Since most of the carbon emission as well as over 80% of ocean pollution is land based, there are several strategies that those concerned with sustainable tourism can implement to mitigate these concerns.
The twelve Blue Community strategies were developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World utilizing approaches that not only move tourism to sustainability, but are also proven to be cost effective.
Sustainable Tourism: An Opportunity for Implementing the UN Sustainable Development GoalsLast Updated on 2015-07-19 14:13:08This week, I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) as a guest of the UNWTO.
The HLPF on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. It provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments. It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The HLPF meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly and every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.
The meeting focused on the proposed 17 Sustainable Deveopment Goals (SDG's) that will replace the expiring... More »
Marriott International announces Water Conservation Results on World Water DayLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:16:43
Tatiana Rokou - 24 March 2015, 08:19
BETHESDA, MD. - On the eve of World Water Day, Marriott International announced that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 5.3 percent over 2013, and 16.3 percent compared to 2007.
Marriott is committed to working with its properties to identify projects and procedures to aid in water conservation. In 2007, the company set 2020 goals to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, as well as energy reductions of 20 percent across its managed portfolio of hotels worldwide, as part of a broader global sustainability strategy.
"We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results," said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. "Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the... More »
W Hotels Worldwide, will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company introduce the EKOCYCLE brand to W Hotel guest roomsLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:14:14
Tatiana Rokou - 15 April 2015, 09:13
NEW YORK - W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Companyto shake up the hotel industry, one guest room at a time. Together, they are bringing the EKOCYCLEbrand to W Hotel rooms around the world, changing sheets and changing minds.
W Hotels will soon begin re-making their beds with new EKOCYCLE branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic). Rolling out into W Hotels in North America first with global properties to follow, each king size sheet set utilizes approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles – which equates to more than 268,000 plastic bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America. The result is bedding that is as luxurious as it is... More »
Inovateus Solar and GE install off-grid solar system for CuisinArt ResortLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:09:11
Vicky Karantzavelou - 06 April 2015, 09:05
SOUTH BEND, IND. - Inovateus Solar announced that it has completed the installation of a 1.0-megawatt (MW) solar power generation plant for the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI, an island in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico.
The solar system uses a battery backup system to store energy. This provides an uninterruptible supply of energy to the Resort's Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant throughout the day to create potable water to the residents on the island, guests of the resort and irrigation water for the golf course.
The project has been designed to remain completely separate from the grid when needed, yet has the ability of reconnecting partial loads, to continue to desalinate water outside solar production hours. When the sun is down, the system depends on the local Utility, Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd.... More »
Twenty carbon neutral airports and even more engaged in addressing their carbon footprintsLast Updated on 2015-04-30 15:02:44
Vicky Karantzavelou - 27 March 2015, 10:32
BRUSSELS, HONG KONG, CASABLANCA, WASHINGTON DC and LIMA: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation today provided an update on its progress since going global in November 2014.
Following the global airport industry’s commitment to reduce its carbon emissions made 7 years ago, the intervening years since then have seen an ever-increasing number of airports apply for certification by Airport Carbon Accreditation.
The programme certifies airports at 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). It is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has already won praise from... More »
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