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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

Thank You for Your Support of Green Lodging News

Launching a new publication is not an easy task, especially when you do it on your own and without the support of a corporation behind you. To create a successful publication, you need talented designers and writers and a network of vendors willing to purchase display ads, directory listings and sponsorships. It has been eight months since I launched Green Lodging News and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those individuals who have supported my venture with their advertising dollars and article contributions. Green Lodging News would not exist without your help. So, thank...

Earth Day is the Perfect Opportunity to Celebrate Your Successes

In a little less than seven weeks, it will be earth day. It is a perfect time to celebrate your property’s environmental accomplishments. Environmentalism is not all about doom and gloom; it is about doing positive things on property and in the community as well. Don’t be afraid to party a little bit—responsibly, of course. Here in the Cleveland area, residents will congregate at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Exhibitors ranging from auto makers to local farmers will be on hand. I plan to be there. Hey, I always fit in at the zoo. What are you planning for...

Six good Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Food Products

One of the criteria for being a green hotel is purchasing as many locally produced food products as possible. It could be a head of lettuce or a bottle of wine but locally made products provide significant advantages for the environment and the local community. Yes, there are times when it is impossible to buy local, but through creative purchasing you can minimize your property’s environmental impact. When was the last time you took a close look at your food purchasing policy? What percentage of the goods that you buy is bought from local vendors? If you buy...

Green Lodging News Applauds Choice Hotels’ Nonsmoking Decision

Green Lodging News applauds Choice Hotels International and the Choice Hotels Owners Council for deciding to convert all 433 Comfort Suites hotels in the United States to 100 percent nonsmoking properties. As reported here this past week, the new policy will go into effect on May 1. The decision to go smoke free means that hotel employees and guests—especially those with allergy sensitivities—will all breathe a lot easier. Choice joins an elite group of companies that already have eliminated smoking: Marriott International in all of its U.S. and Canada properties, Westin Hotels & Resorts in its U.S., Canada...

Some New Lights at the End of the Tunnel?

Late in the 19th century, Thomas Edison filed a patent for the electric incandescent lamp. Six years later, he got his patent. Since that time, the world has been dependent on incandescents. Over the past several months, however, two announcements were made with the intent of moving us all away from them. The first was an announcement made by Royal Philips Electronics in December. The second was one made by a California legislator late last month. Royal Philips Electronics, in Brussels, Belgium, called for joint action between the lighting industry, nongovernmental organizations, energy suppliers and governments to discuss...

How Will Travel Industry React to United Nations Report Confirming Climate Change?

A report released last week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reaffirmed what previous reports have concluded: Global warming is occurring and there is at least a 90 percent chance that humans are responsible. Unless you have been avoiding the media the last few years, the findings should come as no surprise. Almost every day there has been news about receding glaciers, record average temperatures, disappearing species, and greenhouse gas increases. In different ways, we are all contributors to climate change—as consumers and as owners and operators of lodging establishments. Some of us are guiltier...

A Few Extra Points from the Super Bowl

Next Sunday, hundreds of millions of people will gather in homes, restaurants and bars to watch the Super Bowl. As a Cleveland Browns fan (egads, it hurts to say that these days), I have little interest in the outcome, although I do admit it would be nice for Peyton Manning to finally win it all. I say that at the risk of forever alienating any Chicago Bears fan who happens to be reading this column. Here is one thing you probably did not know about the big game: The National Football League (NFL) will be planting trees and buying...

Do What You Can Now to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Fatalities

Carbon monoxide, a killer, should be the No. 1 indoor air quality concern at your property. Do you have detectors installed in your guestrooms? In other areas? If not, why? How can you truly be a green hotel if you are not doing all you can to protect your guests and staff from this silent, invisible danger? Hundreds lose their lives each year after having been exposed to carbon monoxide buildup in an enclosed area. Just last month in Key West, Fla., a 26-year-old man died in a guestroom at an upscale hotel. The man’s father nearly died as...

Hilton Vancouver Washington Among Elite Group of LEED-Certified Hotels

Congratulations to the City of Vancouver, Wash., Hilton Hotels Corp. and Fletcher Farr Ayotte (FFA) Architects for successfully obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel. The 226-room property, owned by the City of Vancouver, was designed by FFA and is managed by Hilton Hotels Corp. Only a few other properties in the United States have reached LEED certification status. The Hilton Vancouver Washington earned a LEED-NC rating because it adhered to guidelines established for new construction. I recently spoke with Gerry Link, general manager of the hotel, and he was...

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...