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Mr. Wood

Christopher Wood

Director of Social Responsibility, The Center for Association Leadership

Christopher Wood currently serves ASAE as the director of social responsibility and ASAE Convene Green Alliance. As director of social responsibility, Mr. Wood, along with iCohere and David Cooperrider, Ph.D., launched ASAE's Social Responsibility Initiative in 2007, followed by the groundbreaking Global Summit on Social Responsibility in April 2008. The first-of-its-kind Global Summit connected more than 800 ASAE stakeholders via face-to-face meetings in Washington, DC and 19 connected locations around the world and online to co-create a social responsibility agenda for the future of the association profession. Mr. Wood recently assumed the leadership of ASAE's newly acquired 1,000-member Convene Green Alliance (CGA). CGA is the premier source for professional networking, online tools and resources, as well as outreach and education about producing green meetings and events in the association industry. Previously, Mr. Wood directed and produced ASAE & The Center's Nation's Capital Distinguished Speakers Series held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. For 13 seasons the series hosted presidents, prime ministers, Nobel Laureates, media personalities, entertainers, and other celebrities at the top of their field speaking on current events and their leadership roles. Mr. Wood also held other posts with the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, ASAE, and The Center for Association Leadership.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at 202-326-9530 or cwood@asaecenter.org

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.