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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.

Green Travel & Eco Stays in China: Latest Initiatives to Reduce Waste

Under new regulations effective July 1, 2019, hotels in Shanghai have ceased to offer disposable daily necessities such as toothbrushes, combs, bath sponges, razors, nail files and shoe polish, unless specifically requested by guests. Guangzhou hotels joined the initiative in September. In mid-October, the Beijing government also drafted an amendment on household waste management to avoid using disposable daily necessities in the food service and hotel industries. Green travel appears to be a new trend that will extend and make its way to other Chinese cities in the future. It is estimated that more than 6.5 million sets of disposable...

What Meeting Hosts Should Consider When Helping to Green an Event

Almost every sporting event, wedding, conference, and public gathering has an accommodation partner. Often the accommodation partner is benign and not really part of the organization committee. However, there could be a significant value added for leading facilities to look beyond their own practices and provide leadership and tools for making the hosted event or activity environmentally sustainable. In fact, this could be an important choice decision point in the very competitive accommodation market. We find most caring leaders want to become more considerate of the environment, but don’t know where to start. Below are listed areas of consideration with...

Lighting Control is Key Part of Creating Superb Guest Experiences

Hospitality is about superb guest experiences. Lighting control is a key part of making superb guest experiences happen. With today’s smart technology, lighting can be operated remotely or automatically. Rooms can be coordinated with building management systems. Even the lights themselves have changed, from incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes to robust, yet economical, LEDs. Integrated with other hotel systems, lighting control enables seamless communication between departments, empowers hotel staff, saves hotel operators money, and simplifies aspects of the guest experience. Indeed, lighting control technology is about more than just lights. It can add value—for the guest and the hotel itself. After all,...

Going Green in Surfacing

As sustainability becomes a priority for global businesses, the manufacturing and construction industries are turning to more eco-friendly solutions. This is especially the case for surfacing materials. Sustainable manufacturing driven by new technology and streamlined production processes is changing the way we look at materials for the built environment. It’s actively encouraging better practice in the construction industry. Residential and commercial projects benefit from new techniques and approaches to building, including retrofitting and refurbishing, and offsite production and prefabrication. These modern methods directly contribute to green initiatives, cutting costs and supporting society, raising an opportunity to train a new workforce and...

Why the VW Settlement is Good for VW (& Your Hotel)

In 2014 three college students from West Virginia University released a report of their findings as a result of extensive testing on VW cars. The California Air Resource Board (CARB) and the EPA were interested and continued to build on their research. This research uncovered a defeat device installed in around 600,000 cars built by Volkswagen from 2009 to 2016. This was planned to help sell what they called clean diesel cars in the United States. You may recall this as “Dieselgate.” Because of that, VW agreed to spend $14.7 billion. These settlement funds are split into three areas: a...

Get the Most Out of Your Efficient Rooftop HVAC

Modern, high-efficient rooftop HVAC units can mean substantial savings on annual energy costs for green facilities, but facility managers need to take an active role in managing the systems to get the most out of them. One of the pitfalls of operating a rooftop HVAC system is that it is out of sight, out of mind. It is easier to neglect maintenance for a system you see only rarely and must make a trip up to the roof to inspect. But, if you don’t keep your rooftop system maintained properly, it lowers the system’s efficiency and shortens its lifespan. In...

The Benefits of Green Travel Media to the Travel Industry

There are a host of numbers and statistics to support the point that global tourism is contributing heavily to environmental issues, not to mention the anecdotal evidence seen and heard by travelers. A report from the University of Sydney has revealed that global tourism is responsible for up to 8 percent of global carbon emissions, which is far greater than once believed, while 60 percent of global air travel is in order to support the transport of tourists. With this kind of impact, the travel industry needs to do far more to offset the problems that modern tourism is creating....

Pest Management Practices to Achieve Environmental Sustainability

With the environment constantly at the forefront of the news as we continue to strive for a healthy planet, companies are thinking toward the future, adjusting their business models and making plans for the growing need for sustainable and “green” designs and buildings. A green outlook is critical, and with easily-implemented programs and strategies, environmental responsibility can be executed. One such way that hoteliers and designers can achieve this is to create a building that earns a Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The council has set criteria to earn certification through...

Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code is also a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met in May in Albuquerque on proposals to update the next model residential and commercial building codes for homes and the commercial...

How Today’s Hotel Ownership Model Clashes with the Need for Green Energy Investments

The hotel industry was an early adopter in embracing energy conservation and other earth friendly practices. However, sizable capital investments like HVAC upgrades, energy generation, or smart materials in renovations exceeds the short-term revenue models for today’s hotel investor. As of now, what a hotel can do has been done—switch to LED light bulbs, key entry-driven lighting, and reduced turnover of towels and linens. Although these efforts generate cost savings and matter to the environment, the investments are limited compared to what is being committed in residential and in new construction particularly in office buildings. Today’s hotel investor is focused on...