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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

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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

The NAFEM Show to Feature More Than 540 Exhibitors

This week I will be attending The NAFEM Show (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) in Orlando. The show runs from February 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. I am looking forward to it and will report on the event in next week’s column. There are currently 541 exhibitors. I will be on the lookout for new innovations and technologies—specifically ones that help hoteliers save energy and water and reduce waste. Within foodservice there has been a lot of chatter recently about the health risks of gas stoves. According to The New York Times, mounting evidence...

Two Hotel Industry Examples of Water from Air on a Large Scale

In recent years, Green Lodging News has published articles about companies that offer machines that transform moisture in the air to drinking water. It is a great idea of course and when matched with a glass bottling system can do a great job at eliminating plastic bottle waste. This past week, Accor announced that it is partnering with SOURCE Global, PBC to bring reusable glass bottled drinking water—water from the air—to key hotels in Singapore. Unique to this water is that it is made by SOURCE Hydropanels—a ground-breaking solar-powered technology that harvests the pure, endlessly renewable water vapor in the...

ReloShare Makes It Easy for Hotels to Assist Crime Victims, Social Service Agencies

On a typical day in the U.S., there are thousands of requests for emergency shelter that are unmet. There are different reasons folks need such housing—domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other crimes. Fortunately, an increasing number of hotel companies are stepping up to provide rooms for those victims in need through the Safe Stays by ReloShare alliance. According to ReloShare, there are now more than 13,000 hotels participating. A big supporter of ReloShare has been Choice Hotels International, which, as of January 10, had more than six thousand U.S. hotels activated with ReloShare to provide safe housing solutions. Choice...

Continuing, Emerging, Exploding Trends for 2023

In last week’s column I listed the top 10 most read articles that were posted on Green Lodging News in 2022. In thinking about the last year, I came up with a list of trends I see continuing, emerging—even exploding—in our industry that will continue into this new year. A continuation and increase in goal setting. Whether in alignment with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals or not, more and more companies, both public and private, are setting goals for decreases in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste reduction. Food waste and plastic waste (and climate...

Our Annual List of the Top 10 Most Read Articles Posted in Previous Year

A very happy new year to you! May it be a greener one and a more prosperous one for all of you. Green Lodging News will turn 17 this year—very hard to believe—and in that time the Green Lodging News website has accumulated more than 13,000 articles, many of which make the most read articles overall list time and time again. For this column, as has been done in previous years, I list the most read articles on the website for only those articles that were posted in the previous year—2022 in this case, of course. The articles are somewhat...

New Green Lodging Trends Report Takes Close Look at Global Best Practices

As reported on Green Lodging News this past week, Greenview just released its Green Lodging Trends Report (GLTR). It is news for many reasons, but the two main ones are its size and its sole focus on sustainability best practices. The 83-page report is based on data received from about 27,000 hotels across 54 countries. The report was first launched in 2016 and published from 2016 to 2018. Covid disrupted publication of the report, but Greenview continued its work. The result: The 2022 GLTR dataset is six times greater than the 2018 GLTR dataset. I posted two articles on the...

AHLA’s Launch of Responsible Stay Reflects Industry’s Big Push Toward Environmental Impact Reduction

Reducing our industry’s environmental impact takes teamwork and making best practices easily available so that those who are not as far along the green path can copy and improve upon what has been done. That is the message behind the announcement this past week by AHLA to launch Responsible Stay, an industry-wide commitment to make meetings, events, and guest experiences in America’s hotels more environmentally and socially responsible. (See article on Green Lodging News.) The Responsible Stay website details the program’s principles and areas of focus, provides examples of what more than 20 companies are doing, features company success snapshots,...

WTTC: Travel & Tourism Sector Emissions Less Than Previously Believed

New data unveiled by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) show the Travel & Tourism sector is not contributing what it was once thought to be contributing to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions total. Previous estimates have suggested that the global Travel & Tourism sector was responsible for up to 11 percent of all emissions. However, WTTC’s Environmental & Social Research (ESR) shows that in 2019 the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions totaled just 8.1 percent globally. That 8.1 percent is a big “just” but good news nevertheless—but certainly not reason to slow efforts to improve efficiency. According to WTTC,...

Sustainable Travel Survey Highlights Need for Better Communication, Wise Investments

Passport Photo Online recently released the results of its “Is Sustainable Travel Trending Up” study. The purpose of the survey of more than 1,000 Americans was to determine if sustainability is still a priority among travelers. Previous similar studies have shown that sustainable travel has indeed become more of a priority in recent years. The following are some tidbits from the survey that stood out for me: Communication Most employers don’t communicate if they are acting on sustainability with about seven in 10 employees unaware of their organization’s green policies regarding business travel. Is your company among those failing to communicate your...

Innovation Meets Sustainability Once Again at HX, BDNY Shows

I attended my first trade show in several years this past week—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Both shows were held at the Javits Center in New York City. While smaller than before the era of Covid, the two shows impressed me greatly with their selection of exhibitors. Almost everywhere I turned, there was an exhibitor with a sustainability story to tell. Sometimes the company’s commitment was not necessarily seen in the product itself but in how it was made and the culture of the company. There were also numerous speaker presentations on the show...