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Mr. Meade

Bill Meade

Director, Tetra Tech

Bill Meade is a Director with Tetra Tech and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr. Meade heads Tetra Tech's clean energy and sustainable tourism work. He is currently directing the USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) project supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy project development. Mr. Meade has over 25 years international experience and has led assignments supporting government agencies, industry associations, and private companies in the design and implementation of energy management, environmental management, and sustainable tourism development. He helped introduce Green Globe 21 sustainability certification, and has developed national and regional programs to recognize hotels for sustainability practices. He has also assisted private hotel companies and chains to develop corporate and property-level environmental management programs. Mr. Meade holds a BA in energy and environmental studies from Brown University. Mr. Meade has served on the Governing Council of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, chaired the board of the Certified Hotel Environmental Manager, and was a guest lecturer at George Washington University and Cornell University.

Mr. Meade can be contacted at 703-387-2134 or bill.meade@tetratech.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.