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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.

Virgin Hotels D.C. to Include Numerous Art Studios

I have posted about Virgin Hotels before—the Virgin Hotels Chicago earning LEED Gold, for example. The group of hotels has a sustainability policy which can be seen on its website. The company recently announced plans to open and operate a new hotel in Washington, D.C. Expected to open in fall 2019, the brand’s first Washington D.C. property will reside in the city’s emerging Union Market area. It will be managed by Virgin Hotels and developed by D.B. Lee Development & Construction and Brook Rose Development. Unique to the hotel is its accommodation of artists. The hotel will have its own artists-in-residence...

Global Destination Sustainability Index Releases Second City Ranking

The Global Destination Sustainability Index has released its second city ranking. The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative created to help destinations, convention bureaus, event planners and MICE suppliers drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry. The GDS-Index does this by measuring and comparing the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of participating destinations and by sharing best practices from around the world. A key element of the GDS-Index is to determine a destination's environmental performance. They do this by examining aspects like a destination’s air quality, their...

LEED Community Responds to Vandals with Positive Planting

In August I posted a blog item about my first visit to a LEED Platinum certified home. While not a lodging establishment, I thought I might pick up some valuable tips about green building. The name of the development is Mirabella and is in Bradenton, Fla. At the time of my visit there were 70 completed homes that had earned LEED Platinum, with 37 additional homes under construction and 53 lots remaining. I just read about Mirabella again this past week because of its Tree Planting Day. As it turns out, in late April and early May, vandals cut down...

From Bottles to Sand in Laguna Beach

Tomorrow I will be chatting with Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, Calif.) about his property’s many sustainability initiatives. In case you are not familiar with the property, it is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of lodges spanning 30 countries and six continents. According to National Geographic, “Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures.” What caught my eye in the public relations person’s pitch about the property is its use of a GLSand glass bottle crusher....

Focus of Two Recent Publications: Biophilic Design

Two recent publications on the topic of biophilic design are must-reads for architects, designers and others interested in sustainable design. Biophilic design is the practice of creating spaces that benefit both nature and humans. The first report, Human Spaces 2.0: Biophilic Design in Hospitality, was released recently by Interface in conjunction with Terrapin Bright Green. This new paper explores the biophilic design strategies used by hotels around the world to enhance guest experiences. It includes an investigation of pricing differentials for rooms with a view to nature and a discussion of the biophilic qualities of different properties and different...

Would You Welcome a Known Hate Group to Your Hotel?

What do you do when a known hate group wants to hold a meeting at your hotel? I recently received a press release from Muslim Advocates. The group describes itself on its website as a “national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.” One of its goals is to “counter anti-Muslim hate by challenging bigotry and hate crimes.” There is certainly nothing wrong with that. What Muslim Advocates was concerned about was a meeting at a Marriott hotel in Crystal City, Va. earlier this month....

‘Bend’ It But Don’t Break It

Asking guests to swear an oath before visiting a city seems like something from a medieval film, but it’s actually part of a new campaign launched this week by Visit Bend. The Bend Pledge is aimed at establishing a code of conduct for all people who spend time in Central Oregon. It’s a web-based initiative that asks potential visitors to abide by a code of conduct that includes items like, “I will make my own memories, but not my own trails,” and, “I will be a respectful guest in Bend’s indoor and outdoor spaces.” Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan explained the...

Why Your Portfolio Needs to Go Green

There’s a lot of good and bad advice out there, but the need to diversify your portfolio is non-negotiable. However, it’s not as simple these days to simply look at major markets and dip into them; the advent of technology and rising focus on environmentalism offers a challenge to those looking to make a wise investment. Scepticism remains, however, with personal and political doubts over climate change and faith in “classic” industries. This article will help you to get a handle on green financing. The Context The Paris agreement of 2016 has been the turning point for the world’s market. The demands of the...

New Book Highlights Biophilic Buildings

The Biophilia hypothesis, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica, is the “idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.” Biophilia has influenced architecture and design significantly in recent years and is highlighted in a new book by Amanda Sturgeon entitled, “Creating Biophilic Buildings.” Be sure to check it out. Amanda is CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), a leading organization that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. She is the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative...

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,...