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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.

Hilton’s Raymond Keenan: Planting the Way Toward a Greener Planet

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII—Native plants are not only beautiful, but they often serve valuable, practical functions in their ecosystem. Hoping to serve as an industry model, Hilton Waikoloa Village has transformed its landscaping to revitalize native ecosystems. Across 62 acres, the resort is cultivating rarely seen native species and restoring portions of an erosion-damaged National Historic Trail fronting the property. The initiative will contribute to Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, the company’s commitment to cutting its environmental footprint in half and doubling its social impact by 2030. Raymond Keenan, horticulture expert and director of landscaping at Hilton Waikoloa Village, has been leading the...

SCP Redmond Names Tobias Colvin General Manager

REDMOND, ORE.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the appointment of Tobias Colvin as SCP Redmond’s new General Manager, effective immediately. With more than 19 years of luxury hospitality management experience in city hotel and resort operations, Colvin will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newly renovated 49-room SCP Redmond. “We welcome Tobias to our SCP family,” said Soul Community Planet Co-Founder and CEO Ken Cruse. “Aside from sharing SCP’s holistic hospitality values, Tobias has the leadership skills to help make SCP Redmond a great success. Tobias brings a diversity of life experiences, a love for the outdoors, and, following...

Susan Farris Guides Shaw Industries’ Sustainability Strategy

DALTON, GA.—As a leading supplier of carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf, Shaw Industries’ reach into the hospitality industry and beyond is significant. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with approximately 22,000 associates worldwide. What has perhaps distinguished Shaw the most is its commitment to reduce its environmental impact. Its products have the sustainability stamp of approval from GREENGUARD, CRI Green Label Plus, FloorScore, and NSF 140, among numerous others. To further support its transparency efforts, it also maintains Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for all commercial carpet products and Living Building Challenge...

Lori L. Cohen to Take the Helm at ECPAT-USA

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—ECPAT-USA, the preeminent policy organization working to protect children in the United States from commercial sexual exploitation, announced the selection of its new Executive Director, Lori L. Cohen. She will assume her new position on November 4, 2019. Cohen brings a wealth of experience to ECPAT-USA’s work to end human trafficking. Prior to joining ECPAT-USA, she created and directed the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. Her team garnered widespread recognition, assisting more than 2,000 adult and child victim survivors of human trafficking and other forms of gender-based abuse. A graduate of Yale Law...

Gregory A. Miller Named New CREST Executive Director

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory A. Miller as the organization’s new Executive Director. He assumes leadership from CREST Co-Founder Dr. Martha Honey, who is retiring as Executive Director after 16 years. “I am thrilled to be leading such an innovative organization working to harness the power of responsible tourism for the benefit of nature and destination communities around the world,” said Miller. “I look forward to advancing CREST’s critical mission to promote sustainable travel and shaping the organization’s future in this rapidly-expanding field.” Miller is a respected environmental, tourism, and outdoor recreation...

Bardessono Hotel’s Lucy Restaurant Welcomes Jim Leiken as New Executive Chef

YOUNTVILLE, CALIF.—Bardessono Hotel, the luxurious, LEED Platinum Certified wine country retreat in the heart of Napa Valley, introduces a fresh take on Lucy restaurant’s celebrated signature cuisine with the addition of Jim Leiken as Executive Chef. Bringing a repertoire of experience working with some of the world’s most renowned chefs, from Chef Daniel Boulud’s New York City and Palm Beach, Fla. restaurants, Leiken spent the past five years cultivating a deep understanding of the culinary scene in Napa at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. Now taking the helm of Lucy restaurant with careful attention...

Lauren Bergloff, Sustainability Leader & Naturalist, Terranea Resort

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIF.—Lauren Bergloff joined Terranea in 2013 and was an instrumental part of the Experience Concierge team, developing, leading and expanding its adventure offerings and educational guest programming. In 2017, Lauren was promoted to the new role of Sustainability Leader for the resort. Her dedication to promoting and expanding Terranea’s eco initiatives for guests and internal operations is evident in the program’s growth and results over the past year. What Inspired Terranea’s ‘Green’ Disposition? Poised above coastal bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort debuted in June 2009 as the only luxury...

Phyllis A. James Named President of Foundation for Women’s Leadership & Empowerment

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International recently announced that it will serve as founding sponsor of a newly formed nonprofit Foundation for Women’s Leadership & Empowerment, dedicated to women’s leadership education and empowerment. The new foundation is expected to expand the footprint of the successful Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, historically presented by The MGM Resorts Foundation in Las Vegas to other cities around the country. These conferences will focus on developing women leaders in all industries. MGM Resorts’ Phyllis A. James will leave her current post as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer this summer to assume presidency of...

Daniella Foster Pushes Hilton Toward Ambitious 2030 Goals

Name: Daniella Foster Title: Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility Company: Hilton Years in Current Position: Two years, seven months Primary Responsibilities: “I lead global strategy, business integration, youth economic opportunity, social and environmental investments, signature partnerships and ESG reporting across Hilton’s value chain.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “Last year we relaunched Travel With Purpose with 2030 goals. Part of those 2030 goals included a lot of industry firsts.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “The No. 1 challenge is to engage the guest in this journey and help them understand what sustainable travel looks like—the guest engagement piece and how we gamify that.” MCLEAN,...

Arabella Sedona Names Monahan Director of Adventure & Events

SEDONA, ARIZ.—The Arabella Sedona announced the addition of Jim Monahan as the hotel’s new Director of Adventure and Events. Monahan is a skilled business leader, philanthropist and adventure enthusiast. He has extensive experience in mountain biking, trail development and is a former National Forest Service Liaison and board member of the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition. Prior to joining the Arabella team, Monahan was the owner of the celebrated Sedona Bike & Bean, as well as partner in Sedona’s first true adventure hotel. In addition, he has spent countless hours working with the National Forest Service to help establish one of...