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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.

Picking the Brain of a Smart Buildings Expert

Commercial buildings, including hotels in the United States, waste up to $60 billion in energy every year. That is not a good record, especially since by 2050, every building in the world will need to achieve the target goal of net-zero energy use to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Given that most buildings that will exist in the next 30 years have already been built, the only way to get there is more technology and digitization of buildings and the built environment. So says Paul Ghezzi, CEO and Director of Kontrol Technologies, whose company’s aim is to make...

A GreenCity in the Works for Richmond, Virginia Region

One of the most interesting sustainability-focused megaprojects in the works currently is called GreenCity and is planned for the Richmond, Virginia metro region. The eco-district project will include commercial, entertainment and residential developments. Two hotels are planned for GreenCity, with the first scheduled to be developed in the initial development sequence, and the second to follow as the market dictates. A 17,000-seat arena is planned. Also included will be retail space and a 40-acre, publicly accessible park system. Transit connections are currently under study, but when completed will allow for easy regional access via bus and other systems. Some of...

One of Many Helpful Articles I Am Sent on Plastics Pollution

As each week passes as editor of Green Lodging News, I am sent way more article leads or helpful websites that I can write about. I would like to share one of those with you now. Perhaps you too will want to pass the article along. 15 Ways To Reduce Plastic Pollution—This article provides some very good reasons to care about plastic pollution. From the article: Maybe you don’t understand what the hype about plastic pollution is all about. Laura Parker writes for National Geographic. She reports that “Millions of animals are killed by plastics every year, from birds to fish...

Operto Releases “Sustainable Hotels: How Going Green Helps Your Hotel”

Looking for reasons to green up your hotel? Be sure to check out the latest paper from Operto Guest Technologies. The paper is entitled, “Sustainable Hotels: How Going Green Helps Your Hotel.” Not familiar with Operto? “Our systems enable not only contactless guest entry but also personalized and automated temperature control, and powerful monitoring features,” the company says. The paper begins with what guests want. “According to our survey, a growing percentage of guests are willing to pay significantly more per night—up to 75 percent more in some cases—to a hotel that can demonstrate genuinely green policies, and we found...

On the Fence About EV Charging Stations?

Still on the fence about whether to invest in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations? A new report from researchers at Storage Café may help you decide. The report identifies the best-equipped metro areas for EVs. Researchers analyzed the 100 largest U.S. metro areas based on 14 key metrics, including the number of registered electric vehicles, EV infrastructure, the cost of an eGallon and other criteria. The San Jose (CALIF.) metro area is the ultimate electric car hotspot. The metro area has the most EV public charging stations per 1,000 households (2.4), as well as the most apartment units (12.3 percent)...

The Las Vegas Convention Center’s Highly Efficient ‘Loop’

In case you missed it, The Boring Company’s people-moving “Loop” beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center has started carrying passengers. The $52.5 million tunnel is filled with Tesla vehicles that carry passengers around the 1.7-mile stretch. The construction took about 18 months. The system is ten times faster than walking around the convention center. “We’re grateful to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and all local stakeholders for providing us the opportunity to construct our first commercial project in one of the world’s most dynamic destinations,” Boring Co. President Steve Davis said in a statement reported by The Los Angeles Business...

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Wraps Up International Pineapple Week

Preferred Hotels & Resorts recently wrapped up its International Pineapple Week (June 20 to 27)—a time to focus on acts of service. Throughout the week, in the run-up to the official International Pineapple Day on June 27, more than 200 member hotels from around the world shared their most memorable “Acts of Service” from the last year using the hashtag #PreferredPineappleWeek. “It has been an incredibly humbling time for our industry and, for many of us, this exciting period of recovery is inspiring a deeper appreciation for the talented people that create magical moments for loyal guests and I Prefer members globally,” said...

Fascinating Findings in The Vacationer Travel Survey

Like the recent survey conducted by Booking.com, a similar one conducted by The Vacationer indicates a strong preference for sustainable travel. When asked how important sustainable travel is to you, 82 percent said either somewhat important (56%) or very important (26%). “Sustainable travel is most important to the youngest generation aged 18 to 29,” the report said. “29.63 percent of people in this age bracket noted it was Very Important to them.” When asked, “Do you intend to make more sustainable (eco-friendly) decisions when planning travel?”, 48 percent said yes but only if it does not inconvenience them. Twenty-six percent...

Send Me Your Water Conservation Tips

If you could name the top five items on your property that are saving you on water consumption, what would they be? Please feel free to share them with me at greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. I will share them with my readers. I thought of that after a look at the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor. If you visit the Drought Monitor site, you will see how severe the drought is in the west. Take a look at a series of maps in The New York Times and you will see how conditions have worsened over the years and gotten especially bad...

Early Insights on Booking.com’s New Sustainable Travel Report

Booking.com just released its 2021 Sustainable Travel Report. I will be running the entire press release about the report in the coming days. Be sure to watch for it. Insights in the report were drawn from 29,000 travelers across 30 countries. There were some survey results that jumped out at me. First, when looking just at the 40 percent of American travelers that said they have not stayed in a sustainable property in the past year, 37 percent said they did not even know that they existed, 16 percent said they could not find any options where they were...