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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 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.

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.

The Pizza Box & Its Recycling Potential at Your Hotel

According to a study published in Statista, consumer spending on pizza delivery in the United States from 2004 to 2010 averaged about $10 billion each year. But when the pandemic hit, spending for pizza delivery jumped to $14 billion and up further to $19 billion in 2021. The reason for this jump is apparent: more people were home 24/7 during the pandemic, and ordering a pizza was one of the few “fun” things they could do. In 2022, there was a slight drop to $17.3 billion, but most pizzerias in the country believe the number of deliveries will stay strong...

Why Hotels Need Better Tools to Measure & Communicate Sustainability Data

Average global daily temperatures are soaring, with the world experiencing its warmest June on record. These unprecedented heat waves, unwelcome reminders of the reality of climate change, come at a time when many in the Western hemisphere are either taking or planning vacations. There’s no denying that travel is part of the problem: the tourism industry alone accounts for 8 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and despite hospitality brands’ best efforts, this number is set to increase. For concerned travelers, there’s obvious tension between the desire to see the world and protect it. That’s why increasingly, consumers are looking...

How Hotels Can Attract the Growing EV Customer Base

The hospitality trade is experiencing another strong year in both leisure and business travel, continuing its rebound. “The post-pandemic urge to travel remains strong, which should drive continued growth in 2023. In the U.S., RevPAR was up 8.1 percent in 2022 from 2019, and Europe was up 6.1 percent for the same period,” according to EY. Combine this with record growth in electric vehicle sales and you have the recipe for a year in which it is likely that more EV drivers will be staying at hotels than ever before. What’s missing from this recipe is the current lack of...

Hotel Employees Thankful for Panic Buttons

Few people start their workday expecting an emergency to happen, but according to American Aerospace Engineer Edward Murphy Jr. who worked on safety-critical systems: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” If you’re not a believer in “Murphy’s Law,” just ask any of the 701 hotel workers who needed help last year while on duty and survived the ordeal because they were equipped with an Employee Safety Device (ESD) or panic button. Guest Dispute with Valet A hotel valet was assaulted by a guest who did not want to pay the parking fee after his vehicle was retrieved. Displeased with...

Step Up Your Cleaning Practices This Summer Season

Summer break is here. As guests start booking their stays and preparing for a relaxing or adventurous getaway, make sure your hospitality property is in tip-top shape. Germs and unclean facility areas can quickly turn a vacation into a nightmare, making it important to refresh your employees on the best practices to create a clean and welcoming environment. First Impressions are Key After a long day of travel, guests want to feel at ease from the moment they step foot on your property. In fact, most guests make up their minds about a hospitality property’s cleanliness even before they book their...

Hotel Industry Could Be a Leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The year 2020 will forever be remembered for COVID-19 and the start of the global pandemic. However, American historians had thought that the murder of George Floyd in May of that year would be an equally seminal moment in the history of our country, and the start of the human rights revolution in equity and inclusion in the U.S. The hospitality industry—with more than 40 percent of its front-line workers being Black, indigenous and people of color—was well-positioned to draw from its diverse workforce and was one of the first to establish committees to discuss the challenges and bridge solutions. Marriott...

Advanced AI Water Management Solutions Help Lodging Facilities Approach Net Zero

The world’s ongoing water crisis is real. One in four of the world’s largest cities are currently in water stress, and the global infrastructure for collecting, cleaning, and distributing water is critically strained. We are locked in an ongoing struggle to maintain sufficient supplies of water in the face of increasing global temperatures and continuing worsening droughts. Water waste is not only a major contributor to the decline of reservoirs, but also a significant source of carbon emissions. Water treatment and delivery in the United States account for 13 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption. In many municipalities, water is...

Ways CMMS Can Improve Hotel Maintenance Management

Managing maintenance in hotels and resorts with hundreds of rooms, multiple floors, and numerous assets is no small feat. Facility managers must possess strong organizational skills and an efficient maintenance management strategy to ensure a comfortable stay for their guests, which can lead to continued business and growth. Maintaining assets is crucial for guest satisfaction, as it reduces the likelihood of inconvenience and ensures a positive experience during their stay. To enhance productivity among staff and effectively track maintenance needs across all areas of a hotel or resort, maintenance managers should consider practicing preventive maintenance (PM) by utilizing a computerized...

The Paths to Leadership in Energy & Environment Design Water Conservation Credits for Evaporative Cooling Towers

Evaporative cooling towers play an important role in green buildings by significantly reducing energy consumption when they supplement or replace traditional air conditioning systems, thereby reducing carbon footprint and operating costs. Although evaporative cooling is great at saving energy, it does consume some water but the benefits on energy savings outweigh the water usage, which in some places is a scarce resource. Water conservation is therefore a high priority in designing and operating water-cooled equipment and plays an important role in USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other sustainability programs. LEED assigns credit points to reduce...

May They Thrive: My Thoughts on Earth Day No. 53

Earth Day has taken on different manifestations over the course of its 53-year history but to some of us who recall the first one, its purpose remains intact. Credit for the first Earth Day goes to Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who was a passionate environmentalist at a time when conservation wasn’t a politicized topic or a particularly notable one. He felt the need to expose the environmental damage of unregulated pollution, chemical toxicity, and habitat destruction. He also wisely realized that it was an intergenerational issue, and as a result, children and adults alike celebrated it together on April...