New York Bill Would Eliminate Smoking Rooms in Hotels

ALBANY, N.Y.—A bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski (A08371) would ban smoking rooms within lodging establishments in New York. Zebrowski announced the legislation during a press event last week…

ALBANY, N.Y.—A bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski (A08371) would ban smoking rooms within lodging establishments in New York. Zebrowski announced the legislation during a press event last week at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern—Mahwah, N.Y. He was joined by the general manager of the Crowne Plaza as well as by a representative of the American Lung Assn. The American Lung Assn., POW’R Against Tobacco, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Assn. have all expressed support of the legislation. Zebrowski told Green Lodging News that he was inspired to act because of his own experiences staying at hotels in New York. “I travel to Albany and mainly stay in hotels,” he says. “If I were placed anywhere near a smoking room I would start to smell smoke. When someone was smoking below me it was like someone was smoking in my room. It occurred to me that hotel staff was aware of this but could not do anything about it.”

New York Bill Would Eliminate Smoking Rooms in Hotels

ALBANY, N.Y.—A bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski (A08371) would ban smoking rooms within lodging establishments in New York. Zebrowski announced the legislation during a press event last week…

ALBANY, N.Y.—A bill proposed by state lawmaker Ken Zebrowski (A08371) would ban smoking rooms within lodging establishments in New York. Zebrowski announced the legislation during a press event last week at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern—Mahwah, N.Y. He was joined by the general manager of the Crowne Plaza as well as by a representative of the American Lung Assn. The American Lung Assn., POW’R Against Tobacco, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Assn. have all expressed support of the legislation. Zebrowski told Green Lodging News that he was inspired to act because of his own experiences staying at hotels in New York. “I travel to Albany and mainly stay in hotels,” he says. “If I were placed anywhere near a smoking room I would start to smell smoke. When someone was smoking below me it was like someone was smoking in my room. It occurred to me that hotel staff was aware of this but could not do anything about it.”

Newly Revised ISO 14001 Released

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—One of the world’s most popular standards for environmental management has just been revised, with key improvements that make it fit for the future. ISO 14001:2015, which sets out…

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—One of the world’s most popular standards for environmental management has just been revised, with key improvements that make it fit for the future. ISO 14001:2015, which sets out the requirements for an environmental management standard, is one of the world’s most widely used standards and a key business tool for many organizations. With more than 300,000 certificates issued globally every year, it ranks high on the agenda of many organizations worldwide which place importance on their environmental impact.

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly found that the U.S. travel market would still be characterized by plenty of competition despite Expedia's acquisition of Orbitz. The emergence of TripAdvisor as a…

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly found that the U.S. travel market would still be characterized by plenty of competition despite Expedia’s acquisition of Orbitz. The emergence of TripAdvisor as a hotel-booking site likely didn’t hurt Expedia’s case.
-Dennis Schaal

J+J Flooring Group Introduces Structure & Mineral

DALTON, GA.—Design versatility is easily achieved through J+J Flooring Group’s newest Invision carpet products: Structure and Mineral. Structure is a simple and elegant broadloom inspired by the unique details of…

DALTON, GA.—Design versatility is easily achieved through J+J Flooring Group’s newest Invision carpet products: Structure and Mineral. Structure is a simple and elegant broadloom inspired by the unique details of various architectural elements. Tweedy, rugged textures combine with uneven weights and coloring evoking the charm of aging brick, hand-woven textiles and weathered woods.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw, Farrells, and dRMM are among the leading British architects who have contributed designs for a competition aimed at finding solutions to London's housing crisis. (more…)


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw, Farrells, and dRMM are among the leading British architects who have contributed designs for a competition aimed at finding solutions to London’s housing crisis. (more…)

MGM a Finalist for Chamber Corporate Citizenship Award

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for its innovative sustainability initiatives and commitment to alternative energy sources. The company has been named…

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for its innovative sustainability initiatives and commitment to alternative energy sources. The company has been named a finalist for Best Environmental Stewardship Program in the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards.

MGM a Finalist for Chamber Corporate Citizenship Award

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for its innovative sustainability initiatives and commitment to alternative energy sources. The company has been named…

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for its innovative sustainability initiatives and commitment to alternative energy sources. The company has been named a finalist for Best Environmental Stewardship Program in the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Awards.

In the latest issue of The Rig Out, artist and designer Margot Bowman (whose studio we recently visited) created a limited edition insert showcasing her distinct picture-collage style. Titled “Body…

In the latest issue of The Rig Out, artist and designer Margot Bowman (whose studio we recently visited) created a limited edition insert showcasing her distinct picture-collage style. Titled “Body Insert,” the project sees Bowman experimenting with……