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May 21, 2008
May 21, 2008 5:00:00 AM
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Travel Weekly is reporting that the U.S. Green Building Council is starting to develop a hotel-specific LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) track. The article quotes a USGBC spokesman at the Hotel Design Expo in Las Vegas last week who said the organization is beginning to talk to hospitality industry leaders about creating LEED standards tailored to hotel needs: “Even though hotels are adopting LEED later than office buildings and other sectors, ultimately hotels could become a highly visible venue for LEED and for green buildings in general, [USGBC corporate/investment real estate manager Mark] Heisterkamp said. LEED hotels could have a significant educational impact because of hotels' highly visible exposure to vast numbers of consumers, he said, and provide ‘a powerful message we don't have in most other space types.’” This is great news: Travel can be an incredible way to introduce green concepts to a wider public. Many...
Eco-Travel Interview: Maho Bay founder expanding Trash to Treasure program
Last week I had the chance to talk with a truly inspirational figure in the eco-travel world. Stan Selengut can’t seem to help doing things big. After being a member of President Kennedy’s Office of Economic Opportunity and the owner of a large import company, he retired young at age 44. He thought he’d open a little destination on the Virgin Islands to ease his post-retirement doldrums. “That small inn grew to a really big business,” Stan laughs. Stan started Maho Bay on St. John in 1976 with 18 tent cottages; the eco-camp has been profitable from its first year. (Interesting, given the struggles today’s big companies are having turning green into $green$.) It’s become an example for sustainable destinations everywhere and has grown to 114 tent cottages, more deluxe studios, and another camp, Estate Concordia, up the coast. Today, Stan is hoping to turn another modest enterprise into a...
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