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Thoughts About PIPs, the Pandemic & PM Hotel Group

Glenn Hasek

Some random thoughts for the week:

I received a call from an owner of four hotels last week, each of which is at least partially solar powered. I could quickly tell he was passionate about keeping his hotels’ environmental impact as small as possible. What he brought up to me was the clash between an owner’s reality and keeping up with a brand’s property improvement plans (PIPs)—standards that themselves could wipe out any environmental gains the owner has made through his or her investments over the years. What he told me was that the environmental impact of one renovation of one of his hotels—upgrading furniture and other items, etc. was going to wipe out the 10 years of environmental investments (carbon impact) and efforts he had made to make his properties green. Why? Because those new purchases consume resources, may have traveled thousands of miles, etc., and he now faces the dilemma of disposing of the now “outdated” furniture, fixtures, etc. He suggested that brand standards are not good enough and should allow leeway for keeping items that are still design-fresh and presentable to guests.

Have you faced the same dilemma? I had never thought of a renovation that way—that it alone could negate all the environmental gains one has made since the previous renovation. The owner I spoke with suggested brand standards just are not good enough when it comes to sustainability.

A New Pandemic Reality

As more and more Americans and others get vaccinated and guidance regarding face mask wearing changes, I encourage you to continue to implement best practices regarding indoor air quality and green cleaning and disinfection. Many green innovations emerged during the pandemic, many of which I wrote about here. Now is an opportunity to put bad, toxic practices behind us and make our hotels centers of wellness in all areas for years to come—in public areas and guestrooms. And, if you transitioned to wasteful single-use items during the pandemic, it is time to transition back to more sustainable options.

PM Hotel Group

Do not miss my feature this week on the Chevy Chase, Md. based PM Hotel Group. I had an opportunity to chat with Christie Berlin, Director of Sustainability + Facilities. The company is a very green-thinking company when it comes to hotel development and management. It manages four LEED hotels, including one LEED Platinum (Home2 Suites by Hilton Silver Spring, Md.) and purchases 100 percent green energy. “We started 10 years ago with 11 hotels,” Berlin says. “We now manage 51 and are working on three development projects at the moment.” Four of the hotels have solar arrays.

Last year PM Hotel Group partnered with One Tree Planted and committed to plant 1,000 trees annually. It is a project to which employees can now donate. Berlin says the program is one example of how the company attracts and retains talent.

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