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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

San Luis Obispo Hotels Join Together in New Keys for Trees Program

San Luis Obispo (SLO), California is a city on the Central Coast of California with about 50,000 people. The city’s goal is to become carbon neutral by 2035, encourages alternative means of transportation and is eliminating single-use plastics. What caught my eye this past week is SLO’s announcement that it is the first U.S. destination to launch an urban reforestation sustainability initiative funded by local hotels. Through the new Keys for Trees program, part of the City’s Climate Action Plan, the San Luis Obispo Tourism Business Improvement District will dedicate 1 percent of annual revenue to planting 10,000 trees throughout the community by...

Developer’s Choice of PoE Technology Saves Energy, Creates Media Buzz

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is technology that passes electric power over twisted-pair Ethernet cable to powered devices, such as wireless access points, IP cameras, and VoIP phones in addition to the data that cable usually carries. As mentioned last week, The Sinclair, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of hotels, has taken the traditional use of PoE and gone much farther. Sinclair Holdings, the hotel’s developer, opted for PoE, utilizing Cisco Digital Building Switches, to power the hotel’s lights, window shades, smart mirrors, and minibars. The hotel opened a year ago in Fort Worth Texas. I interviewed Hannah Walker, Chief...

HX: The Hotel Experience, Boutique Design New York Combine for One Show

For the first time in many years I will not be attending HX: The Hotel Experience or Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Both trade shows will be taking place at the Javits Center in New York from November 14 to 15—as one combined show, I just learned from an exhibitor. It is a bit confusing because as I am writing this both shows still have their own separate websites. HX and under its former name—the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show (IHMRS)—used to be my favorite show. There was a time when it took up two levels of the...

A Must-Read Q&A Article for Hotel Owners & Wannabe Ones

The CEO of leading sustainability solutions company Green Places, Alex Lassiter, recently sat down with Eric Corey Freed, an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker, to ask him a few questions about the importance of building sustainably. They touched on: what makes a building sustainable, costs involved with building sustainably, scaling green building programs, common obstacles, financial considerations, and the importance of broad adoption. His insights are important for the green building sector overall—including hotels. A big thank you to Green Places for allowing me to share this insightful Q&A article. (You can also see it here in its...

Startling Statistics: The Number of Those Quitting Our Industry

New statistics released this past week were just plain scary. If there was ever a need for an emergency summit of our industry’s leaders, now would be the time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 892,000 accommodation and food-services workers quit their jobs in August. According to an article in INSIDER, the magnitude of that number is partly explained by the fact that accommodation and food services is a big sector that generally employs a lot of people—but the sector’s quit rate also led all others in the economy. In fact, the industry’s quit rate...

Results of My Chat with AAA Director Regarding New Inspected Clean Program

Years ago—2009 I believe—AAA announced that it would recognize properties that have been eco-certified with a bright green “ECO” icon in its 2010 TourBook guides. As time rolled on, that program faded away, but I reported on it because when AAA announces just about anything, you must listen. The organization has more than 62 million members and there are currently between 24,000 and 27,000 hotels in the AAA Diamond Program at any given time. Chances are that your property is Diamond rated. This past June AAA announced that it had enhanced its housekeeping evaluation to include objective, scientific validation of...

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Welcomes Bees with ‘Temporary’ Suites

I have written about many hotels, resorts and convention centers that have beehives on site. Bees are mentioned in about 80 articles on Green Lodging News, and I have to say that seeing a honeybee in nature is one of the greatest privileges given the struggles they have had in recent years. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than half of North America’s 4,000 native bee species are in decline, with 1 in 4 species at risk of extinction. Do what you can to encourage the presence of bees on your property—whether having a beehive or hives...

Big News Week with Google Now Identifying Many Certified Green Hotels

It was a big news week this past week with numerous announcements of interest. First, according to Bloomberg, beginning on September 22, Google began labeling hotels as “Eco-Certified” in its global search results, with a leaf-shaped icon next to the hotel’s name. “Clicking on the ‘About’ tab will detail the property’s specific sustainability practices, such as having water use audited by an independent organization or using energy from carbon-free sources,” Bloomberg says. “The new feature relies on 29 certification programs to do the hard work of establishing a hotel’s green credibility; the property must have an array of sustainability measures...

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...