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The motivation for any business to reduce its environmental footprint has changed over the past decades. What was once a demonstration of forward thinking — a way for a business to show it cared about the planet — has become a necessary part of operations and ingrained in a business’s values. Staff expect it and so do your guests. Of course, energy efficiency plays a big...

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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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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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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 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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One of the easiest and fastest ways to make sustainable changes to your business, whether you are hosting or attending the events, is through your travel and event practices. There is no large capital expenditure, the planet doesn't need to be retrofitted - smart planning and green procurement is all that is needed.   We've all seen the news and heard the dire reports for our future,...

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A COLLABORATIVE NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON INNOVATION AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF TOURISM TO CANADA’S SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. Join peers and stakeholders in the tourism industry in Victoria, BC on January 19-22, 2020 for the third annual IMPACT Conference: a national discussion on the industry’s impact on Canada’s economic, social, environmental and cultural fabric. IMPACT's goal is to align the Canadian tourism industry, as well as stakeholders and communities touched by tourism,...

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Hotels have been greening their operations for years now, and practices such as installing energy-saving features and reducing water consumption are increasingly commonplace. To build an even greener future, hotels are taking a deeper dive into sustainability by making bolder commitments to energy, water and waste reduction; getting more involved in local communities; and looking at technology’s role in reducing environmental impacts. Read the 2018 Green...

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