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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

IHG Partnership Strengthens Commitment to Eliminate Bathroom ‘Miniatures’

It was almost three years ago that IHG Hotels & Resorts announced that its entire hotel estate would switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. It was before the pandemic that IHG made this announcement, so it is understandable that the company did not reach its goal by the end of last year. That said, it did make a lot of headway and just this past week it announced a global collaboration with Unilever to replace bathroom miniatures with bulk amenities in more than 4,000 hotels in IHG’s mainstream brands. All IHG markets...

Ten Examples of Innovations Found at This Year’s Restaurant Show

If you run a foodservice operation at your hotel, and yes that includes breakfast, you should pay attention to the many green products that were featured at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show. The list of exhibitors can be found here. It will take you some time to sift through the list of more than 1,700 companies but the time will be well spent given the opportunities to reduce energy, water, and waste at your hotel—and better protect yourself and your employees. Plus, the list can be sorted in different ways—by pavilions (Organic & Natural) for example, or by...

Remembering Our Prince Charles Connection

I have always had a strong connection to the United Kingdom. My grandparents and aunt were all born in Scotland. I have an ancestor who worked in a house of the Royal Family, have one aunt who attended the current Queen’s coronation, am somehow related to Robert Burns and throughout my life I have been a big Beatles fan. I have crossed the famous Abbey Road where the Beatles stepped for their Abbey Road album and this summer my family and I will travel “across the pond” to visit parts of England and Scotland we have not yet seen. I...

1 Hotels at Seven Properties with San Francisco Addition

Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group is at it again with its 1 Hotels brand. This past week the Group announced the opening of 1 Hotel San Francisco. The hotel joins six other 1 Hotels currently open in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, West Hollywood, Sanya (China), and Toronto. 1 Hotels are in development in Nashville, Hanalei Bay (Hawaii), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Paris, London, Mission Bay (Calif.), Elounda Hills (Crete) and Melbourne. 1 Hotels is certainly one of our industry’s greenest brands. Its website describes its hotels as a place “where architecture adopts the natural curvature and fluidity of its...

Projects Light Years Beyond ‘Low-Hanging’ Fruit

Utilizing breakthroughs in design and technology, hotel owners and designers around the world are establishing new benchmarks for what it means to be a “dark” green hotel—one that has gone far beyond investing in easy low-hanging fruit. As published previously on Green Lodging News, Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton just opened within the last two weeks in Connecticut. It is believed to be the first net-zero hotel in the United States. It will utilize renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for its common areas, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms and 165 guestrooms and...

Highlighting One Solution to the Plastic Crisis: the SEA Tech Pellet

Finding solutions to single-use plastic is the focus of a lot of for-profit and nonprofit companies these days. I mentioned Clean the World’s efforts in a recent article. This past week I posted an article on LOLIWARE and its unique approach to plastic replacement. This coming week I will be chatting with a company that converts post-industrial and post-consumer plastic waste into something called STORM BOARD—a replacement for plywood or other wood fiber boards in applications where water resistance and durability are critical. Many of my advertisers—and readers—are also finding their own ways to reduce plastic consumption. The more...

Wyndham, Choice Step Up Efforts to Empower Women to Own & Develop Hotels

Two of the industry’s largest franchisors recently announced stepped up efforts to give women the opportunity to own and develop hotels—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Choice Hotels International, Inc. The help is definitely needed. According to the 2022 Castell Project Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership Report, for every nine men, there is only one woman who enters into hotel investment and development across the hospitality industry. According to Wyndham, while the tourism and hospitality industry workforce is comprised of 70 percent women, only 10 percent of development roles are held by them. In Wyndham’s case, its program is called “Women Own...

Clean the World Bounces Back from Pandemic, Approaches Plastic Amenity Bottle Solution

Green Lodging News will turn 16 this July. It was approximately three years after the launch of Green Lodging News that Clean the World was launched. Many of you have worked with Clean the World over the years by donating money or new or partially used soap bars and amenity bottles. If, because of the pandemic, you stopped donating, please start again. The need is just as great or greater, especially with the attack of Ukraine by Russia. (Volunteers in Arlington, Va., and Seattle are in the process of assembling 200,000 hygiene kits for victims of the war there....

Choice Hotels, Studies & More Studies, Russia & More Make for Busy Week

It was a busy news week again this past week—as most are given the momentum of sustainability efforts in our industry. First, I would like to highlight that Choice Hotels International appointed Megan Brumagim to the newly created role of Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). In this new role, Brumagim will lead Choice’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Brumagim knows Choice well, having joined the company in 2015 as the head of the company’s flagship Comfort Hotels brand and quickly ascended to the position of Vice President of Brand Management, Design and Compliance, where she...

WTTC Releases Hotel Sustainability Basics at Global Summit

To help clarify what every hotel should be doing at a minimum to reduce its impact on the planet, the World Travel & Tourism Council this past week launched its Hotel Sustainability Basics. The announcement was made at the WTTC Global Summit in Manila, The Philippines. It was an important step because many hotels are still not doing enough to save energy, water, reduce waste, etc. “Developed by the industry for the industry, it highlights 12 actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability and will help raise the base level of sustainability across the entire hospitality industry by providing every...