LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES—The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP (JMBM) announced cosponsorship of the only hotel summit designed to provide senior executives with a comprehensive program that examines both the compelling economic benefits and some of the daunting practical challenges of green hotel development. The annual summit will focus on bringing together the hotel industry’s top leaders and its most experienced developers. The upcoming conference will emphasize economics, current case studies, costly mistakes, brilliant successes, financing and valuation issues, consumer trends and offer a “how to” (or “how not to”) approach relating to green hotel development.
Attracting internationally recognized keynote speakers—Daniel C. Esty, Yale University professor and co-author of Green to Gold, as well as David Gottfried, a developer for 20 years who founded the U.S. Green Building Council, and who wrote Greed to Green—the conference will cover topics that include:
• What does it mean to go green? Who’s doing it and why?
• The hard economics of green building. Sticks and carrots.
• Case studies: From boutique to mainstream—CityCenter, Gaia, Orchard.
• Demystifying LEED. LEED in the trenches. Beyond LEED.
• How to use green design, technology and materials to operate a sustainable hotel.
• Men in Black unveil “The Green Hotel of Tomorrow.”
• Practical advice from industry leaders and green pioneers.
• Financing green hotels.
This carbon neutral event will kick off with a grand welcoming reception and networking event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. It is co-sponsored by UNLV’s internationally recognized Harrah Hotel College and the 50-lawyer team of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group. The Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is also supporting this event as a co-host. The conference will be held on March 11-13, 2008, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
An Extension of UNLV’s Mission
“With one of the premier hotel programs in the world, UNLV is pleased to become this annual event’s signature sponsor,” says Stuart H. Mann, dean of UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College. “UNLV looks forward to working closely with JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group to establish a new platform (with this event and others) that will no doubt spark discussion of important issues, while leading the implementation of cutting-edge innovations and solutions in the hospitality industry. We see this new platform as continuing to provide a regular channel of innovation and creativity.”
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Dean Mann and his UNLV team,” says Jim Butler, hotel lawyer, author of www.HotelLawBlog.com and chairman of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group. “As a service to the hotel industry, the hotel lawyers at JMBM have been presenting annual hotel conferences for almost 18 years. We share UNLV’s focus on industry service, pragmatism and innovation. With that common vision, we look forward to UNLV’s co-sponsorship helping us take this platform to a whole new level.”
“I care about the environment, but I am much more of a pragmatic, business-oriented hotel advisor and lawyer than an environmental activist,” Butler says. “Even from that perspective, it is clear to me that 2007 marks the ‘tipping point’ of the green movement. If hotel developers don’t start surfing on this green wave, they may drown in lost opportunity.”
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