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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.

Hotel Maintenance as a Revenue Opportunity

Hotel preventive maintenance (PM) has long been viewed as a necessary hotel engineering function and best practice. Most owners assume the management team is doing proper maintenance to achieve the useful life of assets (equipment, guestrooms and public spaces) and to avoid costly premature failures or replacements. Both owners and operators want to know PM’s are getting done, but few prioritize and monitor maintenance as a key performance metric like they do with revenue. Research shows strong hotel maintenance is a revenue opportunity. Hotel guest satisfaction research has shown for years that guests are less likely to return if they...

One Hotel’s Trash Is Another One’s Treasure: How to Discard Old Furniture During a Renovation

In early 2012, the hotel renovation industry began its recovery, led by construction booms in major cities and rising occupancy rates at hotels across the nation. In the years since, thousands of hotel rooms, lobbies and restaurants have been renovated with gleaming bathroom fixtures, fresh carpeting and plush pillow-top mattresses. When hotels redecorate or upgrade they replace older furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) with new items. So, you may ask, what does a hotel undergoing a renovation do with 200 bedding sets and televisions? Or 450 mattresses? Or 250 sofas and chairs. Or two truckloads of mini-fridges? Thankfully, more and more hotels are...

Sustainable Design Considerations for Commercial Buildings

Whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating a new building (hotel, school, business center, etc.), there’s more to a building than just obtaining the cheapest or most commonly used materials to get the job done. Now that more and more builders are incorporating green building techniques, there are new and innovative methods that offer style, affordability, and durability, and that mesh with the 21st century. Choosing the right eco-friendly and sustainable building materials are paramount to staying on top of modern trends to make appealing buildings, as well as incorporating cutting-edge materials to ensure that your building stands the test...

What About Those Sustainability & Green Initiatives?

The hospitality industry has seen record performance in recent years and with it, a record number of new hotel rooms being built and renovated. Across the real estate industry, hotels are often the most active at evolving their product by refocusing on their target clients’ demands, refreshing design schemes, and, of course, becoming more sustainable. Everything in a hotel has a fixed life expectancy and is regularly replaced: mattresses after 10 years; carpeting, wall vinyl, light fixtures, and artwork, every seven years. A small portion of that is resold or donated, but the majority gets tossed into a dumpster and...

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...