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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.

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...

Bitte Ferngren Named HR & Sustainability Director for Scandic

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic has recruited Bitte Ferngren as its new HR and Sustainability Director and member of its Executive Committee. Bitte will join Scandic in the fall of 2019 from her previous position as the HR Director of the international insurance company RSA Scandinavia. In the last 20 years, Bitte has held senior HR positions in several major organizations, including five years at Posten Sverige AB and nine years in the Telia Group. In the last four years, she was the HR Director of insurance company RSA Scandinavia, which includes the brands Trygg Hansa and Codan. “Bitte has solid experience from work...

Meet the New Marine Biologist at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

Amelia Cody has taken on the role of Resident Marine Biologist at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort. Here she shares scientific insights on marine ecosystems in the Maldives and what guests curious about the underwater world can discover and do to help while staying with Outrigger. Tell us about your background. I am a marine biology graduate from the UK. I’ve had a huge passion for the ocean from a young age. I was a very motivated and driven student at Newcastle University with the goal of becoming a marine biologist. Maldives has always been a dream location for me to work....

Emily Smith’s Career Path Evolves Along with Park’s Sustainability Commitment

Name: Emily Smith Title: Director, Corporate Strategy Company: Park Hotels & Resorts Years in Current Position: 2.5 years Primary Responsibilities: “I am in the corporate strategy group—a two-person team. I help investors invest in our company, work on our earnings reports, and help maintain our website. Over the past six months my job has evolved to include ESG (environmental, social, governance). ESG has become about 50 percent of my duties.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “The installation of Melink Intelli-hood systems in all kitchen exhaust and make-up units at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The savings have been incredible—an annual energy reduction savings of more...

Jason deCaires Taylor Recognized for Underwater Sculpture Park

ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA—World-renowned sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has been specially recognized by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) for his outstanding work in creating the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park in the island. Between 2006 and 2009, Taylor founded the Park in Grenada which was listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. His concrete sculptures based on people, history and folklore eventually become alive by supporting the sustainable growth of the colorful reefs in Molinere Bay. Subsequently, this park became a marine protected area thanks to the Government of Grenada’s pledge to preserve 20...