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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

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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

Energy Star’s Change a Light Day a good Reminder to Transition to CFLs

Of all the measures one can take to reduce energy costs, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs) is certainly one of the easiest. Available for years now, they use two-thirds to three-quarters less energy than incandescent bulbs but last thousands of hours longer. Even with an initial higher cost, CFLs can easily put more money in your pocket in a short period of time. In public areas where lights are on 24 hours a day, savings can be significant, especially in terms of maintenance. Wednesday, October 4 is Energy Star Change a Light Day. If your...

Certification Programs Part Two: More Ways to Get Your Hotel Rated Green

Again, is your property certified green? Pardon me for starting this week’s column with the same question as last week. The thing is, I realized I had barely scratched the surface when talking about the various green certification/rating systems available in the lodging industry. Thank you to a few readers for bringing some of the other programs to my attention. In last week’s column I highlighted programs in Florida, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, California and Michigan. There are numerous other programs, however, that are not state-specific. One of the oldest industry rating programs is the Green Leaf...

State Certification Programs Offer Opportunities to Save Energy, Cut Costs, Network

Is your property certified green? In at least seven states, there are programs available—some run by state government agencies, some not—that enable hotels, motels and other lodging establishments to be certified as green hotels. By participating in these programs, owners and operators can cut costs by saving energy and water, reduce waste, improve air quality, and benefit in many other ways. In Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) runs a Green Lodging Certification Program. In Maine, the DEP has a similar one. Vermont’s program is part of the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership. In New Hampshire, the Sustainable...

Go Ahead and Make Some Noise; Don’t Be Shy About Your Environmental Accomplishments

Selling a green image, product or service has become trendy in the past few years. At least one survey has shown that travelers are more apt to stay in properties that are environmentally friendly. That is good news for all of us. That does not mean, however, that being green is an easier sell than anything else. It still requires an investment of time and dollars to get the word out to potential customers. As publish and editor of a green publication, I get to learn about hotel companies that are doing everything they can to reduce their...

AH&LEF, Smith Travel 2006 Lodging Survey Filled with Green Gems

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and Smith Travel Research recently released their 2006 Lodging Survey results. The number of hotels polled was significant—42,407 hotels—with 9,300 properties responding. The survey touched on subjects ranging from DVD players to early check-in. Green categories included in the survey were liquid soap dispensers, recycling programs, air purifiers, energy management sensors, linen/towel reuse programs and nonsmoking rooms. What the survey found was significant and demonstrative of how far the industry has come and how far it still has to go. Some of the results were surprising, encouraging and even disappointing. Green...

By Sharing Your Resource and Event Information, You Can Help Us All

When looking for best practice information on green hotel operations, where do you go? Is there a website that you visit most often? A book that you read? An event that you attend? Where is the best place to network? Please write to let me know so that I can share that information with our readers. I have discovered that there is a lot of good information available but not all in one place and sometimes the most likely places disappoint. The first place I looked when planning this publication is the Green Hotels Assn. website. The...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Leads Lodging Industry Down Green Path

There is an element of fear in launching a new concept or implementing a new technology. In some ways it is like jumping off a cliff—with lots of sharks below. Every day I read about risk-taking companies that flirt with failure but find a way to succeed and break new ground for the rest of us. On the green side of the lodging industry, one company that can lay claim to a number of important firsts is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Its Westin Hotels & Resorts was the first chain to go 100 percent nonsmoking and Starwood...

Preventive Maintenance Ensures Energy-Efficient Operations

Having represented two suppliers of preventive maintenance (PM) software for several years, I have learned a little bit about the importance of PM. That is why BP PLC’s recent announcement that it would have to shut down part of its Alaska North Slope oil operations to replace 16 miles of damaged pipes struck me as odd. The eastern side of the Prudhoe Bay pipeline had not undergone a high-tech inspection, called “smart pigging,” since 1992, although the western side had been checked in 1998 and was scheduled for a test this summer. Is it just me, or is...

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...