Home Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Green Lodging News provides a forum for anyone in the lodging industry to offer their take on a particular topic. All are welcome to participate. Submissions should be approximately 800 words and should include a photo of the writer. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Guest Columns

Home Guest Columns
Green Lodging News provides a forum for anyone in the lodging industry to offer their take on a particular topic. All are welcome to participate. Submissions should be approximately 800 words and should include a photo of the writer. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

New Tax Rules Create Opportunities for Green Hotel Investments

The travel industry is currently one of the fastest growing sectors, which is leading to increased real estate investments by hotel owners hoping to capitalize on this growth. Supplementing this increase, two major tax legislation pieces were passed over the past year that allow hotel owners higher rates of return on investments in new construction and renovations, especially ones which incorporate alternative energy or energy efficient technologies. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed on December 22, 2017, and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed on February 9, 2018, both contribute to a climate that is likely, from...

Is Sintered Stone the Same as Porcelain Tile?

Recently, a new category of surfacing materials hit the market, and represents what is truly next in engineered surfacing: sintered stone. Sintered stone is the moniker firms like Lapitec and Neolith have chosen to differentiate their products from traditional quartz materials. These products are superior in a myriad of ways: They are stain resistant, scratch resistant, as well as heat and frost resistant; They are ideal for outdoor use and do not fade or yellow like other materials; They can be used as exterior cladding, and in some cases reduce air pollution; and They are incredibly hard and impenetrable. Where...

Ecolodges in Costa Rica–Green or Greenwashed?

Costa Rica is arguably the birthplace of ecotourism in Central America, if not all Latin America. It’s blessed with stunning natural beauty and an incredible array of wildlife and ecosystems. It’s also known for its eco-conscious (some call them “green”) hotels, as well as what’s become known as ecolodges. Eco-friendly hotels in Costa Rica are an integral part of the sustainable tourism efforts. These accommodations are a model for providing employment to the local community and promoting environmentally sound practices: recycling, waste and water management, solar energy, etc. The government actively encourages hotel owners to conserve energy through passive design and use...

The ‘Sustainability Bug’ Flies into Indian Hotels

The hotel/hospitality industry has long been a leader in the “green” movement. Years ago, when I was better known as the “Father of Green Cleaning,” I applauded the hospitality industry in North America for the many steps they have and were taking to provide healthier indoor environments for their guests. They did this by transferring to green cleaning. However, they were certainly not doing this just for my approval. As more and more of their corporate clients insisted on selecting green hotels for their visiting business guests, being green meant money in the bank. Because the corporate sector is so...

The REAL Top Ten Eco-Friendly Countertop Options

Every time an article comes out touting the “green” countertop options available on the market, it is woefully inaccurate. Often listing the same material multiple times in different formats, or completely misunderstanding the green claims of others, the lists just don’t stand up to reality. So here is a real list of the countertop options and the manufacturers whose true mission and goal is to create healthier surfaces, more durable surfaces, and divert waste from the oceans and landfills, creating something beautiful that you can feel good about. Why not have your surface tell a story of its own? And...

Waking up to Wellness: How Smart Hoteliers are Building a Healthier Future

Hospitality has always been a business based on caring for people, but that sense of caring has taken on new meaning as the industry becomes increasingly entwined with health and wellbeing. The global wellness economy, which includes sectors such as wellness tourism, spas, healthy eating, fitness and beauty, was worth $3.7 trillion in 2015, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Meanwhile, wellness tourism revenues grew by 14 percent worldwide from 2013 to 2015—more than twice as fast as overall tourism spending. Achieving physical, mental and social wellbeing has become a priority for a growing number of travelers. This wasn’t always...

Top Five Green Design Trends for Hotel Interiors

One of the biggest hotel trends for 2018 has been the integration of stylish wood products into interior décor. Unlike the tacky, standard wood paneling from the late seventies, modern wood products offer a variety of sleek designs with chic finishes and contemporary hues. There’s no longer a one-size-fits-all approach to wood paneling; you’ll simply be blown away by the rich variety of options available on the market. Deluxe floors, intricate wall paneling and graceful detailing, along with furniture, such as suave countertops and shelves, are just the beginning of integrating sustainable wood products into the interior. Hotels have...

New Buildings in Pennsylvania to Leap Forward in Efficiency

New homes and buildings built in Pennsylvania will soon use less energy and have substantially lower utility bills, thanks to a huge leap in the efficiency of the Pennsylvania statewide building energy code announced recently. Building codes help local municipalities and states protect the health and safety of their occupants by setting regulations for things like fire protection and earthquake resilience. The building energy code—which is separate from the fire or structural codes, but often adopted simultaneously—regulates a building’s energy efficiency by specifying minimum levels of insulation, efficient lighting, air sealing, and other energy-related building components. The model energy code...

Seven Energy Management & Saving Tips for Businesses

It’s an exciting time to be in business. While some technologies are disrupting certain businesses, others are bringing new (sometimes unimaginable) efficiencies and cost savings to them, and others still are creating entirely new industries altogether. Just consider that the same man who used the world’s most powerful rocket to put an electric sports car into orbit somewhere between Mars and the asteroid belt also recently struck a deal to give 50,000 Australian homes solar power through a decentralized electric grid at “no cost to residents.” Meanwhile, India and China seem to be in an unofficial race to boast the...

Why Environmental Probiotics Make Sense for Your Rooms

A guest’s stay at a five-star hotel ought to be an exciting and enjoyable experience. However, my own visit to one such top-tier hotel—during a vacation in Mexico some years ago—turned out to be a bit too exciting. Inside the first room that I was checked in to, the carpets and the air had such a moldy smell that I could barely breathe, let alone relax. I wound up sleeping on the balcony the first night I was there—before being transferred to another, cleaner room. I’m not the only one who has encountered this sort of problem. Poor air quality...