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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.

Former Knight’s Inn, Now an SCP Hotel, Given New, Green Shine

It is the greenest brand to come along in quite some time—SCP Hotel—and its owner and developer, Soul Community Planet (SCP), has plans to develop about 20 of them in the next two years. As Green Lodging News reported earlier this month, the first SCP Hotel just had its soft opening in Colorado Springs, Colo. What was formerly considered one of the worst hotels in the city is now a shining example of sustainability after a $6 million renovation. Be sure to read the original article for background information. The following is the result of an e-mail interview I...

Shipping Containers at Heart of AccorHotels Guestroom Concept

In 2011 and 2015 I wrote about a bed and breakfast and Days Inn utilizing shipping containers in their construction. I have also written about a shipping container used at a resort for hydroponic vegetable growing. I have since learned about the Flophouze Hotel that offers six shipping containers for nightly rentals. Each unit includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom with luxury linens, and a private bath. The nightly rate even includes access to electric vehicle charging stations. Reclaimed materials are used throughout; the counter tops are made from old bowling alley floors. Shipping container lodgings are very rare....

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Opens July 9

Green Lodging News will be participating in the Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey—this time as a supporter of the project that will be led by Greenview. Please be sure to participate in this year’s survey. It will go “live” on July 9, 2018 and will close on August 10, 2018. I will be reminding Green Lodging News readers about the survey over the coming weeks. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some...

Guestroom Energy Management a Big Part of This Year’s HITEC

I attended HITEC in Houston this past week. For those of you not familiar with the event, it is our industry’s leading trade show devoted to technology. According to the HITEC website, this year’s show included 397 exhibitors. Many of those exhibitors featured new guestroom energy management technologies. There were a few other companies at the show with products fitting into the health and wellness space—air and water purifiers, sound masking systems, etc. I will be writing an article summarizing the numerous HITEC announcements in the coming days. Watch for it on the Green Lodging News website. Most of my...

Northeast Suites Founder Pushes ‘Made in the USA’ with GoLocal

The corporate housing industry is highly competitive, but Patrick Flynn has come up with a unique way to differentiate his company from others. The lodging industry should take note. Flynn, Founder and CEO of Northeast Suites, is beating the competition while creating a new revenue stream with GoLocal. GoLocal is a new category of suites—premium corporate living units and vacation rentals—furnished exclusively with products made or assembled in the United States. Every detail, furnishing, feature, appliance and product—more than 60 items total in each unit—has been carefully sourced from companies all over the United States. Using a tablet or smartphone,...

HITEC, Industry’s Leading Technology Event, Set for June 18 to 21

Our industry’s leading technology trade show, HITEC, is set to take place June 18 to 21 at the LEED Silver George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. I will be attending the event this year. Be sure to watch for coverage here on Green Lodging News. HITEC will be thin on green educational content this year with just one session but the trade show floor is worth the trip with a significant group of companies highlighting their latest guestroom energy management technologies—technologies that can help save you a lot of money while reducing your carbon footprint at the same...

Efforts to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Picking Up Steam

Plastic elimination and minimization has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Almost every day I hear from someone offering a product that is easier on the planet than its plastic counterpart, or from a company announcing a plastic-reducing plan. Today I heard from a company that sells glass straws. This past week I posted an article on alternatives to the plastic toothbrush. Are you still giving your guests plastic toothbrushes? Check out the article. Bamboo toothbrushes are an excellent alternative to plastic. One company even offers toothbrush handles made from repurposed and recycled materials like wood, paper...

Hilton Looking to Inspire, Move the Industry Forward with 2030 Goals

If Hilton reaches its just announced goal of cutting its environmental footprint in half and doubling its social impact investment by 2030 (see article), it will certainly go down as one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of our industry. The company has given itself some time—12 years is a lot—but doing what it intends to do while growing the brand will not be easy. Percent reduction goals can be deceiving. It is a lot easier to have large percentage cuts if you are currently performing poorly but not in the case of Hilton; it had already been getting...

The Story of the Carpet You Choose is Worth Knowing

The carpet making sector has been one of the most aggressive in our industry when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of the products they sell. They have been among the most innovative and visionary regarding sourcing, design, manufacturing, and recycling and taking back product at the end of its life. Companies within the sector should be so progressive and held accountable for the products they make. Their new carpeting covers billions of square feet every year. Carpet is made from nylon—a polymer (a plastic) so its carbon impact is significant. Over the years it can be treated...

Noise Masking & the Wellness, Guest Satisfaction Connection

After so many years of building hotels, you would think our industry would have figured out a way to provide the right balance of quiet and noise to allow travelers to sleep soundly. I am sure we all have our bad experiences as travelers—guests partying across the hall, early morning noise from the street below, airplanes flying over, next-door guests dialing up the volume on their TVs to all hours of the night, getting a room next to an elevator, etc. It would be interesting to know how many guests turn the HVAC system on each night to mask...