HVAC: Air Movement and Compressors” category.

Shaw Contract Joins Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·19 September 2018
Shaw Contract, a leading global flooring manufacturer, has officially joined the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, celebrating 37 founding signatories.

Starbucks Announces Global Greener Stores Commitment

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 September 2018
Starbucks Coffee Co. announced the “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework and a commitment to design, build and operate 10,000 “Greener Stores” globally by 2025. “Starbucks Greener Stores” framework will be built upon comprehensive performance criteria that help ensure the company’s approach to designing, building, and operating its company-owned stores sets a new standard for green retail.

Results Announced for 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 September 2018
Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s leading index providers, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist that has focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing for over 23 years, announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review.

American Express Announces $250,000 Grant to Ocean Conservancy

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 September 2018
American Express Company announced a $250,000 grant to Ocean Conservancy in support of its International Coastal Cleanup and Trash Free Seas programs. The International Coastal Cleanup, which took place on September 15, is the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers. As part of the grant, American Express employees will also participate in five coastal cleanup events in the United States, Italy, Malaysia and Australia this fall.

Australian Ecolabel to Enter U.S. Green Building Market

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 September 2018
Global GreenTag International—Australia’s building sector ecolabel—is launching its innovative, award winning, globally recognized product certification standard and ecolabelling program in the United States at the end of 2018.

Velas Resorts Eliminates Plastic Straws

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·17 September 2018
In an ongoing dedication to sustainability, Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are no longer offering single-use plastic straws. These single-use straws, known as “environmental villains,” can take up to 200 years to decompose. For those guests who rely on straws to drink, the Velas Resorts offer biodegradable paper straws on request as an alternative.

Hospitality Industry Awards Ceremony to Debut at HX: The Hotel Experience in November

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·17 September 2018
Hospitality Media Group (HMG) has announced that its new hospitality industry awards program, HX: The Awards, will kick off HX: The Hotel Experience this November in New York City.

Bartco Expands LED Luminaire Series for Wet Applications

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·17 September 2018
Bartco Lighting, a leading innovator in lighting manufacturing, introduces the Fathom Series, which includes eight clean, sleek, contemporary low-profile, remote- and integral-driven, linear LED luminaires that perform in wet outdoor locations.

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Launched at Global Climate Action Summit

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 September 2018
Today, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 37 founding signatories.

Nora Lighting Debuts High Lumen RLM LED Pendant Shades

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 September 2018
Nora Lighting features new high lumen RLM LED Pendant Shades for general lighting in hospitality, retail or commercial applications. The RLM shades are available in 10” diameters with 2800 lumens and 16” diameters with 2800 or 3800 lumen outputs for bright, even illumination.

FloWater Reaches 50 Million Plastic Water Bottles Avoided Mark

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 September 2018
With plastic straws capturing the headlines, FloWater announced an important milestone on another front, an even larger threat to the environment—single-use plastic water bottles. With its new-tech Water Refill Stations now deployed at major corporations, hotels, schools and fitness centers in 42 states across the country, FloWater has eliminated the need for 50 million (and counting) single-use plastic water bottles from the drinking water supply chain since the company’s launch five years ago.

AAHOA, BEST Expand Partnership to Combat Human Trafficking

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 September 2018
AAHOA, the largest hotel owners’ association in the world, and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) announced an expanded partnership in an effort to educate and enlist more hoteliers, state lodging associations, and hospitality industry partners in the fight against human trafficking. The expanded partnership includes a co-branded anti-trafficking online training for AAHOA members and certification for those who complete the training.

Scandic Bans Eggs from Caged Hens at Its Hotels

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 September 2018
Scandic Hotels, the leading hotel company in the Nordic countries, has decided to stop using eggs from caged hens. Each year, Scandic serves between 11.5 and 13 million eggs* at its hotels, with the majority already from free-range hens, and from September 2018, the hotel will begin to gradually phase out eggs from caged hens in all products.

Green Lodging News Adds Excel Dryer as Directory Partner

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 September 2018
Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Excel Dryer as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Excel Dryer’s expanded and enhanced product line features the high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR, XLERATOReco and ThinAir Hand Dryers, the first in the industry to receive Environmental Product Declaration certification from UL Environment. Enhanced standard features include adjustable speed and sound controls, adjustable heat settings (high, medium, low and off), an externally visible Service LED and multi-voltage options. Call (888) 998-7704 or e-mail sales@exceldryer for more information.

Hand Dryers

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 September 2018
Excel Dryer’s expanded and enhanced product line features the high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR®, XLERATOReco® and ThinAir® Hand Dryers, the first in the industry to receive Environmental Product Declaration certification from UL Environment. Enhanced standard features include adjustable speed and sound controls, adjustable heat settings (high, medium, low and off), an externally visible Service LED and multi-voltage options. Offering the most options and complete line of accessories in the industry, Excel Dryer’s signature products create the most hygienic and best hand drying solution for any restroom environment. Call (888) 998-7704 for more information.

Zenique Hotels Installs INNCOM e7 Thermostats

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 September 2018
Honeywell, a global leader in connected hospitality, announced that Zenique Hotels installed Honeywell’s INNCOM e7 Thermostats at its new 127-room Aloft Dublin-Pleasanton hotel in California.

Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste' Campaign Launched

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 September 2018
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is enhancing its ongoing responsible tourism strategy by announcing a new “Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste” collaboration initiative with various stakeholders in a bid to cut tourism-related waste by up to 50 percent by 2020.

New Tax Rules Create Opportunities for Green Hotel Investments

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 September 2018
The travel industry is currently one of the fastest growing sectors, which is leading to increased real estate investments by hotel owners hoping to capitalize on this growth. Supplementing this increase, two major tax legislation pieces were passed over the past year that allow hotel owners higher rates of return on investments in new construction and renovations, especially ones which incorporate alternative energy or energy efficient technologies.

MPvenpick Hotels & Resorts Launches 'Kilo of Kindness' Campaign

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 September 2018
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is lending a hand to people in need with the launch of its 2018 ‘Kilo of Kindness’ global charity campaign.

Green Lodging News Adds TMI Sustainable Aquatics as Directory Partner

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 September 2018
Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes TMI Sustainable Aquatics to its Green Product & Service Directory. From its inception in 1995, TMI has recognized the need for sustainability in recreational water, and concentrates on reducing the carbon footprint and energy usage of each aquatic center that it works with.

Healthy Vacation Club Coming to Orlando

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 September 2018
A new concept in tourism is coming to Orlando in 2019. Healthy Vacation Club will be transforming the tourism landscape by meeting the needs of the sustainability, organic, and non-toxic focused travel markets.

Living Wall at The Rubens at The Palace is Worth Gazing At

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 5 September 2018
I have written about living walls before—also known as green walls or vertical gardens. When I read about the 10-ton living wall at The Rubens at The Palace in London, I had to share the details with you. The four-star luxury property’s living wall is 350 square meters in size and includes 10,000 herbaceous plants. It was designed to provide blossoming plants throughout the year and includes 22 species of plants. The plants, some of which can grow one meter in length, are watered using a drip irrigation system.

Naples Hotel Group's Miami Hotel Awarded LEED Building Certification

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 5 September 2018
The Naples Hotel Group, a leading hotel development and management company, celebrates the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Miami Airport for achieving the LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council under their rating system, which is the most widely used green building rating system. Naples Hotel Group was awarded the development and management contract for the Miami Airport hotel by owners, Hotelex Airport LLC.

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