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Hoteliers go green with transportation, F&B amenities

Tara Hughes May 11, 2016 Industry News No comments

1S2764QP9WIn an effort to make properties a little greener, hoteliers are providing guests with eco-friendly amenities such as complimentary bikes, electric car-charging stations and in-house farmers markets.

When it comes to making hotels a little greener, hoteliers are going beyond traditional hotel features such as changing towels less frequently and installing eco-friendly light bulbs to make properties more sustainable.

With the growth of environmentally conscious guests and employees, hoteliers are coming up with different ways to provide guests with more sustainable amenities.


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Earth Month Spotlight: Restaurants

Tara Hughes April 12, 2016 Distinguished Programs, Industry News No comments

restaurant 1Last week we took a look at hotels that were making major sustainability efforts to reduce their environmental impact. This week we will visit another important hospitality industry that is making major improvements in how they do business. Restaurants are quickly learning the importance of sustainability, from using local and seasonal produce to prioritizing waste management and energy efficiency.

These changes can produce a significant positive impact, not only on the environment but also on a restaurant’s bottom line and employee morale. According to, 80 percent of Americans identify themselves as environmentally concerned. A dedicated sector of this group is driving a 20 percent annual growth in the $11 billion organic food industry—no small potatoes.

Printworks Bistro was the first restaurant in the United States to attain the LEED Platinum certification in 2008, incorporating energy-saving features such as variable speed hoods that set the power according to the kitchen’s needs and adjust to a lower level of operation (typically 25 percent of their full capacity). The hoods’ sensors also detect heat, smoke, or other effluents and increase the fan speed to keep the air fresh. The restaurant used salvaged, solid walnut trees that came down through sickness or storm to construct its bistro bar and uses room service trays (for the adjacent Proximity Hotel) made of bamboo plywood. To top it off, Printworks’ refrigeration equipment uses geothermal energy instead of a standard water-cooled system, saving significant amounts of water.

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Going Green Goes Mainstream

Tara Hughes March 9, 2016 Distinguished Programs, Industry News No comments
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As consumers become more conscious of the environmental impact of their day-to-day lives, entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to create new businesses and products that enable green living.

Annual green building construction spending in the U.S. is projected to increase 15 percent a year between 2015 to 2018, reaching $224.4 billion in 2018, according to The U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Building Economic Impact Study. Enter TreeHouse, a home-improvement startup in Austin, Texas, that sells eco-friendly construction materials and services. Every product in their store is scored based off of health, performance, corporate responsibility, and sustainability.

The company, which was founded in 2011, received $16 million from investors for expansion, starting with a second store in North Dallas in 2017 with plans for continued growth into new markets. They are currently scouting locations in California, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.

TreeHouse is the first retailer that Tesla authorized to sell the Powerwall, its home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels. At night, when many utility rates increase because of the additional demand, the battery powers your home independently from the power grid. Homeowners can receive a net zero energy rating—meaning their home produces as much energy as it consumes.

A gym in Portland found another source of green power:


Featured AGPOM Member – The NoMad Hotel

Tara Hughes August 17, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Industry News No comments
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The NoMad Hotel, NYC, LEED Gold Certified

This fabulous eco-luxury hotel was the first renovated hotel in New York City to obtain LEED Gold Certification and was one of NYC’s three hotel properties with top LEED credentials upon certification in 2013.

leed-goldThe hotel’s standout green features that contributed toward the awarding of LEED Gold are:

  • Occupancy sensors for lighting and HVAC in hotel rooms to reduce energy when rooms are unoccupied
  • Sustainable reuse of the existing building’s exterior walls and floors
  • Reclaimed wood flooring in the guestrooms
  • High efficiency windows and HVAC equipment
  • Water loop heat pumps that condition the rooms
  • Dual-flush toilets in guest bathrooms
  • A green roof and outdoor space that contribute to a high ratio of open space to development footprint
  • Implementation of a Green Operations and Maintenance Plan to reduce toxins and chemicals introduced into the building after completion

In addition, the Hotel is implementing many of AGPOM’s Green Behavioral Plan for Hotels and Resorts.  The following provides an example of their commitment:

  • Reusable linen program for guests to reuse towels and linens during their stay
  • Relying on natural daylight in restaurants and common areas for as much of each day as possible
  • Keep window coverings closed in unoccupied guest rooms to combat extreme temps
  • Incandescent light bulbs have been replaced with CFLs
  • Recycling programs are used and encouraged
  • Purchases locally, when possible
  • Un-used and/or no longer used items are donated to charities

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Reducing and Managing Food Waste presented by ITP’s Green Hotelier

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Reducing and Managing Food Waste in Hotels presented by Green Hotelier

Join us for a complimentary webinar about Reducing and Managing Food Waste presented by AGPOM’s Partner International Tourism Partnership on September 24th.

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Every bit of food you throw away costs you and the environment.

According to UNEP, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. Additionally, according to the Food Waste Alliance, 68m tonnes of food waste are produced each year in the US, with around 39.7m tonnes going to landfill or incineration. One third of this is from full and quick service (QSR) restaurants. The saddest part is 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.

What’s the environmental issues cased by food waste?

  • When food rots it creates methane (CH4) which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide
  • Every time food is wasted, the water, energy, time, manpower, land, fertilizer, fuel, packaging and MONEY put into growing, preparing, storing, transporting, cooking the food is wasted.
  • If food waste was a country, it would be the world’s 3rd largest emitter of CO2

Reduced Waste = Reduced Expenses

By taking a few simple steps to waste less and recycle more, and by working out the cost of food waste to the business, hotels can reap financial as well as environmental benefits. Read more

Earth Day Special extended to 5/31 – Join AGPOM for only $55!

Tara Hughes May 28, 2015 Industry News No comments


Earth Day Membership Special

Join AGPOM only $55!

In honor of this year’s 45th annual Earth Day, we are offering $45 off AGPOM Annual Membership!


By joining, AGPOM members are able to:

This special offer is available for all new members that join between now and Sunday, May 31st!

Click here to fill out the membership form and start saving today!

AGPOM Sponsors Team for Earth Day Run

Tara Hughes April 21, 2015 Industry News No comments

AGPOM Sponsors Team for Earth Day Run – Saturday, April 18th

In support of this year’s upcoming Earth Day, AGPOM sponsored a team of participants from our partner, Fulcrum Insurance Programs​, for the local Earth Day Run. After the run a native sapling tree was given to each participant (to plant themselves or donate to the park to be planted). Additionally, for each finisher will have a mangrove tree planted in their name by the Mangrove Action Project. Mangroves are the number one carbon sequestering tree on the planet.

Investing in trees is one of the best investments you can make – did you know?

1. A single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants a year, and at the same time produce nearly 260
pounds of oxygen- enough to support two people.

2. Forests provide natural filtration and storage systems that process nearly two-thirds of the water supply
in the United States. Trees help filter water, help prevent soil erosion, moderate runoff during rain storms as well as increase groundwater aquifers.

3. Trees also reduce the greenhouse effect by shading our homes and office buildings. This reduces air conditioning needs up to 30%, thereby reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned to produce electricity. This combination of CO2 removal from the atmosphere, carbon storage in wood, and the cooling effect makes trees a very efficient tool in fighting the greenhouse effect.

4. Crunch the numbers: Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides
$62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and
controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.

5. A U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by
acting as a buffer and absorbing 50% of urban noise.

6. Mature tree’s can increase property value 5-15%.

View the benefits of trees article

The Earth Day Run event organizers were also accepting donations of used running shoes for the More Foundation which uses the proceeds from the sales to help people in Africa grow fruit trees, gardens and other projects. They also partnered with Arcadia Power so all the electricity that the event produced was off-set through purchased wind power. All end-of-race fruit was organic and waste was either recycled or composted.


Read more about this event on their website: