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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

August Will be Busy Month with Three Major Trade Shows, Conferences

August will be a big month for trade shows and conferences—perhaps one of the biggest ones ever—with the AAHOA Convention & Trade Show from August 3 to 6, the HD Expo & Conference from August 24 to 25, and The NAFEM Show from August 26 to 28. The AAHOA event will take place at the Kay Bailey Convention Center in Dallas, the HD Expo & Conference will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and The NAFEM Show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. As of May 20, more than 60 percent of Americans...

Thoughts About PIPs, the Pandemic & PM Hotel Group

Some random thoughts for the week: I received a call from an owner of four hotels last week, each of which is at least partially solar powered. I could quickly tell he was passionate about keeping his hotels’ environmental impact as small as possible. What he brought up to me was the clash between an owner’s reality and keeping up with a brand’s property improvement plans (PIPs)—standards that themselves could wipe out any environmental gains the owner has made through his or her investments over the years. What he told me was that the environmental impact of one renovation of...

Many Good Reasons to Mark World Oceans Day on June 8

World Oceans Day is an international day that takes place annually on June 8. The concept was originally proposed in 1992. No matter where your hotel happens to be—even in Death Valley—consider the plight of the oceans on June 8. According to Conservation International, each year by weight, three times more trash is dumped into the ocean than fish caught, a third of the world’s wild fisheries are overexploited or depleted, and in the past 40 years, populations of marine species have been cut in half. (Perhaps you should plan an event to raise awareness about the ocean’s plight...

Hilton’s Home2 Suites Brand Approaches 500 Hotels & Beyond

Quite a few years ago I had the opportunity to stay at one of the first Hilton Home2 Suites hotels. Every now and then while traveling with my family I stay at the property. I like the fact that Hilton has made many of the features of the brand sustainable and brand standards. I also like the spaciousness of the rooms—part of the appeal of the brand in the extended-stay niche. About two years ago I wrote about a Hilton Home2 Suites that reached the rare LEED Platinum level. While not a green brand through and through, Home2 Suites...

Earth Week Saw a Lot of Hot News for Lodging Industry

It was a busy last week with Earth week peaking on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. There were numerous newsworthy announcements worth mentioning. First, Hilton released its Environmental, Social and Governance Report. The ESG Report highlights the company’s environmental and social performance during a tumultuous year. Among the report’s highlights: The company took steps to increase sourcing of renewable energy at hotels around the world, in line with the company’s science-based targets. In 2020, most Hilton-managed hotels in the United Kingdom began procuring 100 percent renewable electricity. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its award-winning...

Be Mindful of the Planet, Future Generations Earth Day & Every Day

This April 22 we celebrate Earth Day, a day to not only celebrate our planet but also to recognize and act on the precarious state it is in. Each in our own way can make a difference—whether we run a lodging establishment, sell a product or service, plan events, or are otherwise involved in the industry. One example of an Earth Day activity: Environmental stewards from Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square will honor Earth Day by sponsoring a local beach clean-up at Aquatic Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the...

CDC Updates Guidance Regarding When to Disinfect

If there is one thing that is clear about this pandemic we have been going through, the rules and guidelines can change overnight, and those changes can impact a lot of people and businesses and confuse the heck out of hoteliers or someone sitting in the corporate office of a hotel company. Chalk it up to us all—even scientists—learning how to deal with an ever-changing pandemic. This past week the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) said regular cleaning of surfaces with soap and detergent is enough to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in facilities and homes. The...

Entrepreneur Introduces Unique Funding Concept for Container Hotels

If you did a search on shipping container on Green Lodging News, it would turn up several pages of articles. In the coming week I will be adding yet another article. It is quite an interesting story, but Michigan developer, businessman and visionary Darius Smith just launched ASJ Homes. His company will break ground on the first shipping container home in the next two months. Now the really interesting (or confusing if you, like me, get confused by crypto currency) part: Smith is also introducing a new cryptocurrency called Container Tokens, which will be used to raise funds for...

Long-time Conservative Shows Us All How Sustainability Can be Done

Over the years I have written about suppliers that are not only offering outstanding products and services but also doing incredible things at home. One such company I just wrote about is Melink Corp. They are not an advertiser of mine. They have been around since 1987 and you may know them best for their Intelli-Hood kitchen hood controls that dually monitor the level of cooking activity and automatically adjust the kitchen’s exhaust fan and supply fans to operate only as needed. I first wrote about that system in 2007. Today, Melink does much more than kitchen hood controls. Their...

New STR Stats Show Much Better Days Here

My family and I vacationed in New Orleans this past week. It is certainly one of my favorite cities. I had not been there for a long time and really enjoyed visiting the National WWII Museum and New Orleans Museum of Art. If you have never been to the Museum of Art there, they have an outstanding outdoor sculpture garden. Of course, walking through the rich, cultural neighborhoods downtown close to the Mississippi River was a great experience as well. We stayed at the Hilton Riverside—a great location right next to the River. There did not appear to be much...