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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.

Efforts to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Picking Up Steam

Plastic elimination and minimization has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Almost every day I hear from someone offering a product that is easier on the planet than its plastic counterpart, or from a company announcing a plastic-reducing plan. Today I heard from a company that sells glass straws. This past week I posted an article on alternatives to the plastic toothbrush. Are you still giving your guests plastic toothbrushes? Check out the article. Bamboo toothbrushes are an excellent alternative to plastic. One company even offers toothbrush handles made from repurposed and recycled materials like wood, paper...

Hilton Looking to Inspire, Move the Industry Forward with 2030 Goals

If Hilton reaches its just announced goal of cutting its environmental footprint in half and doubling its social impact investment by 2030 (see article), it will certainly go down as one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of our industry. The company has given itself some time—12 years is a lot—but doing what it intends to do while growing the brand will not be easy. Percent reduction goals can be deceiving. It is a lot easier to have large percentage cuts if you are currently performing poorly but not in the case of Hilton; it had already been getting...

The Story of the Carpet You Choose is Worth Knowing

The carpet making sector has been one of the most aggressive in our industry when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of the products they sell. They have been among the most innovative and visionary regarding sourcing, design, manufacturing, and recycling and taking back product at the end of its life. Companies within the sector should be so progressive and held accountable for the products they make. Their new carpeting covers billions of square feet every year. Carpet is made from nylon—a polymer (a plastic) so its carbon impact is significant. Over the years it can be treated...

Noise Masking & the Wellness, Guest Satisfaction Connection

After so many years of building hotels, you would think our industry would have figured out a way to provide the right balance of quiet and noise to allow travelers to sleep soundly. I am sure we all have our bad experiences as travelers—guests partying across the hall, early morning noise from the street below, airplanes flying over, next-door guests dialing up the volume on their TVs to all hours of the night, getting a room next to an elevator, etc. It would be interesting to know how many guests turn the HVAC system on each night to mask...

Something HomeGrown at This Year’s HD Expo

At last week’s Hospitality Design (HD Expo) held in Las Vegas, there were approximately 875 exhibitors in attendance. While it was impossible to chat with everyone, I did come away from the event with some product news and great conversations. Perhaps the most interesting and sometimes above my head conversation I had was with David Greenstein, CEO of Himatsingka America. First some background. T-Y Group, a manufacturer of linens, robes and towels, and Harbor Linen, a similar manufacturer of linens, case goods and apparel (both are Bed, Bath & Beyond companies) introduced HomeGrown Cotton. HomeGrown Cotton is 100 percent...

Hospitality Design Expo 2018 Approaches 900 Exhibitors

If you have a keen interest in furniture, fixtures, flooring, artwork, lighting, fabric and every other item that makes up the design of a hotel, HD Expo is the place to be. The leading tradeshow and conference for the hospitality design industry will take place May 2 to 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In recent years the show has been growing a lot. This year’s event, as of April 27, will feature 875 exhibitors. I have attended the show for many years and it is not getting easier to walk the entire show. Be sure to watch...

Orlando Marriott Unveils Industry’s First HyCube Hydroponic System

This past Thursday evening I was a guest at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla. The occasion was the official unveiling of the first HyCube modular hydroponic, “cleaner than organic” vegetable production system. Glowing pink as evening settled in, the HyCube showed off stacks of leafy greens ready for harvesting for the 1,883-room, 121-suite property with nine dining outlets and 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. I guarantee you would be impressed by the structure; I certainly was. The HyCube makes local as hyper-local as it can get—literally minutes from harvest to table. I will be writing...

Dispensers Given Big Thumbs Up Thanks to Marriott Commitment

In the 2016 Lodging Survey, the most recent AHLA, AHLEF, STR survey available, the percentage of hotels with shampoo/conditioner dispensers in the shower was addressed. Not surprisingly, the numbers were not huge. Fourteen percent of independents said they use them, 10 percent of upper midscale properties said they do, and 9 percent of economy properties. Slowly but surely, however, shower dispensers have been gaining industry acceptance. Today, they look great, reduce plastic waste, save money, and can improve the customer experience with a well-known, branded liquid product inside. Shower dispensers got their biggest industry endorsement ever this past week when...

Solar Investments Counter Negative News at Wynn Resorts

It was two months ago that the Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts announced that it accepted the resignation of Steve Wynn as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. According to The New York Times, Wynn resigned in response to sexual misconduct allegations spanning decades—not the kind of news you want to deal with if you work in public relations (PR) for Wynn Resorts. While you probably heard about the accusations against Steve Wynn, you may not have heard about the Wynn Resorts announcement that came just two weeks prior. It was then that the company announced that...

PACE Financing the Right Solution for Hotel Indigo Owners

The former Brookfield Building in downtown Kansas City, now almost 90 years old, is now newly renovated and highly efficient thanks in part to Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing. PACE Sage Capital structured the C-PACE deal and CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital provided the $2.4 million in capital for what is now the Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown. The $2.4 million helped close the deal on the $36 million mixed-use project that includes the 118-room boutique hotel and 27 apartments. (See article.) The owners saw C-PACE as a perfect solution for financing high-efficiency new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems,...