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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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...

Should We Reconsider Guestroom Trash Liners?

On an online travel forum, Carlo, who travels frequently, left the following post: I try to be a good guest and not make a mess for the people who tidy up the rooms each day. But here I am at yet another property where the plastic trash bags/bin liners are about half the size of the trash cans that they are in. I put anything in these and the trash bag just falls to the bottom of the trash can. And being a (reasonably) contentious guest I try to keep my trash in the bag, not all over...

Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Approaches Closing Date

NATIONAL REPORT—The survey that is the basis for the annual Green Lodging Trends Report has launched and will remain open through 7 p.m. EST June 20. Click here to participate! The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. Participants benefit from a free compare report—an opportunity to learn how their property is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among peers locally and worldwide. Participants also have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are...

Clean the World Launches Hygiene Kits for Veterans

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a leader in global health, has launched new Veteran Hygiene Kits to improve the lives of veterans. These life-saving hygiene kits are specialized for veterans and include basic hygiene products as well as important protective items, too. The kits feature resealable bags, two bars of new soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, comb, socks, deodorant, and inspirational note cards. “Many of our veterans lack the basic hygiene amenities needed to keep them safe and healthy,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO for Clean the World. “It is our duty...

MGM Resorts International Issues 2016 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

LAS VEGAS—This week, MGM Resorts International released its Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, a comprehensive publication that details the company’s corporate citizenship efforts across the 12 month span of 2016. The annual report, titled “MGM Cares”—the company’s CSR brand—is available now for download at the company’s website. The report describes MGM Resorts’ CSR philosophy, governance and culture, and summarizes MGM Resorts’ developments in the pillars of Diversity and Inclusion, Philanthropy and Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability. Last year’s CSR efforts were a continuation and expansion of a commitment the company made officially in 2000, when MGM Resorts pioneered the...

Green Lodging News Adds Cass Information Systems as Survey Sponsor

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Cass Information Systems, Inc. as a Green Lodging Survey sponsor at the Bronze level. Cass Information Systems helps businesses manage expenses and supplier payments—accurately, efficiently and on time—no matter how complex the business process, the pricing model, the contract, the discount schedule or the invoice. Some of the largest companies in the world trust Cass to deliver accurate insights into their costs for freight, utilities, telecom, mobility, waste, recycling and other expenses. Founded in 1906, Cass Commercial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary and a Federal Reserve...

Planned Underwater Hotels Have Coral Conservation Mission

KEY WEST, FLA.—If entrepreneur Tony Webb attracts the interest he needs, there could be as many as 15 Planet Ocean Underwater Hotels in the coming years. Webb, Founder and Managing Director of Planet Ocean Underwater Hotels, LLC, is targeting waters off Cuba for the first 12-room property that will sit about 24 to 30 feet below the ocean’s surface. Fifteen sites are being planned for locations in the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. One purpose of the business venture is to raise awareness about the precarious state of global coral reef health. Webb...

Las Vegas Sands Clean Plate Challenge Results

LAS VEGAS—During the month of May, Las Vegas Sands Corp. Team Members around the globe participated in the company’s annual Sands ECO360 Clean Plate Challenge, a campaign aligned with the company’s sustainability program to reduce food waste. The event was an engagement and educational initiative designed to encourage Team Members at all Las Vegas Sands’ properties in both the United States and Asia to only take as much food as they’ll consume when eating in the Team Member Dining Rooms. “Food waste is a very relevant issue for the hospitality industry and the annual Sands ECO360 Clean Plate Challenge is...

Highlights from Hersha’s Recently Released 2016 Sustainability Report

Hersha Hospitality Trust recently made its 2016 Sustainability Report (its third annual) available to the public. Results in the report relate back to 2010 when Hersha launched its EarthView program. According to Hersha, it has accumulated $6.8 million in energy savings since launching Earthview. Energy consumption per occupied room has been reduced by 19 percent. Some of those savings, according to Hersha Hospitality Trust CEO Jay H. Shah, are due to the implementation of guestroom energy management systems. Ninety-seven percent of Hersha hotels have been retrofitted with LED lighting. In 2016, approximately 10 percent of Hersha’s hotels had electric...

Cintas E.A.R.T.H. Campaign Turns Trash into Treasure

CINCINNATI—Cintas Corp. has collected more than 890 pounds of pull tabs for its seventh annual E.A.R.T.H. (Every Area Recycling Tabs Helps!) Campaign. Pull tabs are converted into funds for local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), which provides a home-away-from-home for the families of children being treated at nearby hospitals. Since 2011, Cintas has generated nearly $4,200 for the campaign, which has helped fund more than 160 nights for families staying at local Houses. “When enough people get involved, recycling something as small as a pull tab can have a big impact on the lives of others,” said Krista Jaeger, Manager of Sustainability, Cintas. “RMHC serves...