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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.

Top Ten 2018 Announcements, Trends—as Posted on GLN

Green Lodging News recently listed the top 10 most read articles of 2018. Because that list was based on page views, choosing the top 10 was quite easy. Choosing the most newsworthy green events in our industry in 2018 was a lot more difficult. I reviewed the hundreds of articles posted on our website throughout the year and narrowed down our list to 21 and then 10. Here are those 10 articles—generally ranked from most important to less important. Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel...

Finance Model Removes Barriers for Equipment, Other Upgrades

In my conversations with suppliers I often hear complaints about their potential customers being hesitant to invest in green equipment, systems or software with a very reasonable ROI. It is no news that hoteliers can be a thrifty bunch, but suppliers must sometimes wonder if their customers just don’t understand the kind of cash they could be saving. Some investments are simply “no brainers.” Perhaps suppliers are also guilty for not clearly making their case? Fortunately, new finance options come along every now and then to make the capital investment discussion easier for suppliers and hoteliers. For example, PACE financing...

Modular Construction Gaining Traction in Hotel Industry

Modular construction is trending. I heard this week from S2A Modular, a California-based company that designs and constructs electrically self-sustaining residential and commercial buildings. The parts of the homes and commercial buildings are constructed in the company’s MegaFactory. Unique to the company is its net zero approach. Each structure pairs Tesla’s Powerwall system with solar technology to produce zero emissions. Modules are scalable and stackable. The company says it has constructed hotels. Says Brian Kuzdas, Co-founder and CEO, S2A Modular, “When I reveal to people that world-class hotels from globe-leading chains, such as Marriott, are being built ‘modular,’ there’s a...

Top 10 Most Read 2018 Green Lodging News Website Articles

Each week in the Green Lodging News e-newsletter, I include a list of the most read articles from the previous month. With 2018 winding down, I was curious to know which stories, posted in 2018, experienced the most reads. Here then is a list of those top 10 stories ranked from the most read on down. If you have not read the articles, be sure to check them out! 1. Marriott Push Toward Shower Dispensers to Reduce Waste, Trim Costs. Marriott unveiled its new shower-toiletry program for the five brands that make up the bulk of its properties—Courtyard, Fairfield, Residence...

USGBC Launches LEED Zero, Makes Other Green Building Announcements

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), operator of the most widely used green building rating system in the world, released a flurry of announcements in the past month in conjunction with its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo (held in Chicago November 14 to 16). First, USGBC launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings. LEED Zero is open to all LEED projects certified under the BD+C, ID+C or O+M rating systems, or projects registered to pursue LEED O+M certification. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate any or one of...

HX, BDNY Ownership Change Announced Just Prior to Two Shows

Just about a month prior to this month’s HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade shows in New York City, Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. announced that it had acquired the HX and BDNY shows along with BDWest, Boutique Design Magazine and other assets of ST Media Group International and Hospitality Media Group. In case you are not familiar with Emerald, it is the owner of HD Expo, the large hospitality design event held each May in Las Vegas. The Boutique Design purchases make a lot of sense and are a natural fit for Emerald. The...

‘Make a Green Choice’ Not Always the Best Choice?

A good idea gone bad? What do you think? It was almost a decade ago that the “Make a Green Choice” program first emerged at a couple of Sheraton hotels. It then began spreading throughout Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In case you are not familiar with the program, it allows guests to opt out of housekeeping for up to three or four days in exchange for a vouchers or loyalty points. Once Marriott acquired Starwood, it continued the program and added a similar “Your Choice” program at some of its hotels. When the program was first gaining traction, I remember...

Watch for Coverage of HX & BDNY Trade Shows

As I am writing this, I am counting down the hours to the opening of the HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade shows. Both will be held November 11 to 12 at the Javits Center in New York City. I will be attending both shows. Be sure to watch for a wrap-up of both shows in the coming week. Those of you attending this year’s HX show will find a new conference that will overlap the show’s hours. One of the conference sessions is entitled, “Please, Not Another Sustainability Pitch… Join the Debate!” Educational sessions...

New Uniforms are Right Fit for Spain’s Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

When the Miami Hurricanes football team plays, they wear uniforms made from 70 percent regenerated ECONYL yarn, which is made from fishing nets and other nylon waste found in the ocean. The special attire comes courtesy of Adidas and Parley For The Oceans, an organization focused on addressing major threats to the ocean. Also, when Manchester United plays, its “third kit” uniforms—for games where the regular home or away uniforms are unsuitable due to color clashes with the opposition’s outfits—are made from the same material. Back in 2008, Green Lodging News ran an article about Wyndham Hotels and Resorts committing...

If I Die Young, Bury Me in Cotton—Organic, Please

Will organic cotton linens—sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers—ever become common in our industry? Now, they are a rare find even in upscale hotels and resorts. They are not used in Pure Rooms. Nor are they used in Stay Well rooms. Yet, according to experts, organic cotton linens provide an environmental and wellness advantage over standard cotton linens. According to Anna Sova, a provider of luxury organic cotton linen, conventional cotton makes up only 3 percent of the world’s crops but uses 25 percent of the world’s pesticides annually. Every pound of cotton grown has been treated with one-third pound of...