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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.

Blueair Partners with Allergy & Asthma Network

CHICAGO—Blueair, a leader in air purification for home and professional use, and the Allergy & Asthma Network, a nonprofit organization advocating on behalf of the 60 million Americans with allergies, asthma and related conditions, announced a long-term partnership stemming from the organizations’ shared purpose to support the health and well-being of those patients and communities most in need, specifically patients impacted by poor air quality. “Blueair was founded on the belief that the freedom to breathe is a basic right. Our mission has always been to provide clean air, with the health of generations to come top of mind,” said...

Germicidal Ultraviolet LED Leader Luminii Improving IAQ

CHICAGO—Luminii, a leader in the germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) LED lighting space, announced that it is helping businesses including gyms, restaurants, medical offices and daycares around the country. With more than a decade of architectural LED product innovation, Luminii’s germicidal upper air system called Purifii is a contact-free, low-profile GUV product that kills the COVID-19 virus as well as other airborne viruses and bacteria that may be circulating in high-traffic indoor spaces. Since February 28, when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot rescinded the city’s indoor mask mandate, some Chicago businesses welcomed customers back to restaurants, gyms, and retail establishments with extra risk mitigation layers designed to protect air quality and kill...

Clean the World Bounces Back Strong After Hard Hit from Pandemic

ORLANDO, FLA.—The pandemic did many bad things to the hospitality industry and its related organizations. One of the organizations that suffered the most was Clean the World, the Orlando, Fla. based nonprofit that is dependent on donations of soap, amenity bottles, financial support, and volunteers to keep its mission rolling. “The donation drop off was more than 75 percent during the pandemic,” says Robert Montgomery, Clean the World’s VP Product Development. “Clean the World laid off 80 percent of staff. We almost had to close our doors.” Corporate events, at which groups assemble hygiene kits, came to a complete...

Green Lodging News Adds Healthway to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added Healthway to the “Air Filtration/Purification” section of its Green Product & Service Directory. Located in Upstate New York, Healthway designs and engineers scalable, efficient air cleaning solutions for any environment. For hospitality, Healthway has innovated to protect customers and staff from the spread of airborne viruses. The company’s complete line of air purification solutions is built to solve indoor air quality challenges specific to hosting guests in a hotel space. From plug and play portable units to HVAC retrofit systems, Healthway applies its expertise to outfit a hotel’s environment, wherever that may be. Call (315) 298-2904 or e-mail ccobb@healthway.com for...

GLN Adds Advanced Vapor Technologies Video to Home Page

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added a new video from Advanced Vapor Technologies to the Featured Vendor Video section of its website home page. The video explains the technology at the heart of the company’s steam vapor cleaning systems—TANCS. TANCS stands for Thermal Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation, a factory-installed internal component that uses the minerals found in tap water to break down pathogens at a molecular level including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. It is designed to kill microscopic organic matter in just seconds. In a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, researchers in the School of Environmental...

Clean Air in Buildings Challenge Provides Roadmap for Ensuring Superior IAQ

In case you missed it, earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, a roadmap to move the country forward safely and continue to fight COVID-19 as Americans get back to their more normal routines. Of course, a big part of getting back to normal is improving air quality in whatever dwelling we happen to be in—hotels included. As part of its Preparedness Plan, on March 17, the Administration launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge. It calls on all building owners and operators to assess their indoor air quality and make ventilation and air filtration...

energyware Launches Olympia Disinfection Lighting to Eliminate COVID-19

NEW YORK—energyware, a leading national provider of energy-efficient technology solutions, has announced the latest edition to its portfolio in the Olympia Disinfection Lighting system. In addition to Olympia’s multifaceted ability to enable air and surface disinfection, the lighting features innovative disinfection devices that have been proven to reduce bacteria, mold, and viruses such as COVID-19 by 99.9 percent. Research conducted by third-party laboratories, such as Microbac Laboratories Inc., has verified these results. Olympia launches with the best warranty opportunity across the entire industry. The five-year, 30,000-hour warranty on the lighting system ensures that customers will have access to unparalleled air...

Bradley Survey Finds 25 Percent Decrease in Handwashing

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—The Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corp. has found handwashing frequency decreased 25 percent among adults compared to when the coronavirus first hit. Specifically, in the spring of 2020, Americans were washing their hands an average of 10.5 times per day. This January, that number dropped by one-fourth to 7.8 times per day. While the adult population may be shortchanging their handwashing routine, the survey found that 79 percent of parents take some sort of action to encourage their children to suds up. A total of 44 percent say they regularly ask their young ones to wash their hands, 26 percent...

JAWS Refillable Cleaning System Uses Safer Ingredients to Eliminate Grime

TOLEDO, OHIO—The Just Add Water System is an effective eco-friendly household cleaning system designed to reduce single-use plastic bottles, and provide safer, more effective cleaning solutions. JAWS starts with a refillable spray bottle and a childproof cartridge of concentrated cleaning solution. Fill the JAWS bottle with water to the fill line, drop a cartridge into the neck of the bottle, and twist on the sprayer to release the concentrate. The JAWS lineup of cleaning solutions includes six EPA Safer Choice Certified formulas including JAWS Glass Cleaner, Daily Shower, Kitchen Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Granite Cleaner, and Foaming Bathroom Cleaner. JAWS also offers a Multi-Purpose Cleaner and a one-stop...

Sunland RV Resorts Partners with Molekule to Provide Purified Air

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.—Sunland RV Resorts, a leader in outdoor hospitality, has teamed up with Molekule to bring an added layer of protection against exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the Covid-19 virus, to guests at its nine premier RV resorts in California and Florida. “RV vacations are already recognized as the safest form of travel during the pandemic. As we’re confronted with new variants in this prolonged pandemic, we realize cleaner indoor air is our final line of defense. Sunland is utilizing Molekule’s groundbreaking and proprietary PECO air purification technology, that captures and destroys viruses at a molecular level, to better protect guests...