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March 1, 2009

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Mar

Mitchell Parker: The Parker Company

As one the industry’s major procurement firms, Mitchell Parker a partner at Miami, FL-based Parker Company, continually has numerous high-end hospitality projects on his plate. However, few of them are being deemed ‘green,’ a fact he attributes to lack of demand and product.
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Mar

Gerald Chase: New Castle Hotels & Resorts

Sustainability programs are only as good as their implementation, which is why very often it falls to management companies to carry out a hotel owner’s vision of a green property. For Gerald “Gerry” Chase, president/COO of Shelton, CT-based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, the core definition of a sustainable hotel is one that is LEED…
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Mar

Dennis Quaintance: Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels

Talk to most hotel owners about sustainability and they will tell you that building environmentally-friendly or ‘green’ hotels is a nice concept, but it’s just not practical given today’s economics. But at least one owner maintains that it makes more economic sense than the rest of the industry might realize.
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Mar

Brigitta Witt: Global Hyatt Corp.

After 18 months on the job, Global Hyatt Corp. vp of environmental affairs Brigitta Witt has a firm enough handle on Hyatt—and the industry’s—sustainability efforts to be able to offer an opinion on where the sustainable hotel movement will be in five years. “I’d venture to say that Hyatt and most other lodging companies are…
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Mar

Chris Robinson: Hatchett Hospitality

When discussing sustainability in the hotel industry, the logistics part of the hotel design process can often times be overlooked in the conversation, but how goods are transported to and from hotel construction sites and how previously used items are disposed of can both have a significant environmental impact.
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Mar

Margaret McMahon: Wilson Assoc.

Margaret McMahon, managing director of interior design firm Wilson Associates’ New York office, has been entrenched along the front lines of the hotel industry’s growing environmentally sustainable design movement for some time now and what she has observed has left her at the same time encouraged and frustrated. The comfort, of course, emanates from the…
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01
Mar

Jon Nehmer: Jonathan Nehmer + Assoc.

When asked for his opinion on the progression of the sustainable hotel movement, Jonathan Nehmer, president of Rockville, MD-based Jonathan Nehmer + Associates, acknowledged that although the industry is making strides, there is a long way to go.
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Mar

Experts discuss the current state of sustainability in the hospitality design

The sustainability movement in the hospitality design community is growing as all segments of the industry continue to study and become further educated on how “greening” a hotel will impact all aspects of their business, ranging from profitability to product selection to guest satisfaction.
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Mar

Sue Firestone, sfa design
Project: Villa Florence, San Francisco

When tasked with the renovation of the Villa Florence hotel in San Francisco, designer Sue Firestone, president of Santa Barbara, CA-based sfa design, wanted to elevate the image of the hotel through design. Since the name of the 183-room hotel, which is part of Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants’ Larkspur Collection, was being retained, she created a…
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