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From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Lodging News Adds BioBag Americas to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes BioBag Americas, Inc. to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Cleaning & Maintenance/Bags” category. BioBag compostable liners can alleviate cleanliness issues that come alongside collecting organic waste and reduce landfill tipping fees. BioBags: • Reduce labor costs, keeping containers clean; • Offer a very high penetration barrier against bacteria, viruses, spores and mold; • Are Star sealed for extra strength and durability; • Manufactured in the USA with resin sourced from Italy; • Non-GMO Project Verified; • Certified Compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute, meet the US Standard ASTM D6400; and are available in different sizes. Call (727) 789-1646...

P&G Named One of America’s Best Corporate Citizens

CINCINNATI—The Procter & Gamble Co. was recognized this week as the eighth Most JUST Company in America and first among personal care companies, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States on the issues Americans care about most. The ranking compares America’s companies head-to-head, based on performance in environmental sustainability, employee treatment, community support, product impacts and sourcing responsibly. The JUST Capital rankings encompass nearly 1,000 of the largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and are based on comprehensive surveys conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior, involving...

CLEANING & MAINTENANCE/BAGS

BioBag Americas, Inc. BioBags Reduce Labor Costs by Keeping Trash Cans Clean & Sanitized, While Also Diverting Organics from Landfills  The hospitality industry is one of the most significant contributors to the organic waste problem in this country. Whether through legislation or business’s environmental goals, BioBag® compostable liners can alleviate cleanliness issues that comes alongside collecting organic waste and reduce landfill tipping fees. • Reduce labor costs, keeping containers clean • Very high penetration barrier against bacteria, viruses, spores and mold • Star sealed for extra strength and durability • Manufactured in the USA with resin sourced from Italy • Non-GMO Project Verified • Certified Compostable by...

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Headquarters Recognized as One of Highest Performing Green Buildings in Country

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company, has received a Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The recertification designates Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ corporate campus as one of the highest-performing green buildings in the country, reflecting the company’s commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint. LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of...

Product Highlights from Big Apple’s HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—A solar powered USB charging station. An electric bicycle lending program. A one hundred percent recyclable wine glass. A system that integrates an alarm clock, HVAC and lighting controls, Wi-Fi and more into a single unified platform. A salad-making robot (vending machine) named “Sally” that delivers eight-component meals in seconds. These are just some of the products that were introduced at HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Both events were held November 11 to 12 at the Javits Center in New York City. It would be impossible to list all the eco-friendly products and...

‘Make a Green Choice’ Not Always the Best Choice?

A good idea gone bad? What do you think? It was almost a decade ago that the “Make a Green Choice” program first emerged at a couple of Sheraton hotels. It then began spreading throughout Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In case you are not familiar with the program, it allows guests to opt out of housekeeping for up to three or four days in exchange for a vouchers or loyalty points. Once Marriott acquired Starwood, it continued the program and added a similar “Your Choice” program at some of its hotels. When the program was first gaining traction, I remember...

Housekeeping Opt-Out Programs a Key Component in Marriott, UNITE HERE Negotiations

NATIONAL REPORT—In early 2009, almost 10 years ago, the Sheraton Seattle and Sheraton Kauai Resort launched a program that later became known as “Make a Green Choice.” That program, which allows guests to opt out of housekeeping in exchange for a reward during their stay (vouchers, loyalty points), grew within Starwood Hotels and Resorts and now falls under the Marriott International umbrella because of its purchase of Starwood. In addition to Make a Green Choice, Marriott also has a housekeeping opt-out program called “Your Choice.” “The program allows guests to be part of that sustainability effort when it fits their...

NatureZway Introduces Line of Green Cleaning Products

LOS ANGELES—NatureZway introduces its rapidly-growing line of eco-friendly cleaning products made of bamboo and other renewable materials. Most commonly native to warm and moist tropical environments in the Pacific Asia region (though also found in South and Central America, Mexico and even the Southeastern United States), bamboo is one of nature’s greatest gifts to the planet. In addition to being a vital source of food for pandas and other animals and a highly durable material for construction, bamboo (part of the grass family with some species growing 3 feet in one day) is easily renewable and matures in only three...

Glorietta Bay Inn Invests in Eco-Friendly Operations

CORONADO, CALIF.—The historic Glorietta Bay Inn  announced several recent investments in environmental initiatives and sustainable solutions for daily hotel operations. The initiatives include installing a new renewable energy source, implementing a chemical-free cleaning program and introducing a digital application to reduce paper waste across several different hotel departments. Recently, Glorietta Bay Inn installed more than nine large solar panels to generate its own renewable energy to power lighting, HVAC, heat water and more around the resort. As the first historic hotel in the region to install solar panels, Glorietta Bay Inn looks to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Located on Coronado Island, the...

3 Pillar Solutions Releases Cloud-Based Hotel Sustainability Assessment

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—3 Pillar Solutions, LLC announced the launch of their online 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Assessment, eliminating what can sometimes be unaffordable on-site consulting and travel fees. This comprehensive 238-question assessment takes a comprehensive snapshot of the entire operations. Shortly after submittal, a custom-tailored report of recommendations for improvement and cost savings are provided, along with a 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Guide offering education in all areas of sustainable hospitality, from food waste prevention, stakeholder engagement strategies, to adopting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 2030 locally. “The 3P Hotel Sustainability Assessment by 3 Pillar Solutions provided a comprehensive and affordable...