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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: editor@greenlodgingnews.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: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

The Hand Dryer Versus Paper Towel Debate Continues

As an observer of the lodging industry, one of the most fascinating ongoing debates to watch is the hand dryer versus paper towel debate. You almost need a Ph.D. to understand it all. The center of the battle is the public restroom and the conversation involves many issues: environmental impact, hygiene, labor, plumbing and even plumbing code specifications. The more you learn, the more confused you can get—kind of like reading about the Mueller investigation. What prompted me to write about this topic is an online article in the Journal of Hospital Infection posted in July. The title of the article:...

No Reason for Toilet Leaks with Advanced Detection Systems

When I moved into my Tampa area home several years ago, it took some time to get the toilet fixtures adjusted properly. With a seven-year-old in the house, there are still times when the toilet water keeps running—usually due to a stuck toilet tank lever. According to Joseph Benson, Vice President of Business Development at EcoSense Solutions, over a year’s time an average leaking toilet will waste 75,000 gallons of water and cost an owner about $600 based on the national average water rate. A warped flapper is the leading cause of a leaking toilet and can alone waste...

New Index Pinpoints Cities, Regions Where Water Risk is Highest

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP), the organization that led the formation of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative and the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, has just released its Destination Water Risk Index. The DWRI is the result of a collaboration between ITP (project lead), Ecolab (sponsor and data provider) and Greenview (data analysis). Free to download, the Index seeks to help hotel developers, companies, their properties and wider tourism stakeholders to better understand and address their local water risk and its financial implications in the largest hotel markets in the world. The report is a must-read for anyone considering development...

Some Words on Florida’s Toxic, & Colorful, Waterway Woes

It was in June of this year that I met a friend of mine and his family at Siesta Key Beach on the west coast of Florida not far from Sarasota. For several years now, I have been meeting my friends there. This year was much different though. There were dead fish in the water—just about everywhere I looked. At the time it was safe to go in the water but certainly not fun to dodge fish that were bellies up. As I am writing this, officials are warning folks not to go in the water at Siesta Key...

NRA Kicks Off ‘Survey Season’ with ‘State of Restaurant Sustainability’

It is survey season. The National Restaurant Assn. (NRA) just released “The State of Restaurant Sustainability 2018.” This past week the Greenview survey for the Green Lodging Trends Report 2018 closed. Be sure to watch for the Report in the coming months. I just learned that the goal for releasing the results of the 2018 Lodging Survey is December. That survey report is produced by the American Hotel & Lodging Assn., American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, and STR. The 2018 Lodging Survey is focused on much more than sustainability trends. For its report, the NRA surveyed 500 restaurant owners...

Destination DC Excels at Packaging D.C. as Green Meetings Destination

One year after becoming the first U.S. city to earn LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C. is continuing to build on its green reputation with a strong push from its Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), Destination DC. This past week I spoke with Elliott Ferguson, Destination DC’s CEO and President, to learn more about why groups seeking destinations with green venues are choosing Washington, D.C. Ferguson told me there are at least 15 LEED certified hotels in D.C. “A number of hotels are waiting to be LEED certified,” he said. There are 41 hotels within walking distance...

Green Lodging News: Still Going Strong After a Dozen Years

Green Lodging News just celebrated its 12th anniversary. So far there have been 626 newsletters and the Green Lodging News website now has close to 10,000 articles in its database. The website’s Green Product & Service Directory currently has 57 categories. The website has been averaging close to 35,000 different visitors a month and the weekly e-newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight currently reach 8,469 subscribers. A big thank you to the many companies that have advertised with Green Lodging News and that continue to do so. Without the support of these companies, Green Lodging News would not exist. Be sure...

Cambodia’s ‘Refill Not Landfill’ Targets Tourism Industry

“I cannot control the world, but I can control my world.” That’s what Christian de Boer told me in a recent conversation. Our world needs more like him. Originally from The Netherlands, Christian is now Managing Director of Jaya House River Park, a 36-room hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Those who know their history know that Cambodia was a terrible place to be in the 1970s. Cambodia remains one of the poorest, least developed countries in Asia, but life is getting better Christian told me. “I have been in the country 11 years,” he said. “The changes have been unbelievable.” With...

Marriott Decision to Make Big Dent in Industry Straw Consumption

Marriott joined a growing list of companies pledging to eliminate the use of disposable plastic straws this past week. Other companies that have promised the same: MGM Resorts International, Hyatt Hotels Corp., Delaware North, Meliá Hotels International, Iberostar Group, The Travel Corp., Scandic Hotels, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Sudima Hotels & Resorts, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. In Marriott’s case they will also be eliminating plastic stirrers. The plastic straw initiative will take full effect at both managed and franchised properties by July 2019. Why will it take...

Former Knight’s Inn, Now an SCP Hotel, Given New, Green Shine

It is the greenest brand to come along in quite some time—SCP Hotel—and its owner and developer, Soul Community Planet (SCP), has plans to develop about 20 of them in the next two years. As Green Lodging News reported earlier this month, the first SCP Hotel just had its soft opening in Colorado Springs, Colo. What was formerly considered one of the worst hotels in the city is now a shining example of sustainability after a $6 million renovation. Be sure to read the original article for background information. The following is the result of an e-mail interview I...