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Tuesday 06th August 2013

Tuesday 06th August 2013 CH forges a strategic alliance with EarthCheck, our CO2 busting webinar looms ever large and could we soon be paying our fares on public transport with plastic bottles?

Considerate Hoteliers establishes strategic partnership with EarthCheck We are delighted to announce the coming together of Earth Check and Considerate Hoteliers – to the common benefit of all concerned. Earth Check is already a prominent player on the global stage having established itself as a premier sustainability accreditation organization. More information on this new initiative can be found in the Knowledge Hub section of the CH website Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global and the EarthCheck Program stated, “The business alliance with Considerate Hoteliers Limited reinforces EarthCheck ’s commitment to delivering the highest level of services to its members. “Considerate Hoteliers has a long history of working with hotel us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=dde11f98e5ce03d93968ee089&id=c2a555087e

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operators in the United Kingdom to support them with business development and advice on effective operational systems and processes including sustainability and CSR. This alliance is between two market leaders, who both recognise the need for performance based outcomes which can be unpinned by practical, scientific metrics.” Continuing, he says, “Considerate Hoteliers will offer specific in-mark et expertise through allowing UK EarthCheck members to access their highly-credible Green Source Guide, which provides information and advice on purchasing eco-friendly, industry-specific products and services. EarthCheck is also look ing forward to offering Considerate Hoteliers members access to resources, case studies and fact sheets on how to reduce operating costs, improve operational efficiency, reduce risk exposure, and deliver carbon and compliance,” stated Mr Moore. CH’s Executive Director John Firrell MIH strongly supported Stephen Moore’s comments, adding, “By presenting a joined up and coordinated approach to the global market on sustainability CH and EarthCheck are able to meet the needs of hoteliers and accommodation providers wherever they are. We are delighted to partner EarthCheck in this new robust alliance.”

Last Call - The Next CH Webinar looms ever large – Have you signed up yet? To register your interest please click on this LINK and follow the instructions. Most of us would like to leave some positive and well meaning evidence of our existence on planet Earth. However, in our next webinar on Thursday 8th August at 3pm (BST) we explore how to lessen that evidence via the removal of carbon footprints. We will learn about the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initative (HCMI): an approved methodology and a common approach to measuring the carbon footprint of a hotel stay or meeting and how to engage and encourage guests to make sustainable choices during their stay and ultimately reduce their energy consumption. You can listen from anywhere in the world. To register your interest please click on this LINK and follow the instructions.

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As a member you are entitled to exclusive access to the Member’s Area of the CH website – as you would expect. Within the Member’s Area exists the Knowledge Hub, a cornucopia of information and wisdom created mainly from your good selves. In order to gain access, you need to register your details and create a password. If you have yet to do so, and have not done so, you may do so now by following this link.

Register Free to Attend the Independent Hotel Show Visitor registration is now live for the Independent Hotel Show (30th & 31st October 2013), the UK’s only business event for the independent, luxury and boutique hotel sector. Returning to Olympia’s West Hall, the show promises to surpass the incredible success of its launch year with almost double the number of exhibitors, an additional seminar theatre and an array of new design projects. Over 300 of the finest suppliers, service providers and experts to the hotel industry will be on hand to present the latest trends, training opportunities and ideas across categories including interior design, technology & software, audio & entertainment and health & wellness. A programme of free-toattend business sessions will also return, offering up presentations, Q&A discussions and head-to-head interviews with some of the industry’s leading experts. The show aims to be a one-stop-shop, connecting the highest quality suppliers with independent, luxury and boutique hotel decision makers from across the UK. Register free to attend at www.independenthotelshow.co.uk

Afternoon tea has become an enormous revenue stream for UK hotels For experience-led luxury hotels, Lalani & Co in conjunction with the CH is holding a briefing, workshop and tasting which will cover the latest developments, gastronomic creativity and sustainable discussions happening in the tea world. The workshop aims to help luxury hotels to innovate and differentiate their guest experience in a competitive market. The event is targeted at ambitious, forward looking GMs and F&B managers, although us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=dde11f98e5ce03d93968ee089&id=c2a555087e

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colleagues are very welcome to attend in their stead. It will take place in London in September at a time and place to be confirmed in the coming weeks. To register your interest please get in touch with Una Harcinovic una.harcinovic@consideratehoteliers.com

Participation in global supply chain survey ITP has teamed up with Greenview to create a common framework for the hotel industry to discuss and approach the issues around hotel supply chains. There is a significant gap in the available body of knowledge regarding mapping hotel supply chains. No commonly accepted nomenclature or framework exists upon which a sustainability lens could be placed or a Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) framework could be built – so we are asking hoteliers to help us in developing this. We are inviting hotel managers and their purchasing department to provide some insight into their practices, issues, and awareness of supply chain issues by contributing to our online survey. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes, in addition to reviewing and preparing the questions which can be found here. There is no need to submit any data, and the survey results will be kept confidential. For more information, contact ITP’s Head of Programmes, Fran Hughes.

Be a Considerate Buddy This initiative is gathering pace and we now have several members willing and wishing to develop a relationship (isn’t that what they always say!). Somewhere out there is a lonely Considerate Member who would love to have a considerate friend. It needs to be a special sustaining friendship where ideas will be shared, exchange visits arranged and new thoughts considered. Much can be gained from such a relationship both for those involved and for the common good. us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=dde11f98e5ce03d93968ee089&id=c2a555087e

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Don’t be a Considerate No-Mates; reach out the hand of friendship – who knows where it will lead?

New York goes green on Times Square ECOFEST 2013 – New York’s favourite free environmental festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Times Square! ECOFEST features green exhibits promoting sustainable lifestyle choices. From the EcoFashion Show, alternative fuel vehicles display, children’s recycling olympics to the fabulous food and music; Ecofest is fun for everybody. August 25th, 2013 – Sunday – 10am to 6pm Broadway & 45th to 47th Streets

Farming on crisis? The media coverage of Greece has not been very positive, showing images of protests, reports of rising levels of unemployment and poverty. But the economic crisis has led to unemployed people finding work by returning to the land. In an award winning series of videoblogs from Pavlos Georgiadis, he explores a ‘southern’ perspective of agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy. Asking questions about the challenges faced by young farmers in Greece today, the effect of the economic crisis on the food security of Greece and what impact it has on the environment and the landscape. Pavlos combines beautiful images of the Greek countryside and showcases some of the incredible produce it has to offer. Born and raised in Alexandroupoli, Greece, Pavlos Georgiadis is the founder of the Convivium Slow Food Thrace , Greece Coordinator of the Slow Food Youth Network and European Outreach Coordinator of nourish9billion. Read more

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Waitrose have bought The Good Food Guide from Which. If you aspire to be included in the guide or perhaps already are then now might be the time to change your grocer – only joking! As an aside, and given that Waitrose already supports local producers and the Prince of Wales’s Countryside Fund amongst many things this could well be a good thing for good restaurants – we will see.

Ticket to Oxford Circus? That will be 2 plastic bottles please! Needless to say this idea started in China and is being pioneered within their subway system. Beijing’s subway line 10 has introduced reverse vending machines which allow travellers to offset their transit costs by recycling. Recycling for a reward? The manufacturer of the machines, Incom, says it’s easy. Insert a plastic bottle, wait twenty seconds until the bottle is crushed to a third of its original size. Donors will then receive between five fen to one jiao on their commuter passes for each empty bottle. The machine is still at a trial stage. One passenger, Liu Jing, a teacher at Sihuili Kindergarten, said, “It’s handy. There should be more machines like it.” But her experience of working with children means she sees room for improvement. Liu Jing said, “If there was another opening in the lower half of the machine for children, it would be better. We should encourage environmental activities among children.” Incom has mapped out an ambitious plan. Liu Xuesong, deputy general manager of Incom, said, “We plan to install 3,000 such machines across the city. They’ll expand to other subway lines, schools, residential areas, bus stops and shopping malls.”

Tweet and Save Face Like all good people these days we have a presence on Twitter and Facebook and if you wish to impart news and information this may well be the medium in which to do it. By sharing your news, questions, answers and general all round good eggism visit the CH website home page and join the fun.

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contributing whatever and whenever they can. Many thanks. Aide Memoir – Add CH to press release distribution. Don’t forget to share this with your colleagues – please! John Firrell jfirrell@consideratehoteliers.com

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