Trevor Girard

Director of Standards and Accreditation at Hotel Resilient

Trevor GirardDr. Trevor Girard is Director of Standards and Accreditation at Hotel Resilient, a non-profit organization with the mission to establish and promote climate and disaster resilient standards and practice in the hotel industry. He is also Chief Scientific Officer at Risklayer GmbH, which offers a range of services for analyzing and managing disaster risk. Trevor is a disaster management professional with a background in architecture, project management and sustainable development. He completed his PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2018. His PhD research investigated the various components of a typical disaster communication system that influence the effectiveness of disaster communication strategies and their ability to influence response actions. Trevor is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED ®) Accredited Professional. He is also a certified search and rescue responder and volunteers with the German Technical Disaster Relief (THW).
Insights by Trevor Girard (8)

Hospitality stakeholders: Why is COP26 important?

Tourism not only faces greater risks to climate impacts than other sectors, it is also one of the factors driving climate change. Tourism is a rapidly growing sector that is expected to increase rather than reduce emission levels according to the UNWTO's report on "Transport-related CO2 emissions from the tourism sector".

The price of hotel sustainability: willing-to-stay and willing-to-pay?

Not only has interest in environmentally responsible and socially responsible travel increased, but the more informed travelers become of responsible travel issues, the greater their willingness-to-pay for staying at a sustainable/responsible hotel.

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

Need for sustainable legislationLegislation controls where and how hotels are constructed, from land-use plans to manage urban growth to building codes to ensure safety. But little legislation exists to control how hotels might impact their environment, particularly during their operation.

Responsible travel: How do we make booking sustainable hotels easier?

COVID-19 has opened people's eyes to the importance of the tourism sector to not only national economies but to the hundreds of millions of jobs in the industry, including SMEs and vulnerable populations that have been hardest hit.

The Future of Sustainability Certification: Micro-Certification?

COVID-19 is a reminder of how vulnerable the tourism industry is to disasters in general, not just pandemics. Disasters from major events like earthquakes and tropical cyclones, to smaller and more localized events such as landslides and fires, put tourism destinations and hotels at risk in every part of the world.
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