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TORONTO—As manager of environmental affairs for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Sarah Dayboll has been instrumental in helping to expand the company’s Green Partnership Program. The program, which historically has emphasized energy and water conservation, waste management and community outreach, has expanded with the measurement and reduction of CO2 emissions. Fairmont has set a goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 20 percent, when compared to 2006 levels, by 2013.
BOSTON—As director of green for The Lenox hotel and the other properties that the Saunders Hotel Group manages, Elaine Strunk is in an enviable position. The family she works for has led the lodging industry’s effort to go green for two decades, winning multiple awards along the way. Owner and manager support is a given and Strunk gets to work in a team-based environment where sustainability is part of the culture. In fact, whereas most green hotels have just one green team, The Lenox hotel where she is based has two.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE—Embassy Suites Hotels, the national brand of upscale, all-suite hotels, has honored David Hansen, chief engineer of the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort, with the company’s Spirit of Embassy Award. This award designates Hansen as a top performer within Embassy Suites Hotels. Nominated by their peers because of exemplary loyalty, attitude and service, Spirit of Embassy Award winners continually exceed expectations of both customers and fellow team members.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Crossings, Austin’s premier green destination and wellness spa, has named Alan Goldschneider as its new general manager. An accomplished and award-winning professional, Goldschneider brings more than three decades of experience in the hospitality industry. His wealth of expertise in opening and transitioning luxury properties has consistently earned them rankings among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 destinations.
ORLANDO, FLA.—Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen was recently honored with a Legacy Award, Sustainable Florida’s highest honor, during the organization’s 11th Annual Best Practices Awards held at Rosen Shingle Creek last month. Sustainable Florida, a program of the Collins Center, is a public-private alliance of organizations and businesses that promote sustainable best management practices—those which protect and preserve Florida’s environment.
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—As director of sustainability at Montage Hotels & Resorts, Mark Slymen oversees all sustainable development and operational practices at the young but growing company. Montage, which focuses on the development of ultra-luxury properties, recently earned LEED Gold certification for its Beverly Hills hotel. Working in tandem with a consulting firm, Slymen recently oversaw the process that led up to the LEED designation.
SEATTLE—When one thinks of sustainability and hotels, it is certainly not the sales department that first comes to mind. Molly Ray, manager, sustainable partnerships and senior sales manager for Kimpton Hotels Seattle, is proving, however, that by making a commitment to sustainability, one can not only sustain sales volume but grow it as well. Ray is the architect of Kimpton’s Sustainable Partnership Program (KSP).
MIAMI—The Miami office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm LEO A DALY is pleased to announce that its director of architecture, J Beattie, AIA, LEED AP, has been elected co-chair for the Florida Caribbean Regional Council of the U.S. Green Building Council. He has been an active participant of sustainable efforts for many years.
LEXINGTON, MASS.—As general manager of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Element hotel in Lexington, Mass., Christopher Hartzell is in an exciting position. The hotel is Starwood’s first Element property, the first one to achieve LEED certification (LEED Gold) and the first hotel in Massachusetts to earn LEED honors. Hartzell is a Starwood veteran, having worked for the company for almost seven years.
AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) announced that Jeff Hiller has been promoted to the position of president of the organization. SFC was founded by Gerry Cooklin in October 2006 as a nonprofit coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and gained the early support of prominent board members.
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