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Mr. Pearson

Pete Pearson

Director of Food Waste, World Wildlife Fund

As Director of Food Waste at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, Pete Pearson leads work on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the vital intersection of agriculture and wildlife and habitat conservation.

At WWF, Mr. Pearson works towards promoting and integrating food sustainability initiatives - his expertise includes zero waste programs, local food hub development, sustainable agriculture, annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting and retail sustainable sourcing. His most recent endeavor at WWF has been co-pioneering the Hotel Kitchen initiative with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, to address the issue of food waste within the hospitality industry.

Mr. Pearson has led local and national sustainability programs within the retail grocery industry; has over 10 years of technology experience with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Albertsons; has worked with public schools and hospitals as an independent sustainability consultant, co-founded a sustainable agriculture non-profit, and co-produced a documentary film on local and regenerative agriculture (www.ToLiveLocal.com ). He is also a co-founder of the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), which promotes local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers and the expansion of local food distribution.

Please visit http://www.wwfus.org for more information.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at +1 202-293-4800 or Pete.Pearson@wwfus.org

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.