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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com

Publisher's Point of View

Home Publisher's Point of View
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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com

Entrepreneur Finds Opportunity in Distressed Hotel Properties

Richard Rubin, Founder and CEO of Repvblik, is being offered 20 to 30 hotels a week. There is a good reason for the calls. Rubin’s company has figured out how to convert a distressed hotel into a profitable one—in the middle of a pandemic. This of course is far more environmentally advantageous than building the same hotel from ground up. I first reported about Richard and his company back in May when his company announced it had almost completed the conversion of a former 423-key Day’s Inn property in Branson, Mo. into apartments. That property, now called Plato’s Cave,...

Let There be Light…But Not Too Much

Does your property light pollute? Perhaps you have not even thought about it but light pollution, as defined by the International Dark-Sky Assn., is “the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light.” A big thank you to UpSpring PR for making me aware of some of the issues related to light pollution and what can be done to minimize it. They cited four expert opinions in their recent e-mail to me. (To see how bad light pollution is near you, check out the NASA Blue Marble Navigator.) In a nutshell, light pollution can have many negative impacts on wildlife and...

Difficult News Makes Government Relief Essential—and Needed Fast

Different recessions have different reasons for happening but there is one thing they all have in common: the need for government stimulus and bailout if necessary, to preserve industries and jobs. The numbers we have all been seeing in recent months and especially recent weeks have been just plain scary and I strongly encourage you to support the efforts of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and other travel organizations in their efforts to get our government to come together on some type of aid for travel. Please write to your congressional representatives to ask for it. This...

Research: Hand Dryers, Paper Towels Just as Hygiene Safe as the Other

Some of the most read articles on Green Lodging News address the hand dryer versus paper towel debate. The articles have had thousands of page views. There are various ways to approach the debate—from a waste standpoint, for example, or a hygiene standpoint. It is certainly a topic of interest today given COVID-19 so hygiene has become topic No. 1. I received news from Excel Dryer this past week of the results of a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team study entitled, Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature....

My Reaction to The Strip’s First Fully Smoke-Free Casino Resort

MGM Resorts International’s announcement this past week that it would open its Park MGM/NoMad resort as a 100 percent nonsmoking resort was good news for travelers who prioritize good, clean air to breathe. According to MGM’s press release about the opening, it is the Las Vegas Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. While a long time coming, I applaud MGM for taking this step and strongly encourage the company to repeat it at its other remaining properties around the world. (Listen up other gaming companies as well.) The announcement comes at a critical time—with the West experiencing its worst fire...

A Chat with the President of the Latino Hotel Association

The Latino share of the U.S. population is about 18 percent, but Latinos accounted for about half of all U.S. population growth from 2010 to 2019. Yet, the percentage of hotels owned by Latinos in the United States is far from where it could be. According to Lynette Montoya, President & CEO of the Latino Hotel Assn., there are currently about 500 to 600 hotels in the United States that are Latino owned. Montoya told me she has led the association since 2015, previously working as a hotel broker. “Our job is to provide knowledge of opportunity of owning and/or...

Have You Thought About UVC Light Machines for Guestroom ‘Cleaning’?

It has been said that “crisis breeds innovation.” That has certainly been true in our industry and others since the onset of the pandemic. One of the innovations I have been seeing more often in recent months is portable or even robotic ultraviolet (UV) light machines that can be used by housekeepers or others in maintenance for guestrooms and public areas. They tend to use UVC light as compared to UVA or UVB. UVC light has a wavelength range of 100 to 280 nanometers (nm) and is widely acknowledged as the most effective light to eradicate germs. The machines...

Envisioning the Day Your Hotel is a Vertical Power Generator

Imagine if the windows on your hotel became electricity generators for your property. Not just the windows on the south-facing side but every side. A company called SolarWindow Technologies has developed a product called SolarWindow that it says could have a payback of one year and reduce your electricity costs by 50 percent. Capable of generating current and voltage while maintaining the transparent nature of ordinary glass, the company’s recently featured nine-square-foot SolarWindow was created using the company’s patented LiquidElectricity coatings. A new video demonstrates the Solar Window. It is very cool technology. The product is still not available for...

Another Very Important Reason to Go Plastic Free

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jeffery Smith, Vice President Sustainability for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Click here in case you missed it. Six Senses made news this past week when it announced that it has become one of the first signatories of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the UN Environment Programme and UN World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. As a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Six Senses furthers its commitment to eliminating and becoming plastic free in 2022. I have built the case for going plastic free many times...

Loosening Showerhead Water Flow Restrictions Makes No WaterSense

While shorter showers and not letting the shower water run are encouraged in at least one article on the U.S. Department of Energy’s own website, and the U.S. EPA has its own long-standing and successful WaterSense label program to reward showerhead water efficiency, President Trump believes the time is now to get less showerhead efficient. Following numerous public complaints from the president about low-flow fixtures designed to save water, the Department of Energy has proposed to change the definition of a showerhead. In the new proposal, different components within a showerhead would be allowed to count as individual showerheads. This...