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From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

NAFEM Report: Suppliers Address Increasing Concerns About Water, Energy, Waste

ORLANDO, FLA.—More than 500 exhibitors were on hand at last week’s NAFEM Show, many of whom offered products to help foodservice operators reduce energy and water consumption and waste. The show, held every two years, was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It would be impossible to give every company a mention but here are some highlights of the products featured at the show that impact sustainability in one way or another: Carter-Hoffmann featured its microgreen and herb growing cabinets that allow one to grow herbs, microgreens and vegetables 365 days a year—in an environment free of...

Thirdhand Smoke a New Concern for Hotel Properties

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Federal News Service and the University of California at Riverside issued the following alert: “Do not smoke and do not allow yourself to be exposed to smoke, because secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke are just as deadly as firsthand smoke. While firsthand smoke refers to the smoke inhaled by a smoker and secondhand smoke to the exhaled smoke and other substances emanating from a burning cigarette that can get inhaled by others, thirdhand smoke is the secondhand smoke that gets left on the surfaces of objects, ages over time, and becomes progressively more toxic.” This...

Clearing Up Green Floor Pad Confusion

TOLEDO, OHIO—Most floor pads used for stripping, scrubbing, and burnishing are manufactured with polyester, derived from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels and petroleum byproducts. Furthermore, these are non-renewing sources, meaning these pads typically end up in landfills where they take years—even decades—to degrade. With the industry adopting green cleaning strategies and promoting sustainability, such traditional floor pads are losing their footing in the industry. However, according to Robb Bergen, Vice President of Marketing at Impact Products, the types of “green” floor pads that are replacing these traditional floor pads is raising some confusion. “There is confusion because not all environmentally responsible...

Five Myths About Mops & Mopping Floors

HAMILTON, OHIO—According to some estimates, we come into direct and indirect contact with floors as much as 50 times every day. If floors are contaminated, that contamination may now be on our fingers, and because we touch our faces about 16 times per day, the likelihood that these contaminants are now on our skin, in our nose, or in our eyes is high. We now know much more about the effectiveness of some traditional floor cleaning methods and technologies, especially as a result of Kaivac’s Stop The Mop Campaign. To clarify frequent concerns, the “Campaign” is releasing the five most common...

Warewasher Innovations Ensure Significant Water, Energy, Chemical Savings

NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this year, in September, Green Lodging News reported on a field study of rack and flight conveyor warewashers conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric Company Food Service Technology Center (FSTC). That study documented the energy and water savings and economic benefits of replacing an old inefficient warewasher with a new efficient or best-in-class warewasher. In this article Green Lodging News takes a look at what the leading suppliers of warewashers are currently offering and what makes their machines efficient from an energy, water and chemical perspective. Perhaps with no other water consuming machine in a hotel has there...

Kaivac Launches Stop the Mop Campaign

HAMILTON, OHIO—Kaivac, manufacturers of the No-Touch and Omniflex professional cleaning systems, announces the launch of the Stop the Mop campaign, an educational campaign to inform the public about the inferior cleaning of mops and the existence of healthier, more effective floor care methods. The website, StoptheMop.com, showcases Disgusting But True facts about mops and the contaminants they can spread. Along with the StoptheMop.com website, visitors can learn more about the campaign on Kaivac’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Most Still Use Mops “Our team at Kaivac has been developing innovative and effective floor care systems for almost 20 years,” said Kaivac V.P. of Marketing,...

Improving Your Bottom Line with Refrigeration Maintenance

Hotel venues of all types contain many plug-in refrigeration and freezer units (“coolers”).  Examples include plug-in refrigerators and freezers in kitchen/foodservice areas, vending machines, ice machines, beverage merchandisers, and the like. These appliances contain a condenser coil unit that is responsible for rejecting to the atmosphere the heat that is extracted from the enclosure being cooled. To do this job effectively, these coils need to have good airflow so that good heat transfer is achieved. Unfortunately, since the coils are exposed to the atmosphere, they become progressively clogged with dust and other debris over time (see photo at right...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2016

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2016. The report details the results of the first annual Green Lodging Survey conducted earlier this year and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from more than 2,000 hotels in 44 countries and covers topics ranging from air quality to energy management to staff involvement. The report includes results of more than 100 questions asked in 11 categories. Supporters of this year’s survey include The Arbor...

Bipolar Ionization Technology & Indoor Air Quality

It’s no secret that the concerns towards the indoor air we breathe are growing, and as a result, people are doing something about it. That’s great news, because according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. The EPA has also named indoor air quality as one of the top five health threats in the United States. So why the increased apprehension towards indoor air quality (IAQ)? The 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in New York City, which took 12 lives, was a wakeup call. But let’s look at evidence that affects...

CleanCore Aqueous Ozone Cleaning Solutions Now Green Seal Certified

OMAHA, NEB.—CleanCore Technologies LLC, which is emerging as one of the leading manufacturers of aqueous ozone cleaning systems in North America, announces that the solution generated from its two key products—the CleanCore CCT-Caddy and the CleanCore CCT 3.0 Fill Station—has been certified by Green Seal, one of the most respected green certification organizations in the country. The solution generated by these products was certified to Green Seal’s standard for Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use (GS-37), one of the most stringent environmental product certifications available. This standard identifies reduced life-cycle impacts of cleaning products. The CCT Caddy is a touch...