• LEED Applications Take Off As Program Becomes Accepted Green Standard

    When first launching Green Lodging News a little more than a year ago, there were just two lodging properties in the United States that had received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—the Marriott-managed University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center, Adelphi, Md., and the Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville, Ga. Since then, three other U.S. properties have obtained LEED certification. Given that... >> Read the Full Article
  • Former President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild Conference

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech of the opening plenary of Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, to be held Nov. 7-9, 2007, in Chicago, says the U.S. Green Building Council. >> Read the Full Article
  • Fireproofing homes dramatically reduces spread of forest fires, scientists find

    Why do some forest fires spread rapidly over large areas, destroying and damaging many homes, while others are contained with minimal damage? New research shows a major factor is whether homes are fireproofed — not just yours, but those of your neighbors as well. “There is actually more flammable material in a house per square yard than in a forest,” said Michael Ghil, UCLA distinguished professor of climate dynamics and geosciences and co-author of the research, which will be... >> Read the Full Article
  • Norway Unveils "First Ecological Prison"

    BASTOEY, Norway - Norway put on show on Monday what it calls "the world's first ecological prison," where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment. The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint. >> Read the Full Article
  • High-End Furniture Line Goes Green Across Entire Product Line

    ATLANTA—Decca Hospitality Furnishings announced that it will convert its entire product line of high-end and custom furnishings to new, environmentally conscious green standards by the end of this year. This action reflects a corporate culture at Decca that is mindful of the environment across its business practices, while underscoring the need for all companies to be good stewards of our environment. >> Read the Full Article
  • "Made in China" Label Takes a Beating After Series of Product Scares

    EDITORIAL - It would not be fair to all of the good manufacturers in China to go into panic mode—compact fluorescents, as well as many other good products, are produced there—but the “Made in China” label is causing a lot of concern here in the United States. Almost every day there is a report about a new product recall. That’s what happens when there are insufficient safety regulations. Last week, Gilchrist & Soames, which supplies high-end toiletries to hotels, recalled its brand... >> Read the Full Article
  • Green Certification Now Available For Minnesota Homes

    MINNEAPOLIS - Remodeling projects and new homes in Minnesota can now achieve "green" certification through a new voluntary program called Minnesota GreenStar: Certified Green Homes and Remodeling. >> Read the Full Article
  • Greening Pennsylvania - $154 Million For Green Projects

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is giving $154 million dollars to green projects in the state. THe projects will help maintain and protect Pennsylvania's environment and open space, preserve farmland, protect watersheds, reclaim abandoned mines, remediate acid mine drainage and invest in other environmental initiatives. The money will go to 415 projects across the commonwealth for the second year. It is all part of Pennsylvania's pioneering Growing Greener II initiative, a state project.... >> Read the Full Article
  • Napa Valley Hotel and Spa Completes Rooftop Solar Project

    AMERICAN CANYON, CALIFORNIA — Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa—the United States’ first and only LEED Gold-certified hotel—has commissioned a 36-kilowatt solar project that produces electricity to help run the hotel. The system is projected to meet approximately 12 percent of the hotel’s annual energy needs and contributed two points toward the hotel’s LEED Gold certification. >> Read the Full Article
  • Global Survey Shows "Green" Construction Costs Dramatically Lower Than Believed

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reports that "green" costs are overestimated by 300%. Key players in real estate and construction misjudge the costs and benefits of "green" buildings, creating a major barrier to more energy efficiency in the building sector. >> Read the Full Article