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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.

Amenity Companies as Agents of Change

One of the trends I am seeing in our industry is the increasing importance of amenity companies as agents of positive change. I will be writing about this in a feature article in the next few weeks. At last month’s HX: The Hotel Experience show in New York I spoke with a representative of LATHER about the company’s new baobab & shea collection—amenities that include extracts from Africa’s baobab and shea trees. The harvesting of both of these crops promotes the well-being of women and their communities in Africa. I recently interviewed the founder of Health 2 Humanity about...

Our Green Lodging Survey—Growing Because of You

This past week was an exciting one for Green Lodging News with the release of the Green Lodging Trends Report 2016. (If you have not yet seen the report, click here to download it.) The report is the culmination of more than a year of work on the first annual Green Lodging Survey and includes summaries of the results of the survey. Green Lodging News teamed up with Greenview to produce the survey and report. I owe a big thank you to Greenview’s Eric Ricaurte and Grace Kang for their work on the project. The project could not have...

Living Planet Report: Sobering News About the State of Our Planet

One of the most important reports to come along in years was recently published by WWF (World Wildlife Fund). I strongly encourage you to read it. Living Planet Report 2016 will be shocking to those who have not kept up with the pace of the degradation of our planet’s natural systems and wildlife. It truly is shocking what has happened in the last almost 50 years. Wildlife populations have shown a concerning decline, on average by 58 percent since 1970. The decline is likely to reach 67 percent by the end of the decade. “We are entering a new era...

Many Green Products to Choose From at HX, BDNY

If you are planning to implement or beef up a sustainability program, attending a trade show geared toward hospitality products can be one of the wisest things you can do. I attended HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) this past week and was overwhelmed by the number of green products and services available to hoteliers—most of which can lead to not only environmental savings but financial savings as well. Granted, HX: The Hotel Experience is quite small in size compared to what it once was as the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. Yet, there was a...

AHLA Survey Gauges Progress, or Lack Thereof, in Sustainable Operations

The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA) this past week released the results of its biennial Lodging Survey. The survey was conducted by industry data provider STR and funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. I always look forward to reading the results of this survey because of the size of the survey’s audience and its response rate. This year’s survey had more than 8,000 responses. More than 45,000 U.S. properties were approached to complete the survey. The survey is not perfect; it could use some improvement, but it is among the best we have. There were many...

Welcome to Our New Website!

I am very excited to announce the launch of our new website at www.greenlodgingnews.com. Have you seen it? The site is the culmination of more than 10 years of work and includes almost 9,000 articles. It will take a bit of getting used to if you were used to the old website. First, all of the links that previously were on the left side of the website have been moved under topic areas in the main navigation bar. Drop-down menus will take you to departments ranging from Energy Management to News Blog to Vendor Videos. The Events calendar includes...

Where Do You Stand on the Paper Versus Cloth Napkin Debate?

When you have kids, you go through a lot of paper. My son, who is now five and in kindergarten, recently had a cold for more than two weeks. We had to put the Kleenex box on top of the refrigerator to stop him from using so many. He uses toilet paper like it is going out of style. And, the way he goes through napkins, you would think he had the mouth of a Saint Bernard. I thought of my son this past week while writing my article on the paper versus cloth napkin debate. What are your thoughts...

New Website, Results of Two Major Surveys Coming Soon

Within the next month there will be a number of significant announcements—two of which involve Green Lodging News. First, I have been working hard on a redesign of the Green Lodging News website. I compare it to moving from one country to another as almost 9,000 files have been moved to a new software platform. The website will look significantly different and certainly more updated from a design standpoint compared to the current site. The new site should be ready to for launch in the next few weeks. Watch for it! Speaking of my current site and the new site,...

Clean the World CEO: Hilton’s New Commitment a ‘Game Changer’

Hilton’s decision this past week to make discarded soap and amenity recycling a brand standard among its All Suites brands is a “game changer” for Clean the World, the organization doing the repurposing/recycling, according to Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO of the Orlando, Fla. based nonprofit. Hilton’s decision is significant in several ways. It is the first major hotel company to make soap and amenity recycling a brand standard. Second, the commitment that includes Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will elevate Hilton’s participation to 1,370 hotels. According to Maxime Verstraete, Vice President,...

Just One Month Remains Before Annual HX, BDNY Shows

Just one month remains before this November’s annual HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). I posted an article about the shows this past week. HX will take place from November 13 to 15 and BDNY from November 13 to 14 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. I strongly encourage you to attend. Together, the trade shows will feature approximately 1,000 companies. Many of those suppliers will feature products and technologies to help you dramatically reduce waste, improve profitability, and conserve water and energy. I have been...