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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.

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...

Sustainable Travel International Names Geoff Bolan CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sustainable Travel International, the leading nonprofit focused on improving lives and protecting places through changes in the way destinations around the world manage travel and tourism, announced that Geoff Bolan has been named CEO. Bolan succeeds Sustainable Travel International’s Founder and CEO, Brian Mullis. Mullis will transition into an Executive Advisor role after nearly 14 years guiding the organization. Bolan will lead Sustainable Travel International in its next chapter of growth, focusing on expanding the organization’s global impact to combat threats like environmental degradation and economic inequality. Bolan joined Sustainable Travel International in January 2016 as the organization’s Chief...

Executive Appointments Advance MGM Resorts’ Leadership Role

LAS VEGAS—Further advancing its commitment to corporate social responsibility, MGM Resorts International announced the appointments of two proven leaders in the field of environmental sustainability. Chris Magee has been promoted to Vice President of Sustainable Facilities, while Yalmaz Siddiqui joined MGM Resorts as Vice President of Corporate Sustainability. “Implementing efficient, sustainable and morally responsible practices across our operations is a top priority for MGM Resorts,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also a competitive differentiator. For these reasons, it is...

Marriott’s Work in Brazil One of Several Key Projects Overseen by Niki Zoli

Name: Niki Zoli Title: Director, Social Responsibility & Community Engagement Company: Marriott International, Inc. Years with company: Nine Primary responsibilities: “My focus is on our natural capital projects and youth engagement programming, working with our communications team, and sustainability reporting.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “I would say it is really about our efforts to provide opportunities in general—on the natural capital front and for youth. Our effort to preserve the Amazon rainforest was significant.” Company’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “Climate change. The situation is more urgent now than ever. We set our environmental goals in 2008. Soon we will be announcing our...

Jennifer Mayo Named Spa Director at Napa Valley’s Bardessono Hotel & Spa

YOUNTVILLE, CALIF.—Bardessono Hotel & Spa, the luxurious, LEED Platinum certified wine country retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, announced Jennifer Mayo as the new Spa and Shop Director of the award-winning spa. With over a decade of valuable industry experience, Mayo will contribute her management skills and creative expertise to oversee all operational aspects of the spa and boutique shop. Letting nature guide the nourishment of both body and spirit, the acclaimed Spa at Bardessono creates an environment that celebrates natural beauty. The seasonally-driven spa menu features rotating treatments and essential oils that target the needs of the...

Las Vegas Sands’ Tesarova to Keynote Printing Industry Sustainability Conference

LAS VEGAS—The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) announced that Vice President of Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp. Katarina Tesarova will serve as the keynote speaker for its upcoming 2016 Printing Industry Sustainability Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel on September 13. As Vice President of Sustainability, Tesarova has developed and implemented a comprehensive sustainability strategy designed to measurably reduce Las Vegas Sands’ impact on the environment. The organization’s award-winning sustainability program lends expertise, manpower, and knowledge to environmental efforts worldwide, which makes Tesarova an ideal fit to speak to an exclusive conference of printers...

Anantara’s John Roberts Keeps Watchful Eye on Elephant Welfare in Asia’s Golden Triangle

Name: John Roberts Title: Director of Elephants & Conservation Activities Organization: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas & Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation Years with organization: 13 Primary responsibilities: Most of Roberts’ responsibility is split several ways—managing the Foundation, working directly with the hotels to help them through their Green Growth 2050 sustainability certification, and working with the Minor International Sustainability Team on local and global policies to ensure what they do in Anantara is aligned with the vision of the board. Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: Roberts says, “I think our greatest sustainability related accomplishment (which also has welfare implications, by the way) so...

Metroflor Names Rochelle Routman Chief Sustainability Officer

NORWALK, CONN.—Russ Rogg, President and CEO of Metroflor Corp., along with Harlan Stone, Halstead and Group CEO, announced the appointment of Rochelle Routman, LEED AP, O+M, as the first Chief Sustainability Officer for Metroflor and Halstead International. Routman will oversee product development, customer service and regulatory aspects in a collaborative fashion to define the greatest potential for environmental leadership. She will be based at the company’s Calhoun, Ga. campus. Rochelle brings over 30 years’ experience as a sustainability and environmental professional. At Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, where she served as Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety Coordinator in the 1990s, she...

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead’s Wes Shirley: Always Chasing, Cultivating Big Ideas

Name: Wes Shirley Title: Director of Engineering Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead Years with hotel: Six Primary responsibilities: “It’s my responsibility to make sure every single guest that stays in our hotel has a flawless and enjoyable stay. I do that by making sure that my employees are happy, well trained and completely engaging with our guests. It’s my responsibility to the owners to ensure that their building is well maintained. At all times it should look and run like a new hotel. It’s also my duty to spend their money wisely, always looking for new, inventive ways to lower their costs...