Glenwood Hot Springs Turns Up the Heat With Sustainable Initiatives
By Mike Sawchuk President & General Manager, Enviro-Solutions | May 05, 2013
Going Green the Enzymatic Way
Without a doubt, over the life of the Green movement some industries and market segments have embraced Green and sustainable issues faster and much sooner than others. For instance, a decade or so ago, when industrial locations and even commercial office buildings were simply toying with the idea of transferring to Green cleaning, many schools and school districts throughout North America voluntarily or as a result of new regulations were actively involved with Green and sustainable building operations.
While education may have been at the forefront of Green cleaning, many in the professional cleaning industry suggest that right behind it has been the hotel/hospitality industry. For many hotels, the reason to go Green has been a bread-and-butter issue. More and more of their guests and patrons, especially corporate hotel guests, wanted the hotels they stayed in, either for pleasure or for business, to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner. Hotel administrators noted this and adjusted their building operations accordingly.
In fact, more than half of hotel guests, according to a 2012 survey by a leading travel site, indicate they are even willing to spend more to stay at what was termed an "eco-friendly" property. Of these, 23 percent said they would pay up to $25 a night more to stay in a Green property, with nearly 10 percent saying they would spend up to $50 extra per night. (Source: TripAdvisor® April 2012)
So what makes a hotel Green? Among the key, least-expensive, and easiest-to-start initiatives and strategies of a Green and sustainable hotel are the following:
- Programs, procedures, and products that reduce energy and water consumption
- Systems that reduce waste generation
- Recycling programs
- Sheet and towel reuse programs
- The use of environmentally preferable cleaning products
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