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Second Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Released

Glenn Hasek

I am excited to announce the publication of the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report—the result of a collaboration between Greenview and Green Lodging News. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. Be sure to read this 56-page report and share it with your colleagues!

The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories.

Sponsors this year include Cass Information Systems, Inc., reCollect2 and ClearWater Tech. Green Lodging Trends Report 2017 Supporters include the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Assn., Avendra, Boston Green Tourism, Green Seal, Brighton Management, Horwath HTL—Asia Pacific, Green Key, Travelife, Green Key Global and GreenOtels.

A big thank you to our sponsors, supporters and all of those who took the time to complete this year’s survey. The report would not have been possible without you. If you would like to learn about 2018 sponsorship and support opportunities, contact me at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Quantitative, Qualitative Information

Within the data collected from the survey there is a wealth of information—much of it quantitative but we also collected a lot of qualitative information as well. An example of a quantitative question: “What percentage of guestroom shower-head fixtures are low-flow?” The qualitative information came from open-ended questions such as: “Provide an example of a program you launched in the last year to promote employee and/or guest wellness?” It was impossible to include all of our findings in the report. If you would like to dig down into a particular topic area, contact me or Grace Kang, Managing Partner, Greenview, at grace@greenview.sg.

In addition to publishing Green Lodging Trends Report 2017, a compare report was prepared for each survey participant, serving as a yardstick to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe. Participating hotel companies also received a portfolio report and snapshot across properties.

I don’t want to give away the results of the survey here. Take a look at the report yourself and get back to me with your thoughts. The survey is an ever evolving document. If you have suggestions for additions or changes, let me know. I hope you enjoy our second annual survey.

Green Lodging News Adds Solar America Solutions Case Study to Website

Green Lodging News has added a Solar America Solutions case study to its website. The case study details the installation of a 20-panel SunQuest 250 Solar Thermal System at the 439-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. The challenge was to reduce the annual cost of heating water for guestroom use, while providing an acceptable equipment payback period. The hotel was spending approximately $43,000 per year to heat water for guestroom showers. The new SunQuest 250 system pre-heats the water entering the three-boiler array in the 26th story mechanical room to 140°. The result has been a more than 50 percent reduction in guestroom DHW natural gas costs with a complete equipment payback in 3.9 years. These results are based on actual gas consumption figures provided by the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. To access the case study, click here. You may also contact Charlie Slavik at (317) 833-9961, or by e-mail at charlie@solaramericasolutions.com.

Sustainability Seminar Finalized for HX: The Hotel Experience

The sustainability seminar, “2020 Vision—Lodging’s Leaders Set the Sustainability Bar Higher,” has been finalized for HX: The Hotel Experience. The event will take place on Monday, November 13 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Hotel stage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Don’t miss this seminar including Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International, Inc., Gardner Jackson, Assistant Vice President, the Nalco Water division of Ecolab USA Inc., and Lindsay Wilkinson, part of InterContinental Hotels Group’s Corporate Responsibility team focused on Environmental Sustainability. I will be moderating the session. Attendee registration for HX: The Hotel Experience, November 12 to 13, 2017, is now open at the newly redesigned website, www.thehotelexperience.com.

How to Search on Our Website

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Who is Your Sustainability Champion?

Green Lodging News is always looking to profile sustainability champions in our Personnel Profile section. If you would like to nominate someone for this section of Green Lodging News, contact me at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Looking for Guest Columnists

Every two weeks Green Lodging News posts a new guest column on its website. (Click here for examples.) The guest column also appears in the weekly e-newsletter. Green Lodging News is currently in need of industry experts to contribute occasional guest columns. Experts may include consultants, architects, designers, suppliers and those who own or operate green lodging establishments. Columns may be articles that take a stance on a particular subject or be strictly educational in nature. Columnists benefit by having their photo included along with a one paragraph description of their company. Interested in writing a column? Contact Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Planning Advertising for 2017 or 2018?

Green Lodging News is accepting reservations for advertising spots for 2017 and 2018. Many excellent spots are available on our new website, in the weekly e-mail newsletter, and Green Lodging Survey. Many Green Supplier Spotlight dates are also available. Interested in receiving a 2017 or 2018 media kit? Be sure to contact me as soon as possible at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com. Media kits can also be accessed by clicking here. Thank you to all of those companies that consistently support Green Lodging News.

Newsletter & Green Supplier Spotlight Circulation

The circulation of our weekly e-newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight currently stands at 9,096. Thank you to our new subscribers for signing up. Be sure to encourage your colleagues to do the same. There are “subscribe” links on the Green Lodging News home page. You may also e-mail editor@greenlodgingnews.com to be added to our list.

Green Lodging News & Social Media

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As always, I can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.