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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

MGM Mirage Leading Las Vegas Toward a More Sustainable Future

In the six months that I have been publishing Green Lodging News, I have been able to identify many of the companies that aggressively promote and practice sustainable operations. Some smaller companies with a handful of properties are doing an incredible number of things. In the overall “save the planet” scheme of things, their impact is small. At the same time, however, some of the largest hotel companies are doing almost nothing. If they did just a little, their impact would be huge because of the number of hotel rooms that would be impacted. One large hotel company...

The Top 10 Environmental Issues Facing the Hospitality Industry in 2007

At the recent International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) Annual Conference in Miami, ISHC members participated in a series of roundtable discussions to identify their Top Ten Issues in the Hospitality Industry for 2007. From one to 10, their list included the following: labor and skills shortages; construction costs; technology and keeping up with it; changing demographics and their impact on travel trends; future of hotel profits; branding; distribution revolution; travel restrictions; global emerging markets; and capital availability. Knowing that ISHC represents a significant part of the lodging industry’s brain power, it was disheartening that rising energy costs...

Some Thoughts on Furniture Recycling and the Coming New Year

Before writing an article on furniture refinishing last week, I had never thought about the volume of furniture that the lodging industry must send to landfills each year. Mario Insenga, principal, The Refinishing Touch, Alpharetta, Ga., helped me understand the problem. His company diverts a great deal of furniture from the waste stream by refinishing it. Lately, his company has been saving many of the industry’s armoires by converting them to useable pieces. The hefty armoires have become outdated because of the introduction of flat screen TVs. When your guestroom, lobby, restaurant or meeting room furniture becomes outdated,...

Small Inns, Bed & Breakfasts Have Role to Play in Lodging Industry Change

I have always been fascinated by small inns and bed and breakfasts. It may have something to do with my addiction to reading “The Lord of the Rings” when I was a child. Frodo and his pals stopped at an inn called the Prancing Pony on their way toward Mordor. I always wondered what it would have been like to have stayed at that strange but magical place. I don’t believe there was anything “green” about that inn—except maybe a few elves. They may not always get the publicity that large hotel operators get but owners of small...

Add ‘Green’ to Your 2007 Sales and Marketing Efforts

You may or may not have noticed but last week I added a “Sales & Marketing” department to my website. The link to the section can be found on the left side of each page just above “Green Associations.” The amount of industry activity in this area warranted the addition. Increasingly, hotel companies are greening their sales and marketing strategies to take advantage of the growing number of travelers for whom the environment is a priority. Many types of articles will appear in this section. Here are a couple of examples: Earlier this year, Jackson Lake Lodge announced...

What is Stopping You from Implementing a Guestroom Energy Management System?

When one of your guestrooms is vacant, even for just a few hours, how do you know whether or not the HVAC system is running at full blast needlessly? If you do not know the heating or cooling status of each guestroom at all times, you have got a problem. Do you really believe guests are going to treat your guestrooms like their own homes and watch the thermostat like a hawk? Think again. If you do not have a process or technology in place to monitor guestroom HVAC usage, you are throwing away your money and ultimately impacting...

Green Products, Technologies in Abundance at This Year’s IH/M&RS

Pretty impressive. That is my reaction to all of the green products that were on display at last week’s International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York. Congratulations to the many vendors who have devised new ways to reduce waste and minimize energy and water consumption. Each company spent thousands of dollars in research and development on their products and thousands more just to be at the show. If you did not attend this year’s event, consider doing so in 2007. Discovering just one money-saving product can make the trip well worth the investment—even with the Big Apple’s hefty...

Four Months In, How is Green Lodging News Doing?

I have a confession to make. When planning the editorial direction for Green Lodging News, I consulted with just a few people. Yes, they were industry experts, especially in regard to environmental trends, but I did not send out a survey to thousands of hoteliers to ask them what issues they would like to see covered in an environment-focused publication. I relied a lot on my own gut instinct after observing the industry for more than 12 years. To be honest, I don’t think Green Lodging News is too off track but it is time to ask for your...

Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program: A System Worth Emulating?

The U.S. lodging industry, represented by multiple national and state level lodging certification programs, should look to its neighbor to the north—Canada—to learn how one single certification program could work. Run by the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) with the assistance of a consultant, Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating program has more than 400 rated hotels and motels with an additional 400-plus in the pipeline. According to Tony Pollard, HAC’s president, a total of 2,000 hotels could be Green Key rated by the end of next year. Why is Canada’s program blossoming so quickly? There are several important reasons....

Busy Show Season is Perfect Time to Network, Discover New Green Products

It’s show time. Just about every weekend now, one state or another is holding its annual association conference and trade show. In less than two weeks, the lodging industry’s largest event—the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS)—will take place at the Javits Center in New York City. I plan to attend this year’s event and will report back to you on the latest green product news and trends. I will also be attending and speaking at the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association’s annual conference on November 20. Thank you to the organizers of that event for inviting me to...