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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.

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...

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...