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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Select Few Hotel Companies in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

LONDON—S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), one of the world’s leading index providers, and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing (SI), recently announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Launched in 1999, the DJSI World represents the gold standard for corporate sustainability and is the first global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies based on RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially material Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors and S&P DJI’s robust index methodology. Every year, RobecoSAM assesses the world’s largest companies via its Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), which uses a consistent,...

Wynn Boston Harbor Being Built with Climate Change in Mind

Wynn Boston Harbor is well on its way to its eventual opening in the summer of 2019. The $2.4 billion five-star global destination gaming resort will feature 671 hotel rooms, a spa, retail, dining, and ballroom and meeting spaces. It will generate more than 4,000 construction jobs and 10 million labor hours. It is the largest single-phase development in Massachusett’s history. Wynn is spending $30 million to clean up a former chemical plant site that had been inaccessible to the public for more than 100 years. No public funds are being used for the cleanup. Wynn chose Charter Contracting...

Waiting for Irma & Getting Nervous

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Caribbean, Florida and probably other part of the United States, this Green Lodging News editor is getting just a little nervous. My office is based in Odessa, just north of Tampa. I have lived in Ohio most of my life, have gone through some pretty serious storms but nothing like a category 5 hurricane. Everyone knows how important tourism is to Florida. In the first six months of this year, the state welcomed 60 million visitors—a state record. Irma could so some major damage to Florida tourism, its hotels and its many...

Survey Says: Many Still Fail to Communicate Their Green Stories

Next month will see the release of the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report. I wrote 13 articles for this year’s report—survey results in categories ranging from Air Quality to Water Conservation. Be sure to watch for this year’s free report. Being a communicator myself, I am always interested in how hoteliers communicate their sustainability initiatives to their guests and employees. While there are many who do a great job at it, there are many—for whatever reason—who keep their green story a secret. For this year’s report we asked, “Does the property have space on its website dedicated to sharing...

Some Highlights from Caesars’ ‘People Planet Play’ Report

In case you missed it, Caesars Entertainment Corp. just released its 2017 Citizenship Report. The report, entitled “People Planet Play,” which covers 2016 and select content from the first half of 2017, details Caesars’ sustained progress and leadership across its many corporate social responsibility initiatives. There were many things that stood out as exemplary in the report. First, in terms of progress over the long term, Caesars coordinated the following: -23 percent energy reduction per air-conditioned square foot since 2007; -35 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction per air-conditioned square foot since 2007; -19 percent water use reduction per air-conditioned square foot since 2008; and 43 percent of...

My First Visit to a LEED Platinum Certified Home

BRADENTON, FLA.—Can the hotel building community learn green lessons from the residential building community? Of course. If you get a chance to visit a green home community, do it. This past weekend my family and I stopped by Mirabella in Bradenton, Fla. USGBC just awarded the owners of the 70 completed and occupied Mirabella homes LEED Platinum, the highest LEED designation. Mirabella currently has 37 homes under construction with 53 lots remaining, with plans to have those 90 properties also earn the same level of certification. What I noticed first when entering the model home was how quiet it was. Extra...

Human Trafficking Addressed in Upcoming Trends Report

I am in the middle of writing the articles for the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report. Be sure to look for the final report in September. This year’s survey for the report has produced some interesting data. For example, for the first time we asked if hoteliers have a formal action plan in place to address human trafficking at their property. Fifty percent said they did. Human trafficking and slavery are increasingly being addressed by the hotel industry. Did you know that the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), in partnership with Marriott International, ECPAT-USA, and the Polaris Project, is now offering...

Expedia Joins TripAdvisor in Closely Monitoring Animal Attractions

There are many animal activist groups and they are having a significant impact on what is available or not available through the world’s largest booking sites. Last fall, TripAdvisor announced its commitment to launch a set of industry-leading actions, including changes to its policy on selling tickets to animal attractions, and the launch of a new education portal to help inform travelers about the standards of care for wild, captive, and endangered species in tourism and their interactions with tourists, and their impact on wildlife conservation. TripAdvisor and its Viator brand have discontinued selling tickets for specific tourism experiences...

Greenbuild, HX, BDNY Highlight November Trade Show Month

With 2017 past the half-way point it is time to begin thinking about the fall trade show season. The busiest month will be November when the HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York trade shows will take place November 12 to 13 at the Javits Center in New York. I am working on putting together a sustainability panel for HX. Be sure to watch for more details soon. About 400 exhibitors are expected at HX, many of whom will be selling products to help you reduce your hotel’s environmental footprint. At BDNY, expect at least several sustainability-focused...

Hotels Maximizing Buzz Surrounding August 21 Solar Eclipse

Would you build a marketing program around an event that is going to last just one minute and 24 seconds? That is what many Marriott hotels are doing for August 21, the date of the first solar eclipse that has traveled the path of the continental United States since 1918. At The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, the Solar Eclipse Package includes: overnight guestroom accommodations for two, breakfast buffet for two in The Café and complimentary valet parking. Exclusively added to this package are two disposable Solar Eclipse Glasses, Special Edition Solar Eclipse Patch from Homestead National Park, Special Edition...