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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.

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...

Four Tips to Streamline Hotel Waste Management & Boost Your Recycling

Whether you’re the owner of a cozy bed and breakfast or the manager of a luxury hotel, there’s no escaping the issue of waste management. From everyday consumables such as food and toiletries to bulky furniture and construction waste from renovations, the nature of the business ensures that hotels and other types of temporary lodgings generate plenty of trash. In fact, it is estimated that hotels produce around a 2.2lb of waste per guest, per night—a figure that may seem small at first glance but that becomes truly staggering when you consider that there are more than 1.1 billion...

Is Your Signature Scent Making Guests Sick?

According to a recent report published by Allied Market Research, the global market for air fresheners could reach $12 billion by 2023. One of the areas that is expected to see the most growth in this area is hotels and hospitality, which, more and more, have started to develop “signature scents” as part of their brand marketing strategy, in lieu of more generic, commercial air freshener options. Signature scents are nothing new; in fact, hotel chains pour millions of dollars into developing these formulas, often enlisting the help of high-end perfumers to do so. However, there is a dark side...

Board Diversity Within the Lodging Industry—Moving Away from Ordinary Thinking

Results from a recent gender diversity study I conducted for the lodging industry indicate that of the 238 board seats available among the 28 U.S. lodging companies, only 51 were occupied by women (21 percent), a woefully low number. If we live in a world where women account for 80 percent of consumer spending and a multitude of credible studies point to a correlation between greater gender diversity and strong board performance, it is certainly time for us to address this issue head on. I have personally facilitated countless client board meetings and can say with unwavering confidence that...

Leveraging Technology to Reduce Laundry Costs and Optimize Labor

Hotels, motels and other lodging facilities frequently wash thousands of pounds of sheets, towels, pillow cases and other linens each day. While just 8 to 12 percent of the laundry operation represents initial equipment costs, a staggering 87 percent of the total laundry budget consists of operating costs: water, chemicals, electric, gas and labor. For lodging entities embracing green and other technologies to reduce costs, the laundry operation should be a focal point. Reducing Water Use  While today’s commercial washer-extractors are far more efficient than decades ago, manufacturers continue to fine tune operation. More innovative manufacturers have designed special spray heads...