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Mr. Plattenburg

George Plattenburg

Managing Partner, Burton Energy Group

George Plattenburg is one of three Managing Partners at Burton Energy Group, a consulting firm based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Burton Energy Group provides sustainability and energy efficiency consulting services for many of the world's leading organizations, including 10 Fortune 150 firms as well as several large public companies headquartered in Europe and several of the largest private companies in the US. Burton's clients typically operate large facility portfolios of hundreds or thousands of locations, and include businesses focused on owning and operating hotels, retail and distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and restaurants. Mr. Plattenburg has more than 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainability, and has worked for in a variety of leadership roles encompassing operations, engineering, sales and marketing. His experience includes energy engineering, utility demand side management program oversight, and service companies helping businesses take full advantage of their investment in energy and infrastructure. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Plattenburg has a passion for working with clients to help them drive utility usage out of their businesses to reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom lines. His clients rely on him to design, develop, and implement comprehensive programs to reduce the consumption and cost of utilities including electricity, natural gas, and water, and to help them understand and lower their carbon footprints. These client programs include demand side reduction improvements, energy risk and supply management, and analysis and business insights based on utility consumption information.

Mr. Plattenburg can be contacted at 678-829-4018 or gplattenburg@burtonenergygroup.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.