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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.

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...

Remodel the Green Way with Window Film

In the highly competitive lodging market, remodeling is a great way to edge out the competition. And in today’s world, being environmentally conscious and incorporating green initiatives when remodeling should be a high priority for many hotels. It not only benefits building operators and their guests but the planet too. With this in mind, hotel operators can incorporate professionally installed window film as an economical means to advance their green initiatives. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), between 25 to 35 percent of wasted building energy is blamed on inefficient windows, and many older hotels still have less efficient single...

Modular Bathrooms Offer Faster Construction, Green Benefits

From global hotel operators like Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group to independent hoteliers like the Broadmoor, more hospitality professionals are using modular construction to open properties faster and meet green building goals. “We believe the modular process will be a game changer for our valued development partners, especially during a time when labor shortages can be a challenge to timely openings,” said Karim Khalifa, Marriott International’s former Senior Vice President of Global Design Strategies. The company’s commitment to this building process is highlighted in its Modular Construction Initiative, which called for 50 hotel deals in 2017 to incorporate pre-fabricated bathrooms...

What Does Sustainability Mean Today?

Sustainability is one of those buzz words we often hear when we discuss green and environmental issues. It typically applies to our use of natural resources; social responsibility; fair business profits; agriculture; the use of green cleaning products; etc. While the word sustainability seems to be getting more and more “buzz,” there seems to be growing confusion as to what it really means. Making matters more problematic, even organizations such as the United Nations and other respected, worldwide bodies that have officially defined the word in the past, are now revising those definitions. Let’s get a better understanding of what the...

Greening the Cleaning Supply RFP Process

Most hotel managers and sales departments are very familiar with requests for proposal and the RFP process. However, most of the RFPs they work with are from organizations that want to do business with the hotel. For instance, hold a meeting or conference at the property and asking what the charges would be. However, many green properties are not that experienced in writing their own RFPs, and for green hotel properties, an RFP is essential. This is because they are selecting cleaning supplies and products that are environmentally preferable. But first, let’s make sure we are all on the same page....