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Green Key Global, North America’s leading international environmental certification body. For every new membership, Green Key Global will plant one tree.   “Working with One Tree Planted is a great fit for Green Key Global,” said Green Key Global’s Rebecca Bartlett-Jones, Manager of Business Development. “Sustainability is at the core of our business model, and while we make a tremendous impact by supporting improved environmental performance for...

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Renewable Energy for Hotels     Many hotel owners and managers are looking for ways to make smart and practical changes to their business that will reduce emissions over time and result in greater guest comfort, cost savings, or resilience to changing weather.     Renewable energy, such as solar, biofuel and geothermal, can be a great investment with strong returns and many co-benefits. As more carbon tax regimes come into play, the cost of...

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Choosing Sustainable Hotels   What does it mean to be a sustainable hotel? Climate action, protecting natural ecosystems and creating a more equitable future are among the top opportunities of our decade. Travel has a significant impact on all three of these areas and the whole industry is undergoing a paradigm shift fueled by better data to drive better business and consumer decisions. Through responsible travel, we can...

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The pandemic continues to impact the way we live—lockdowns, border closures and travel restrictions have been introduced in many parts of the world—leaving the hotel sector as one of the hardest-hit industries.   According to research conducted by McKinsey & Company, the hotel sector’s recovery to pre-pandemic could take until 2023 or even later. But this public health crisis is by no means the only challenge of...

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Environmental stewardship is a topic on many managers’ minds these days. Consumers are becoming more conscious of who they are supporting with many basing their choice on environmental standards. Looking beyond the dollar value of being sustainable in practice, committing to sustainability shows a commitment to the community your business operates in, as a long-term investment in the health and betterment of your neighbours. Having...

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Green Key Global, the hotel and lodging industry’s sustainable certification program of choice, has partnered with business travel technology company Tripkicks to enable business travelers to reduce their impact on the environment. Tripkicks is an add-on to SAP Concur, and provides travelers with insights and guidance as they book their trip, so they can make the best decisions. With studies showing that 85% of global...

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Green Key Global is pleased to share the following update from Green Key Vendor, Soap for Hope:   Imagine to our surprise at Soap for Hope YYC, when a 45 ft-chartered Brewster bus pulls up out front of our warehouse and is stuffed full front to back and all below compartments, stacked with hundreds and hundreds of washed sanitized Donated Hotel pillows! That is exactly what happened...

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Green Key Global is pleased to announce that the Hyatt Ottawa-West, managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts will be one of the first newly built hotels in the world to open their doors with a 5 Key Eco-Rating.   With the planned opening in May 2021, the new 140 room hotel exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility throughout all areas of operations. The hotel...

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Travelling is one of the best ways to learn. It allows us to immerse ourselves in new environments, practice other languages, and see new cultures and histories.   However, a Nature study shows that annual tourism equals over 8 percent of the world’s carbon footprint and is growing every year. Another study says 76 percent of people said that company CEOs should “lead on the environment rather than waiting for...

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