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NEW YORK—Having grown up in Holland, a place Cecile Epperson describes as a leader in environmental awareness, she has always been mindful of recycling and energy and water conservation. “It is a way of life there,” she says. “We bicycled everywhere.” As director of wellness and sustainability at The New York Palace Hotel, one of the world’s finest hotels, Epperson gets to share her enthusiasm for environmental responsibility with 1,000 employees from more than 85 countries. She has had her title since October 2009.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the U.S. Green Building Council’s point person for lodging, Sara Schoen is a very busy person. Even in the midst of the recent recession, there was little letup in interest in the organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program. While there are just 52 hotels LEED certified, more than 1,000 projects are registered for certification. “In the hospitality market, there’s been a huge increase in interest in LEED,” Schoen says. “If we had not been in a downturn, we would have seen even more growth.” Schoen is part of a huge green building movement with the USGBC at the core.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—When a company has 1,000 hotels, it is not easy getting everyone in synch when it comes to corporate social responsibility (CSR). As vice president, global citizenship for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, it is Sandy Swider’s job to do just that. In a little less than a year in her position, Swider is making significant progress—thanks to her leadership and the work of tens of thousands of Starwood associates in 100 countries. Swider oversees Starwood's efforts in environmental sustainability, government relations, community outreach and philanthropy.
MINNETONKA, MINN.—Beathe-Jeanette Lunde was named executive vice president of human resources for Carlson Hotels, The Americas in December 2009. In her new position at Carlson Hotels, Lunde leads the company’s responsible business initiative. She reports directly to Thorsten Kirschke, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Carlson Hotels, The Americas. A senior executive with hotel industry experience in several managerial and corporate roles, Lunde came to Carlson Hotels from The Rezidor Hotel Group, based in Brussels, Belgium.
NOVATO, CALIF.—When the 70-room Inn Marin Hotel held its “Green Meetings: Making It Real” meeting last October, L. Hunter Lovins was the keynote speaker and 150 meeting planners from all over the state of California attended. The event generated a lot of public relations buzz and a group out of Denmark booked a meeting at the hotel as a result of the event. Anyone who knows Robert Marshall, general manager and part owner of the hotel, should not have been surprised at the meeting’s success. Marshall readily admits that his colleagues call him the “green guru.” There is good reason for that.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—NSF International, a leader in greenhouse gas verification and sustainable standards development, has appointed Malcolm Fox Director of Sustainability Programs. Climate change poses many challenges and risks to businesses worldwide. As Director of NSF International’s Sustainability Programs, Fox can help companies mitigate these risks by measuring and managing carbon emissions and their potential costs. NSF International’s Sustainability Programs are designed to eliminate confusion in the marketplace by creating credible and transparent sustainability services.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Pedro Mandoki, CHA, owner and president of N.P. Hotel Group, Inc. and Mandoki Hospitality, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors for the 2010 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show. A former chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Mandoki will lead efforts for the 95th annual IH/M&RS, taking place November 13 to 16, 2010, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Formerly the president of Plantation Resort Management (PRM), which he started in 1985, Mandoki was responsible for the company’s overall operations.
DALLAS—When Accor NA’s Energy and Environment and Quality departments split recently, it created a leadership void in the Energy and Environment department. Accor filled that void with Renée Swoger, manager of Energy & Environment Services. Swoger has done such a good job since taking that position that she has been promoted to senior manager of Energy & Environment Services. Swoger began her career with Accor less than two years ago when she was hired as a business analyst in the Quality department. It was her first job after leaving Louisiana State University where she earned a graduate degree.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—Keli Misak of the Hilton Grand Rapids, Mich., has received the prestigious Spirit of Hilton award, the highest honor for a Hilton team member. The award is a result of nominations submitted throughout the entire Hilton family with only a select few chosen. Misak has worked as assistant front desk manager at the Hilton Grand Rapids since December 2007. Formerly, she was with the Ramada Plaza, also in Grand Rapids. “Keli is an essential member of our team who truly deserves this award,” said Bob Orr, general manager of the Hilton Grand Rapids.
FRIANT, CALIF.—The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) appointed David Farley, CEO of Anatomic Global, as the chairman of the mattress/bedding industry Green Initiative. The Green Initiative, sponsored by the SSA, is a process designed to identify, define and standardize how mattress manufacturers and retailers label “green” and natural sleep products. Farley joins Anatomic Global’s president, Jeff Scorziell on the founding Initial Governing Board. Farley has more than 25 years of experience in the foam industry and holds 27 patents on the anatomic uses of foam. He graduated from California State Polytechnic Univ.
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