Kathy McGuire

Principal Sustainable Development at 3 Pillar Solutions, LLC

KathySue McGuire

KathySue McGuire is a credentialed sustainability professional from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a LEED Green Associate, trained Climate Reality Leader from the Climate Reality Project, and a GEO Certified Verifier from the Golf Environment Organization for both golf course maintenance and tournament operations. 3 Pillar Solutions is her sustainability consulting firm, specializing in the hospitality, tourism and events industry. In partnership with CSRware, they have developed a cloud-based hotel sustainability assessment that covers every aspect of hotel operations, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and stakeholder engagement.

Insights by Kathy McGuire (9)

Sustainability-driven legislation: setting the right conditions for hospitality?

United States President, Joe Biden, signed an Executive Order (bypassing congressional approval) to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on his first day in office. Here's the plan he laid out while running for President of the United States:“We will have 100% clean energy by 2050 with net zero emissions.

Running out of energy: An underestimated threat to a "people's business"?

The traditional wisdom is to offer coping strategies, and those can work, but can also be temporary and may not go far enough. There is new evidence-based science that says we need to teach the mind and body emotionally what the future will feel like ahead of the actual experience.

The (Green) Recovery Imperative: Hospitality Re-Set Or Bouncing Forward?

Leadership from hospitality trade associations, such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association in the U.S., by educating and encouraging their industry members and partners would go a long way to avoid slipping back into pre-COVID-19 norms.

The Future of Sustainability Certification: Micro-Certification?

The reason the sanitation certifications have been embraced by the hospitality industry is because they know consumer confidence needs to be high. Unfortunately, consumers still are not asking for the hospitality industry to be 'green'.

Hygiene and Sustainability: How to make both work?

The reduction of single-use plastics has been widely embraced recently, but it was as a result of consumer demand. It isn't something many hoteliers, that I am familiar with, wanted to do, even though the cost of purchase and waste hauling fees were reduced.
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