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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Marriott Launches Global Partnership with Clean Up the World

SAN FRANCISCO—Marriott International Inc. announced it has joined forces with Clean Up the World, a leading global environmental organization with 35 million volunteers in 120 countries. The company launched the new partnership in San Francisco at its global conference during a Save the Bay cleanup effort involving more than 50 Marriott general managers. “We have a long standing commitment to the environment, and Clean Up the World is another great way for us to expand our green efforts at the community level,” says J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International. “It is a perfect fit with...

Director of Stewardship John Huey Drives DNC’s Green Initiatives

Name: John HueyTitle: Director of StewardshipCompany: Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.Number of years with company: 15Year company founded: 1915Work experience prior to current position: “I was a risk manager for a group of companies—mainly in the timber industry.”Primary responsibilities: “My primary responsibility is to travel around the country and make sure our environmental management system is effectively administered.”What he likes most about his job: “I get to go to great places in order to do good things to improve environmental performance.” MODESTO, CALIF.—John Huey has a job that many of us would easily give up a...

Developer Wen-I Chang Plowing New Path for Lodging Industry

Name: Wen-I ChangTitle: Founder and PresidentCompany: Atman Hospitality Group, Inc., South San Francisco SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO—Wen-I Chang, founder and president of Atman Hospitality Group, Inc., based here in South San Francisco, is a lodging industry groundbreaker. He is not only talking about building green hotels, he is doing it. In fact, his first environmental property—the 133-room Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa in American Canyon, Calif.—opened in October. Chang also is developing the 133-room Atman Hotel in Anderson, Calif., a 141-room Merced Center Hotel in Merced, Calif., and a property in Mt. Shasta, Calif. Each of Atman Hospitality Group’s properties will...

Accor NA’s Energy Star: Dan Gilligan

Name: Dan Gilligan Title: Vice President of Utilities and Administrative Service Company: Accor North America, Carrollton, Texas Number of years with Accor: 16 Primary responsibilities: Gilligan oversees all utility/energy programs at Accor North America’s corporate offices and its more than 1,200 corporate owned and franchised properties. Environmental goal I would most like Accor NA to reach in 2007: “I would like to see our properties accomplish as many of the 65 tasks listed in our Environmental Charter as possible.” Biggest challenge I face each day as Vice President of Utilities and Administrative Service: “Trying to constantly make progress with...

GHA’s Patricia Griffin: One of Lodging’s Green Groundbreakers

Name: Patricia Griffin Title: President and Founder Company: Green Hotels Assn., Houston Year organization was founded: 1993 Prior experience: Before launching the Green Hotels Assn., Griffin worked as a business librarian and in various administrative positions. She also worked for a Howard Johnson hotel in the back office and at a Hilton property at the front desk. Primary responsibility: “My main responsibility is running the association and developing new ways to build the business.” What makes the Green Hotels Assn. unique: “We are one of a kind. There is no other association quite like ours. We are a trade...

GTLC’s Julie Klein Keeps Envision in Focus

Name: Julie A. Klein Title: Director of Environmental Health & Safety Company: Grand Teton Lodge Company Number of years with company: Almost four years. Prior experience: Prior to joining Grand Teton Lodge Company, Klein was the recycling program administrator for the City and County of Denver. Her career also includes positions with the Colorado Center for Environmental Management, Waste Management of Colorado, Winter Park Resort and several other companies. Primary responsibility: “My primary responsibility is to lead our charge to support progressive environmental management and to help our company set a leadership example for all hospitality entities.” What makes...

Green Mountain College’s Lisa Benson Gauges Green Attitudes

Name: Lisa Benson Title: Assistant Professor, Hospitality Management School: Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vt.Number of years with Green Mountain College: Less than one year. Prior experience: Previously taught in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Primary responsibilities: Teaching hospitality management courses and marketing the program. What makes Green Mountain College unique: Every single class that students take has the environment as the focus. Biggest challenge ahead: To grow the hospitality management program and to let industry leaders know that our students have all the tools to...

Xanterra’s Chris Lane Leads Company, Lodging Industry Down Green Path

Name: Chris Lane Title: Senior Director of Environmental Affairs Company: Xanterra Parks & Resorts Number of Years with Xanterra: Six Primary responsibilities: “Development and oversight of Xanterra’s environmental management systems—in the areas of compliance and sustainability. I also oversee a team of managers and directors. They implement the programs I develop.” What keeps me motivated: “Knowing that Xanterra is reducing its impact on the planet. Knowing that we are reducing greenhouse gases, increasing recycling and pursuing renewable energy. When I see that happening, it’s what gets me going in the morning.” My company’s most significant accomplishment so far: “It...

Hollis Malone Sheds a Little Light on the Opryland Resort’s Interior Garden Success

Name: Hollis Malone Title: Manager of the Horticulture and Pest Control Departments Company: Gaylord Hotels Property: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Number of Years with company: 31 years My primary responsibilities: “I oversee the operation of the resort’s interior gardens, grounds and pest control departments.” What keeps me motivated: “I get excited about coming in to see the gardens every day. I am lucky; my profession is my hobby. There are so many plants and so much to know. I never get bored.” My department’s most significant accomplishment so far: “I believe it is our long-term record of...

Stefan Muhle Leads Orchard Garden Hotel Toward LEED Certification

Name: Stefan MühleTitle: General Manager, Orchard Hotel and Orchard Garden Hotel, San FranciscoCompany: Portfolio Hotels and ResortsNumber of years with company: FivePrimary responsibilities: “They range from overseeing the daily operations of all departments—housekeeping, maintenance, sales and marketing, front office—to being an owner representative. I also have a responsibility to the guests. There are days I spend most of my time with the guest service department. No two days are alike.”What keeps me motivated: “Knowing that what I am promoting here is not just a business decision but a way of life.”My hotel or company’s most significant accomplishment so far:...