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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Publisher's Point of View

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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

More Scientists Backing Idea of the ‘Sixth Extinction’

Is the lodging industry contributing to the “Sixth Extinction”? It is a very important question to consider. Several years ago, Elizabeth Colbert wrote a book entitled, “The Sixth Extinction” that proposed we are headed for the first mankind-induced cataclysm—the first five mass extinctions being natural. This past week an article was published in Science Advances to remind us again of the situation our planet faces. The article, entitled, “Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction,” has six authors, one of whom is Paul Ehrlich. In the 1960s, Ehrlich wrote “The Population Bomb,” a book that predicted the...

Keeping Staff Involved, Celebrating Successes

The results of the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report survey are beginning to come in. I will be writing the report along with Greenview in the coming weeks. Be sure to watch for the final version in September. One of the things that has always intrigued me about sustainability in hotels is how hoteliers keep staff interested. In this year’s survey we asked hoteliers what their greatest challenges are around staff involvement. We also asked hoteliers how they celebrate their successes for moving their property toward greater efficiency. I will share a few of the responses from our survey...

More Hotels Plugging in to Tesla Destination Charging

I vacationed this past week in my home state of Ohio and had an opportunity to chat with a friend who drives a Tesla. He and his wife were among the first to buy a hybrid Toyota Prius 13 years ago. I asked him how he likes his electric car and he just went on and on about it. He has taken long trips with it and experienced no problems. With just one moving part—the motor—electric vehicles are very reliable and certainly a threat to businesses used to profiting from the repair of gas-powered vehicles. Eventually they will have...

Another Year Gone By, Another Anniversary to Celebrate

This month (July) marks the 11th anniversary of Green Lodging News. As we enter our 12th publishing year, I have to thank the thousands of Green Lodging News readers for their ongoing support over the years. I also owe many thanks to the hundreds of suppliers that have supported Green Lodging News and that continue to support this publication. Be sure to give them your business and tell them you found them here. Last fall we launched a new version of our website and that has made a big difference in readership. Prior to the launch it was a rare...

Transition to Greener, Cleaner Alternatives to Toxic Chafing Dish Fuel Gel

Dumping toxic waste. That is what most of our industry has been doing for years with partially used cans of chafing dish fuel gel. I wrote about the problem two and one-half years ago. According to industry experts, that is still happening. Most chafing dish fuel gels found today are made from corn-based ethanol, methanol and other additives to help the product burn hotter. Methanol is added to make it too toxic for consumption. Fuel gel using methanol and other additives is considered hazardous waste and should be treated as such. Methanol gel is poisonous and contains dioxin and...

Carnival Paradise—a Floating Hotel with Many Sustainability Challenges

The floor kept moving throughout the journey yet I never required Dramamine. That was an accomplishment for me. I took my first cruise a couple of weeks ago on Carnival Paradise. It was for five nights and included departure from Tampa, Fla. and visits to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. I really enjoyed the trip. No offense to my five-year-old, but it was a treat to drop him off at Camp Carnival and go read a book or see a show with my wife. We all got to do what we really wanted to do. I have often wondered about...

Entrepreneur Eyes Untapped Market—Underwater Hotel Travelers

I have slept under the stars before…but under water? As written in my article posted this past week, it may soon be possible to sleep in an underwater hotel. Tony Webb, Founder and Managing Director of Planet Ocean Underwater Hotels, LLC, has invested a lot of time developing his Planet Ocean Underwater Hotels. His goal is to have as many as 15 of the 12-room luxury boutique properties open in the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Location number one would be in the waters off Cuba. One purpose of the business venture is...

Home Stretch for Participation in Green Lodging Trends Report

We are in the home stretch for the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report survey. It will close on June 15. If you have not yet participated in the survey, please be sure to do so. Also be sure to spread the word to your colleagues. Hundreds of hoteliers already have participated. Click here to access the survey! There are numerous benefits to participating: Get a free compare report! Find out where your property is aligned with the best practices and where it is behind with peers locally and globally. Discover new innovative practices that hotels are implementing. Use information...

Clean the World Getting Bigger is Good for Us All

I really don’t think I will ever look at a bar of soap the same again, or a plastic amenity bottle. Much of that has to do with Clean the World and all of the incredible work it has done the last eight years repurposing those items—ultimately saving lives. I spoke with Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO of the Orlando, Fla.-based nonprofit this past week and he gave me an update on the progress of Clean the World and all of the innovative work it is doing. (See my article.) Many of you send your partially used soap and amenities...

Extending the Life of Furniture Has Many Benefits

Extending the life of your furniture assets can have a significant positive impact on your bottom line and the environment as well. Just ask Bob Stephens, owner of Northern Lights Restoration, Spencer, N.Y., and Mario Insenga, owner of The Refinishing Touch, Alpharetta, Ga. Together, the two have been restoring furniture and other woodwork for a total of 65 years (40 for Mario, 25 for Bob). It is hard to imagine the volume of furniture they have kept out of landfills. I spoke with Bob and Mario for an article I posted on Green Lodging News this past week. Bob’s company...