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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.

Former Victoria Comfort Inn to be Temporary Home for Homeless

According to the Good News Network, the British Columbian government has managed to provide housing for more than 200 homeless Canadians while simultaneously bringing economic support to struggling hotels during the COVID-19 crisis. Last month, provincial legislators purchased the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria for $18.5 million as a means of sheltering homeless people living in street encampments amidst the pandemic. In addition to the hotel being equipped with 65 rooms for temporary accommodations, the province is also rehiring laid-off hotel workers to help manage the facility. “Often people experiencing homelessness are not able to access the support and services they need,”...

Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts Produces Highly Polished ‘Purely Palace’ Video

I have received many press releases from hotel companies announcing new protocols for ensuring hygiene and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the companies have put together videos that demonstrate some of the steps they are taking. Perhaps no other company has put together a more polished video that encapsulates their initiatives than Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts. Click here to access that video that explains many of the company’s initiatives that comprise its Purely Palace program. Here are some examples from Purely Palace: Each team member has his or her temperature checked before walking through a...

Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces Winners of Virginia Green Travel Star Awards

Yes, you can still find a way to recognize green leadership in these crazy times. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Virginia Green Travel Alliance recently announced the winners of the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards. These awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. The awards would have been presented in conjunction with the Virginia Green Travel Star Conference but it was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, 18 Virginia tourism operations...

COVID-19 Prompts Questions About Hand Dryers

I will be chatting soon with someone from Dyson about the importance of handwashing and, just as important, proper hand drying—both extremely important in this new COVID-19 world. According to the PR person who contacted me about handwashing and Dyson, damp hands can transfer up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. I found a press release from 2009 that backs this up. The hand dryer versus paper towel for public restrooms debate has been going on a long time. I have written about it previously for Green Lodging News. With COVID-19 everything is about touch points and of...

Echo Resorts Keeps Employees Busy During Trying Times

Malaysia’s Echo Resorts, the owning company for Gayana Marine Resort, Bunga Raya Island Resort and Borneo Eagle Resort, is keeping busy amidst the worldwide pandemic caused by the corona virus. While its hotel division is not operating due to global travel restrictions and the Movement Control Order imposed by the Malaysian government, it’s business as usual, if not more, for the other divisions. Organic Food Supply Its Borneo Eco Fish Farm by Bayu Aquaculture Sdn Bhd and Green-Os organic vegetable farm are seeing rising orders from consumers and restaurants since the pandemic began. Borneo Eco Fish Farm rears an assortment of...

HD Expo + Conference Goes Online for 2020

One of my favorite events of the year, the HD Expo + Conference, originally slated to be held early next month in Las Vegas but canceled due to COVID-19, is going virtual from Tuesday, May 5 to Thursday, May 7. Via webcast there will be 12 free sessions and 40 presenters. A+D professionals can earn up to 12 CEU/LU credits. Among the sessions: “Emerging Trends: Leading-Edge Concepts in Wellbeing,” and “NEWH Green Voice: Technology for Healthy Buildings.” Speakers for the wellbeing session include: Kevin Boehm, Co-CEO, Co-Founder, Boka Restaurant Group; Kane Sarhan, Co-Founder & CCO, THE WELL; Aaron Richter, Senior Vice...

New Horizon President’s Frank Assessment of LEED Certification

A while back I heard from Aly Valiani, President of Houston-based New Horizons Hospitality, Inc. regarding his company’s two LEED certified hotels. I finally had a chance to chat with him about the properties this past week. The first hotel is the 172-room LEED Silver certified Hilton Garden Inn Houston NW/America Plaza. The second is the 146-room Hyatt Place The Woodlands. I was curious to know how Valiani’s company had benefited from the LEED certification. First, Valiani told me his company’s seven Houston area hotels are currently averaging just 5 to 10 percent occupancy. Business has been hurt not only...

Going Solar Resource Page Includes Solar Incentives by State

Amanda Davis, the Community Director for Going Solar LLC, recently wrote with some very helpful information on solar rebates and incentives available in the United States. Be sure to check out her company’s resource page. According to Going Solar, solar energy provides positive impacts for the environment and cuts energy costs significantly. Although solar is about 90 percent cheaper than 10 years ago, to promote its continued growth, many states, counties, municipalities and utilities are providing solar tax breaks and financial incentives to make solar more affordable. State solar incentives differ between states and utility providers. Going Solar says...

Green Seal Offers How to Stay Healthy During COVID-19 Advice

The COVID-19 crisis has certainly made cleaning and disinfection a top of mind topic in the hotel industry and everywhere else. Green Seal has put together an excellent list of resources on how to “Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 crisis.” Be sure to check out their site which includes a "How to Safely Disinfect for Coronavirus" page. Other topic groups include: “Resources for Healthy Homes,” “Resources for Healthy Schools and Workplaces,” “Resources for Green Seal Certified Producers,” “Resources for Green Seal Certified Cleaning Service Providers,” and “Resources from Our Stakeholders.” Under “Resources for Healthy Schools and Workplaces,” there are links...

Greenbuild Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

Greenbuild just released its 2019 Sustainability Report. For those of you not familiar with Greenbuild, it is the world’s largest conference and expo for the green building industry. The report summarizes the environmental impact of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo that was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of the goals for Greenbuild in 2019 was to move it toward a Zero Waste Event. For the third year in a row Greenbuild achieved TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, which is awarded to tradeshows with a TRUE waste diversion rate of 90 percent or...