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Thoughts on COVID-19 Cleaning Technologies, Earth Day & More

Glenn Hasek

In this space I have recently highlighted Bi Polar Ionization and ultraviolet radiation as technologies to consider to combat COVID-19. One of my clients recently highlighted his company’s Thermal Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS) technology. Another client will highlight his company’s steam cleaning products this coming week. In an article I will be posting in the next several days, I highlight electrochemical activation (ECA)—the process for creating electrolyzed water using a low electric charge and natural minerals.

Feeling lately like you need to be a scientist just to clean your hotel? I hear you.

I urge you to consider all the above options, and others, as you adjust your green cleaning methods to make your property as free as possible from COVID-19. You should never look at cleaning and maintenance the same way again.

Earth Day Anniversary

As I am writing this, Earth Day is just 12 days away. I have already heard from several properties about their Earth Day plans—and yes there are still properties out there with Earth Day plans. If you are planning something special for Earth Day this year, let me know. I can be reached at greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. I will be posting Earth Day news leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

Waste Management Focus

I had waste management on my mind this past week. I posted an article based on a chat I had with Graham Rihn, CEO of RoadRunner Recycling. The title of the article: “Expert’s Recycling Advice: Have a Phased Approach with Realistic Goals.” Don’t miss that article. And, I just spoke with George Valiotis, CEO of Pace Glass. His company is a year and a half away from opening the world’s largest glass recycling facility in New Jersey. I learned a lot about what makes glass recycling challenging and what industries utilize the cullet that remains once glass is separated by color and broken down. Watch for an article based on my chat with Valiotis in the coming week.

More on COVID-19

There have been several articles in recent days about the positive environmental impact of hunkering down, not flying, driving, taking vacations, etc. They were certainly food for thought regarding the scale of the change that needs to take place to reduce air pollution and reverse climate change. Of course, we all must find a balance that allows for freedom of travel without negatively impacting our environment. Supporting clean energy in any way possible is a start.

According to a new nationwide study, Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country. In an analysis of 3,080 counties in the United States, researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that higher levels of the tiny, dangerous particles in air known as PM 2.5 were associated with higher death rates from the disease.

According to The New York Times, last week, the Trump administration announced a plan to weaken Obama-era regulations on automobile tailpipe emissions. Last year, the same administration weakened regulation on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. As COVID-19 is proving, such decisions have real-life impact.

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 greenlodgingnews@gmail.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 greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Get in the Green Suppliers Spotlight!

Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, now publishes Green Suppliers Spotlight, an e-blast to 20,319 subscribers that features the lodging industry’s leading green products and services. The e-blast features multiple vendors—unlike the current Green Supplier Spotlight that allows one supplier to “own” the Green Lodging News subscriber list for one e-blast. (Click here for a Green Suppliers Spotlight sample.)

Green Suppliers Spotlight is published weekly on Thursdays to general managers, owners, management companies, directors of sustainability, directors of engineering, facilities managers and many others who are either in purchasing positions or who influence purchasing decisions. Suppliers of green products and services throughout North America and beyond are invited to participate in the e-blast. (Minimum two suppliers per e-blast.) Green Suppliers Spotlight was created to give vendors an opportunity to reach a high number of industry purchasers at a very low cost—as low as $200 per e-mail. (Click here for rate sheet.)

Those advertising in Green Suppliers Spotlight can include up to 100 words, one image, contact information and multiple links to their website in their ad. At the end of each month, a report will be sent to each supplier with information on delivered e-mails, opens and click-throughs.

Planning Advertising for 2020?

Green Lodging News is accepting reservations for advertising spots for 2020. Many excellent spots are available on our new website and in the weekly e-mail newsletter. Many Green Supplier Spotlight dates are also available. Interested in receiving a 2020 media kit? Be sure to contact me as soon as possible at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. A media kit can also be accessed by clicking here. Thank you to all 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 20,319. 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 greenlodgingnews@gmail.com to be added to our list.

Green Lodging News & Social Media

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