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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

Marriott Covers All Green Bases with Its New Bethesda Headquarters

With its late 1970s vibe, Marriott’s previous headquarters was “like a cave,” Rado Ivanov told me this past week. Ivanov is Vice President, Global Design, U.S. & Canada for Marriott International. Marriott’s associates were located on just six floors. I spoke with Ivanov about Marriott’s all new headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Md. The 21-story, 785,000-square-foot building, which just had its official opening, is light years from a cave and probably one of the most advanced headquarters buildings in the country. It is LEEDv4 Gold-certified (for Core & Shell), is aiming for LEEDv4 Gold for Commercial Interiors, and has earned a...

WTTC Releases Important ‘Nature Positive Travel & Tourism’ Report

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has just released an extensive research document entitled, “Nature Positive Travel & Tourism.” I highly recommend reading this report. Says WTTC President & CEO Julia Simpson in the introduction, “Nature Positive Travel & Tourism explores how our sector can protect nature while preventing further damage to nature and promoting a regenerative approach to tourism. It also highlights the challenges we must overcome to fulfil our role as a key sector in addressing biodiversity loss and, with it, climate change. We created this report to serve as a resource for Travel & Tourism...

Research Article: Green Certified Hotels Do Not Perform Better Financially Than Their Non-Certified Counterparts

An article published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management caught my attention this past week. Its title: “Narrowing the intention-behavior gap: The impact of hotel green certification.” I highly recommend reading it. The research, which included three studies, was well-researched by the authors: Christina G. Chi, Oscar Hengxuan Chi, Xun Xu, and Ian Kennedy. Data for the article was pulled from a survey conducted at a major U.S. university and from STR. It would be impossible to highlight all the findings in this article, and the article is indeed worth numerous columns by yours truly, but here is a...

An Update on Advancements in Biodigester Technology

My family has always composted our yard variety compostables such as leaves, plants and flowers that have seen better days. It was not until this past week—I am somewhat ashamed to say as the editor of Green Lodging News—that we started to compost our food waste. My wife purchased a barrel composter that is reducing our food “waste” to a very usable soil addition. I must add that taking this waste to the composter is a very good reminder not to waste so much food the next time. Maybe you can relate. It was good timing for the home-based composter...

Hemp, in Use in Fabrics & Textiles, Also an Option for Design, Building

What role does hemp play in the hospitality industry? A lot more than you can imagine, it turns out. According to Brittanica, hemp, also called industrial hemp, is grown for its soft woody fiber or edible seeds. Hemp is grown in temperate zones as an annual cultivated from seed and can reach a height of up to 16 feet. Hemp cultivation for fiber was recorded in China as early as 2800 BC. Hemp is strong and durable and fast growing like bamboo. About two months after planting, hemp is ready for harvest. Hemp grows without the need of harmful herbicides and pesticides; hemp is...

Ongoing Drought Will Test the Patience, Ingenuity of Hotel Owners

Most of you have no doubt been following the severe, extreme, and exceptional drought conditions across the West, Midwest, and Northeast. Yes, even the Northeast. Massachusetts has had nearly 100 wildfires in August and some areas of the Northeast are under extreme drought conditions. Most of the focus has been on the West and justifiably so. The water level of Lake Mead has dropped by 60 feet since 2020 to 1,040 feet. The lake is now in shortage condition two. Hoover Dam will cease generating electricity when the water level falls below 950 feet. That is in about three...

Hawaii Convention Center Builds on Million Trees Initiative with Meetings & Events Program

Many hotels and convention centers now offer the opportunity to offset the carbon impact of one’s visit. The Hawaii Convention Center is one such place and I would like to highlight it this week because of its outstanding offsetting work. In case you did not catch the news, last month the Center launched its program that provides offset opportunities for all meetings and events. As part of the program, individual attendees can select and plant endemic and native trees virtually or in-person. Through Google Earth, one can even follow the tree’s growth progress. These efforts are part of the Center’s...

Memories & Lessons from My Summer Vacation in England & Scotland

In the last few years my family has managed to vacation even with the threat of getting COVID-19. We took the precautions we needed to take and did just fine. In recent weeks we took our first trip to Europe since before the pandemic and enjoyed visiting some cities in England and Scotland—Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee. We tried to minimize our driving time because it seems folks in the U.K. have gotten things backwards and drive on the left side of the road with the steering wheel on the right and there are enough roundabouts to make...

A Conversation with the Founder of the Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance

In case you missed it, hospitality veteran Rachel Humphrey officially announced the formation of the Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance this past week. I spoke with Rachel to learn more about the Alliance which first got rolling last fall just a few months after she retired from full-time employment after 30 years. With an interest in advancing women in hospitality, she reached out to some like-minded hospitality organizations to volunteer her time and quickly realized that the organizations were working on advancement issues but were not talking to each other. “I reached out to six groups,” Rachel said. “We realized...

The Role of Hydrogen Peroxide in Providing Safe, Pure Air & Surfaces for Your Guests

For years the EPA has been relaying evidence that indoor air can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air even in the largest and most industrialized cities. Given that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, that is not a good thing—especially for the young, the elderly and the chronically ill. These groups often spend time in your hotels. With the coming of COVID-19 and its many related variants, air quality (and surface quality) has finally got the attention it deserves, says Randy Mount, Owner & CEO of Extreme Microbial Technologies, who I spoke with for this column....