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June 15, 2016 – Présentation de l’Association des hôtels du Canada/Clé Verte à la Conférence de Montréal du Forum économique international des Amériques

Ottawa, ON – L’Association des hôtels du Canada/Clé Verte fera une présentation à la Conférence de Montréal du Forum économique international des Amériques (FÉIA), le mardi 14 juin, parallèlement à d’autres conférenciers canadiens éminents, dont l’honorable Bill Morneau, ministre des Finances, l’honorable Marc Garneau, ministre des Transports, et Paul Demarais jr, président du conseil et co-chef de la direction, Power Corporation du Canada.

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June 2, 2016 – Green Key Global and Clean the World Announce US Partnership to Promote Hotel Soap Recycling

Ottawa, ON – Green Key Global and Clean the World, two leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR), today announced an expanded partnership that promotes soap recycling to hotels in the United States. After a successful partnership launch in Canada in 2015, Green Key Global is bringing the program south and encouraging members in the U.S. to collect and recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities that will help fight the spread of preventable diseases.

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May 24, 2016 – Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview Announce Partnership To Advance Green Tourism

Oakville, Canada – Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview, three leaders in hospitality sector environmental stewardship, today announced a triple partnership that will encourage hoteliers across Canada and beyond to join forces in meaningful sustainability. The partnership will enable property owners and managers to fund important conservation projects, measure their progress, and be a part of a shared environmental legacy of nature and beauty.

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April 11, 2016 – Green Key Global program recognized by the GSTC – A new guarantee of reliability for Transat-certified hotels

Montreal, April 11, 2016 – With Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program, which is favoured by hotel establishments in North America, just recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Transat is pleased to announce that all of the hotel certification programs it promotes now comply with GSTC criteria, the global benchmark for sustainable tourism. Transat’s customers can now be secure in the knowledge that, whichever eco-friendly hotel they choose, it conforms to the highest social and environmental responsibility standards.

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April 11, 2016 – Reconnaissance du Programme de Clé verte de Green Key Global par le GSTC – Un nouveau gage de fiabilité pour les hôtels certifiés de Transat

Montréal, le 11 avril 2016 – Alors que le Programme de Clé verte de Green Key Global, qui a la faveur des établissements hôteliers d’Amérique du Nord, vient tout juste d’être reconnu par le Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Transat est heureuse d’annoncer que toutes les certifications hôtelières dont elle fait la promotion respectent les critères du GSTC, la référence mondiale en tourisme durable. Les clients de Transat ont ainsi l’assurance que tous les hôtels écoresponsables qu’ils choisissent respectent des normes strictes en matière de responsabilité sociale et environnementale.

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February 25, 2016 – Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program Achieves GSTC-Recognition

GK_FL_EN_FCFebruary 25, 2016 – The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program has achieved ‘GSTC-Recognized’ status. The awarded status affirms Green Key Global’s commitment to promote sustainable tourism products and services.

Green Key Global’s Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize lodging facilities committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable. In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with education and guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions, and operating costs. Additional recommendations and toolkits are included for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.

GSTC-Recognized means that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC Accreditation Panel in order to be deemed equivalent to the GSTC Criteria. Additionally, an organization that meets GSTC requirements must administer the standard. The purpose of the GSTC programs is to recognize and reward genuine practitioners of sustainable tourism, which in turn builds confidence and credibility with consumers.

“Congratulations to Green Key Global for joining the ranks of sustainable certification bodies that display their adherence to the global baseline standards that are the GSTC Criteria. Their certificate holders can proudly proclaim that their certification relates to a broad definition of sustainability and is in accord with globally-recognized standards,” says GSTC CEO Randy Durband.

“The achievement of GSTC-Recognized status for the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is an exciting new chapter in our brand’s history,” said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. “For more than twenty years we have worked to educate and support the global lodging industry on its sustainability path and this accolade further highlights the integrity the Green Key program brings to this mission. Adoption of the GSTC Criteria into our program will enable our members to explore a broader definition of sustainability; one that strives to cultivate the interconnectedness of the environment with culture, community, and beyond.”

To date, 24 standards have achieved GSTC-Recognized status. The completion of these step-wise programs rewards standard owners for their commitment to sustainability while offering the market benefit of proof that these national standards adhere to international norms.

The GSTC will continue to work with organizations around the world to provide GSTC Recognition, Approval & Accreditation of standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. GSTC-Recognized standard owners are encouraged to complete the Approved or Accreditation process in order to showcase excellence in their sustainability frameworks while further distinguishing their standards and processes amongst other certification programs.

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About the GSTC

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism efforts around the world. The GSTC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that works to expand understanding of and access to sustainable tourism practices; helps identify and generate markets for sustainable tourism; and educates about and advocates for a set of universal principles, as defined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. The Criteria, a set of voluntary principles that provide a framework for the sustainability of tourism businesses across the globe, is the cornerstone of our initiative. For more information, visit

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About Green Key Global

Green Key Global is a leading international environmental certification body with over 2,000 members offering a suite of sustainability programs designed specifically for the lodging industry. For more than 20 years its flagship program, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has been evaluating, inspecting and certifying lodging properties based on their commitment to sustainable operations. In support of this, Green Key Global also works diligently to educate members on the value these initiatives have on an environmental, social and economic level. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program and its sister program, the Green Key Meetings Program, are affordable, comprehensive audits enabling members to leverage organizational CSR activities in support of enhanced sustainable initiatives, community relations and fiscal performance. For more information, visit

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POIPU, KAUAI, Hawaii – January 4, 2016 – In 2015 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa invested over $300,000 to convert one of their tennis courts into a hydroponic garden to grow lettuce for the resort’s restaurants and events. The 4,000 sq. ft. former tennis court, now farm, produced its first crop in January 2015 and is now consistently producing over 300 pounds per week of the seven types of lettuces grown. Named Kawailoa Farm, the moniker pays homage to the resort’s owner who envisions a sustainable future for the resort.

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February 9, 2016 – ChargePoint Rolls Out EV Marketing Program

The newest program from ChargePoint, ChargePoint Places, connects participating businesses to the largest community of electric vehicle (EV) drivers and provides EV drivers access to exclusive offers from destinations that offer charging. ChargePoint Places in a unique and innovative program where companies in hospitality can increase their sales by promoting special offers and experiences to ChargePoint’s extensive community of EV drivers.

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