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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

Mark Your Calendars as Busy Conference, Trade Show Season Heats Up

Trade show and conference season is heating up once again with many events offering opportunities to both learn from speakers and panel discussions and shop for new supplies to build your hotel’s green story and make it more efficient and healthier at the same time. This week’s International Sleep Products Assn. Expo kicks off March 12 in Columbus, Ohio and will run through March 14. The Expo’s 248 exhibitors will display just about every type of bedding, mattress, and pillow imaginable, and more. One highlight: a session entitled, “Navigating the Road to Sustainable Sleep: Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing.” The Mattress...

AHLA Wraps Up Very Busy News Week of Highly Impactful Announcements

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) was in the news numerous times this past week and for good reason. It held its second annual Responsible Stay Summit on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. On the same day it announced a partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) to operate the Green Key Global hotel sustainability certification program in the U.S. and Canada. One day earlier, AHLA and Procure Impact launched a Dignity of Work Pledge aimed at creating 100,000 hours of paid employment for underserved populations, which supports responsible sourcing practices. Let’s call it a very good week for AHLA and our industry. (By...

Your Plans for Earth Hour on March 23, Earth Day on April 22

Earth Hour and Earth Day have been recognized and marked by many in our industry over the years. Earth Hour this year will be Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. your local time. Earth Day is April 22. What are you planning to mark these occasions this year? I would love to know. Earth Hour was first launched in 2007. This year the folks behind Earth Hour are aiming for “The Biggest Hour for Earth,” highlighting the current climate and nature crises. The first Earth Day was in 1970. The official Earth Day theme this year is “Planet vs. Plastics”. Earth...

One More Way to Publicize Your EV Chargers

In addition to the many brands and independents that are working hard to connect electric vehicle drivers with EV charging stations, so too is a Georgia-based entrepreneur with his Stay-N-Charge website. I recently spoke with Tony Booth, founder and CEO of the site that is a directory for lodgings with EV charging stations. (Click here for the article.) Whether your property has EV charging stations or not, I encourage you to check out the site. Stay-N-Charge, founded in 2021, currently has more than 1,300 properties listed. Today the site is experiencing about 7,000 to 8,000 unique visits a month. “A...

A Very Helpful Resource for Going Full on Electric in the Kitchen

One of the hottest topics in foodservice is the electrification of the kitchen and there are numerous organized and even legislative efforts to push businesses to go all-electric and eliminate natural gas. The aim is to decarbonize food and beverage operations. To help guide hoteliers, restaurateurs and others toward all-electric kitchens, the William J. Worthen Foundation included a very helpful volume (volume 5) in its “The Building Decarbonization Practice Guide.” The volume title: All-Electric Kitchens: Residential and Commercial, 2nd edition. I highly recommend reading through this section. It builds a very strong case for eliminating natural gas. “Kitchens present superb opportunities...

One Showstopper at Last Fall’s Boutique Design New York: Cork Leather

It is “popping up” everywhere: cork. Known for its wine bottle role, versatile, sustainable cork is being used as a source material in a wide variety of new products. ReCORK just announced it has developed a material made from 75 percent recycled natural cork to be used as a replacement for petroleum-based foam used in shoe soles. The material will be featured in a new line of shoes by ReCORK’s founding company, SOLE. At this past fall’s Boutique Design New York, I was introduced to cork leather by TFS Natural Home’s Suzanne Diamond who showed me an example of how...

Red Roof Establishes Baseline for Improvement with Purpose With Heart

It is a start for Red Roof: releasing its first annual report for the company’s signature Purpose With Heart program which was launched in 2023. With this report Red Roof has established a baseline from which to improve. Purpose With Heart contains three essential pillars: Heart For The Planet, which is tied to Red Roof’s impact on the environment and responsible stewardship of natural resources; Room In Your Heart, its societal and charitable giving programs; and Lead With Heart, Red Roof’s responsible governance and leadership initiatives. To give you some sense of the scale of the Red Roof commitment,...

A Habit Worth Breaking? The Use of Toilet Paper Made from Trees

While researching for my article on toilet paper (TP) made from bamboo and bamboo and sugar cane this past week, I thought of the articles I have posted in the past on whether paper towels or hand dryers are the better option in public restrooms. Why so? In both cases there are stakeholders wanting to stand their ground in support of what they sell. In the bamboo TP scenario, you have the entrepreneurs who make bamboo toilet paper stating that the making of traditional TP results in the destruction of tens of thousands of trees each day. Makers of traditional...

Host Hotels & Resorts, a Heating Planet, Legionnaire’s Disease & More

A number of items of note this past week. First, I posted the promised article on Host Hotels & Resorts, based on my interview with Michael Chang, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for the company. Be sure to give it a read. Second, scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2023 was the world’s hottest on record. Averaged across last year, temperatures worldwide were 1.48 degrees Celsius, or 2.66 Fahrenheit higher than they were in 1850. (Records began in 1850.) The amount of heat stored in the upper layers of the ocean also reached a...

Host Hotels & Resorts Resets Goals with Eye Toward Net Positivity

I had an opportunity to interview Michael Chang, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for Host Hotels & Resorts this past week. Be sure to watch for the article soon on Green Lodging News. A little more than seven years ago, I featured Michael in the Personnel Profile section of my site and have frequently posted about Host Hotels & Resorts since. For those of you not familiar with Host, it is a Bethesda, Md.-based Real Estate Investment Trust with a portfolio of 77 hotels with 42,000 rooms in the top 20 U.S. markets. Notably, Host owns the New York...