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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.

Brigitta Witt Brings Energy, Focus to Hyatt’s Green Efforts

Name: Brigitta Witt Title: Vice President, Environmental Affairs Company: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts My primary responsibilities: “I oversee Hyatt’s environmental programs across the entire company. I work with our offices around the world in helping to develop a sustainability strategy. I am also responsible for providing our 90,000 employees with the tools and information they need to make environmental responsibility a part of their everyday jobs.” What keeps me motivated each day: “I am motivated by having an opportunity to do something I am fundamentally passionate about.” Company’s most significant environmental accomplishment so far: “Having so many employees who are so engaged and motivated...

Stafford President Invests Wisely in Green Technologies

Name: Greg Brosius Title: President Company: Stafford Hospitality My primary responsibility: “To provide the forward vision and the structure for the company to grow.” What keeps me motivated each day: “I work for an exciting company. We are basically developers at heart. We are finding new things to do every day that are fiscally and environmentally beneficial.” Company’s most significant environmental accomplishment so far: “Last year our company reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent.” Our biggest environmental challenge: “Keeping staff trained so they don’t lose focus.” What advice I would give to another hotel company president considering taking a company in this direction: “I would...

Golden Arrow Resort Owner Inspired by Picturesque Lake Placid

Name: Jenn Holderied Title: Owner Property: The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, N.Y. My primary responsibilities: “In addition to being owner, I am director of marketing and public relations.” What keeps me motivated each day: “I really enjoy meeting new people. Lake Placid is an international town and I get to meet people from all over the world. I also get to work with my family every day. Our staff is like a giant extended family.” Property’s most significant environmental accomplishment so far: “Obtaining a Four Green Leaves Rating from Audubon International. The rating encompasses all the efforts we have put...

Xanterra Appoints Environmental Affairs Director

DENVER—Xanterra Parks & Resorts has appointed Beth Pratt environmental affairs director in Yellowstone National Park. Pratt is responsible for continuing and strengthening the concessioner’s environmental initiatives in the park including energy, water and waste management, pollution prevention, sustainable cuisine, sustainable design and more. Xanterra operates lodging, restaurants, gift shops and activities in the park. Pratt joined Xanterra after more than eight years as vice president and chief financial officer for the Yosemite Association in Yosemite National Park, where she developed educational programs that promoted environmental stewardship. During her career in environmental management, she has designed and instituted waste minimization and...

Kimpton’s Jesse Suglia Successfully Blends Sales, Sustainability

Name: Jesse Suglia Title: Corporate Director of Hotel Sales Company: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant Group LLC Began working for Kimpton: July 2007 Primary responsibilities: “I oversee the national sales team and room revenue performance. I am responsible for monitoring and capitalizing on industry trends and identifying areas of opportunity to ensure Kimpton’s maximization of revenue and market share for the brand as a whole, as well as individual hotels. I also help to make sure that Kimpton has the least amount of impact on the environment as possible.” What I enjoy most about my work: “I like working for a company like Kimpton where...

Michelle White Keeps Fairmont Hotels Focused on Green

Name: Michelle White Title: Director, Environmental Affairs Company: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Toronto Number of years with company: Three My primary responsibilities: “Overseeing the operation of Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and ensuring that its standards are consistently applied at all of our hotels.” What I enjoy most about my job: “Working with the members of our hotels’ green teams and corporate partners such as the World Heritage Alliance.” My company’s biggest environmental challenge: “The fact that we are expanding so rapidly and finding ourselves in countries where the environmental infrastructure is not the same. For example, a lot of communities don’t have what is needed...

Tedd Saunders: One of the First ‘Green Hotel’ Innovators

Name: Tedd Saunders. Title & Company: President, Boston-based EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and co-owner of a number of hotels including The Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport. Primary responsibilities: “I focus most of my time on environmental initiatives within hospitality and in the environmental field. I am helping to expand the environmental programs at the Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport. What keeps me motivated: “The urgency and scope of the climate change issue keeps me humming along. Our world has massive issues to deal with in regard to energy consumption. We are trying to do our part to...

Dennis Quaintance is Leading Proximity Toward LEED Platinum

Name: Dennis Quaintance.Title: CEO & CDO (chief design officer).Company: Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, Greensboro, N.C.Hotel Properties: The Proximity Hotel and O.Henry Hotel, both in Greensboro.My primary responsibilities: “I am the leader of our company and have the obligation to cause followers to behave in a way that is consistent with our values—to be of service to the community.”What keeps me motivated: “My job is to cause delight. I am humbled that people choose to follow me and honor me with a night’s sleep.”Our biggest environmental challenge: “Justifying sustainable practices. Being able to pragmatically justify everything we do. LEED is...

Vail Resorts’ Rob Katz Advocates Sustainable Sustainability

Name: Rob Katz Title: CEO Company: Vail Resorts, Inc. Properties: Through its Mountain segment, the company owns and operates five year-round resorts. Through its Lodging segment, it owns and/or manages a portfolio of luxury hotels under the RockResorts brand, a number of hotels and condominiums located in proximity to its ski resorts, three destination resorts at Grand Teton National Park and six golf courses. Through its Real Estate segment, Vail Resorts Development Company, it holds, develops, buys and sells real estate in and around its resort communities. My primary responsibilities: “My role is to support everyone at the company and help to align...

Deirdre Wallace Aims to Expand Eco-Lifestyle Boutique Brand

Name: Deirdre Wallace Title: President Company: The Ambrose Group Property: The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. My primary responsibilities: “I wear a lot of hats but my primary responsibility is to drive the company’s focus on sustainable development and operations.” What keeps me motivated: “The challenge of an ever changing business and trying to find the most sustainable approach to running a business. That has been very exciting for me.” My hotel’s most significant environmental accomplishment so far: “We are in the process of pursuing LEED-EB certification. We expect to submit the paperwork this year.” Our biggest environmental challenge: “Consistently finding the right vendors...