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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.

New Green Brand to Watch in 2018—Eaton Workshop

It most definitely will not be your typical hotel. As reported on Green Lodging News in late December, a new global brand—Eaton Workshop—will debut in Washington, D.C. early this year. I reached out to the company to land an interview with the brand’s Founder and President, Katherine Lo, but was told she is not currently available. Eaton Workshop’s business model is a bit complex, but each location will offer the physical resources of a hotel, modern day social working club, radio station, cinema, wellness center, restaurants and bars, retail, art gallery, event spaces, and more. According to the brand,...

Palau Pledge a Best Practice Worth Replicating Around the Planet

Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It contains approximately 340 islands and has an area of just 180 square miles. The population is about 21,000. As with other Pacific island nations, rising sea level presents a major environmental threat. Illegal dynamite fishing, inadequate solid waste disposal facilities and extensive sand and coral dredging also threaten the health of the environment. I bring up Palau in this column because the country is doing something very unique—something worth replicating around the world. Palau is the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws for the cause...

A Very Happy, Green & Sustainable Holiday Season

With the year winding down and many of you on vacation in the coming weeks I wanted to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season and a great new year ahead. The past year has been a year of significant readership growth for Green Lodging News. Almost 10,000 more people visited my website each month than did last year. I owe thanks to the many sponsors that make Green Lodging News possible each year. Be sure to do business with them and tell them you found them here in my publication. The new year will see the...

Amenities for Kids: A Missed Opportunity to Create a Bit of Magic

It was more than six years ago that my son was born. Those folks who told me kids grow up fast were exactly right. Just yesterday my son got his blue belt in karate. Now I am a little more careful around my son when his hands or feet are flying! I thought of my son a lot this past week while beginning an article on eco-friendly amenities for kids. I have visited a lot of hotels with my son since he was born and not once were we offered any kind of amenities kit for kids. Truly a missed...

Good Chunk of Waste Stream Pulverized at Ranch at Laguna Beach

I recently chatted with Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager at California’s Ranch at Laguna Beach. A good portion of the results of that conversation appear in my article about the property posted this past week. Be sure to check it out. There were several things that really caught my eye as being unique about the resort. First is the use of a GL Sand Machine that turns wine and beer bottles to sand. The resort is the first lodging establishment in the continental United States to use the machine that pulverizes the glass. That sand can then be used to...

New Hotel Kitchen Site Offers Road Map to Food Waste Reduction

As referenced in last week’s column, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, recently released results from a set of projects demonstrating innovative strategies aimed at reducing food waste in the hotel industry. I believe it is one of most worthwhile sustainability projects in which AHLA has participated. Based on the results of the project, a website—an online toolkit—was launched. You can find it at www.hotelkitchen.org. Ten hotel properties participated in the 12 weeks of demonstration projects, including a mix of full-service branded hotels and several independent operations across...

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...