Jeanne Varney

Lecturer at The Hotel School in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

Jeanne VarneyJeanne Varney is a lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. She resides in the property development and management department, where she is responsible for the curriculum in Hospitality Facilities Management, Hospitality Asset Management, Sustainable Development, and Introduction to Sustainable Hospitality. In Hospitality Facilities Management, she combines the technical facilities curriculum with a practical management perspective. In Hospitality Asset Management, she examines the broad range of issues faced by hotel ownership groups requiring asset management oversight and analyses, and how to influence results that meet ownership objectives. In Sustainable Development, she leads students through the principles, methodology, and strategic application of green hotel development and practices in an engaged learning environment. In Introduction to Sustainable Hospitality Principles, she guides students through the implementation of tactical green principles, policies and practices.

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Cornell Roundtable Recap: Sustainability in the era of COVID-19

As with all things 2020, the 11th annual Center for Hospitality Research Sustainability Roundtable took on a distinctively different format, a virtual webinar format. It would have been easy to "take a pass" on holding the Roundtable given the dire state of the hospitality industry and the inability to gather in person.

A reminder of the blatant and hidden consequences of the use of plastic

The amount of plastic waste we humans create every year is staggering. Much of it ends up in the oceans, and some of that, after breaking down into microparticles, ends up in fish – and us. Jeanne Varney of Cornell describes the issue and gives hotels some useful advice on how to reduce their own contribution to the problem.

The long lost art of the green team

In a hotel, how do you get moving on identifying and implementing practical sustainability ideas and activities? Many properties have a “green team” tasked with doing just these things. Cornell’s Jeanne Varney explains how to get such a team successfully set up and working effectively.