Blogs, Articles, and Research

Below are blog posts, published articles, and research - both our own and others' we feel you should be aware of in your quest for sustainability in your property, venue, or destination. 


Practical Hospitality Sustainability with Aurora Dawn Reinke

I was honored to be interviewed by the Lodging Leaders podcast host, Jonathon Albano, on the topic of hospitality sustainability. I gave listeners an overview of key sustainability initiatives in the industry. I discussed practical approaches to implementing sustainability and shared some thoughts on key opportunities hoteliers should take advantage of now. I hope you enjoy the episode and I welcome your comments. 


Anything but Luck: Achieving the 13th Living Building Challenge Award

On May 20th, 2017, the DC Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, along with our partners, Leaders in Energy and USGBC-National Capital Region, held an event at a newly certified Living Building Challenge facility at the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). The panel of experts on green and living building standards, benefits, and challenges, included experts on green building....

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How Washington DC Hotels are Embracing Sustainability

Posted on Hotel Management on 26-April-2017

The 5 Green-Key rated Fairmont Hotel in DC was the perfect setting for Checking In as the Hospitality Industry Embraces Sustainability.  The NAIOP Sustainable Development Committee and USGBC National Capital Region chapter event included three panelist who left no doubt that now is the time to pursue sustainability in hotels....

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BRIEF Approach to Next Level Sustainability

Sometimes, the team that got you to the championship is not the one that can bring home the trophy. This is a well-understood phenomenon in entrepreneurship – the visionary who started the company struggles to deal with the operational complexity of growth and scaling...

How to Engage Your Guests in Your Sustainability Initiatives

This post originally appeared on Travindy on 11-April-2017 

A recent study shows guests have negative perceptions of three green hotel initiatives: low water pressure, temperature control, and green products. Let’s consider each...

Beware the “Because I Said So” Syndrome of Sustainability

This post appeared on Green Lodging News on 27-March-2017. 

Sustainability needs executive sponsorship, but the focus on top leadership buy-in can be skewed. Executive sponsorship is vital; projects without it have poor results and high resentment. Much time is invested wooing executives, but initiatives become watered down by the time...