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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.

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Eco-Gadget Shuts Off Electronic Gear When You Leave The Hotel Room
September 20, 2007 06:16 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

OYARZUN, SPAIN—Onity has launched Intellity, its latest innovation in energy management solutions for the lodging industry. Intellity is an intelligent energy saving device that reads the magnetic stripe on Onity hotel-specific keycards to identify and differentiate guest and staff keycards, while disconnecting electrical equipment when guests are out of the room. Because it differentiates between guest and staff cards, it also can prevent hotel housekeeping staff from using certain electrical equipment, such as the television, while cleaning the room. Onity, a leading provider of electronic locking solutions, is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.


Hotels Hungry For Greener Energy-Saving Products
September 10, 2007 12:14 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Guestroom 2010 returns to the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City, showcasing the cutting-edge innovations and eco-friendly new products that will soon be found in hotel guest rooms. A model hotel room, developed by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, will feature nearly 50 of the latest and near-future technologies at the industry's premier marketplace, taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Choices Expand for Environmentally Friendly Meetings
September 2, 2007 05:13 PM - Bruce Fears, Green Lodging News

As green options in the meeting and conference industry expand, environmentally conscious event planners, organizers and companies are finding that going green not only helps save the planet and resources, but also offers a wealth of other benefits and advantages. As the following questions and answers demonstrate, green meetings can help save the planet and yield real rewards for meeting attendees and your budget.

Green to Gold, Worthwhile Read for Any Business Owner/Operator
September 2, 2007 05:03 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

Whether you are in a leadership position in your organization or not, I highly recommend reading one of the best business books to come along in quite some time—Green to Gold—authored by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston. Esty is Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and Winston is Director of Corporate Environmental Strategy at Yale. The two provide many examples of companies they call Wave Riders that have capitalized on the Green Wave rippling throughout the economy.

Green PR - How to Generate News About Your Green Project (Even When There Isn’t Any)
August 29, 2007 05:02 PM - Colette Chandler, Green Lodging News

You may be on a tight budget or just looking to create renewed exposure and interest for your green hotel or B&B efforts, yet cannot seem to find anything newsworthy to report. We’ve all encountered that from time to time. Don’t worry; there is still hope. There are hundreds of ways for you to create some news of your own to get the exposure you need.

LEED Applications Take Off As Program Becomes Accepted Green Standard
August 28, 2007 07:44 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

When first launching Green Lodging News a little more than a year ago, there were just two lodging properties in the United States that had received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—the Marriott-managed University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center, Adelphi, Md., and the Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville, Ga. Since then, three other U.S. properties have obtained LEED certification. Given that there are many hundreds of commercial buildings outside of lodging that have been LEED certified, it would appear that our industry has been late to the game, right?

Former President Bill Clinton to Keynote Greenbuild Conference
August 28, 2007 07:40 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech of the opening plenary of Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, to be held Nov. 7-9, 2007, in Chicago, says the U.S. Green Building Council.

High-End Furniture Line Goes Green Across Entire Product Line
August 24, 2007 01:37 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News

ATLANTA—Decca Hospitality Furnishings announced that it will convert its entire product line of high-end and custom furnishings to new, environmentally conscious green standards by the end of this year. This action reflects a corporate culture at Decca that is mindful of the environment across its business practices, while underscoring the need for all companies to be good stewards of our environment.

"Made in China" Label Takes a Beating After Series of Product Scares
August 24, 2007 12:27 PM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News

EDITORIAL - It would not be fair to all of the good manufacturers in China to go into panic mode—compact fluorescents, as well as many other good products, are produced there—but the “Made in China” label is causing a lot of concern here in the United States. Almost every day there is a report about a new product recall. That’s what happens when there are insufficient safety regulations. Last week, Gilchrist & Soames, which supplies high-end toiletries to hotels, recalled its brand of toothpaste made in China. Why? Independent tests showed some samples of the toothpaste contained diethylene glycol (DEG). DEG is used as a coolant in automobiles.

Napa Valley Hotel and Spa Completes Rooftop Solar Project
August 22, 2007 03:24 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News

AMERICAN CANYON, CALIFORNIA — Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa—the United States’ first and only LEED Gold-certified hotel—has commissioned a 36-kilowatt solar project that produces electricity to help run the hotel. The system is projected to meet approximately 12 percent of the hotel’s annual energy needs and contributed two points toward the hotel’s LEED Gold certification.

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