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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

No Use Losing Sleep Over Wellness—Really

Whether you realize it or not, you are deeply involved in the wellness movement. If you do not provide an environment in your guestrooms that is conducive to sleep, your wellness score? Zero. How do your guestrooms stack up when it comes to Circadian Health? Yes, there is such a thing and it was the number one 2020 Global Wellness Trend, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Believe it or not, New York City’s Equinox Hotel has sleep coaches who analyze a guest’s circadian rhythm state. (I would love to see the resumé of a sleep coach. “GREAT at napping.”...

Industry Work on Human Trafficking Just the Beginning

Do a search on “trafficking” on the Green Lodging News website and you will find almost 130 articles that mention it. In recent months, human trafficking has been getting a lot more attention. That is mostly a good thing because the media attention primarily has been focused on efforts by hotel companies and associations to prevent, recognize and stop this madness that affects 40 million people around the globe. Just prior to Super Bowl, for example, the hotel industry convened the National Football League, national and local Florida organizations and human trafficking prevention groups to kick off a month-long series...

Accor Quickly Commits to Meet Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Goals

Some of the most read articles on the Green Lodging News website are the guest columns. These are not paid articles but contributions from consultants, suppliers, students and others who choose to volunteer their time to help educate and share their opinions. Our website currently has about 340 guest columns archived. They are posted approximately every two weeks. Green Lodging News is currently seeking contributions for 2020. If you would like to help educate our industry or express an opinion about a topic relevant to green hotel operations or design, give me a call at (813) 510-3868 or e-mail greenlodgingnews@gmail.com....

Still a Rare Event—A Brand New Sustainable Hospitality Brand

As ingrained as sustainability has become in our industry’s leading hotel companies, few individual brands have emerged as truly green brands. 1 Hotels comes to mind, of course, but there are few others. As reported on Green Lodging News last month, Lucky Shepherd recently launched its Shepherd Eco sustainable hospitality brand. The first hotel will open in 2022 in Miami. I spoke with Christine Menedis, Lucky Shepherd Co-Founder and CEO last week about her company’s new brand. Menedis told me the Miami property is one of several Shepherd Eco properties in development. The others will be in other cities. Ground will be...

Survey Reveals ‘What’s Hot’ & On the Minds of U.S. Chefs

The National Restaurant Association just released the results of its annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. The What’s Hot survey was conducted in November-December 2019. More than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs rated 133 individual trends in 12 categories, identified in partnership with Technomic, Inc. What is clear from the survey is that sustainability, health and wellness are top of mind among chefs. The top 10 overall trends include: eco-friendly packaging, plant-based proteins, delivery-friendly menu items, healthy bowls, scratch made, creativity with catering, revamped classic cocktails, stress relievers, specialty burger blends, and unique beef and pork cuts. According to NRA, eco-friendly packaging...

Coming Soon: A Website for Travelers with MCS

One of the most read articles on Green Lodging News, with almost 10,000 views, is “How to Better Accommodate Travelers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).” It is proof of the great interest in the topic. When I wrote that article in 2014, it was estimated that MCS affects about 12 percent of the U.S. population, but more than 30 percent of the population is fragrance sensitive. As much interest as there is in MCS, not enough has been done in our industry to accommodate travelers with MCS. If you google “chemical free hotels,” you will not find much. I spoke...

Steam Cleaners Make Chemical-Free Cleaning Much More Possible

As a supplement to your green cleaning arsenal, I strongly recommend the use of steam cleaners for cleaning and disinfecting. I spoke with executives at two steam cleaner companies recently and they filled me in on the many applications and benefits of steam cleaning. Watch for my article on Green Lodging News in the next few days. Steam cleaning is a rare event in hotels these days. One of the executives I spoke with estimates that only about 2 percent of hotels use steam cleaners. It is a missed opportunity to clean very effectively with very little water and no...

Top 10 Most Read Green Lodging News Articles Posted in 2019

The year 2019 was an interesting one in the green lodging world, with many of the stories having to do with the elimination of plastic (straws, single use amenity bottles, water bottles, etc.) or other types of waste reduction. The year started off with Sandals Resorts International eliminating Styrofoam across its Caribbean resorts and finished with the launch of Shepherd Eco, a new sustainable hospitality brand with waste reduction as a focus. What Green Lodging News articles posted in 2019 were read the most? Here is a top 10 list with a brief description of each article. 1.  Creative Alternatives to...

Hilton Expands Food Donation Portion of Waste Reduction Initiative

As reported on Green Lodging News, Hilton just announced the expansion of its food donation initiative to all its 300 managed hotels across the United States and Canada. The company expects to donate nearly 100 tons of food over the next year—enough to feed more than 160,000 people—while also diverting millions of pounds of food waste from landfills. As part of its Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, Hilton is aiming to reduce food waste by 50 percent (baseline year 2017). According to Hilton, approximately one-third of food is wasted worldwide, yet global food insecurity remains endemic. It is estimated that...

More on Dispensers, Even More on Crystal Springs Resort

First this week: In last week’s articles, “Research Conducted for Clean the World: Bacterial Contamination Common in Refillable Dispensers,” and “New Research Much Fuel for the Fire in Ongoing Dispenser Debate,” Clean the World CEO and President Shawn Seipler incorrectly used the word “fecal” to describe the bacteria contained in the refillable dispensers that were part of a study conducted by the University of Arizona. Those mentions have since been corrected. The Executive Summary of the larger report on dispensers to be published next year was a hot topic of conversation this past week. It would be great to see...