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‘Green Conversations’ Will Replace Green Day During HD Expo & Conference


LAS VEGAS—For its 20th annual trade event, taking place at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas May 15 to 17, Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) will delve into the topics of sustainable design, social responsibility, and eco-conscious practices in a new initiative called Green Conversations with the Experts, sponsored by NEWH. These half-hour Q&A-style talks will occur at exhibitors’ booths on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show and cover a range of pertinent topics, including raw materials, education, and green design in action.

In years past, the Hospitality Design Group has offered a separate “Green Day” devoted to discussing environmentally-friendly design. “For this year’s HD Expo, we wanted to synergize and integrate the top elements of Green Day into the energetic discussions already happening on the show floor,” said Liz Sommerville, group show director for the Hospitality Design Group, which produces HD Expo. “The new Green Conversations booth events give attendees an opportunity to engage and interact while checking out new products first-hand.”

The Green Conversations speaker line-up includes:

“What Are We Teaching Our Students, and What Can They Teach Us?”—10:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 15. Interviewer: Jillian VanDresser, principal, VanDresser Company. Expert: Jeanne Varney, lecturer faculty, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

“Materials Do Matter”—3:00 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 15. Interviewer: David Mahood, principal, Olive Hospitality Consulting and Olive Designs. Expert: Susan Inglis, founder, From the Mountain; and executive director, Sustainable Furnishings Council.

“Where Does Your Wood Come From, and Why Does It Matter?”—10:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 16. Interviewer: Clifford Tuttle, ASID, LEED AP, NEWH, senior vice president, ForrestPerkins. Expert: Kathryn Fernholz, executive director, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
Sponsored by: JLF/Lone Meadow.

“One Hotel Can Change the World”—3:00 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16. Interviewer: Gary Golla, AIA, senior architect, SERA Architects. Expert: Herve Houdre, regional director of operations & general manager, InterContinental New York Barclay.

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