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Cutting GHGs by 25% Among Carnival’s New 2020 Sustainability Goals
Cutting GHGs by 25% Among Carnival’s New 2020 Sustainability Goals

NEW METRICS - After meeting its initial goal a year ahead of schedule, Carnival Corporation has renewed its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from its 2005 baseline by 2020, according to a recent announcement of the travel and leisure company’s 2020 sustainability goals.As part of the effort, the company and its 10 global brands have developed strategic energy reduction and conservation initiatives, many of which exceed current laws and regulations.

MGM Resorts International Issues Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report
MGM Resorts International Issues Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - Report chronicles the company's gains in Diversity, Philanthropy and Sustainability among employees and communities  Las Vegas, Sept. 8, 2015 – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) employee volunteers build a house from the ground-up, and hand over the keys to an elated single mother and her children. Tens of millions of dollars are spent conducting business with minority- and women-owned enterprises, supporting the company’s strategic objectives and commitment to diversity. MGM Resorts and NRG Renew partner to install one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar arrays at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, stretching a massive 20 acres. 

Caesars Citizenship: Committed to the Community
Caesars Citizenship: Committed to the Community

PRESS RELEASE - The Caesars Entertainment Code of Commitment states that we have a commitment to our communities to help make them more vibrant places to live and work. We encourage all of our employees to volunteer in civic and charitable causes. A Caesars Entertainment HERO Star is a service-driven team member who goes above and beyond in giving back to their community. This quarter we recognized Brenda Heiselt, Mesa Grill Team and Adam Web for their dedication to bringing Caesars’ Code of Commitment to life and awarded them with $500 to donate to a charity of their choice. Learn more about Caesars' HERO Star program: http://bit.ly/1HC6Nly

Carnival to Build Cruise Industry's First LNG-Powered Ships
Carnival to Build Cruise Industry's First LNG-Powered Ships

CLEANTECH - Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest travel and leisure company, announced Monday it has signed a multibillion-dollar contract with German shipyard Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. The four new ships will also be the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) — the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel.The company said two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Additional information about the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, will be made available at a later date.

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Calling All ‘Voluntourists’: Carnival Launches New Social Impact Travel Brand
Calling All ‘Voluntourists’: Carnival Launches New Social Impact Travel Brand

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Carnival Corporation has launched a new brand that enables customers to choose “social impact travel” for their next getaway. Carnival says fathomTM will partner with community organizations in destination cities, offering travelers the opportunity to work alongside locals for social causes.Starting in April 2016, fathom will lead 7-day voyages during which passengers can choose from a range of social impact activities according to their passions, skills and interests. The new brand appeals to a growing segment of consumers who desire the ability to positively impact others’ lives, according to Tara Russell, who will serve as President of fathom and as Global Impact Lead for Carnival Corporation.

Criteria That Positively Affect the ROI of Sustainable Tourism
Criteria That Positively Affect the ROI of Sustainable Tourism

NEW METRICS - Ireland has made positive strides in sustainable tourism in the last decade, including the development of a globally recognized tourism eco-certification program and the Wild Atlantic Way touring route filled with agritourism food trails, naturalist-guided adventure activities and environmentally conscious boutique hotels.

Hilton, WWF Partner to Improve Sustainability in Hospitality Industry
Hilton, WWF Partner to Improve Sustainability in Hospitality Industry

COLLABORATION - Hilton Worldwide today announced an initial three-year commitment with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to reduce its impact on the environment.

Trending: Plastic Hotel Sheets and a Dress Made from Beer … the Latest in Sustainable Textiles
Trending: Plastic Hotel Sheets and a Dress Made from Beer … the Latest in Sustainable Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This week, W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, became the latest company to jump on the plastic-waste-to-fabric train when it announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Company, to bring the EKOCYCLE™ brand to W Hotel rooms around the world.

’10 Million Better’ Campaign Rallying Travel, Tourism Industries Around Protecting Destinations, Communities
’10 Million Better’ Campaign Rallying Travel, Tourism Industries Around Protecting Destinations, Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - At the World Travel & Tourism Council 2015 Global Summit in Madrid today, Sustainable Travel International (STI) unveiled an industry-wide campaign, entitled “10 Million Better,” to monitor and scale up social and environmental benefits from travel and tourism.The 10-year initiative convenes leading tourism corporations, organizations and destinations around the globe with the goal of tracking and demonstrating improvements in the lives of at least 10 million people and their families by 2025. Improvements to be monitored include growth of income and opportunity, and better protection of destinations’ natural, cultural and heritage sites.

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Hilton Cuts Cages and Crates From Global Food Supply Chain
Hilton Cuts Cages and Crates From Global Food Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Hilton Worldwide has announced that it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs in its global food supply chain.The announcement was made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal protection organization.

Caesars Rallies Vegas Competitors to Help 'Clean the World'
Caesars Rallies Vegas Competitors to Help 'Clean the World'

WASTE NOT - “Sustainability” isn’t something most of us associate with Las Vegas. However, as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, the Las Vegas Strip presents a host of opportunities for tackling the rampant waste created by the industry.

Carnival Corporation Cuts CO2 Emissions by 20%
Carnival Corporation Cuts CO2 Emissions by 20%

NEW METRICS - Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company, has reduced its carbon emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent one year ahead of schedule, according to the company’s new sustainability report.

Hilton Worldwide Reduces Waste by 27% in 5 Years
Hilton Worldwide Reduces Waste by 27% in 5 Years

WASTE NOT - Hilton Worldwide has reduced its waste output by 26.8 percent, energy use by 13.6 percent, carbon output by 20.2 percent and water use by 13.1 percent since 2009, according to the company’s 2013-2014 corporate responsibility report, released today.The report is Hilton Worldwide’s third corporate responsibility report, and its first since returning to public markets following an initial public offering in December 2013. The report highlights efforts, achievements and priorities across the four focus areas of Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainability.

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Caesars Helping 'Grown-Ups to Play Responsibly' by Playing Responsibly, Itself
Caesars Helping 'Grown-Ups to Play Responsibly' by Playing Responsibly, Itself

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Caesars Entertainment’s fifth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, "Serious Play," highlights the gaming resort chain’s progress in areas including Responsible Gaming, Employee Development, Environmental Stewardship and Community Investment Performance. The report details the company's societal and environmental impacts in 2013, highlights its corporate citizenship efforts in action, and elaborates on how Caesars is fulfilling its mission of inspiring grown-ups to play responsibly.

Saatchi & Saatchi S Diversifies Roster of Clients with Five New Irresistible Brands
Saatchi & Saatchi S Diversifies Roster of Clients with Five New Irresistible Brands

PRESS RELEASE - Saatchi & Saatchi S Diversifies Roster of Clients with Five New Irresistible Brands Caesars Entertainment, Jackson Family Wines, Efficiency Exchange, Roominate and I:CO Partner with Award-Winning Sustainability Consultancy  

Caesars Entertainment First to Sign On to EPA's WaterSense H2Otel Challenge
Caesars Entertainment First to Sign On to EPA's WaterSense H2Otel Challenge

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge to encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change.

Caesars Reports Strides in Energy & Waste Reductions, Commitment to 'Vibrant Communities'
Caesars Reports Strides in Energy & Waste Reductions, Commitment to 'Vibrant Communities'

MARKETING AND COMMS - In 2012, Caesars Entertainment Corporation achieved a total savings of roughly 750 million kWh since its benchmark year in 2007, representing an 8.5 percent absolute reduction in electricity and gas. The savings equal enough energy to power a community of more than 30,000 during this period. Additional details of the company’s efforts and commitment to enhance the environment, employee well-being, guest experience and economic development are available in Caesars’ fourth CSR and Sustainability Report, Vibrant Communities, released today.

Marriott Pledges to Create Sustainable Development, Jobs as It Grows in Emerging Markets
Marriott Pledges to Create Sustainable Development, Jobs as It Grows in Emerging Markets

MARKETING AND COMMS - Marriott International recently released its 2013 Sustainability Report update, which claims the company reduced global water usage by 12 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5 percent in 2012.The international hotel chain also says it is looking to move beyond its current global footprint of more than 3,800 hotels in over 70 countries and focus on providing sustainable economic activity and local employment. In coming years, more than half of its new hotels will be located in emerging markets, where tourism is a major driver of new jobs and economic development.

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council Initiative Promotes Careers in Sustainable Tourism
Global Sustainable Tourism Council Initiative Promotes Careers in Sustainable Tourism

COLLABORATION - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) has announced a partnership with the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP) to launch an industry philanthropic initiative aimed at promoting sustainable tourism development and educating secondary school students on career opportunities in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools across 11 countries.As part of the agreement, GSTC will endorse GTTP curricular materials and GSTC members will have an opportunity to mentor GTTP students about sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry. GTTP will endorse the mission of the GSTC and reference its Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria in GTTP curricular materials.

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