The Tech-Driven Hotel of the Future with Glenn Hasek

November 16, 2022

“I was probably the first journalist in the hotel industry to write about the environment consistently. I grew up in nature, so in some way, I like to advocate for it in my work. Nowadays, I find a sense of urgency among hotel companies about the climate and the state of the world in general.”

–       Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News


Hotels occupy a unique spot in the building and construction world. They enjoy an economy of scale with millions of rooms and hundreds of millions of guests. But, hotels are driven by profit, so can green alternatives improve quality of life and lower costs too?

As the rest of the world figures out a more sustainable way to live, hotels are a perfect test bed for technological advancements ranging from energy management systems to dissolvable soap containers.

While tech thrusts hotels forward into a brighter, energy-efficient future, will they lead construction in the charge or trail behind?

Topics discussed in this interview:

  • Todd’s trip to METALCON
  • Glenn’s start in journalism
  • Hotels and their early attitude toward the environment
  • New developments in hotel design
  • Projections for future advancements
  • Solar and hotels
  • Smoking vs. nonsmoking and the battle for air quality
  • Rapid-fire questions

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