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Sustainability Point of View

Come Together
The future of the meeting and convention industry looks green
By Dina M. Belon

The GMIC (Green Meeting

Industry Council) Sustainability
Conference was held in San
Francisco April 15th - 17th, where
250 meeting planners, corporate
travel planners, venues, hotels, and
suppliers spent three days discussing
how to improve the sustainability
of the meeting and convention
industry. The topics were varied
but a strong common thread was
weaved throughout, the hospitality
industry can do well and do good at
the same time. A quote was shared
that really resonated, "Let us be
builders of bridges and not walls"
by Pope Francis. There is no doubt
the meeting and convention sector
is the leading hospitality industry in
innovation around sustainable action.
Here are a few excerpts from the
conference:
Planners are beginning to use
a standardized RFP through the
GMIC "Ask For It" campaign, which
incorporates sustainability into all
aspects of a conference. You can
fi nd out more information at www.
gmicglobal.org. The "Ask For It"
Campaign is a call to action for
planners and proving venues and
hotels to prioritize and focus on
the sustainable items that are most
important.
An inspirational presentation
from the director of St. Anthony's
Foundation in San Francisco, who
feeds 3,000 meals daily in the Bay Area, really touched the
meeting planners and showcased how easy it is to take a problem
of uneaten food at an event and turn it into a solution for the St.
Anthony's Foundation. Everyone learned one in four residents
in San Francisco are food insecure, which equates to 74 million
missed meals each year. The reality is that there is enough food
in the world to feed every person 4.3 lbs per day; hunger is a
solvable problem.
Kevin Teng, director of sustainability at the Marina Bay Sands
in Singapore provided some real world operational actions
that they have taken to utilize technology to improve energy
efficiency. The key concept was that you must use a combination
of technology, processes and people for successful sustainable
solutions. A few examples were sub-metering of energy
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Left: Stop Hunger
Now, social
responsibility
volunteer event.
Below, clockwise
from far left: speaker
Heather MacKenzie,
Autodesk; panelists
KoAnn Vikoren
Skrzyniarz,
Sustainable Brands;
Jenifer Willig, Whole
World Water; Paul
Salinger, Oracle;
Shawn Rosenmoss,
San Francisco Dept.
of the Environment;
and a collaborative
session asked
attendees to build
the bridge to
sustainability.

consumption with goals and bonuses for hotel area managers
based on the energy consumption for the area. Electronic
Building Management Systems (eBMS) allows the technology
to take away the human decision process, reduces effort, and
automates the process, consequently fewer mistakes are made
and better energy savings occur.
Jeremiah Owyang, chief catalyst and founder of Crowd
Companies provided a great presentation about the growth and
future of a sharing or collaborative economy. To put this sector of
the economy in perspective, AirBnB is six years old and worth $1
billion, while Wyndham Worldwide is worth $8 billion and Hyatt
Hotels is worth $9 billion. Keep in mind that AirBnB doesn't
own or manage any buildings, they are facilitators of unused
resources (rooms, homes), connecting them with people looking


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Contents
News
Who's Who
Sustainability
Conference Rounup
Scholarships
Q&A: Chris Tucker
Q&A: Karen Appert
Q&A: Stephanie Thompson
Product Know How
Have You seen?
On the Scene
On The Cover: Vaughan Benz’s Scott Vaughan and David Benz
Project: Warwick Suites, New York
Project: Chino Chinatown, Dallas
Save the Date
New Members
Partner Profiles
Chapter Highlights
Ad Index
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NEWH - Summer 2014 - Q&A: Stephanie Thompson
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NEWH - Summer 2014 - On The Cover: Vaughan Benz’s Scott Vaughan and David Benz
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