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Sustainable Interior Design
As consumers become more environmentally and socially aware about the choices they make so hoteliers are responding by creating eco-aware hotel interiors that they hope will attract a new generation of responsible guests As well as meeting customer demand, the move to low-impact interiors reflects...
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The Sustainable Bathroom
Introduction to more sustainable bathrooms: Bathrooms make up a significant proportion of a hotel’s total water and energy consumption. According to the American Water Works Association, for example, a US hotel’s average water consumption is between 382 to 787 litres (84 to 173 UK gallons)...
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What is a Green Meeting
A “green” or sustainable meeting “is one designed, organised and implemented in a way that minimises negative environmental impacts and leaves a positive impact for the host community”, says the Green Meeting Guide, published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) A sustainable event should:...
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Green IT
Why the need for Green IT? We’re all familiar with the need to be sustainable in the way we work and operate our businesses. Reducing energy, emissions and waste are concepts that have been around for many years, but one area that is often overlooked...
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Engaging Employees
Getting started: Why engage your employees? According to a recent survey from Brighter Planet, which works with organisations to help reduce their carbon footprint, 86% of respondents said they were not engaged by their employers on sustainability, even though the same number said it was...
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Sustainability in the Kitchen – Food & Drink
A growing population puts increasing pressure on the Earth’s finite resources. Sustainability is about finding ways of providing food that will last for future generations and have less of an impact on the environment Eating according to the seasons has for many people been largely...
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Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen
Commercial kitchens are high energy users, consuming roughly 2.5 times more energy per square foot than any other commercial space, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Of that, as little as 40% is used in the preparation and storage of food, says the...
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Waste Management
Why reduce waste? It is increasingly difficult and expensive to dispose of waste A hotel guest generates about 1kg (2lb) of waste per night, more than half of it in paper, plastic and cardboard. In addition to negative environmental impact, as landfill capacity diminishes, so...
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Water Management and Conservation
Why the need to conserve water? Most water (97%) is in the oceans, which cover 71% of the Earth's surface. Three per cent is freshwater, two-thirds of which is tied up as ice in glaciers and at the poles. This leaves approximately 1% as freshwater...
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