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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Publisher's Point of View

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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

SHARC Resurfaces with First Hotel Industry Installation

It was almost five years ago that I reported on a new system, SHARC, that captures and reuses heat that is typically lost to the sewage system—yes, the water that is flushed down toilets. SHARC Energy Systems is the name of the company in British Columbia that developed the wastewater heat recovery system. I interviewed the company’s Chairman and CEO, Lynn Mueller, at that time and he said the system had great potential for use in hotels. In one non-hotel condo setting, there was a 75 percent reduction in energy used for water heating. Years passed and I heard nothing...

A Smart, New, ‘No Brainer’ Way to Build Hotels

Tesla has built a huge following because of its sleek electric vehicles (EVs) but the company offers much more than EVs. It has also developed its own unique solar panels, solar tiles made from tempered glass, Powerwalls for home energy storage, and Powerpacks for larger-scale energy storage for buildings such as hotels. I bring up Tesla because a California company, S2A Modular, is combining its modular building techniques with Tesla energy storage technology to make net zero hotels not only possible but affordable as well. What S2A Modular is doing has the potential to dramatically change our industry. I spoke with...

Make the New Year a More Sustainable One

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a great holiday. I spent two weeks in Barcelona as a tourist and visiting family. I had a great time and it is easy to understand why so many people visit the historic city so close to France and the Mediterranean. It was great to see so many recycling containers on the streets of the city. I am excited to be back and ready to continue my work covering the most innovative and newsworthy green products, services and trends. Last year was a year of growth with my website topping 40,000 different...

Top Ten 2018 Announcements, Trends—as Posted on GLN

Green Lodging News recently listed the top 10 most read articles of 2018. Because that list was based on page views, choosing the top 10 was quite easy. Choosing the most newsworthy green events in our industry in 2018 was a lot more difficult. I reviewed the hundreds of articles posted on our website throughout the year and narrowed down our list to 21 and then 10. Here are those 10 articles—generally ranked from most important to less important. Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel...

Finance Model Removes Barriers for Equipment, Other Upgrades

In my conversations with suppliers I often hear complaints about their potential customers being hesitant to invest in green equipment, systems or software with a very reasonable ROI. It is no news that hoteliers can be a thrifty bunch, but suppliers must sometimes wonder if their customers just don’t understand the kind of cash they could be saving. Some investments are simply “no brainers.” Perhaps suppliers are also guilty for not clearly making their case? Fortunately, new finance options come along every now and then to make the capital investment discussion easier for suppliers and hoteliers. For example, PACE financing...

Modular Construction Gaining Traction in Hotel Industry

Modular construction is trending. I heard this week from S2A Modular, a California-based company that designs and constructs electrically self-sustaining residential and commercial buildings. The parts of the homes and commercial buildings are constructed in the company’s MegaFactory. Unique to the company is its net zero approach. Each structure pairs Tesla’s Powerwall system with solar technology to produce zero emissions. Modules are scalable and stackable. The company says it has constructed hotels. Says Brian Kuzdas, Co-founder and CEO, S2A Modular, “When I reveal to people that world-class hotels from globe-leading chains, such as Marriott, are being built ‘modular,’ there’s a...

Top 10 Most Read 2018 Green Lodging News Website Articles

Each week in the Green Lodging News e-newsletter, I include a list of the most read articles from the previous month. With 2018 winding down, I was curious to know which stories, posted in 2018, experienced the most reads. Here then is a list of those top 10 stories ranked from the most read on down. If you have not read the articles, be sure to check them out! 1. Marriott Push Toward Shower Dispensers to Reduce Waste, Trim Costs. Marriott unveiled its new shower-toiletry program for the five brands that make up the bulk of its properties—Courtyard, Fairfield, Residence...

USGBC Launches LEED Zero, Makes Other Green Building Announcements

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), operator of the most widely used green building rating system in the world, released a flurry of announcements in the past month in conjunction with its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo (held in Chicago November 14 to 16). First, USGBC launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. LEED Zero is open to all LEED projects certified under the BD+C, ID+C or O+M rating systems, or projects registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate any or one of...

HX, BDNY Ownership Change Announced Just Prior to Two Shows

Just about a month prior to this month’s HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade shows in New York City, Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. announced that it had acquired the HX and BDNY shows along with BDWest, Boutique Design Magazine and other assets of ST Media Group International and Hospitality Media Group. In case you are not familiar with Emerald, it is the owner of HD Expo, the large hospitality design event held each May in Las Vegas. The Boutique Design purchases make a lot of sense and are a natural fit for Emerald. The...

‘Make a Green Choice’ Not Always the Best Choice?

A good idea gone bad? What do you think? It was almost a decade ago that the “Make a Green Choice” program first emerged at a couple of Sheraton hotels. It then began spreading throughout Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In case you are not familiar with the program, it allows guests to opt out of housekeeping for up to three or four days in exchange for a vouchers or loyalty points. Once Marriott acquired Starwood, it continued the program and added a similar “Your Choice” program at some of its hotels. When the program was first gaining traction, I remember...