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our neon lighting was using 25 percent of
our electricity each month! We changed
to LED lights, which is both cost-effective
and energy-efficient."
He mentions a number of the company's
other initiatives, including sending used soap
products to non-profit organizations and
certification as a TripAdvisor Green Leader.
Another member of the Resort
Operations Council, Richard Budnik,
president of Hospitality Resort & Design,
says, "As a licensed interior design firm and
procurement company, we strive to use
sustainable design as much as our customer's budget will allow. We specify zero or
low volatile organic compounds (VOC)
paint and carpeting. Most of our furniture
manufacturers use low VOC-emitting
stains and finishes. The lighting we specify
uses low energy bulbs and most customers
embrace the change. In the kitchen and bath
rooms, recycled tile and counter tops make
a big impact."
Mejia adds: "HGV partially remodels
every five years and then does a total
refurb every ten years at each one of our
properties. Our development team carefully

considers sustainability throughout these
processes ."
"Local sourcing of product as much
as possible reduces carbon emissions
caused by long distance transport," says
Budnik. "We also try to keep the furniture, fixtures, or other equipment (FF&E)
we are replacing out of the landfill. We
work with our customers to find charities
to take existing furniture and bedding
and try to recycle the carpet we remove
and the cardboard cartons from the new
FF&E."
Today, the term sustainability applies to
a variety of strategies-including ways to
reduce, reuse, and recycle waste; sustainable procurement; indoor environmental
quality; and staff training programs. These
strategies also include educating the consumer. For example, HGV displays a flyer
in each unit to inform owners and guests
about various green initiatives and to advise
how they may help with the towel and linen
re-use program and recycling.
Sustainability and guarding our natural
resources should not be confused with
global climate change. While the two topics

may be relatable, there has been too much
controversy surrounding climate change
to allow us to be derailed from being good
stewards of the environment. Throughout
the educated world, we now recognize the
vital importance of ensuring a sustainable
future by limiting waste, fossil fuel depletion, and CO2 emissions.
By following the examples provided by
Budnik and Mejia, resort operators can help
do their part to preserve resources, while
also protecting owners from the increasing
costs of energy and water.
Sharon Scott, RRP, provides writing
and PR advisory services for vendors/
suppliers marketing themselves to timeshare
companies. She is publisher/managing editor
of the timeshare industry news journal,
Resort Trades, an ARDA Chairman's League
member and is the Resort Trades' ARDA
Resort Operations Council liaison.

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AROUND THE INDUSTRY
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CONVERSIONS: UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
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