Green Lodging News, Greenview Go ‘Live’ With Green Lodging Survey

greensurveylogo555With the support of Clean the World and Green Key Global, and the sponsorship of Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems, Green Lodging News and Greenview have launched the world’s premier Green Lodging Survey.

You can access the survey by clicking here.

Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey.

The Green Lodging Survey is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. The Green Lodging Survey is powered by Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, and managed by Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source.

The Survey: The survey consists of about 100 easy-to-complete questions covering the latest in operational practices, facility attributes, and outreach programs to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, increase guest experience, and make positive community impact. There is no cost to participate in the Green Lodging Survey. Hotels and B&Bs participate by responding to the survey via the online portal platform where work can be saved and answers easily can be updated for the next year’s survey.

The Trends Report: After the close of the survey, a Trends Report will be produced that will analyze the results with general trends and highlight exemplary practices and innovations that stand out, serving as a guidepost for the industry and especially the survey participants.

The Benchmarking Report: For survey participants, a compare report will be prepared, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a property to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe.

For sponsorship information, click here. You may also contact Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor of Green Lodging News, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at For technical assistance, contact Eric Ricaurte, Principal, Greenview, at (202) 470-1094, or

Laura Schwartz, Clean the World, Asembia, Wynn Las Vegas Team Up for Lifesaving Recycling Program

As an active Clean the World board member, professional speaker Laura Schwartz was especially proud to emcee the Asembia 2016 Specialty Pharmacy Summit at the fabulous Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Wynn has been a Clean the World partner since 2011, with contributing properties in both Las Vegas and Macau.

There were 12,000 Asembia “heads in beds” throughout the conference, resulting in:

  • 2,364 pounds of discarded soap recycled from rooms
  • With the addition of plastic amenity bottles, the program diverted a total of 4,140 pounds of waste from southern Nevada landfills
  • Clean the World will manufacture 12,624 new bars of recycled soap that will benefit at-risk people

“I was so excited to emcee such a prestigious summit for Asembia at the Wynn, which is not only a fabulous venue but a socially responsible one,” Laura said. “You could really see their pride for the partnership as well as their company.”

The top two killers of children worldwide are pneumonia and diarrheal disease. Introducing young children to soap and information about how and when to use it helps exponentially in cognitive development. Clean the World combats this issue with a variety of programs, including cooperative agreements such as this one with Asembia and Wynn.

Laura’s meeting with the Wynn Housekeeping staff during their training was in celebration of this remarkable achievement, as well as many others.

“I was so happy to represent Clean the World while visiting the Wynn Las Vegas housekeeping managers and staff training,” she said. “It was a great way to celebrate the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit.”

Las Vegas Residents With Intellectual Disabilities Learn Job Skills

Opportunity Village graduation ceremony.

Opportunity Village is a wonderful organization that provides opportunities for people who have intellectual disabilities. It provides a service for these individuals to gain job skills and experience they might otherwise not have the chance to learn. Clean the World Las Vegas is proud to partner with Opportunity Village and the men and women who serve our life-saving mission on a regular basis.

The young adults of Opportunity Village visit our Las Vegas warehouse to help sort bottled amenities. Clean the World Hygiene Kits rely heavily on recycled bottled amenities from hotel partners, and having several helping hands on a daily basis gives us the ability to increase our impact through repurposed hygiene amenities.

This is Clean the World’s third year as an Opportunity Village partner. The program runs like a regular school year, August through June, Monday through Friday. While working in the Clean the World warehouse, Opportunity Village participants learn a variety of skills throughout the workday.

“We teach them the responsibility of having a full-time job. Getting up early every morning, being on time every day, being accountable for the quality of their work, following directions, and how to behave in a professional environment,” says Kevin Williams, Clean the World Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center Manager.

The Clean the World and Opportunity Village partnership is instrumental in giving these young adults independence and allows them to contribute to a meaningful cause. During the program, Clean the World employees work alongside Opportunity Village participants, helping them improve their communication and patience. As a result, towards the end of the program around graduation time, there’s a visible rise in confidence and self-reliance among the workers.

Kevin spends time with the group every day throughout the program. “I can say that nothing I’ve done professionally to this point in my life makes me happier or prouder than the work we do with these kids. All they want is to be treated like adults and respected as such. A simple ‘great job today’ can make their whole week.”

The end of the year graduation ceremony is always a bittersweet experience. Clean the World employees enjoy working alongside these extraordinary individuals and love celebrating their achievements. As Opportunity Village students learn from our organization, our team also learns from them. We are so grateful for the partnership and their hard work. Clean the World looks forward to strengthening this relationship for years to come.

Hotel Room Attendants Have a Personal Connection to the Hygiene Mission

Claudia speaking to room attendants at the Orlando Marriott World Center.

Claudia speaking to room attendants at the Orlando Marriott World Center.

Clean the World often takes the time to visit hotels participating in our recycling program. It is a way to share the mission and empower the room attendants to make a difference in the world in a personal way. Attendants are on the forefront of the Global Hygiene Revolution. They are the ones who take the first step in diverting waste from landfills, the first step to providing someone with life-saving hygiene products. Clean the World’s Donya McSwain and Oscar Gonzalez recently visited Orlando Marriott World Center to inspire the staff. The day held inspiration and motivation for us all.

Donya and Oscar shared the message of how thousands of needless childhood deaths can be prevented with access to soap. They talked about the importance of each housekeeper, and the responsibility they hold in helping these children. Our team spoke to the group in both English and Spanish.

“The message seems to reach their heart in their native language,” Donya said.

On this visit, Donya and Oscar brought along Pastor Julio Brutus, a pioneer for the Clean the World’s mission. Pastor Brutus is the man who made it possible for our planes to land in parts of Haiti that were in dire need after Clean the World launched in 2009. He is a crucial member of the Clean the World family, helping reach thousands of children in Haiti throughout the years.

As the head pastor of the Evangelical Church of Haiti, he interacts with 100,000 members. More one million bars of soap have been distributed in Haiti through Pastor Brutus’ efforts alone.

Pastor Brutus delivered the message of Clean the World to the hotel employees in Haitian Creole, the native language of many staff members. He brought a guest, a young lady named Claudia. “As she was speaking in Haitian Creole, you could hear her stress, the importance of the housekeeping staff saving the soap so others can prosper,” Donya said.

Claudia runs a Medical Clinic in Haiti. She is on the front lines of illness, seeing the struggle every day. “Her message was so moving, she connected with the housekeeping staff, I didn’t know that I would be moved to tears from the response we received,” Donya said.

Housekeepers chimed in on the struggles their families and friends face at home in Haiti. One housekeeper stated that all the people she knows in her country are in need of the soap we provide.

Everything at Clean the World is about how we can positively affect the world around us. Our individual decisions and the actions we take here in our own nation, our own state, our own community have a global impact. Through our actions we can save lives with soap.

Language unites us, but even more important is our belief in helping others, the goal to create happier, healthier lives through our daily actions.

Since 2009, Orlando Marriott World Center has been able to contribute more than 16,000 pounds of discarded soap, allowing us to create 85,995 new bars of recycled soap. What an amazing accomplishment.

There are so many ways you can help your community and the world. To find out how you or your organization can make a difference through Clean the World, please contact us today.

Earth Day: The Perfect Day to Launch the Green Lodging Survey

Clean the World is excited to announce our support of the world’s premier Green Lodging Survey. Read all about it in this guest post from Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News.


Set to launch in June (watch for it!), the Green Lodging Survey is being produced by Green Lodging News in partnership with Greenview and also has the support of Green Key Global. Green Lodging News is the lodging industry’s leading environmental news source, consisting of a website and weekly e-mail newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight e-blast. Greenview has helped launch several innovative industry initiatives including the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study, the Hotel Footprinting Tool, the Green Venue Report, and the UNWTO’s sustainable cruise development strategies for South-East Asia.

In June and months following hoteliers and innkeepers will be asked to complete the online survey that will consist of about 75 questions covering topics ranging from indoor air quality to energy management to procurement. The intent of the survey is not only to cover the best practices you are familiar with but to also uncover innovative new green products, technologies, and steps seen nowhere else that hoteliers are taking to reduce their impact while increasing profitability. The survey will be produced in the coming weeks. A trends report will be produced in the fall. It will provide analysis of the survey findings and highlight exemplary practices and innovations that stand out. For survey participants, a compare report will be prepared, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a hotel to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe. If you have a question or questions you believe should appear in the survey, contact me at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at

The survey, intended to be repeated annually, will only be a success if you participate and encourage as many other people to participate as well. Watch for additional updates in this newsletter and in Green Lodging News.

Partner Profile: Vision Hospitality Group

vision-hospitality-groupAll properties under the umbrella of Vision Hospitality Group work to further the life-saving mission of Clean the World by recycling soap and hygiene amenities. Vision Hospitality places great emphasis on sustainability efforts, providing a great example to the hospitality industry as a whole. With 38 properties (and counting) recycling soap for Clean the World’s Hospitality Recycling Program, Vision’s recycled materials have resulted in the distribution of over 3,600 bars of soap.

In more ways than one, Vision Hospitality Group aims to preserve the future of our environment for generations to come through sustainability efforts at each and every Vision hotel. Not only do Vision’s properties apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) measures to all rooms, but its Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga/Downtown was the first Silver LEED Certified Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Vision Hospitality Group does consistently implements new recycling and conservation programs into its business model to aid in reducing the carbon footprint made by the hospitality industry.

Next to sustainability, community service is engrained in the company culture of Vision Hospitality Group. Each Vision property aims to serve and make a positive impact on the surrounding local community. Vision’s staff actively participates in volunteering with local non-profits and charities. By giving back and showing gratitude to the community, they help to create a bright, hospitable future.

Vision’s partnership with Clean the World helps to eradicate the hygiene-related illnesses that result in approximately 6,000 deaths a day among children less than 5 years of age. Every guest who stays at one of these properties is assured quality service and will find comfort in knowing every discarded bar of soap and bottled amenity will help someone in need of hygiene essentials stay healthy, rather than adding to waste in landfills. This partnership saves lives locally and globally while setting a high standard for hospitality sustainability. The company’s motto, “One Team. One Vision” can attest to Vision Hospitality Group’s exemplary work and dedication to making the world a better place, one hotel at a time.

Welcome Our Largest Hilton Partner Property


“We are so pleased that a local act as easy
as repurposing our partially used soap
can have a positive global impact!”
– Jo Licata, Community Projects Manager
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Join Clean the World in welcoming our largest Hilton Worldwide partner property, Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Why is this so amazing? Hilton San Francisco Union Square is one of the largest Hilton properties in the world. With one of the largest room counts for a Hilton property, this contribution means Clean the World will collect more soap than ever for recycling!

As a company, Hilton fully supports sustainability and implements real-world solutions with real impact. Hilton has contributed to the creation of about 800,000 bars of soap, diverting over 116 tons of waste from entering landfills. This contribution means hundreds of thousands of children have received life-saving soap thanks to Hilton.

Hilton knows it is important not just to create a sustainability plan to better the environment, but also to do greater good in lives worldwide. Through the Clean the World mission of global hygiene, Hilton has its hand in saving lives around the world. According to the World Health Organization hand washing is the simplest and most effective way to prevent illness and disease. Bottom line, soap is vital for healthy living. By providing access to soap and hygiene education, Clean the World helps reduce the mortality rate among children across the globe, in more than 100 countries.

We are pleased to have Hilton as a key partner and are proud to call them a leader in sustainable practices. From Hilton San Francisco Union Square to Hilton Paris Opera Hotel, the hundreds of Hilton properties partnering with Clean the World are passionate about recycling soap and saving lives, a commitment evident in the company’s impact numbers and continued support.

Recycling for a Cause in Canada: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

As a Canadian-based operator of luxury hotels and resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts operates properties in 19 countries including the United States. With the Clean the World program in place at locations from California to New York, even Hawaii, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has been a key participant in the Global Hygiene Revolution. The Fairmont partnership is paramount to Clean the World.

Fairmont has always been loyal and passionate about its mission to protect the environment and assist those who are struggling. When Clean the World extended north in 2015 with a program that would improve the lives of Canadians in need while diverting hotel waste from landfills, Fairmont jumped at the opportunity.

One remarkable example of commitment to the environment is the recycling program at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Chateau has an extensive recycling program including plastics, metals, beverage containers, all paper products, styrofoam, cigarettes butts, natural corks, glass, porcelain, electronics, light bulbs, batteries, chemical hazardous waste, used cooking oil, wood skids, crayons, tires, toner cartridges, and mattresses. Moreover, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is among the first hotels to participate in the Clean the World program in Canada and the only 05 Green Key Hotel in the Banff National Park.

Fairmont’s participation is something to celebrate, as Canada is a significant player in the hotel industry with more than 8,000 hospitality establishments comprising over 440,000 rooms. About 400,000 soap bars end up in Canadian landfills every day, equaling about 150 million bars per year.

In addition to benefitting the environment, Fairmont’s efforts support community and humanitarian organizations throughout the provinces. With nearly 800 food banks in the country and around 3 million Canadians living in poverty, there is a tremendous need for the basic hygiene amenities provided through the Clean the World program. Clean the World reaches a vast amount of the Canadian population through donations to food banks. Up to 23 percent of Canadians use food banks regularly, with a fluctuating homeless population of around 200,000.

Since we launched Clean the World Canada, more than 170 hotels spanning nine provinces have joined the program, with Alberta leading the way. From Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, to the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, all the way to the coast of Newfoundland, you can find hotels engaging in sustainable practices that ultimately benefit the people of Canada.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts leads the way, meeting its corporate social responsibility goals of reducing environmental impact, and creating long-term sustainability and stewardship by strategically integrating the innovative Clean the World program. Fairmont diverts tens of thousands of pound of waste from North American each year.

Partner Profile: Providence Hospitality Partners

providence-hospitality-partnersBased in Colorado, Providence Hospitality Partners is a prestigious management company composed of various beautiful properties with a common goal, “forge a legacy of corporate excellence and social responsibility”. Providence has been recognized by Forbes Magazine for its 5-star properties and has a reputation for outstanding service. Clean the World is grateful to have the support of Providence in our mission to save lives with soap. The partnership between Providence Hospitality Partners management group and Clean the World means countless lives saved with recycled soap and bottled hygiene amenities.

Unlike most hotels, Providence offers a unique, historical twist to the guest experience. The company has a program called “1883 Hospitality” which takes guests back in time to the late 1800’s for the duration of their stay on select Providence properties. Employees dress in time-appropriate costumes, also taking into account the historical heritage of the surrounding area and place great emphasis on gracious hospitality, respect and genuine concern for the wellbeing of guests. From the moment customers pull up to the property to the last moments of their stay, guests are lead through a time warp to almost 150 years in the past. Details like this set Providence hotels apart from others and create a memorable experience for those involved.

Providence Hospitality Partners work to create a sustainable future and preserve the environment by actively participating in Clean the World’s Hospitality Program. Room attendants collect all used soaps and bottled amenities after each guest’s stay. These materials are stored in recycling bins provided by Clean the World before being shipped off to one of our recycling facilities. These bars of soap and bottled amenities are continuously being diverted from landfills and going to the people who need these hygiene necessities the most. Providence has contributed to the distribution of over 2,000 bars of soap through its partnership with Clean the World. Every bar of soap promotes a healthier lifestyle and wards off preventable diseases that often result in death for children and families that lack the necessary resources to stay clean and well.

With eclectic offerings and sustainable practices, you can be sure Providence Hospitality properties are at the forefront of guest experience. With each stay, you can know you are doing good in the lives of others around the globe while also preserving our precious ecosystem.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Brand Helps Save Lives Through Partnership with Clean the World

Holiday Inn Club Vacations and Clean the World partner to recycle soap at resort facilities around the country


The Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, developed and exclusively operated by Orange Lake Holdings, announced today a partnership with Clean The World to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled hygiene products from its resorts. This new partnership continues the company’s sustainability efforts through IHG Green Engage™ program, which sets standards to reduce the impact its properties have on the environment. An estimated five tons of waste a year will be diverted from local landfills.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations and Clean the World partner to save lives. L-R Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler and Holiday Inn Club Vacations CEO Don Harrill.

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills in North America, Asia and Europe. Soap collected from hotels goes through a sterilization and recycling process while being re-manufactured into new soap bars. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 31 million bars of recycled soap in 100 countries.

“Clean the World is one of the most respected and highly recognized hospitality sustainability programs in our industry, saving thousands of lives every year through their soap recycling and distribution program,” said Don Harrill, CEO of Holiday Inn Club Vacations. “We are proud to partner with them as part of our long-term sustainability efforts to reduce and recycle at our Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts. This is an important way to positively affect change across our growing network and within the communities where these much-needed products are delivered.”

Orange Lake Holdings, through the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand, currently operates 16 resorts across the United States and another ten resorts acquired in May 2015.

On average, more than 5,000 children die every day from hygiene-related illnesses, primarily pneumonia and diarrheal disease, which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. That number has dropped by 30 percent since Clean the World started providing recycled soap and hygiene education in developing regions seven years ago.

“We are making hand washing a lifelong habit for people who either don’t have access to soap or don’t come from a hand washing culture,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “This partnership with the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand is so important for Clean the World because it provides support for our work around the world, including vital new hygiene programs being developed right now in Kenya and Tanzania.”


About Orange Lake Holdings, LLP
Orange Lake Holdings is the parent company of Orange Lake Resorts and Silverleaf Resorts, encompassing 26 resorts and 7,200 villas in the U.S., with over 320,000 timeshare owners and 6,000 employees.

Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the vacation ownership industry with more than three decades of proven success, operates the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand. It was created in 2008 through a strategic alliance with IHG®(InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations flagship property in Orlando, Fla., located next to the Walt Disney World® Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn® brand founder Kemmons Wilson. The brand operates 16 resorts across 11 states. For more information on Holiday Inn Club Vacations or to book reservations, visit Find us on Facebook at or Twitter at

Silverleaf Resorts is a growing vacation ownership company that has provided getaway and destination resort experiences since 1989. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the company operates 10 resorts in three states across the eastern half of the U.S.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 30 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. Through its “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information:

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Brian Martin
Holiday Inn Club Vacations