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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

Hotel Marcel—An Important Project to Watch in the New Year

In next week’s column I will be highlighting the 10 most read Green Lodging News articles of 2020. It will be interesting to see how many had to do with COVID-19. While the article I just posted on Hotel Marcel may not make it because of its posting late in the year, it certainly deserves consideration as one of the most important hotel stories of both this year and 2021. Be sure to read the article. Hotel Marcel is the project of architect Bruce Becker, Founder and Director of Becker + Becker, Westport, Conn. Becker purchased the New Haven, Conn. building...

Two Newly Available, & Portable, Green Cleaning Systems to Consider

Green cleaning has certainly been one of the most talked about subjects in the history of this publication, especially in the last year. Oftentimes the cleaning solution involves just water, electricity, ozone and/or minerals. When compared to the cleaning chemicals that have been used for the most part in our industry, these options are safer to use, just as or more effective, better for your bottom line, and better for the environment in many ways—less waste, smaller carbon footprint, etc. Until this year I was only aware of cleaning systems that required larger machines but have since found very...

Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index Keeps Getting Bigger

Just how well is the global hotel industry, especially the U.S. hotel industry, doing in reducing its environmental impact as a whole? Thanks to the folks at Greenview, the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, and companies like Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and others who provide access to their data, we have a pretty good idea—and the news is not too bad. This is the seventh time the parties involved have produced the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) Index and the report shows that carbon emissions per square meter of hotels around the world has decreased by 10 percent since 2015. The report...

Hyatt Gets Busy Helping Local Businesses Impacted by Pandemic

Ingrained within hotel companies’ corporate social responsibility programs is the support of local, small businesses. One of the groups hit hardest by the pandemic is small-business suppliers—businesses often located close to the hotels they supply. At this difficult time, please go the extra mile to support these types of businesses. They typically are more vulnerable to failure when the economy takes a dive. One story that caught my eye in the past few weeks is Hyatt’s rollout of its Hyatt Loves Local initiative, a global effort by Hyatt hotels to uplift and collaborate with small businesses that have been impacted...

From a Summit to a Shipping Container Inn to a Crisis

This past week was a busy week for news and feature placement on Green Lodging News. It was two weeks ago I wrote about the Global Wellness Summit at The Breakers Palm Beach (Fla.) and how it was planning to have an in-person component—different during these times. This past week I published a report sent to me by the folks behind the summit. They reported a successful, safe summit with more than 100 in-person delegates. Be sure to read that article. Over the years I have written several articles about lodging establishments made from used shipping containers. A little more...

What an Adventure These Two Weeks Have Been

What an adventure the past couple of weeks have been for all of us—with news developments impacting our industry dramatically—a new president who immediately announced a new COVID-19 advisory task force, the news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be up to 90 percent effective, yet day upon day of records for new virus cases that are certainly keeping travelers from wanting to travel to hotels in those hot spots. Without getting political here, please keep up the mask wearing, the hand washing, the social distancing, and require those of your guests. I dropped my son off at his after-care program...

Yes, Finally an Event with In-Person Attendance

Many of you rely on meetings business for a good portion of your revenue and livelihood—me included. So, getting back to the point of being able to meet in person is huge. When the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach from November 8 to 11—perhaps as you are reading this—there will be 150 meeting at the hotel. Yes, AT the hotel—truly an accomplishment. Hundreds more will be attending virtually from around the world. Yesterday Florida had more than 6,000 new cases of the Coronavirus—the highest daily number in months. It will be interesting to...

Florida Linen Recycling Entrepreneur Gets Las Vegas Boost

Every so often someone comes along in our industry with a grand idea to affect major change in hotel operations. I have been fortunate to meet Shawn Seipler, CEO of Clean the World, who has done so much to change the way our industry thinks and acts about soap and amenity waste. Shawn is based in Orlando. Another person I have met is also based in Florida but in Sarasota. His name is Richard Ferrell, and he is President of Purlin, LLC. I first wrote about Purlin in 2018. Richard’s vision is to dramatically change the way hoteliers think...

Survey: Consumers Think Indoor Air Quality Rating System is Good Idea

COVID-19 has certainly increased interest in hotel indoor air quality (IAQ). How could it not when you have a potentially deadly virus that spreads primarily through the air? While scientifically a challenge to detect COVID-19 in the air, it is possible to create and monitor conditions that make transmission of viruses like COVID-19 less likely. I have written about various technologies in Green Lodging News that help improve IAQ by killing airborne viruses. It is not just COVID-19 that has increased interest in air quality lately. It is also the growing number of forest fires in the western United States as...

Entrepreneur Finds Opportunity in Distressed Hotel Properties

Richard Rubin, Founder and CEO of Repvblik, is being offered 20 to 30 hotels a week. There is a good reason for the calls. Rubin’s company has figured out how to convert a distressed hotel into a profitable one—in the middle of a pandemic. This of course is far more environmentally advantageous than building the same hotel from ground up. I first reported about Richard and his company back in May when his company announced it had almost completed the conversion of a former 423-key Day’s Inn property in Branson, Mo. into apartments. That property, now called Plato’s Cave,...