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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 700 to 1,200 words and should include a photo of the writer. Authors can include a paragraph about themselves and their company at the end of the article. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Make Sustainability Your Goal for 2022; Ten Tips to Consider

The pandemic forced hotels to modify how they operate, pushing safety to the forefront of the hospitality community’s consciousness, and derailing a burgeoning industry trend to make facilities more sustainable. Yet, hoteliers would be wise to make sustainability a priority in 2022. Decreasing a hotel’s impact on the environment, no matter its size or location, attracts guests in the short term and saves money in the long term. When customers choose to spend money on a hotel room, many want to select a place to stay that is kind to the earth. And while you’d be excused for assuming sustainability...

Why Hospitality Schools Should Teach Biodiversity

When not traveling for work, we travel to explore destinations, seeking relaxation and inspiration to recharge our batteries. As tourists, we want an environment that is clean and untouched. Nobody wants to go on vacation and lie on the beach next to a pile of garbage. Whether diving in the ocean, climbing a mountain for a glorious view, or heading out on a safari, one of the major reasons we travel is to discover foreign ecosystems and their wildlife. Tourism depends heavily on biodiversity, and ensure that our students are aware of this. So, What is Biodiversity? For a long time, biodiversity...

Zero Cost Tips to Immediately Lower Your Hotel’s Energy Bill

The uncertainty of today’s world is forcing businesses to adapt and reposition themselves so that they can make it through these challenging times. With so many unknowns, let us not lose sight of opportunity. Finding savings is critical, especially for organizations that have felt the financial impact of COVID-19. With state’s enforcing “stay at home” orders, hotels across the nation are experiencing low occupancy. Hotel owners and managers should be evaluating their current operations to find ways to eliminate excess energy use. Below are some cost-saving recommendations that can reduce your operating costs without using any capital. Guestroom “Smart” Thermostats:...

What a Healthy Hotel Should Look Like

Travelers and workers expect a comfortable and healthy hotel environment to work, relax and sleep in. Ensuring good indoor air quality (IAQ) while maintaining building comfort is an essential part of providing a healthy hotel environment. The concentrations of some pollutants in indoor air are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Exposure to indoor air pollution can cause symptoms like headaches, poor concentration, and irritation to the eyes, nose, or throat. Poor IAQ is a particular concern for those affected by asthma and allergies, for whom certain pollutants can trigger a range of symptoms, from sneezing...

Is Your Hotel Flushing Money Down the Toilet?

PLAINFIELD, ILL.—Was your hotel built before 1993? If so, chances are you’re losing money each time a guest flushes one of the hotel’s toilets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that hotels use about 15 percent of the total water consumed by commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. Actual usage varies by guest, of course, but most studies indicate hotels use between 100 to 200 gallons of fresh water per occupied guestroom per day. Water in the United States ranges from three to five dollars per 1,000 gallons. Simple math shows how efforts to reduce water use can potentially lower hotel operating...

Why EV Charging is a Must-Have Amenity for Hotel Guests & Employees

Electric vehicles are taking over the road. More than 1 million battery powered electric vehicles have been sold in the United States since 2010, but they remain underserved with only 99,325 public charging ports available at 41,145 stations across the country. Very few businesses have the capability to fill this need the way hotels can. Today, every major carmaker already offers EVs or plans to introduce them and with electric cars forecasted to surge to 10 percent of the United States’ new car market by 2025, there is no better opportunity than right now for hotels to have a leg up on...

Hemp: The Future of Sustainable Textiles

From Walgreens to Target to the doctor’s office…It is safe to say that hemp has made a comeback here in the United States. What most people don’t know is that hemp is far more than your run of a mill CBD concoction. It’s food, fiber, fuel and more. For us here at Anact, we believe that hemp is the future of sustainable textiles due to its performance and sustainable attributes. Here’s why we are excited for the hospitality industry to pave the way in re-introducing this powerful textile. It’s hard to find a negative when it comes to hemp and...

Three Ways to Connect Hospitality Employees to Sustainability

Sustainability at work, in life, and during play has become the front-and-center topic for so many Americans this last couple of years. With climate change’s extreme weather events—wildfires in the West, floods in the Midwest, and devastating hurricanes in the South and East—jostling us out of our brief summer reverie, and the unsettling prospect of braving a second Fall and Winter with the Delta variant of COVID lurking invisibly among us, individuals are rightly concerned and motivated to embrace safe and sustainable practices in their lives. A 2020 study by the consulting firm Kearney, proves out these two motivating factors...

Was This Summer a Game Changer When It Comes to Climate Change & Water?

In 2018, Media Matters, a watchdog group, reported that over a two-week period from late June (2018) to July (2018), ABC, CBS, and NBC, the three major networks in the U.S., aired a combined 127 segments that discussed the heat wave then impacting much of the country. However, only one, CBS This Morning, mentioned two words that appear to get some people very charged up, and those two words are “climate change.” There’s more to it than just the fact that some people get “charged up” when the words climate change are spoken on the air. According to Chris Hayes,...

Sustainable Hospitality Design: Catching Up

The world’s environment is affected primarily by real estate, transportation, and manufacturing. Due to the influence that these industries have on each other, it is clear that designing and operating sustainable buildings have a tremendous impact on the environment. Some of the concerns addressed by sustainability practices include inefficient site planning; lack of smart growth; waste of water, electricity, and energy; overconsumption and excessive waste; not using sustainable materials; minimizing transportation; the lack of healthy indoor air quality; increased pollution; depletion of the ozone layer; and climate change. Challenges & Misconceptions The hospitality industry was slow to adopt sustainable operations and design because...