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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Whether at the property, company or association level, an environmental program cannot be successful without a leader championing the cause. Green Lodging News is always looking for “green” champions to profile. Who at your organization deserves to be featured? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Westin Nashville Makes Two Key Appointments

NASHVILLE, TENN.—Following a highly successful first year since opening as the city’s newest luxury hotel, The Westin Nashville recently announced the appointments of Ross Bruce as Director of Revenue and James Mannix as Director of Engineering. With a combined 40 years of hospitality expertise, Ross and James bring their extensive hotel background and strong knowledge of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands to spearhead the revenue and engineering efforts of the 453-room property. “The Westin Nashville has set the bar for the city’s hospitality scene,” says Paul Wischermann, President and CEO of Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Ross’ experience working with world-class...

RCI’s Brian Bruno: a Marketing Guy with a Passion for Sustainability

Name: Brian Bruno Title: Vice President of Content and Brand Marketing for RCI and head of the Wyndham Destination Network sustainability program Company: RCI Years with company: 11 Primary responsibilities: Bruno, in his 12th year with RCI, is responsible for producing RCI’s member and affiliate magazines and other travel content. He is also responsible for sharing brand standards around the globe. In addition to these responsibilities, he is the RCI representative for sustainability practices and green initiatives globally for Wyndham Destination Network. Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: RCI’s Indianapolis location, in 2014, earned the Energy Star designation. Company’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: Wyndham...

Nathaly Stanley Carries On 30-Year Commitment for Bucuti & Tara

Name: Nathaly Stanley Title: Sustainability and Certifications Manager Property: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba Years with resort: Less than one Primary responsibilities: “To ensure all departments continue to operate in a sustainable manner. Every day is different.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “Getting recertified every year for four different certifications. The owner has such a deep interest in it.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “Identifying new solutions for sustainability and having the ability to weigh the different solutions against one another.” EAGLE BEACH, ARUBA—As Sustainability and Certifications Manager at Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Nathaly Stanley is carrying on a commitment...

Rezidor Group Appoints First Saudi Arabian Woman G.M. in Hospitality

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—The Rezidor Hotel Group marked a new milestone in its history by appointing its first Saudi female General Manager in the company and the hospitality industry. Miss Maram Kokandi will be the General Manager of a new Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, scheduled to open later this year. The appointment complements the Saudi Vision 2030 launched last year, which emphasizes the significance of Saudi women and their role in leading the development of both social and professional growth of the Kingdom. Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group said, “We are...

Rooftop Garden as Local as It Gets for Conrad New York’s Executive Chef

NEW YORK—Up on the roof of the Conrad New York, a luxury waterfront, all-suite hotel located in the heart of lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, Executive Chef Gerron Douglas can be found year-round, overseeing a garden that even in the winter produces root vegetables, squash and some herbs. The rooftop garden and green roof have been in place since the LEED Gold certified hotel was renovated six years ago. “There is always something there,” Douglas says. “We adjust based on the season.” In the warmer months the garden produces lettuce, mustard greens and tomatoes. Douglas adds, “We really try...

Ariel Fan: From Green Peace to Green Guru at Brighton Management

Name: Ariel Fan Title: Energy Operations Manager Company: Brighton Management Years with company: Two years Primary responsibilities: “My primary responsibility is to make the hotels as lean and energy efficient as possible. Profitability and sustainability go hand in hand with energy efficiency.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “Receiving the Energy Efficiency Partnership award from Southern California Edison.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “Convincing ownership of the profitability of sustainability.” IRVINE, CALIF.—When she was 13 years old, Ariel Fan led a Greenpeace campaign against a major paper manufacturer for its cutting of rainforests. Today, her focus is building efficiency and making sure the hotels managed...

Pranav Jampani ‘Gratified’ to Help Lead Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Program

Name: Pranav Jampani Title: Director of Sustainability Company: Las Vegas Sands Corp. Years with company: Three years Primary responsibilities: “I oversee the sustainability program for our Las Vegas operations. We have some of the world’s largest green buildings with over 9,000 employees. I manage development, management and implementation of policies and programs.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “It’s difficult to pick one. Last year Las Vegas Sands was ranked as one of the greenest large companies in the world in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. Las Vegas Sands was the highest ranked hospitality company in the world. In addition, in Las Vegas, we have...

Goal Reaching Made Easier for Host Hotels & Resorts, Thanks to Michael Chang

Name: Michael Chang Title: Director of Energy and Sustainability Company: Host Hotels & Resorts Years with company: 2.5 Primary responsibilities: He is responsible for the development and implementation of enterprise sustainability and resource management initiatives to improve environmental performance to drive incremental asset value. He also partners with Host’s Corporate Communications team on Corporate Responsibility reporting in the Annual and 10K reports and maintaining leadership in investor driven frameworks such as CDP, GRESB, and NAREIT Leader in the Light. Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “This year we set a Science Based Target for our greenhouse gas emissions goal. We were among the first 20...

Mahesh Ramanujam Named USGBC President & CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors announced that Mahesh Ramanujam has completed the transition into his new role as president and CEO of USGBC, effective Nov. 4, 2016. He will also serve as President and CEO of USGBC’s sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Formerly USGBC’s COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s Founding Chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organization toward the end of 2016. “It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this impressive and dynamic organization,” said Ramanujam. “I am grateful for the opportunity...

InterContinental Boston’s Fabienne Eliacin Keeps Hotel on Path of Continuous Improvement

Name: Fabienne Eliacin Title: Environmental Services Coordinator Hotel: InterContinental Boston Years with hotel: 10 Primary responsibilities: “I’m part of the engineering team but also make sure we are aligned with Green Engage and doing training and orientation around our green initiatives.” Hotel’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “We have a lot of them but from 2007 to 2015 the InterContinental Boston increased its recycling rate from 8 percent to 72 percent.” Hotel’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “What is challenging is just trying to keep ahead—trying to be at the same level of our competition. Training employees and reminding them about our sustainability initiatives is...