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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.

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...

HD Expo Delivered Long List of Companies Focused on Sustainability

I attended Hospitality Design Expo (HD Expo) earlier this month in Las Vegas. I attend the show every year and this year it seemed to be so much larger. You just about needed to hail a cab to get from one end of the show floor to the other. There were more than 800 exhibitors, more than 10,000 attendees, and 275,000 square feet of show floor space. As usual, I walked the show floor looking for new green products and technologies. I described some of them in the article I posted this past week on Green Lodging News. With any...

Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel & Spa Makes Giant Cuts to Material Waste Flow

I have spoken to a lot of sustainability leaders over the years about their properties’ waste management successes. This week I will be featuring St. Julien Hotel & Spa on the Green Lodging News website—a 201-room, luxury property with one of the most impressive waste management success stories to tell.  Be sure to watch for the article. I spoke with James P. Farrell, the hotel’s Sustainability Coordinator, and he told me that in 2007 the Boulder, Colo. property disposed of almost 700,000 pounds of materials. Over the last decade that number has been axed to 400,000 pounds annually thanks to...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Go ‘Live’ with Trends Report Survey

I am excited to report that Green Lodging News and Greenview have just launched the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. The Survey will remain open through June 15. There is no cost to participate and there are many benefits, including a free compare report that will allow you to see where your property is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among peers locally and worldwide. You can also discover new innovative practices worth implementing, and use information to improve and ultimately outperform your competitors. Your survey input...

More Than Ever, Solar Makes Sense for U.S. Hotel Industry

Green Lodging News’ list of Solar Powered hotels in its Renewable Energy All Stars section grew by yet another this past week with the announcement of the completion of a 269 kW photovoltaic system at the Ramada Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. The installation is projected to produce 426,000 kWh of power annually. The electricity generated by the system is expected to power at least 70 percent of the hotel’s 175 guestrooms, public lighting and three EV charging stations. The clean energy produced by the system is expected to equal a reduction of 8,727 tons of CO2 over 25 years or...

Sustainability Still Takes Back Seat to Customer Service

May it be a lesson for all of us: Customer service still comes first. You may have the greenest brand, the most robust sustainability program, and offset every bit of your environmental impact. All of that will not matter in the least if an associate or associates on your team slip up and make a critical mistake that results in injury, death, or scalded reputation. I am sure you all saw the video of the United Airlines passenger—a doctor—forcibly removed from a plane this past week. United Airlines needed the seat for an employee and asked the passenger to leave....

Teen Dies—A Grim Reminder of Carbon Monoxide Danger

It was more than 10 years ago now that I wrote a column about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Too many innocent hotel guests have been killed by it. In the first annual Green Lodging Survey last year, Greenview and Green Lodging News asked survey participants, “Are tests for carbon monoxide and radon regularly conducted?” Globally, 52 percent said yes. In the U.S., 60 percent said yes. While the question was not 100 percent specific to carbon monoxide, it does indicate there are many who do not monitor for unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. On April 1 this month, a...

Green-Focused Ellis Hotel Finds Success with Themed Floors, Wellness Room

When Tom LaVaccare came up with the idea of a Women’s Only Floor at the Ellis Hotel in Atlanta, he struck PR gold. After implementation of the floor, the 127-room property was featured on NBC News, on CNBC, and by other major media organizations. The Women’s Only Floor (10th floor) is just one of the unique features of the historic hotel that also includes a Fresh Air Floor (another idea of Tom’s and on the 15th floor), a Wellness Room (16th floor), and a Pet-Friendly Floor (3rd floor). Guests pay from $20 to $40 more per night to stay...

Pilot Projects’ Aim: Reduce Food Waste in Hotel Industry

What to do about food waste has been a hot topic growing even hotter in recent years. Most efforts have targeted the back end of the food waste problem—who to send it to (local pig farmer?), how to make it smaller or disappear (grinder, bio-digester or local composter maybe?). From what I have seen, not enough has been done in our industry to address the entire “lifecycle” of food waste. That is why I was happy to read this past week that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Hotel & Lodging...