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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

Home Publisher's Point of View
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.

Much to Talk About After Exciting HX, BDNY Shows

This past week’s HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) was a busy one from a news standpoint. Be sure to read the articles about the change in show ownership, the release of the results of a set of projects demonstrating innovative strategies aimed at reducing food waste, and my coverage of some of the latest green product innovations. In case you missed it, HX and BDNY are now both under complete ownership of Hospitality Management Group, a division of ST Media Group. ST Media Group publishes Boutique Design and other publications. My take is that this...

Clorox Facing Class Action Suit for Alleged False ‘Green’ Ingredient Claims

For years now I have been purchasing a product from the Green Works line of cleaning products made by the Clorox Co. At the top of the bottle it says, “original fresh”. Below “green works” on the main part of the label are the words “naturally derived”. The bottle is almost entirely green, includes a leaf at the top and the yellow petals of a flower at the bottom. Key to the product is that it “contains no bleach”. Have you tried this product at home or at your hotel? In recent months Clorox Co. was hit by a consumer...

Getting Geared Up for New York’s HX, BDNY

Almost every year since 1989 I have attended what is now known as the HX: The Hotel Experience trade show at the LEED Silver Javits Center in New York City. Now in its eighth year, Boutique Design New York (BDNY) will be held adjacent to HX. In recent years BDNY has outgrown HX but HX has remained a very relevant show, especially when it comes to sustainability and green products. Together, HX and BDNY will feature about 1,000 exhibits. This year I have two connections to HX. First, I will be moderating a panel discussion on Monday, November 13 from...

My First Visit to a LEED Platinum Hotel—Syracuse’s Hotel Skyler

Thanks to an invitation from Hilton I had an opportunity to visit and stay at one of the world’s first LEED Platinum hotels this past week—the Hotel Skyler Syracuse (N.Y.). The 58-room property is Hilton’s first member of its Tapestry Collection by Hilton. For those of you not familiar with the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, it is the company’s 14th brand and, according to Hilton, a “portfolio of original upscale hotels that caters to guests seeking reliability and value in their independent hotel choices. Each hotel maintains its individual spirit, backed by the reassurance of the Hilton name and...

Cleaning System, Microgreen Growing Catch My Attention at Florida Show

I attended the recent Florida Restaurant & Lodging Expo in Orlando. There were about 450 suppliers there. The event has got to be one of the largest state-level hospitality trade shows in the country. Be sure to read my article about the event. Before I continue about the trade show, allow me to backtrack more than five years to when Best Western rolled out its “I Care Clean” program. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it involved the use of UV wands and black lights in the cleaning of guestrooms and common areas. The UV wands...

Many Good Reasons to Make Towels Part of Your Green Story

I just posted my promised article on towels—one that includes information on what seven suppliers are doing to make the towels you purchase more eco-friendly. Several other suppliers were contacted but did not reply. Please be sure to read the article. Your choice of towels can have a significant—or less significant—impact on the environment. There is no perfect towel but many of the ones mentioned in my article can help you reduce energy, water and chemical consumption while extending towel life and enriching the guest experience. As you evaluate your towel purchase, keep in mind there are many factors that...

My Search for the Most Cost-Effective, Sustainable Towel

Can your choice of towels significantly impact the carbon footprint of your lodging establishment? That is what I am currently trying to find out in my research on “green” or “greener” towels. I am chatting with suppliers who sell towels that require less wash time, fewer chemicals and that dry faster and last longer. Of course I am curious to know if any of you have experimented with such towels. Send me an e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com. I would love to learn about your experiences. I have written about towels before. The growing of cotton requires a lot of water and...

Blowing Up the Myth About Ozone Laundry System Cost

As part of this year’s Green Lodging Trends Report, Greenview and Green Lodging News asked hoteliers if an ozone laundry system is in place for laundry operations. Seven percent said yes; 6 percent said they plan to get such a system. In the survey for the report we also asked the following question: “If you considered an ozone laundry system but then later decided against it, what was the biggest obstacle(s) to its implementation?” They all said cost. That common answer struck a nerve because I have written about ozone systems before and know that the return on investment...

Green Lodging Trends Report Revisited: Part Two

As reported on Green Lodging News last week, Greenview and Green Lodging News just released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. Many of you may have taken a look at the report already. If you have not already done so, you can access it here. Not included for the most part in the Trends Report were replies to open-ended questions and other comments. I would like to share some of them with you here. Q: How do you celebrate your successes for moving your property toward greater efficiency? Please describe. A: Every year celebration for rewarding the most efficient employees. A: Inform...

Second Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Released

I am excited to announce the publication of the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report—the result of a collaboration between Greenview and Green Lodging News. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. Be sure to read this 56-page report and share it with your colleagues! 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...