Hospitality group devising 'green' purchasing standards

Led by Los Angeles–based sustainability consulting company MindClick SGM, a number of hospitality industry members have launched the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium.

The consortium’s primary goal is to “work collaboratively for the ‘greening’ of the furniture, fixture and equipment supply chain for hotels,” according to a news release.

The group says its first goal is to devise a Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, which will assess the sustainability of hospitality industry suppliers, setting the standard for sustainable purchasing and creating a database of supplier performance in areas such as corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

In addition to MindClick, founding members of the consortium include Audit Logistics, Benjamin West, Delta Faucet Co., Innvision, InterfaceFLOR, Marriott International, PE International Inc., RTKL, SERA Architects and Valley Forge Fabrics.

“Marriott has a 20–year commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Dave Lippert, vice president of architecture and construction procurement for Bethesda, Md.–based Marriott. “Our membership in this group will help us meet our aggressive goals to continue to reduce our global footprint.”

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