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good business Carbon Conscience Airline and hotel companies are taking actions to lessen their carbon footprints-one step at a time. Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club Fairmont Waterfront Garden D id you know that the typical conference attendee produces more than four pounds of waste and nearly 400 pounds of CO2 emissions a day? Those statistics, compiled by green meetings consultancy MeetGreen, are based on data collected for more than 60 client events since 2007. When you look at the impact of the estimated 1.8 million meetings, trade shows, and conventions are held annually in United States-not to mention around the globe-the statistics are sobering. Several hotel and airline companies are leading the way in reducing their carbon footprints, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts among them. It achieved its World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers Program target last year when it became the first hotel brand to reduce its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels. (The WWF program was created to encourage companies in all industries to develop practical, cost-effective strategies that reduce emissions of CO2 and achieve energy efficiency.) Fairmont also implemented a green procurement policy and supplier code of conduct; educated and encouraged its top suppliers to follow these policies, and updated its design and construction standards to reflect Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Following the introduction of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) standard across the industry in 2012, which Intercontinental Hotels Group played a leading role in developing, IHG added a carbon calculator to its Green Engage system. This online sustainability tool measures energy, carbon, water and waste; uses actual data to provide customized environmental performance benchmarking, and feeds sustainability information about IHG's hotels to clients. IHG works closely with 20 | carbon footprint specialists to get an up-to-date picture of its carbon usage from data gathered from 2,939 hotels worldwide. In a program called "A Greener Stay," guests staying at Holiday Inn hotels in the Americas for more than one night can opt out of housekeeping services in return for additional points from IHG Rewards Club, IHG's hotel loyalty program. Last fall, Wyndham Hotel Group announced that it had achieved a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions-6 years ahead of schedule. The reduction is equivalent to saving more than 14 million gallons of gasoline. The company's newly announced goal is to reduce energy and water by 25 percent by 2025. United Airlines launched the Eco-Skies CarbonChoice program for corporate clients last fall. Participating companies receive customized, enterprise-level carbon emissions reports based on actual flight data, and can purchase carbon offsets for their group air. Qantas' Fly Carbon Neutral program is the largest airline program in the world and has offset more than 1.8 million tons of Picture caption carbon emissions-the equivalent of 1.8 million Olympic swimming pools of pollution, or the emissions from 390,000 passenger vehicles. Offset projects include the conservation of precious Tasmanian native forest; the distribution of healthier, fuel-efficient cooking stoves to Cambodian families; and the protection of virgin tropical rainforest in Papua New Guinea.-Barbara Scofidio;;;; 5 Resources for Your Green Meeting Reports on the carbon footprints of 793,497 hotels worldwide. The CarbonNeutral Company: Specializes in finding highquality carbon-offset projects that will deliver guaranteed emission reductions and benefits to communities, biodiversity and local infrastructure. Carbonfund: A nonprofit organization that provides carbon offsetting and greenhouse gas reduction options. TerraPass: Carbon offsetter offers a free carbon calculator that includes a section for tracking the carbon footprint of events. Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI): Addresses inconsistencies in hotel companies' approaches to reducing their carbon footprint, while developing a standard way to communicate the concept.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2016

Planner’s Pick: Milwaukee
Fresh Meets: Marriott’s Big Plans for 2016
Bureau Buzz: Quebec City Business Destination
Good Business: Carbon Conscience
Sea Shores: New Luxury Cruise Options Debut
The New VIP
On Location: Miami Beach Visionary Summit
On Location: South Africa
On Location: Branson
On Location: Alberta
On Location: Atlantis Paradise Island
Checkout: Hilton West Palm Beach

Prevue May/June 2016