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Ms. Griffin

Patricia Griffin

President & Founder, Green Hotels Association

Patricia Griffin is an avid traveler, and a self-appointed cheerleader for all “green” hotels. She has worked for a Howard Johnson Hotel in the back office, and for a Hilton Hotel at the front desk. She is enthusiastic about protecting our environment through simple, good practice methods. She is interested in encouraging the greening of the hospitality industry by informing not only hoteliers, but also travel agents, meeting planners, tour guides, business and pleasure travelers and government agencies. Ms. Griffin is a native Texan, owns a farm in Central Texas where she has wild horses and gentle cows. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Business degree. "Green" Hotels Association is the proud winner of the 2001 American Society of Travel Agents' Environmental Award. The Association is an Endorser Member of the US EPA's WAVE and WasteWi$e. Ms. Griffin is a Partner Member of Green Seal, Inc., Co-Op America, the Green Builder Program and Professional Association of Innkeepers International. She was active for 5 years as a coach for the Women Business Owners Roundtable program at Houston's SBDC (Small Business Development Center.) She's been a docent at a local nature sanctuary for at least 5 years. “Green” Hotels Association brings together hoteliers interested in saving water and energy, reducing solid waste in order to protect the beautiful destinations we all love to visit. Ms. Griffin and “Green” Hotels Association have been featured on a CNN telecast, and a number of national and international radio broadcasts. Newspaper and print media attention have been exceptional. Ms. Griffin is a frequent speaker, and has a very important message to share with hoteliers, meeting planners and environmental groups in particular. Among other destinations, she has traveled to Florida, Washington, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware and Wisconsin to speak on conserving and saving within the hospitality industry. “Green” Hotels Association, founded in 1993, is committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry. The association urges hoteliers to “green up” with small measures such as serving drinking water on request only as well as with major renovations to all-fluorescent lighting and by every measure in between. “Green” Hotels Association has devoted itself to the task of seeking out and researching ideas and techniques that hoteliers can use to conserve water and energy and reduce solid waste.

Ms. Griffin can be contacted at 713-789-8889 or green@greenhotels.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.