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From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Jon Zucker Named President of CASPR Group

DALLAS—Environmental health technology company CASPR Group announced Jon Zucker as its President. Zucker joined CASPR in late 2021. Zucker’s goal is to guide CASPR Group into a scalable, sustainable company as it manages increased demand for its proprietary Natural Catalytic Conversion (NCC) technology. The company’s solutions provide healthier indoor air and surface environments across industries including healthcare, education, transportation, and commercial real estate. “Throughout my time interacting with Jon through the YPO organization, I’ve seen how his vision is always ahead of the curve and five steps beyond where the market is currently,” said CTO and CASPR inventor Dr. Christophe Suchy....

Atlantic City Boardwalk Restrooms Shine with Bradley’s All-in-One WashBar

Bradley Corp. Case Study Atlantic City Boardwalk Restrooms Atlantic City Boardwalk, N.J. Project Completed: May 2021 Challenge Amidst beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk is a beacon of year-round tourism, recreation, and public events. The world’s first and longest Boardwalk provides access to several hotels, resorts, shops, casinos and more. Following years of complaints from locals and tourists about the poor restroom conditions, the seven high-use bathrooms located along 4.5 miles of the Boardwalk underwent a major transformation to make them cleaner, more modern and family friendly. Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) oversaw the multi-million-dollar renovation of the...

Chicago Takes Another Top Spot for Pests, This Time Ranking No. 1 on Orkin’s Bed Bug Cities List

ATLANTA—Chicago settled in for the second year in a row as the #1 city on Orkin’s 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, with Philadelphia and New York moving into the second and third place spots, respectively. These two Northeast cities saw the largest jumps with Philadelphia moving up 12 spots and New York moving up nine spots. As for newcomers to the list, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, landed at #42 and Lincoln, Nebraska, barely snuck in at #50. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and typically reddish brown in color. Over the last year, as travel began to...

FreshAir Highlights Smoking Detection System

LEBANON, N.H.—FreshAir, an industry leader in the development of sensors to detect and alert for hazardous chemicals, highlights its unique and highly effective FreshAir Smoking Detection System for casino hotels, the only technology available to monitor for, immediately detect, and prove tobacco smoking and marijuana smoking. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased customers’ concerns about cleanliness, often expressed by sensitivity to the presence of cigarette smoke and residual odors in guestrooms. FreshAir sensors help to reassure guests of the cleanliness of casino hotels. The FreshAir Smoking Detection System is ideal for casino hotel operators to enforce their no-smoking policies, protect infrastructure investments,...

Amerlux’s UV-Free Antimicrobial Lighting Wins Innovation Award

OAKLAND, N.J.—Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced that its new UV-free antimicrobial LED lighting solution has been named one of the most innovative solutions in the industry by Architectural SSL magazine. The Product Innovation Awards recognizes innovative LED and solid-state luminaires and fixtures on the market. A distinguished panel of 13 designers and lighting specialists skilled in product evaluation judged and evaluated all products and systems. Manufacturers received awards for products with attributes, qualities, functionality and performance beyond industry standards—all attributes shared by ActiveCLEAN. “We are grateful to Architectural SSL magazine for honoring our innovative, 405-nanometer lighting solution, which kills bacteria and viruses including COVID-19,” said Bill Plageman, Amerlux’s VP...

Saranac Waterfront Lodge Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.—Saranac Waterfront Lodge announced that it has been awarded LEED Silver, becoming the first and only hotel in New York’s Adirondacks to achieve a certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable. Saranac Waterfront Lodge, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and...

UMF Gives Aguilar National Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corp. announced that Lenir Aguilar, guest room attendant at the Hilton Daytona Beach, has earned the company’s second annual Guest Room Attendant (GRA) Excellence Award. UMF established the GRA Excellence Award in 2020 to acknowledge the crucial role GRAs play in ensuring hotel guest safety, satisfaction, and loyalty in the COVID-19 era. “Hilton Daytona Beach’s housekeeping staff are a key part of our commitment to deliver the reliable and friendly service our guests expect with the added confidence of industry-leading hygiene practices created to keep guests and staff safe,” said Omayra Muniz, Hilton Daytona Beach’s Director of Housekeeping....

What a Healthy Hotel Should Look Like

Travelers and workers expect a comfortable and healthy hotel environment to work, relax and sleep in. Ensuring good indoor air quality (IAQ) while maintaining building comfort is an essential part of providing a healthy hotel environment. The concentrations of some pollutants in indoor air are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Exposure to indoor air pollution can cause symptoms like headaches, poor concentration, and irritation to the eyes, nose, or throat. Poor IAQ is a particular concern for those affected by asthma and allergies, for whom certain pollutants can trigger a range of symptoms, from sneezing...

Are You Using Carcinogens, Neurotoxins, Endocrine-Disruptors, & Environmental Toxicants on Your Property?

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The national environmental and public health group Beyond Pesticides released its health and environmental effects factsheets and infographic for “40 Commonly Used Lawn Pesticides.” These comprehensive factsheets document with scientific citations a wide range of diseases and ecological effects linked to pesticides. The underlying analysis supporting the adverse health and environmental effects identified in the factsheets are based on toxicity determinations in government reviews and university studies and databases. What do the two factsheets disclose? Health Effects of the 40 Most Commonly Used Lawn and Landscape Pesticides reveals that 26 are possible and/or known carcinogens, 24 have the potential to disrupt the endocrine...

Think Twice Before Spraying Chemicals on Your Property

It has been almost eight years since I moved down to Florida from Ohio. One of the most common sights I noticed quickly when I moved here was the lawn service trucks. Just about everybody uses them to keep their lawns green, growing and weed and pesticide-free. The volume of chemicals poured on the state each year must be a staggering number. Soil is a common pathway to groundwater, and soil characteristics determine the rate at which chemicals move through it. Of course, in Florida the soil is mostly sand—very porous. The chemicals sprayed here feed algae and kill fish. Perhaps...