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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

Just a Small Sample of Highlights from Marriott’s 2021 Serve 360 Report

This past week Marriott International released its 2021 Serve 360 Report presenting data from 2020 and demonstrating its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts toward the company’s 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the travel industry and Marriott, the company experienced a sharp decline in hotel occupancy, which is reflected in its economic, social impact, and environmental performance and progress against its Serve 360 Goals. The industry pays attention to what Marriott does for many reasons, especially given its size—more than 7,642 properties and growing and 321,000 associates—but also because of its history...

Tokyu Hotel Just About as Innovative As You Can Get

I have written about the use of hydrogen fuel cell systems in hotels before but unfortunately, they remain a rarity in our industry. I am sure cost tops the list for not using such systems. That is why it was a no brainer this past week to write about the Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in Kawasaki City, Japan. (See article.) The 186-room property is run by 100 percent renewable energy. Thirty percent of the energy is derived from hydrogen. Seventy percent of the energy is derived from food waste generated renewable energy. Since transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy...

Offsetting Now a Part of Guest Charge at Singita Properties

Most of you have probably never heard of Singita but it is a company with concessions, reserves, lodges, and camps located in some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas. Singita’s commitment to safeguard the precious wildlife and communities of these areas is entrenched in three core pillars: Biodiversity, Sustainability and Community, and it has been helping to preserve Africa’s wildlife and wilderness for the past 28 years. “As an ecotourism and conservation brand, Singita is unwavering in its commitment to preserve and protect Africa’s wilderness for future generations,” the company says on its website. Less than two weeks ago, Singita announced...

Two Major Franchisors Make Push for Advancement of Female Hotel Ownership

I have reported on the work of the Castell Project before. It is a nonprofit that implements initiatives that enable companies and their female employees to fully benefit from workforce participation. Earlier this year they released their Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership report. In that report it was stated that only one woman enters hotel development compared to 9.2 men. Interestingly, two large franchising companies—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Choice Hotels International—recently made announcements having to do with the advancement of female hotel ownership. Kudos to them both. First, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced a new program, “Women Own the Room” designed...

SH Hotels and Resorts, Vail Resorts Changing Leadership at the Top

Two recent personnel announcements will have a significant impact on two companies heavily involved in green hotel/resort management. First, Raul Leal took over as CEO of SH Hotels and Resorts this past week. Starwood Capital Group is the parent company of SH Hotels and Resorts. Leal was previously CEO of Virgin Hotels for a decade until he stepped down in March. He will now oversee several brands underneath the SH umbrella, including 1 Hotels, Treehouse Hotels and Baccarat Hotels and Resorts. 1 Hotels launched in 2015 as a luxury brand with a strong focus on sustainability, including no paper or...

Latest Climate Change Report a Call to Action for All in Travel

There will be those who deny it, even in our own industry, but climate change is the most important issue of our time and now is the time to take action to limit it. (What is your hotel or group of hotels doing about it?) I am sure many of you caught the news, but the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report was released on August 9 and what IPCC reported was frightening—with a small dash of hope. For this column I would like to share the entire IPCC press release: Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s...

There are Many Good Reasons to Monitor Food Portioning

My family and I just returned from a week of vacation in New Mexico. I love the West and it was a great opportunity to visit natural destinations as well as businesses. We ate out the entire time and one thing I encountered repeatedly was over portioning of food. At an eatery in Santa Fe, I ordered a chicken dish that easily could have fed several people. Perhaps you have encountered this trend in your travels? “When eating at many restaurants, it’s hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger in the last few years,” the CDC says. When vacationing,...

It is Important to Celebrate Your Successes in Sustainability

How do you honor your employees for their achievements in corporate social responsibility? Years ago, I worked for a publication called IndustryWeek and led a project that honored the world’s 100 Best Managed Companies. These companies, which tended to be manufacturing in nature, did not necessarily have a sustainability champion but they had figured out that it was in their best interest to honor their employee achievements with awards and celebrations of their successes. I guarantee you employees working for these companies tended to stay longer and were better compensated for their time. Similar surveys by publications such as...

New WTTC, UNEP Report Addresses Single-Use Plastic Issue

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have launched a major new report addressing the complex issue of single-use plastic products (SUPP) within Travel & Tourism. The report is entitled, “Rethinking Single-Use Plastic Products in Travel & Tourism.” (To read the report in full, click here.) It is intended to help stakeholders take collective steps towards coordinated actions and policies that drive a shift towards reduce and reuse models. The report’s recommendations include redefining unnecessary single-use plastic products in the context of one’s own business; giving contractual preference to suppliers of reusable products;...

Amenity Providers Highlight Some of Their Latest Innovations

I recently sent an e-mail to all my contacts who sell amenities—soaps, conditioner, shampoo, toothbrushes, dispensers, etc. I heard back from nine companies. I asked the companies to feature one of their latest products. Be sure to check out the article. What is clear is that makers of dispensers especially have spent a lot of time improving their product offering in recent years. What is also clear is that amenities are taking on different forms. Hotel Emporium, for example, sells ECO PODs that include powder in containers made from 60 percent bamboo fiber, 30 percent sugarcane fiber, and 10...