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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.

Effort Behind Lodging Survey Impressive; Results Sometimes Baffling

Approximately every two years the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) releases the results of its Lodging Survey. The survey is done in partnership with STR and is funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. The 2018 survey included all properties in the United States with 10 or more guestrooms—nearly 56,000 U.S. properties—easily making the survey sample the largest of any survey in our industry. The report based on the survey was released a little more than a week ago. See this article for a link to the survey report. This year’s survey report included data on many...

More on Styrofoam as Maryland Nears Statewide Ban

This past weekend my family dined at a Mexican restaurant here in Tampa. The food was just fine and as usual I could not eat the entire meal because of the volume of food given to me. I asked for a to-go box and, as most often is the case, I was given one made of Styrofoam (polystyrene). (The server also automatically gave us plastic straws which we declined.) This website lists some of the reasons Styrofoam is bad for the environment and all of us. Did you know that when paired with liquid and heat, a Styrofoam container’s toxins...

Two Suppliers Offer Bed Bug Applications with Staying Power

Articles about bed bugs are among the most read on the Green Lodging News website and for good reason. As tiny as the creatures are, they can become a dinosaur-size problem for you—in many ways. As mentioned in an article just posted on Green Lodging News, a year ago, a California family was awarded $1.6 million as a result of a lawsuit filed against their former landlords for not properly addressing a bed bug infestation. The lawyer representing the family said the award was the largest he had seen given to a single family. While the $1.6 million settlement...

DoubleTree Hotel’s SOLO EV Rentals Drawing Lots of Attention

My family and I are talking about going to Victoria, B.C. this summer for part of our vacation. If I go, you can bet I will be checking out the car rental program at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria. I may even choose a SOLO vehicle to drive. My wife and son won’t be too happy, but it will be one of the coolest cars I have driven in a while. You see, the SOLO is a one-passenger vehicle with two wheels in the front and one in the back. Made by Electra Meccanica, the SOLO...

There’s No Secret to Attracting & Retaining the Best & Brightest

With an unemployment rate of just 4 percent paired with tighter immigration policies, finding and keeping the best and brightest workers has become increasingly more difficult. Past surveys have shown that hotels or hotel companies with strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs have higher employee retention rates. The results of a recent survey strengthen the case for having outstanding CSR initiatives. Swytch, a blockchain-based clean energy platform, recently conducted a survey of 1,000 employees in the United States who either currently work for or have worked for a company with over 5,000 employees to explore their sentiments around employers’ corporate...

Don’t Miss This Year’s Green Lodging Trends Report 2018

Be sure not to miss one of the most highly anticipated survey reports of the year—the 106-page Green Lodging Trends Report 2018. Produced by Greenview, it is accessible for download through this link. The annual Report is rich with data and highlights and summarizes responses to 115 survey questions in these categories: Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Health & Wellness, Back of House, Communications, Staff Involvement, Community Involvement, and Climate Action & Certification. Greenview collected data for 4,544 hotels across 61 countries. If you did not participate in the survey leading up to the Report, be sure to do so...

An Honest NAFEM Conversation Worth Remembering

I just returned from The NAFEM Show in Orlando. Held every two years, the show features the latest advancements in foodservice equipment and supplies. I will be summarizing many of the highlights in an upcoming article. This year there were more than 600 exhibitors so it would be impossible to mention all the news from the show in one article. One of the things that jumped out at me this year was the number of companies offering food waste reduction equipment—equipment that either grinds, pulps, digests or dehydrates food waste. Maybe I missed an exhibit, but I don’t recall coming...

NAFEM: a Perfect Place to Shop for Cutting Edge Kitchen Technology

I will be attending The NAFEM Show in Orlando this coming week (February 7 to 9). It is being held at the LEED Gold Orange County Convention Center. For those of you not familiar with the event, it is the show of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and is held every two years. This will be my third NAFEM Show. I highly recommend the event for anyone looking to reduce the environmental impact of their food and beverage operation(s). With the right equipment, you can save thousands each year in energy, water and waste costs. Be...

What’s for Breakfast? Hopefully Not Styrofoam

This past year there were a lot of announcements in our industry about the elimination of plastic straws. I think it is great that hotel companies are doing this but let’s all agree that it is a pretty simple step that is not going to require too much action or sacrifice. Why not build upon straw elimination and get rid of other nasty items—those made from Styrofoam, for example? Over the Christmas holiday I stayed at a hotel claiming to be “green” but in its breakfast area there were disposable Styrofoam plates and cups. I was not impressed, and I...

SHARC Resurfaces with First Hotel Industry Installation

It was almost five years ago that I reported on a new system, SHARC, that captures and reuses heat that is typically lost to the sewage system—yes, the water that is flushed down toilets. SHARC Energy Systems is the name of the company in British Columbia that developed the wastewater heat recovery system. I interviewed the company’s Chairman and CEO, Lynn Mueller, at that time and he said the system had great potential for use in hotels. In one non-hotel condo setting, there was a 75 percent reduction in energy used for water heating. Years passed and I heard nothing...