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Sustainable Hospitality Textbook Released: A Guide for Hospitality Professionals & Students


DUBUQUE, IOWA—Innovative Ink Publishing, an imprint of Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, has released Sustainable Hospitality, written by green hospitality industry expert Dan Ruben. The textbook provides hospitality professionals and students with the knowledge and resources to make their properties environmentally sustainable.

Dan Ruben

“The target audience is hospitality professionals who work for hotels, cruise ships, and other hospitality sectors, as well as hospitality students,” Ruben says. “Managers of senior living facilities, dormitories, and other lodging facilities will benefit from this book, too. Sustainable Hospitality offers a roadmap to a leaner operation—one where less energy and water are consumed, and where less waste is generated. The ultimate result is greater profitability and a lighter impact on our planet.”

Sustainable Hospitality helps managers identify issues and opportunities and enables them to engage their fellow managers and staff about eco-friendly practices, products, and services. It also provides the environmental and business context for sustainability initiatives and includes hotel case studies.

The opening chapters describe why environmental sustainability is a business imperative and how to organize effective programs. The succeeding chapters cover energy and water efficiency, waste management, indoor air quality, reducing toxic chemicals, transportation, and food. The remaining chapters cover procurement, events, and resilience to climate change.

Includes ‘Homework’ Questions

Each chapter concludes with questions pertaining to that chapter—“to do” items for students and hoteliers alike. Each chapter also concludes with the names of articles, and URLs for those articles, that were studied when putting together that chapter. The articles offer an opportunity to take an even more in-depth look at the topic in focus.

“Suppose a manager wants to improve a property’s waste management program,” Ruben says. “The book explains how to organize such programs; gives specific recommendations for reducing, reusing, and recycling many products; shows what leading hotels are doing in particular areas; and provides links to helpful resources.”

“While sustainability has increasingly become ingrained in our industry, it has not had an up-to-date textbook to make it easier for professionals, lecturers and students to understand it in such detail,” says Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor of Green Lodging News. “This must-have book meets that need. The author takes a deep dive into every important aspect of hotel operations.”

Click here to order Sustainable Hospitality as an e-Book or a hard copy on the Kendall Hunt website. Contact Dan Ruben if you have questions at dan_ruben@usa.net, (617) 527-7950.

About the Author

Dan Ruben, founder of Boston Green Tourism in 2005, teaches Sustainable Hospitality at Missouri State University, the University of Southern Maine, and Sustainable Tourism at Temple University. He organized over 100 green hotel workshops in Boston and for many state hotel associations and a national hotel workshop for the EPA. He has written over 200 sustainable hotel newsletters and articles for other publications.

Dan was the Sustainable Lodging “Person of the Year” in 2014. The EPA awarded Boston Green Tourism an Environmental Merit Award. Dan led an organization that implemented environmental best practices at the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and was recognized with the international Imex Environmentally Responsible Meeting Award.