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Green Lodging Trends Report 2016

The Green Lodging survey report highlights and summarizes responses to 108 survey questions in these categories: Air Quality, Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Cleaning & Maintenance, Kitchen & Laundry, Communications, Staff Involvement, Community Involvement, Procurement, and Climate Action & Certification. Our report also takes a look at the most common green practices among respondents, what sustainability initiatives are trending, and what practices are most innovative.

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Green Venue Report 2016

The Green Venue Report is an industry wide initiative to understand collective impact, catalyze best practice, and stimulate competition around global convention & exhibition center sustainability. The report aims to give insight and content to best practices, with real data showing trends across the facets of event and venue sustainability. We encourage all venues to participate in the survey regardless of where they may be on their “sustainability journey.”

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The UFI Report on Best Practices in Sustainability

This first UFI report on best practices in sustainability showcases the winning and shortlisted entries for the awards including best sustainable development strategy, best innovative environmental initiative + best reporting on sustainability, best measurement tool for effective results, innovative cost-saving in the value chain and best actions to engage participants around sustainability.

Sustainable Tourism and the Visitor Economy

This report showcases how sustainability affects businesses beyond the traveler experience. Travel buyers are paying attention to this and starting their own programs or requests. Sustainability requests in business travel are more common. In MICE, the advent of sustainable events affords many new opportunities to engage.

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Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Tool 2016

This report presents the results of the third annual Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) study, an update to the CHSB2015 study, which was undertaken as a collaborative effort of the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research, Greenview, and an industry advisory group. This third study builds on the study’s framework and provides enhanced benchmarks—including a 40-percent increase in the global data set, and adding segmentation by global climate zone and by hotel type in the accompanying index. This year’s benchmarks include 4,557 properties located in 191 geographic categories. The tool offers improved benchmarks, especially for a property to chart its progress over time, or for travelers to calculate their own personal carbon offset.

Sustainability Data Trends Report for Asia Pacific

The report includes participation of over 1,400 hotels and serviced apartments across the region. More and more hotels today are monitoring their utility consumption and identifying opportunities to reduce associated costs. Not only do they understand how this relates to the bottom line, they are aware of their opportunity to reduce impacts. We are pleased to see significant uptake in common best practices as well as innovations in sustainability for hotel design, development, and operations.

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Sustainable Cruise Tourism Development Strategies – Tackling the Challenges in Itinerary Design in South-East Asia

This report presents a call to action at a critical juncture in South-East Asian development and seeks to spread awareness of sustainable development in cruise tourism, catalyze collaboration across the region and stimulate the strategic implementation of best practices and innovations. 

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Green Venue Report 2015

In this Second Annual Green Venue Survey and Report, the invitation for participation extended beyond North America to convention and exposition centers around the globe. The 2015 Green Venue Survey was an online survey comprised of 158 questions covering the topics of venue space, events, energy, waste, water, accessibility, food and beverage, staff involvement and communications. The questions are similar to those asked by sustainable event organizers and responsible property investors.

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Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Tool 2015

The hotel industry will be able to compare ranges of energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 is available from the CHR at no charge.”

The Environmental, Social, and Governance Reporting in Travel & Tourism: Trends, Outlook, and Guidance

Researched for the World Travel & Tourism Council, this full report introduces the concepts of ESG Reporting generally and then specifically for Travel & Tourism. It provides detail on the different reporting frameworks, guidance on what material issues should be considered to report on and a 12-step process on how to begin reporting.

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The State of Urban Bee Keeping in Hotels

Greenview conducted an industry-wide study to better understand the growing trend of hive hotels—urban beekeeping properties.  A survey of 55 hive hotels was conducted along with interviews with key general managers and apiarists. Through tracking industry trends that shed light on sustainability issues, the hospitality industry can not only better understand how trends become best practices, but also how meaningful change occurs across an industry.

Green Venue Report 2014

Greenview and Twirl Management released the Green Venue Report 2014: The State of Convention Center Sustainability. Compiling the results of a comprehensive survey completed by 16 major convention centers across North America, this report sheds light into the current trends, best practices, innovations, and impacts of convention centers and large venues in their role of venues for sustainable events. Participating venues – from major convention cities including Orlando, San Francisco, New York, and Las Vegas – received a comparative benchmarking report of their performance and practices, and the aggregate results are presented in this innovative, first annual study. The 2014 report is available for download free of charge at

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2015 Event Innovation Survey

Meetings and events are an art, requiring continuous advancement to create experiences that effectively connect people, businesses and ideas to drive progress. Challenging the status quo and driving continuous innovation are founding principles for HIP Network and Greenview, both committed to being a resource for planners and suppliers when it comes to planning tomorrow’s events.

We undertook this survey to help understand what today’s planners consider innovative. We have seen pockets of innovation sprouting up worldwide across thousands of meetings, and wanted to help spread this progressive spirit. We also wanted to explore the perceptions between what is considered “green” in relation to what is considered innovative.

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Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Tool 2014

This document presents the results of the first Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (HSB) study of hotel carbon and energy data from the 2012 calendar year, providing industry-wide benefits. By developing industry benchmarks, a more thorough understanding of attributes affecting energy usage and carbon emissions can be advanced. Lessons learned can be applied to both internal and external stakeholder audiences with the end goal of reducing the environmental impact of hotel operations.

Hospitality Sustainability Reporting: Slow, Steady Progress

The hospitality industry continues to make steady progress in its quest to find ways to document its many sustainability initiatives, but the target is a moving one, and additional issues arise each step of the way. Participants in the 2012 Cornell Sustainability Roundtable addressed current issues in reporting, benchmarking, the supply chain, and customer sustainability perceptions, as well as innovations in green operations.

Determining Materiality in Hotel Carbon Footprinting

In response to stakeholder and customer requests, hotel companies are developing mechanisms to communicate to guests their “carbon footprint,” or the quantifiable environmental impact of their operations. The industry is seeking common guidance on how calculations can be performed uniformly. A new report from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) supports this issue by analyzing the materiality of two carbon sources, fugitive coolant emissions and the use of fuels for hotel-owned vehicles.

The Hospitality Industry Confronts the Global Challenge of Sustainability

Proceedings from the third annual Cornell roundtable on sustainability, which addressed the hospitality industry’s continuing effort to define and measure sustainability, in connection with the increased interest in sustainability on the part of guests and other stakeholders.

Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure

This report presents a conceptual framework for developing sustainability performance indicators to address present stakeholder requests, as well as others that may arise

Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have collaborated to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impacts by agreeing on a standardized methodology and metrics.