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Mr. Hasek

Glenn Hasek

Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News

Glenn Hasek is publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, a weekly e-mail newsletter now reaching more than 5,000 opt-in subscribers, and a website receiving more than one million total visits annually. Green Lodging News covers topics ranging from energy management to water conservation to waste management to green design. Green Lodging News coverage emphasizes breaking news and trends impacting not only the environment and well-being but also the bottom line as well. Mr. Hasek, who has been quoted in many national news publications on green travel, launched Green Lodging News in July 2006. He has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience in the lodging industry. He worked as an editor with Hotel & Motel Management (now Hotel Management) from 1989 to 1996 and then again from 2000 to 2001. He first wrote about environment-related lodging industry news with Hotel & Motel Management in 1990. He also worked as associate editor of IndustryWeek magazine from 1996 to 2000 where he managed two projects: the IndustryWeek 1000 and the World’s 100 Best Managed Companies. Since 2001 Mr. Hasek has owned his own publishing and public relations consulting company—Hasek Communications L.L.C. He has received numerous professional awards for his work and has been a featured speaker and moderator at many lodging industry events—green lodging conferences, HD Expo, brand conventions, and the International Hotel/Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). In November 2013 and November 2014 he helped organize the Hospitality Green section of IHMRS. Mr. Hasek graduated from Bluffton College with a B.A. in Communication and Religion in 1984 and also attended Ohio University, studying journalism at the graduate level.

Mr. Hasek can be contacted at 813-510-3468 or editor@greenlodgingnews.com

Coming up in May 2018...

Eco-Friendly Practices: The Greening of Your Bottom Line

There are strong moral and ethical reasons why a hotel should incorporate eco-friendly practices into their business but it is also becoming abundantly clear that “going green” can dramatically improve a hotel's bottom line. When energy-saving measures are introduced - fluorescent bulbs, ceiling fans, linen cards, lights out cards, motion sensors for all public spaces, and energy management systems - energy bills are substantially reduced. When water-saving equipment is introduced - low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and serving water only on request in restaurants - water bills are also considerably reduced. Waste hauling is another major expense which can be lowered through recycling efforts and by avoiding wastefully-packaged products. Vendors can be asked to deliver products in minimal wrapping, and to deliver products one day, and pick up the packaging materials the next day - generating substantial savings. In addition, renewable sources of energy (solar, geothermal, wind, etc.) have substantially improved the economics of using alternative energies at the property level. There are other compelling reasons to initiate sustainability practices in their operation. Being green means guests and staff are healthier, which can lead to an increase in staff retention, as well as increased business from health conscious guests. Also, sooner or later, all properties will be sold, and green hotels will command a higher price due to its energy efficiencies. Finally, some hotels qualify for tax credits, subsidies and rebates from local, regional and federal governments for the eco-friendly investments they've made in their hotels. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating sustainable practices into their operations and how their hotels are benefiting from them.