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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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...

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....

Can Indoor Humidity Impact Covid-19 Transmission?

NATIONAL REPORT—The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us all that indoor air quality matters, and that indoor spaces need clean air to protect the health and well-being of the people inside them. One of the key factors in helping improve overall air quality is humidity: a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air. Improper indoor humidity levels (humidity levels lower than 40 percent or higher than 60 percent) can not only impact our comfort but also raise potential health risks. This article illustrates the role humidity can play in the transmission of Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses such...

Surfacide Debuts Eos UV Disinfection Device

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Surfacide, a global leader in UV-C technology, announced Eos—a portable, hospital-grade UV light disinfection device for high-traffic, everyday spaces such as schools, offices, gyms, hotels and restaurants. Designed and engineered to deliver powerful disinfection at an affordable price, Eos is an easy-to-use, standalone alternative to Surfacide’s hallmark product, The Helios System, a trio of UV robots used simultaneously to fight deadly pathogens in leading hospitals and healthcare facilities. For just under $20 per day, Eos delivers Surfacide’s trusted, hospital-grade UV technology in a cost-effective package to facility managers and building owners in a range of different industries. Unlike many other UV...

Puradigm Announces Results of Air Purification System Tests

SAN DIEGO—Puradigm, a leading manufacturer of proactive air and surface purification technologies that have been proven to inactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, and the Delta Variant, announced that two studies conducted by the Kansas State University Food Science Institute showed that both ozone and hydrogen peroxide levels produced by the Puradigm Air HVAC 9 Inch Air Purification System pose no risk to building occupants per U.S. safety standards. The Puradigm system tested produced maximum equilibrium concentration of ozone below 0.05ppm whereas safety thresholds established by U.S. regulatory organizations range from 0.05ppm by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for indoor...

Ambius Identifies Five Common Air Pollutants

READING, Pa.—October is National Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) month, and this year more than ever, it is important to educate and evaluate the IAQ where people live, work, learn and play. Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, and it is vital to understand what is in the air we breathe. Ambius, a global leader in creating smarter, healthier spaces, identified five common air pollutants and how to solve IAQ issues: COVID-19 and other Viruses—The COVID-19 pandemic is the most recent virus to spread across the globe. Aerosol viruses spread through tiny droplets that are expelled into the...

UMF Corporation’s Micrillon Microfiber Eliminates Risk of Recontamination

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corporation’s Micrillon microfiber, made in the USA, is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfiber that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including: towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks; and color-coded microfiber cleaning products. Leading manufacturers are using these high-performance microfiber yarns to develop a new standard for materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries. “The introduction of Micrillon microfiber puts an end, once and for all, to any question about recontamination related to reusable products,”...

Wynn Resorts Announces Corporate Sustainability Goals with Release of Environmental, Social & Governance Report

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts issued its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which includes the company’s collective pledges and defined goals to decrease emissions and confront the mounting risk of climate change. The report also outlines how Wynn Resorts’ ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic ran parallel to achieving a gamut of progressive ESG and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals, with significant strides made in community outreach and crisis relief efforts, responsible business practices, and protecting human rights. In the report’s forward, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox remarked, “A truly great company, one founded on the belief that excellence is...

Should Hotels Require Proof of COVID Vaccinations?

NATIONAL REPORT—When you operate a hotel or hospitality venue, your top priorities, along with an excellent overall guest experience, are likely the safety of the people who stay with you. This isn’t a new concept. For example, you’ve probably been cautious about scenarios involving premises liability and making sure you’re frequently checking your location for potential hazards. Now, there is something relatively new that’s a consideration for hotel operators, however, which is how to deal with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In the early days of the pandemic, many hotels and hospitality locations were closed. Then, they might have reopened when there...

Diversey Oxivir Tb Recognized on Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

FORT MILL, S.C.—Diversey, a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions, has been recognized by Newsweek and the Leapfrog Group for its leading Oxivir Tb, which has been rated as a Best Infection Prevention Product in 2021. Diversey’s Oxivir Tb was evaluated and selected, using four criteria: effectiveness, safety (to both patients and healthcare workers), successful real-world implementation and the stability of the company. “A clean environment is critical to minimize the risk of infection,” said Carolyn Cooke, Vice President of Healthcare in North America, Diversey. “Oxivir disinfectants powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) technology, provide an alternative to...