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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Fortune Releases 2021 Best Companies to Work For List

Fortune just released its list of the Best Companies to Work For. According to Fortune, the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list honors the most heroic companies supporting their people and communities in the United States during this historically challenging year. People analytics firm Great Place to Work surveyed over half a million employees on issues including how trustworthy, caring, and fair the company is in times of crises; employees’ physical, emotional, and financial health; and the company’s broader community impact. Analysis revealed strong links between positive employee opinions and how employees witnessed their senior leaders...

BREEAM Announces Winners of BREEAM Awards 2021

In late March, BREEAM hosted the first ever online BREEAM Awards ceremony. The three-day virtual event celebrated this year’s shortlisted and winning projects with over 400 attendees joining online from all over the world. BREEAM has been the world-leading sustainability assessment method for planning projects, infrastructure, and buildings for over 30 years. The BREEAM Awards is an annual celebration recognizing the projects and organizations that, in the view of the independent judging panel, are leading the way with significant achievements in sustainable building design, development and management. The three-day ceremony, which was hosted by BRE’s Head of Building Performance Services Shamir...

Three Property Examples of March 27 Earth Hour Activities

Of course, there is good reason—the pandemic—but this was the first year I did not hear from any public relations representative or anyone else about their plans for Earth Hour which took place on Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time. This past week I did run across a few press releases, however, detailing Earth Hour activities that took place. None of the releases were about U.S. properties. 1. In Sanya, China, Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort participated by dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting, children activities were planned, a band performed in...

Clean Energy as Percentage of U.S. Electrical Generation Doubles in 10 Years

For those of you looking for good news in a long stretch of bad news, some news from the U.S. Energy Information Administration may put a smile on your face. Electrical generation by U.S. wind and solar set new records in 2020. In fact, it was 16.7 percent greater in 2020 than a year earlier, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of new data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Similarly, annual electrical production by all renewable energy sources combined (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) reached an all-time high last year and provided more...

Hotel Companies Not on 2021 ‘Most Ethical’ List

Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today announced the 135 honorees representing 22 countries and 47 industries that have earned the coveted designation of World’s Most Ethical Companies® in 2021. This is the 15th annual recognition of companies that have demonstrated a commitment to ethical business practices through programs that positively impact employees, communities, and broader stakeholders, and contribute to sustainable and profitable long-term business performance. In 2021, nine companies are first-time honorees, while six have been recognized 15 times, every year since the awards inception in 2007. Whereas Wyndham Hotels &...

USGBC Releases Top 10 States for LEED in 2020

Earlier this year I updated Green Lodging News readers about the reach of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building program in lodging. For those of you who missed that column, there were 2,132 lodging projects either registered or certified as of December 16, 2020. The most LEED hotel projects are in the United States—1,253. For those of you interested in the reach of LEED at a more general level by state, USGBC recently released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED green building with Massachusetts leading the country in 2020 with the most certified...

Sandals Resorts Forms Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship

As was reported in my previous blog, the travel industry recently lost Gordon “Butch” Stewart. The founder of Sandals Resorts passed away in early January. In one of his first initiatives as Sandals Resorts International’s Executive Chairman, Adam Stewart has announced the creation of The Gordon “Butch” Stewart Tourism & Hospitality Scholarship, fostering the power of education to develop the next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders in honor of the late Stewart. “My father fiercely believed in the power of possibility; he understood and celebrated the ability of people to rise above their potential and accomplish great things,” said Adam...

Six Hotel Companies Make Fortune’s List of World’s Most Admired Companies

NEW YORK—Fortune magazine just released its list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Six companies made the list in the Hotels, Casinos, and Resorts category. They include: Wynn Resorts (No. 327), MGM Resorts International (No. 213), Las Vegas Sands (No. 190), Hyatt Hotels (No. 168), Hilton Worldwide Holdings (No. 163), and Marriott International (No. 25). Among all industries, 332 companies appear on this year’s list. As it has in the past, Fortune collaborated with its partner Korn Ferryon this survey of corporate reputations. Fortune began with a universe of about 1,500 candidates: the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue, along with non-U.S....

More on Serta Simmons Bedding & Its Pursuit of the Anti-Viral Mattress

I recently reported on two mattress makers and their inclusion of certain additives to make their mattresses anti-bacterial and anti-microbial—certainly positive attributes for mattresses to have given their use in hotels over the years by so many people. Of course, the elephant in the room given COVID-19 was whether either of the companies’ mattresses were also anti-viral. One of the companies mentioned in my article was Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB). At the time I wrote my article I was unable to reach the folks at SSB. Well, I did finally get a chance to chat with them yesterday. In a press...

Trend: Nature, Nature, Nature

The era of lockdowns and social distancing—as well as an acute awareness of the destruction of the environment spurred by COVID-19 travel restrictions—has placed a new value on the innate benefits of the great outdoors. At the November Global Wellness Summit (GWS), a panel of media experts predicted six key trends, and among them was a newfound, deep connection to nature. Of course, the need for nature was already on the rise before the pandemic hit; the crisis has only served to amplify what many wellness experts were already saying—humans have an innate need to convene with the wider world...