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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Four Opportunities to Improve Waste Management in Your Hotel

The hospitality industry has immense scope of embracing sustainability and going green. Waste management is a critical aspect and has a huge impact on any hotel’s environmental as well as financial bottom line. Irrelevant of your hotel size, effective waste management can help you optimize operations, save resources, cut down expenses and enhance your brand value, which can attract more customers. There are numerous areas within which you can work to improve your waste management. Listed here are four key areas which are solid opportunities for you to make substantial positive impact on the way your hotel handles waste. ...

Conventional Cotton Versus Organic Cotton—Their Impacts

A recent report by The Soil Association communicated via “Just Style” highlights some of the key environmental impacts from the use of conventional cotton. In this report details have emerged around the consumption of water and land cultivated with the use of insecticides during the cotton production process. This, therefore, raises some interesting points for hotel owners to consider for improving the guest experience. Cotton is a key textile within the hospital trade. Specifically, hotels, lodges and health spas are key consumers of cotton, used within bedding, robes and towels. Conventional Cotton Versus Organic In the report and among our sources, there...

Waterless Urinals: A Conservation Practice Now Widely Accepted

Several years ago, when many hotel properties around the world were first starting to get serious about sustainability, they paid close attention to a book, Responsible Hospitality, written by Rebecca Hawkins and Paulina Bohdanowicz. This book is considered the first book to bring together environmental and sustainability concepts and help define how far the hospitality industry should go to achieve them. The book listed taking conservation measures, many of which were revolutionary for the day. Among them were the following: Older windows should be replaced with double- and triple- glazed windows to reduce energy consumption. High thermal mass construction materials...

Hospitality Trends for 2020: Using Technology to Enhance the Guest Experience

A hotel room isn’t just a home away from home. It’s an opportunity to impress and dazzle—in addition to offering comfort and creating unforgettable experiences for guests. The hospitality industry is paying attention. In recent years, hotels at all price levels have stepped up their addition of technology as part of their amenities. With people choosier than ever about how they spend their travel dollar, hotels want to provide a better, more dramatic guest experience—one that, if anything, improves on what people have in their own homes. How are they doing that? Here are some trends to follow in 2020 and the...

Considerations to Corner the Market on Eco-friendly Bathroom Design

Unlike a bedroom where a new coat of paint, a few lamps and a fresh set of curtains can transform the room into a fantastic renovation piece, a bathroom requires much more complicated, informed decisions that are often tied to technological advancements. An outdated bathroom is not only aesthetically unpleasant; it also utilizes significantly more water and energy than it should, and would, if it incorporated contemporary products. Besides taking advantage of the opportunity to be responsible for protecting the environment while striving for substantial reductions in utility costs, innovative solutions are a great way to attract and retain...

What to Look for to Be Sure Your Event Seating is Green & Sustainable

Whether you operate an event space, offer lodging, or both, you know how time consuming it can be to find the right furniture. This can be especially challenging when you require a large quantity of seating, particularly for an event space. In all this bustle, it’s easy to overlook the importance of purchasing environmentally friendly furniture. If you are trying to be mindful of your environmental impact and wish to find green, sustainably produced seating, this can pose an even greater challenge. Fortunately, to meet the demand for eco-friendly products, we’ve seen an increase in the number of green furniture...

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...