Get Educated On Green Hospitality

Get Educated On Green Hospitality

October 8, 2008

As we noted in our last blog entry, the number of green hospitality educational opportunities are multiplying like pasture-raised rabbits. I would suggest you select at least one to attend so you can learn from some of the pioneers who have blazed the trail.

Here are a few options:

First LEED Platinum Hotel

Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels announced that The Proximity Hotel and Print Works Bistro have been awarded LEED Platinum status by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings. Opened in late 2007, The Proximity is the first hotel and Print Works is the first restaurant to obtain the USGBC’s top level of certification. Kudos to Dennis Quaintance and his team!

Officials from the USGBC will present the LEED Platinum plaque to The Proximity and Print Works at a ceremony at the hotel on November 10. That same day, The Proximity will hold its second Sustainable Practices Symposium, a three-hour class and tour full of information about the property’s design and building process using the LEED criteria. There is no charge for attendance, but advance registration is required.

New Hampshire Sustainablity Hospitality Conference

Looking for ways to save money and the environment? The New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program invites you to the Sustainable Hospitality Conference on Wednesday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., hosted by the InnSeason Resort South Mountain& Village Shops in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Featuring luncheon speaker Rauni Kew of Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
“Make Greening Your Property Fun and Effective”

Conference break-out sessions include:

· Energy Efficiency & Conservation
· Alternative Energy Options in New Hampshire & USDA Funding Opportunities
· Lodging & Restaurant Panels on Greening Issues
· Getting Sustainability Going at Your Property
· Green Meetings & Conferences
· Developing Local Partnerships
· Green Interiors
· Composting Solutions for Hospitality
· New Hampshire’s Environmental Leadership Initiative
· New Hampshire’s Changing Climate & What We Can Do Right Here
· Evaluating Your Carbon Footprint

The conference will include breakfast & lunch buffets and afternoon coffee. Registration fees are as follows:

Early bird discount (register by October 14)
NHLRA Members             US$50
Non-NHLRA Members      US$65

Standard registration (after October 14)
NHLRA Members             US$75
Non-NHLRA Members      US$90

Register to attend

Contact Michelle Veasey with questions.

The Florida Green Lodging Conference
“Being Green, Saving Green & Making Green”

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida
November 10-12

Lauren McCain
UF/TREEO Center
Tel: (352) 392-9570 ext. 212
Fax: (352) 392-6910

Conference Co-Chair Carol Hinton
University of Florida TREEO Center

Welcome hoteliers, hotel management companies, tourism officials and vendors

VisitGainesville and The University of Florida TREEO Center are excited to offer the inaugural Florida Green Lodging Conference at one of the first designated green hotels in the state, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection is a leader in designating hotels as green with a goal-based program that tracks continuous improvement. With the terms “green” and “sustainable” being used every day to describe all kinds of consumer items and activities, visitors to Florida (more than 35 million annually) now have the opportunity to stay in hotels that employ environmentally friendly practices.

Whether you have a One Palm designation or you’re on the fast-growing applicant list to earn one, are you sure you are achieving green in the most cost and time efficient way?

Florida’s “going green” movement in the tourism industry exploded after Governor Crist mandated that all government offices/planners conduct meetings only at the designated Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Properties.

This conference will bring Florida’s hoteliers as well as tourism and environmental experts together to enlighten and inform the audience on going green, saving green and making green. Kick-start the steps to validate how and why investing in “going green” can ultimately generate room nights and revenue.

Learn leading-edge processes and procedures from successful designated green hoteliers and environmental experts.Receive the latest informational, educational, and promotional materials that support hoteliers and CVB staffs in conducting their own hard-hitting green hotel workshops. Talk one-on-one with hospitality experts on how to “go green.”

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