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Ms. Donnally

Trish Donnally

Regional PR Director, Gensler

Trish Donnally is the Regional Public Relations Director for Gensler. Previously Ms. Donnally was Director of Public Relations for ForrestPerkins. She has built her career on writing about and promoting inspiring design. Following ForrestPerkins' merger with top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman (no relation) on January 1, 2016, Ms. Donnally also began supporting Perkins Eastman in Communications.

Previously, Ms. Donnally was Editor in Chief of Washington Spaces, a design magazine owned by The Washington Post that she helped launch in 2004 to celebrate the work of talented architects and interior designers.

Ms. Donnally has co-authored three books on design. The first, 'The New Traditional' with Darryl Carter, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100, Clarkson Potter / Publishers, 2008, is in its third printing. Elle Decor named her second book, 'The Collected Home', also co-authored with Darryl Carter, among the Best Design Books of Winter 2012. And she co-authored 'Ingenue to Icon' with Howard V. Kurtz, D Giles Limited, London, 2015.

As Fashion Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ms. Donnally interviewed Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and was honored with more than two dozen national journalism awards. She covered the runway collections in Milan, Paris, and New York for 15 years. Ms. Donnally holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland.

Please visit https://www.gensler.com/ for more information.

Ms. Donnally can be contacted at 512-867-8100 or trish_donnally@gensler.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.