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Sustainability in Hospitality

The Sustainability in Hospitality Panel is about exploring ideas, solutions and strategies required by the industry facing increased environmental and societal challenges. Since sustainability cover a wide-range of topics, the panel is supported by experts across many fields – food, energy, water, waste, facilities, communication, social, strategy. The goal is to have sustainability anchored more than ever into the hospitality conversation and decision-making.

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Panel Champs

Willy Legrand

Professor of Hospitality Management at the IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Invited Experts
Richard  Dickson

Richard Dickson

Director of Global Partnerships at the Green Earth Appeal
Aurora   Dawn Benton

Aurora Dawn Benton

Founder & CEO, Astrapto
Nicolas    Dubrocard

Nicolas Dubrocard

Founder & Director, Audit Diagnostic Solutions Tourism
Gabriel C. M.  Laeis

Gabriel C. M. Laeis

Lecturer at IUBH International University
Kathy  McGuire

Kathy McGuire

Principal Sustainable Development at 3 Pillar Solutions, LLC
Patricio   Gonzalez Morel

Patricio Gonzalez Morel

Sustainability and resource efficiency consultant
Suzann  Heinemann

Suzann Heinemann

Founder and CEO of InfraCert GmbH
Jonathon  Day

Jonathon Day

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Michaela  Reitterer

Michaela Reitterer

Owner and CEO in Boutiquehotel Stadthalle VIENNA
Henri  Roelings

Henri Roelings

Founder & CEO at Hospitality Net
Joanne   Hendrickx

Joanne Hendrickx

Founder at Travel Without Plastic
Arjan  van Rheede

Arjan van Rheede

Senior Research Fellow in Sustainability at Hotelschool The Hague
Vanessa  Borkmann

Vanessa Borkmann

Researcher at Fraunhofer-IAO in Stuttgart, Germany
Alexandra   Herget

Alexandra Herget

Co-Founder, TUTAKA
Benjamin   Lephilibert

Benjamin Lephilibert

Founder & CEO, LightBlue Environmental Consulting
Frauke   Fischer

Frauke Fischer

Founder, Agentur Auf!
Eric  Ricaurte

Eric Ricaurte

Founder at Greenview
Afton   Halloran

Afton Halloran

Independent Consultant in Sustainable Food Systems
Sarah    Farrell

Sarah Farrell

Creative Director at transparenCI
Elena   Cavagnaro

Elena Cavagnaro

Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Claudia  G. van´t Hullenaar

Claudia G. van´t Hullenaar

Founder at Sustained Impact
Jeanne  Varney

Jeanne Varney

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

Madhu Rajesh

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
Hervé  Houdré

Hervé Houdré

Founder at H2 Sustainability Consulting
Randy   Durband

Randy Durband

CEO at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Henri   Kuokkanen

Henri Kuokkanen

Associate Professor at Institut Paul Bocuse
Nancy  Scanlon

Nancy Scanlon

PhD, Professor at Florida International University
Holly  Tuppen

Holly Tuppen

Sustainable Travel Consultant and Writer and Communications Manager for The Long Run
Ioannis S.  Pantelidis

Ioannis S. Pantelidis

PhD, FIH, SFHEA, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at Brighton Doctoral College
Arnfinn  Oines

Arnfinn Oines

Social & Environmental Conscience, Soneva Secretary, SLOW LIFE Foundation
Theo  van de Laar

Theo van de Laar

Lecturer international tourism and sustainability bij Breda University of Applied Sciences
Kathryn  Murphy

Kathryn Murphy

Owner, The Murphy Gallery & Hotel Dublin
Lyle   Worthington

Lyle Worthington

Technology Executive and Consultant & Past President of HFTP Global
Faranak  Memarzadeh

Faranak Memarzadeh

Assistant professor in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management at San Jose State University
Dr. Anne-Kathrin  Zschiegner

Dr. Anne-Kathrin Zschiegner

Technical Assistance Advisor at The Long Run
Federico  Asaro

Federico Asaro

CEO and Founder at Samadhi Retreats
Jeffery  Smith

Jeffery Smith

Vice President Sustainability at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Dan  Ruben

Dan Ruben

Director, How to Green Your Hotel
Maurice  Bergin

Maurice Bergin

Managing Director at
Maria  Leifer

Maria Leifer

Sales & Marketing at Boutiquehotel Stadthalle
Adela  Balderas

Adela Balderas

Lecturer, Researcher and Senior Consultant
Nelly  Gedeon

Nelly Gedeon

Founder and CEO of Wayaj, Inc.
Judy  Mod

Judy Mod

Founder and CEO at Innovations Domain
Jerome  Pagnier

Jerome Pagnier

Co-Founder at WiseFins Hospitality
 Marco  Bevolo

Marco Bevolo

Founder of Marco Bevolo Consulting
Viktoria  Schünemann

Viktoria Schünemann

Co-Founder at POPCORN Consulting
Johanna  Wagner

Johanna Wagner

Co-Founder of La Belle EDuC, Founder of Upside Up Hotel Asset and Guest Lecture at ESSEC MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI)
Federico  Vignati

Federico Vignati

Principal Executive at CAF - development bank of Latin America
Christopher  Warren

Christopher Warren

Founder of My Green Butler
Xenia  zu Hohenlohe

Xenia zu Hohenlohe

Partner/Director at the Considerate Group
Bill  Bensley

Bill Bensley

Founder of BENSLEY
Sarah  Habsburg-Lothringen

Sarah Habsburg-Lothringen

BA Hons, PGCE & MSc, Tourism Training Specialist & Business Mentor for Small, Independent Hotels
Robert   Stevenson

Robert Stevenson

Celine  Vadam

Celine Vadam

Founder & CEO of WE(i) Think
Inge  Huijbrechts

Inge Huijbrechts

Global Senior VP Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications for Radisson Hotel Group
Marina  Laurent

Marina Laurent

Founder at REGEN – Regenerative Hospitality Solutions
Cassia  Patel

Cassia Patel

Program Director of Oceanic Global
Carlos  Martin-Rios

Carlos Martin-Rios

Associate Professor at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
Julia  Massey

Julia Massey

Sustainability Manager and Advisor
Trevor  Girard

Trevor Girard

Director of Standards and Accreditation at Hotel Resilient
Marco  Lemmers

Marco Lemmers

CEO and Founder of Conscious Hotels
Madeleine  Recknagel

Madeleine Recknagel

Circular Economy Expert/ Transformational Facilitator and Co-Founder Lilo Thailand
Roger A. Allen

Roger A. Allen

Founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA)
Marvin  Baker

Marvin Baker

Founder at the Green Earth Appeal
Dr. Joseph S. Chen

Dr. Joseph S. Chen

Professor at Indiana University Bloomington
Caroline  Meledo

Caroline Meledo

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights at Hilton
Lena  Bjurner

Lena Bjurner

Board member, Advisor and Public speaker
Katarina   Tesarova

Katarina Tesarova

VP of Global Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Ricardo  Moreira

Ricardo Moreira

Managing Director at XCO2
Andreas  Koch

Andreas Koch

Managing Director at blueContec GmbH
Lucienne  Mosquera

Lucienne Mosquera

Founder of Hospitality Business Development and currently developing strategy and cradle-to-grave Asset Plans for a new European Sustainable Hotel Brand
Megan  Epler Wood

Megan Epler Wood

Principal, EplerWood International
Lucy  Brialey

Lucy Brialey

Co-Founder and Director, The Sustainable Spa association
José   Koechlin von Stein

José Koechlin von Stein

Founder & CEO at Inkaterra Hotels
Kyriaki  Glyptou

Kyriaki Glyptou

Senior Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
Diane  Estner

Diane Estner

President & CEO at DANNI Enterprises
Margaret  Steiner

Margaret Steiner

Project Manager at White arkitekter AB
Florian  Kaefer

Florian Kaefer

PhD, Founder & Editor, Sustainability Leaders Project
Catherine  Dolton

Catherine Dolton

Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group
Jean  Lupinacci

Jean Lupinacci

Chief ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Maribel  Esparcia Pérez

Maribel Esparcia Pérez

University Professor at the University of Lleida - Faculty of Law, Economics and Tourism and Founding Partner at the ESHC
Laura   Zizka

Laura Zizka

Assistant Professor at Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne (EHL)
Peter  Varga

Peter Varga

Assistant Professor at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
JoAnna  Abrams

JoAnna Abrams

CEO of MindClick
Inge  van Weert

Inge van Weert

General Manager at QO Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Sam  Laakkonen

Sam Laakkonen

Contingent Managing Director - Sustainability at Techstars
Nadia  Ibrahim

Nadia Ibrahim

Head Of Consultancy at Farnek Services LLC
Jan Hein  Simons

Jan Hein Simons

Managing Partner at MRP hotels
Marloes   Knippenberg

Marloes Knippenberg

CEO of Kerten Hospitality
Stefan  Gössling

Stefan Gössling

Professor at the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University
Xavier  Font

Xavier Font

Professor of Sustainability Marketing at the University of Surrey, and Professor II at the University of the Arctic in Norway
Alexandre   Tsuk

Alexandre Tsuk

Founder of Bookgreener and
Megan  Morikawa

Megan Morikawa

Global Director of Sustainability Office at Iberostar Group
Simon  Martin

Simon Martin

Head of Development Hospitality-Catering at IECD
Recent Viewpoints (16)

Hospitality Supply Chains: Massive footprint or a force of good?

Slowly but surely, supply chains and procurement practices are taking their rightful place on hospitality's sustainability agendas. For too long, the negative environmental and socio-economic impacts linked to the industry's procurement practices have remained unnoticed, overlooked and, ultimately, accepted.

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

A recently published large-scale survey points out that the vast majority of travelers are keen on staying at hotel properties that engage in sustainability (1). Willingness-to-stay (WTS) is important to the extent in which hotels can capitalize on their sustainability endeavors through transparent communication.

The solutions nature provides: how can hotels contribute and benefit?

Nature and its ecosystem services are at the center of the hospitality business proposition: from food and beverage offers to guests' enjoyment of natural landscape at a destination. Nature is not only a 'capital' component available to businesses, but a source of solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change and protect biodiversity while ensuring the well-being of staff and guests alike.

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

We are currently experiencing an energy crisis of a different kind - an industry-wide feeling of exhaustion, anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear. We are running out of energy. There is no doubt that the effects of the pandemic and resulting restrictions will have an adverse effect on people's wellbeing.

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

COVID-19 has exposed many of the weaknesses in our industry in terms of risk and hazard management, contingency, and resiliency plans but also in the way we blindly deal with our environment. Crises, as damaging as they may be, trigger opportunities in product, service, and systems innovations.

The Future of Sustainability Certification: Micro-Certification?

Over the past 20 years, the hospitality industry has experienced a continuous increase in various 'stamps of approval', especially at the sustainable front. A few large certification bodies with extensive criteria catalogues dominate the market but hoteliers and consumers alike are still struggling to differentiate the reputable and credible ones from the home-made seals of approval.

Hygiene and Sustainability: How to make both work?

Just when it seemed as if single-use plastics were slowly becoming a thing of the past, COVID-19 hit the industry. The second half of 2019 had seen more and more industry leaders making public pledges to abandon a product group that had become the infamous representative of an old and immoral, linear economy.

COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?

"Covid-19 is climate change on warp speed" (Wagner, Mar.10, 2020). The current pandemic has catastrophic consequences on the hospitality sector. The ways the industry currently deals with the crisis (for example, see: COVID-19 - Survival Guide for the Hospitality Industry) offers a glimpse into the crisis management endeavors in building a business case for disaster and climate resiliency.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

Both clichés and greenwashing are amongst the biggest traps to fall into when communicating sustainability. A "let's save the world" claim and tacky towel policy stickers are superficial and unappealing and could be a turn-off to the small group of environmentally and socially-conscious consumers.

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

There seem to be two schools of thought in regards to achieving greater sustainability. One is based on a behavioural change to tackle societal and environmental challenges. More precisely in managing resources with moderation, restraint, and constraint (e.