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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

Home Publisher's Point of View
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

Looking Back as I Enter Year 17 of Publishing Green Lodging News

I am sure many of you are familiar with the “dash” poem. It was written by Linda Ellis and the dash refers to the headstone time between we are born and the time we pass. A snippet from that poem: “What mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” As I get older—I am 60 now—I often think about that poem and philosophize a bit not only about all my life but the chunks that are chapters in the entire story. One important chapter certainly has been my time owning, publishing, editing, and writing Green Lodging News. That...

EV Charging 101: Q&A with Expert Details What You Need to Know

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, between 2015 and 2021, the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations more than doubled in the U.S. from approximately 13,000 to 50,000. The International Energy Agency reports that after a decade of rapid growth, there are now over 10 million electric cars on the road, representing about 1 percent of the global car stock. For 2030, the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario projects 300 million electric cars on the road and they will account for over 60 percent of new car sales, compared with only 4.6 percent in 2020. With such...

News Around Housekeeping Never Ends and Justifiably So

Housekeeping was highlighted in the news prominently the last few weeks. First, the Los Angeles City Council in late June passed a measure to limit the daily workload of housekeepers, offer overtime pay under certain circumstances, provide “panic buttons” to protect their workers from sexual harassment and do away with policies that automatically forgo daily cleaning. Many hotels and hotel companies across the nation did away with daily cleaning when COVID-19 first struck to reduce the spread of the disease and because of labor shortages. The measure, according to the Los Angeles Times, was strongly supported by Unite Here Local...

Two Impactful Supreme Court Decisions in Less Than a Week

To what extent will two important Supreme Court decisions handed down in the past week impact you and your hotel/hotel company and what does each have to do with corporate social responsibility? I will not take sides on the abortion debate here and many questions remain to be answered, but the overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling could force you to decide whether to provide extra support to women in need of reproductive care. According to a June 30 New York Times article, many companies have already decided to cover the travel expenses of women in...

IHG Partnership Strengthens Commitment to Eliminate Bathroom ‘Miniatures’

It was almost three years ago that IHG Hotels & Resorts announced that its entire hotel estate would switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. It was before the pandemic that IHG made this announcement, so it is understandable that the company did not reach its goal by the end of last year. That said, it did make a lot of headway and just this past week it announced a global collaboration with Unilever to replace bathroom miniatures with bulk amenities in more than 4,000 hotels in IHG’s mainstream brands. All IHG markets...

Ten Examples of Innovations Found at This Year’s Restaurant Show

If you run a foodservice operation at your hotel, and yes that includes breakfast, you should pay attention to the many green products that were featured at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show. The list of exhibitors can be found here. It will take you some time to sift through the list of more than 1,700 companies but the time will be well spent given the opportunities to reduce energy, water, and waste at your hotel—and better protect yourself and your employees. Plus, the list can be sorted in different ways—by pavilions (Organic & Natural) for example, or by...

Remembering Our Prince Charles Connection

I have always had a strong connection to the United Kingdom. My grandparents and aunt were all born in Scotland. I have an ancestor who worked in a house of the Royal Family, have one aunt who attended the current Queen’s coronation, am somehow related to Robert Burns and throughout my life I have been a big Beatles fan. I have crossed the famous Abbey Road where the Beatles stepped for their Abbey Road album and this summer my family and I will travel “across the pond” to visit parts of England and Scotland we have not yet seen. I...

1 Hotels at Seven Properties with San Francisco Addition

Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group is at it again with its 1 Hotels brand. This past week the Group announced the opening of 1 Hotel San Francisco. The hotel joins six other 1 Hotels currently open in South Beach, Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, West Hollywood, Sanya (China), and Toronto. 1 Hotels are in development in Nashville, Hanalei Bay (Hawaii), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Paris, London, Mission Bay (Calif.), Elounda Hills (Crete) and Melbourne. 1 Hotels is certainly one of our industry’s greenest brands. Its website describes its hotels as a place “where architecture adopts the natural curvature and fluidity of its...

Projects Light Years Beyond ‘Low-Hanging’ Fruit

Utilizing breakthroughs in design and technology, hotel owners and designers around the world are establishing new benchmarks for what it means to be a “dark” green hotel—one that has gone far beyond investing in easy low-hanging fruit. As published previously on Green Lodging News, Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton just opened within the last two weeks in Connecticut. It is believed to be the first net-zero hotel in the United States. It will utilize renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for its common areas, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms and 165 guestrooms and...

Highlighting One Solution to the Plastic Crisis: the SEA Tech Pellet

Finding solutions to single-use plastic is the focus of a lot of for-profit and nonprofit companies these days. I mentioned Clean the World’s efforts in a recent article. This past week I posted an article on LOLIWARE and its unique approach to plastic replacement. This coming week I will be chatting with a company that converts post-industrial and post-consumer plastic waste into something called STORM BOARD—a replacement for plywood or other wood fiber boards in applications where water resistance and durability are critical. Many of my advertisers—and readers—are also finding their own ways to reduce plastic consumption. The more...