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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

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: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Housekeepers Deserve the Chance to Use Green Cleaning Products

Earlier this year, UNITE HERE, a union representing 90,000 U.S. hotel workers, released the results of a study that showed that hotel housekeepers have a 10.4 percent injury rate, 85 percent higher than the 5.6 percent injury rate of non-housekeepers. Surprised? The study tracked 40,000 hotel workers’ injuries at 87 U.S. lodgings from 1999 to 2005. The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. responded to the study by stating that the injury rate is still lower than other service industries and that the lodging industry has done a lot to address ergonomics and other housekeeper injury issues. That may...

What’s in a Name? Just About Everything. Then again……

Green Lodging News, as a publication name, works. I am biased, of course, but it is not a name that I spent hours or days thinking about. And, I certainly did not need to hire a consultant to come up with it. Green Lodging News is about as basic as you can get. I suspect a reader does not think about anything other than environmental industry news when reading it or hearing it. It is simple without being misleading or causing any confusion; it is what it is. Names take time to establish. That is why companies spend...

First Westin…Then Heartland Inns and Marriott…Who Will be Next?

In last week’s column, I strongly advocated the elimination of smoking in all hotels. Two days later, Marriott International Inc. announced it would eliminate smoking throughout all of its more than 2,300 hotels and corporate apartments in the U.S. and Canada beginning in September. Coincidence? I think not. O.K., I kid. But seriously, it is nice to know I am in the right cheering section. Green Lodging News applauds Marriott for its socially responsible decision and encourages the company to also work to stop smoking in its hotels outside of the United States and Canada. The health impact...

Surgeon General Report Hammers Home Urgency of Industry Smoking Ban

Several weeks ago, the Surgeon General issued a report that reiterated what most of us already know: There is no safe level of secondhand cigarette smoke. The report stated that exposure to this smoke puts an estimated 126 million people at risk of heart disease, lung cancer and death. It also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory conditions, ear infections and severe asthma. “The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought,” said Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Following the Surgeon General report, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and...

Green Lodging News Takes First Step Toward Becoming Online Community

Welcome to Green Lodging News! I am excited to launch this new Web site—www.greenlodgingnews.com—and its associated weekly e-newsletter. Every week day, the site will be updated with information-packed news and features, as well as information on the latest “green” products from the lodging industry’s leading vendors. On Monday of each week, I will bring you even more operations-oriented content by e-mail in the newsletter. It is no coincidence that I chose this moment in time to launch Green Lodging News. Increasing energy costs, a growing traveler and business awareness of environmental issues, and the desire by hotel operators...