Green Lodging Trends Report

Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories.

Sponsors this past year included Cass Information Systems, Inc., reCollect2 and ClearWater Tech. Green Lodging Trends Report 2017 Supporters included the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Assn., Avendra, Boston Green Tourism, Green Seal, Brighton Management, Horwath HTL—Asia Pacific, Green Key, Travelife, Green Key Global and GreenOtels.

Survey participants have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are implementing, use information to improve and ultimately outperform their competitors, and highlight innovations to showcase to the world in the annual trends report.

Goals of the Green Lodging Trends Report:

  • Identify best practices in the industry that more hotels can benefit from
  • Discover innovative efforts by hotels that should be recognized and celebrated
  • Determine what is trending in hotel sustainability each year and over time
  • Increase awareness of the performance of individual facilities and the industry as a whole
  • Create a platform for discussion and spreading of innovation among hotels and their peers, suppliers and customers globally
  • Create a mechanism for tracking continuous improvement
  • Assist hotels in consolidating relevant sustainability information to provide customers

The Survey: Each year we devise a survey of about 100 questions covering the latest in operational practices, facility attributes, and outreach programs to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, increase guest experience, and make positive community impact. There is no cost to participate in the Green Lodging Survey. Hotels participate by responding to the survey via an online portal platform where work can be saved and answers easily can be updated for the next year’s survey.

The Trends Report: We analyze the results with general trends and highlight exemplary practices and innovations that stand out, serving as a guidepost for the industry and especially the survey participants.

The Benchmarking Report: We prepare a compare report, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a hotel to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe.

Distribution & Press: Participants and reach will stem from databases held by Green Lodging News, Greenview’s network, report partners, and a network of hotel companies, event organizers, destinations, and industry associations. The report will be promoted throughout the year on the Green Lodging News website (over 36,000 unique monthly visitors), in the Green Lodging News weekly e-newsletter, on the Greenview website, by survey partners and sponsors, through other hotel trade publications such as Green Hotelier, and through such well-known press release distribution services as Hotel-Online, Hotel News Resource, and Hospitality Net. Additionally, the results will be presented throughout the year at various industry conferences and round tables, and sent personally to corporate responsibility and sustainability executives at all major brands. The report will be pushed via e-mail to the more than 8,300 subscribers of Green Lodging News and to tens of thousands of additional hoteliers through media and other partners and sponsors. Participating hotels also will have an opportunity to receive recognition in the published report, press releases, and other external communications.

The survey for the Green Lodging Trends Report 2018 will launch in the second quarter of this year with the report publishing in the third quarter. Watch here for updates.

Interested in 2018 sponsorship or support Information? Contact:

Grace Kang
+65 9623 1876

About Green Lodging News:

Green Lodging News, a Hasek Communications L.L.C. publication, is the lodging industry’s leading environmental news source. Created in 2006, it consists of the Green Lodging News website (, weekly Monday e-newsletter and weekly Wednesday Green Supplier Spotlight e-blast that focuses on one supplier. The website currently attracts 28,000 to 32,000+ unique visitors, 175,000 total visits, and 500,000+ page views each month. The newsletter and Spotlight reach more than 5,000 opt-in subscribers. To subscribe to the newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight, go to, or e-mail to be added to the circulation list.

Publisher and Editor Glenn Hasek has more than 22 years of lodging industry experience—as a journalist, public relations consultant and publisher. He got his start in 1989 with what was then Hotel & Motel Management magazine. He worked there until 1996 and again with the publication from 2000 to 2001. Glenn Hasek has spoken and moderated at many industry events and has received numerous awards for his work.

About Greenview:

Greenview was founded in 2008 to play a pivotal role in advancing sustainability through increasing the prevalence of metrics, measurement and reporting, with the vision of catalyzing innovation and best practices. As a sustainability consultancy and research firm, Greenview specializes in advising the hospitality, meetings & events, travel, and tourism industries with leading insight. We work across the value chain of travel & tourism, and maintain our finger on the pulse of sustainability though the Greenview Portal, an online hotel tool to consolidate, track, measure and obtain actionable guidance on sustainability and power our trends research.

In addition to advising several leading global organizations, Greenview has helped launch several innovative industry initiatives including HCMI, the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study, the Hotel Footprinting Tool, the Green Venue Report, and the UNWTO’s sustainable cruise development strategies for South-East Asia. Learn more and access resources at

Eric Ricaurte, Principal
(202) 470-1094

About Our 2017 Sponsors:

Established in 1986, ClearWater Tech has served the global market as the leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of ozone generation equipment and related components to serve a wide range of water and air purification applications and markets.

The EcoTex name reflects the advanced laundry oxidation systems designed, engineered, manufactured, and distributed by ClearWater Tech, LLC. EcoTex systems enable commercial laundry professionals to replace expensive multi-step wash programs that use excessive chemicals and hot water with cold-water programs that use the power of ozone for disinfection and detergent activation. EcoTex reduces environmental impact, improves laundry quality, saves money, energy and detergent, while providing superior disinfection.

ClearWater Tech’s paramount role as an innovator and leader in the ozone industry is reflected in its core philosophy; excellence in design and product development, highly skilled applications engineering, quality manufacturing, followed by technical and service support. This strong design and development direction serves to keep ClearWater Tech connected with the latest technologies. Call (800) 262-0203, (805) 549-9724, e-mail, or go to

reCollect2 Company is creator of the reCollect2® in-room recycling receptacle. Designed with simplicity in mind, the reCollect2 offers a clean, cohesive and streamlined silhouette complementing today’s modern spaces. Each 3-piece set includes: a recycle bin, matching bin for non-recyclables and set-base for customized identification and function. Manufactured from recyclable plastic and responsibly made in Wisconsin, USA; the reCollect2 offers a stylized solution for hotel guestroom/in-office recycling that will help promote, encourage and reinforce your own organization’s sustainability message, practices and achievements. Contact: Ann Riphenburg, (262) 527-9375, Also go to:

Cass is a waste expense management provider (not a broker, not a hauler) that will help you control waste hauling costs and improve recycling efforts. Using our proprietary WasteVision™ and ExpenseSmart® technology platforms, we reduce your costs and make it easy to visualize your waste streams and expenses. We provide useful, accurate data on diversion rates, your waste service costs and savings obtained through our program. Our full solution includes: knowledge-based procurement, invoice auditing, service optimization recommendations and centralized support for vendor requests (we work with your vendors—so you don’t have to). Our web-accessible reporting includes service utilization metrics and costs by yardage, by hauler, by location, and region. Cass (Nasdaq: CASS) manages over $40 billion in client spend each year. Watch our videos and learn more about the value that we deliver at

About Our Supporters:

Green Key is a voluntary ecolabel for hotels, hostels, campsites, holiday parks, small accommodations as well as conference centers, attractions and restaurants. The Green Key award is based on compliance with strict criteria in the areas of environmental management (water, energy, waste, cleaning, etc.) and sustainability education (staff, guests, suppliers, etc.). Compliance with the criteria are confirmed through a rigorous application process and verified at on-site audits. The award is valid for one year at a time.

Currently, more than 2,500 establishments in 54 countries are awarded with the Green Key. The program is managed by the international charity, the Foundation for Environmental Education. Green Key is endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and recognised by Global Sustainable Tourism Council. E-mail for more information.

Horwath HTL—Asia Pacific is the regional arm of Crowe Horwath International’s Hotel, Tourism and Leisure Consulting Group. Since its establishment in 1987, Horwath HTL has been involved with thousands of projects throughout the region in all phases of the property lifecycle for clients ranging from individually held businesses to the world’s most prominent hotel companies, developers, lenders, investors and industrial corporations. Offices are currently located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland and Mumbai.

By combining resources from our offices in key cities throughout the Asia Pacific region and globally, when needed, we ensure clients receive a multi-skilled international perspective for their projects and benefit from our wide-reaching industry contacts. We are also supported by the Horwath HTL database.

Our services are grouped under three main areas: Planning & Development Services, Asset Management Services, and Transaction/Lender Services.

GreenOtels is a media platform with a vision to involve and engage the hospitality industry towards a greener consciousness by tracking trends via print and ezines, by holding meetings and conferences for ideation and dialogues with thought-leaders, enabling solutions through consultations, training tools, and proto type experiments as well as benchmarking and recognizing best practices through research and awards.

GreenOtels is a collaborative endeavor of professionals and promoters in hospitality as well as companies and individuals engaged in sustainable development to help make the big shift to a sustainable future and a zero waste based society. This will be made possible by developing a common understanding of ecological integrity and sustainability principles across varying brand cultures and size of operations in the hospitality industry in India.

Brighton Management is a leading hotel management company operating over 50 hotel properties, totaling over 10,000 rooms, across the United States. Brighton is an award-winning, preferred management company for major hotel brands such as Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Starwood, and Wyndham. Brighton specializes in hotel operations, revenue management, and commercial development. Since 2014, Brighton has been recognized by Southern California Edison and IHG for being an industry leader in hotel energy efficiency.

Travelife is an internationally recognized sustainability certification scheme. It has been developed by the travel industry for the travel industry. Travelife is the only certification scheme to work in partnership with tour operators like TUI, Thomas Cook, DER Touristik, Virgin Holidays, Flight Centre UK and Barrhead Travel and many others—including over 50 of their travel brands, all of whom promote the adoption of Travelife by their contracted accommodations. Travelife is a fair and affordable system that assists hotels and accommodations in showing that they are serious about sustainability. In order to achieve the Travelife Gold certification, hotels and accommodations must submit to an independent audit every two years and meet 163 criteria.

Travelife started with around 100 hotels; currently Travelife has 1,500 member hotels in over 55 countries with 800 gaining the Travelife Gold certification. Since Travelife’s inception in 2007 the certification has grown to be recognized and used by all major European tour operators. In addition, the scope of the Travelife certification has widened; the scheme was initially based on an environmental criterion. The scheme now encompasses aspects such as: labor conditions, community integration and guest engagement. Travelife Gold helps its members globally improve their environmental, social and economic impacts. Call +44 (0) 20 3693 0160, fax +44 (0) 203 117, e-mail, or go to

Green Key Global is a leading, international, GSTC recognized, environmental certification body whose suite of industry standard programs and resources has been designed specifically for the lodging and meetings industries. Our affordable programs, including the Green Key Eco-Rating and the Green Key Meetings Programs, help members leverage organizational CSR activities to support their property’s sustainable initiatives, improve overall fiscal performance and community relations. With member properties in over 20 countries and a notable mix of branded and independent members Green Key Global truly is the lodging industry’s certification program of choice.

Green Seal, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989, provides science-based standards and certifications that are credible, transparent, and essential in allowing manufacturers, purchasers, and consumers to make responsible choices that protect human health and the environment while positively impacting business.

Our leadership standard for Hotels and Lodging Properties, GS-33, focuses on waste minimization, energy conservation, fresh water resource management, wastewater management, pollution prevention, and environmentally sensitive purchasing. Certification is achievable for a wide range of properties—from national chains to boutique hotels—and the three-tiered system encourages gradual but steady improvement.

Learn more at and, or contact us at (202) 872-6400 to find out how we can help with your sustainability goals.

Boston Green Tourism (BGT) is a membership organization for Boston hotels. It also organizes green hospitality workshops across the United States, and advises hotels and companies that serve hotels. BGT helps hotels reduce energy, water and waste and toxins; choose greener transportation alternatives; identify greener food options; and attract more business based on their environmental performance. For Boston hotels, BGT organizes eight green hotel workshops a year, publishes a newsletter, provides a green hotel training program, helps hotels secure utility incentives and tax breaks and introduces hoteliers to qualified vendors​​. Contact Dan Ruben at (617) 527-7950 or

Formed in 2001, Avendra is North America’s leading procurement services provider serving the hospitality and lodging industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts leveraging over $4 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-depth purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain substantial savings on their purchases and other value added services to improve their operations and bottom line results. More than 7,000 hospitality businesses rely on Avendra’s procurement solutions to help meet their strategic business initiatives.

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) is a federation of 32 National Hotel & Tourism Associations, with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members. CHTA is the largest representative of the private sector in the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry. We are the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. For further information, visit