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Ms. Greener

Catherine Greener

Vice President of Sustainability, Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Catherine Greener is Vice President of Sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Ms. Greener joined Xanterra in September of 2012 and is responsible for overseeing Xanterra's corporate environmental initiatives. Greener brings more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of sustainability, lean manufacturing, and quality management systems to Xanterra. Ms. Greener has applied her problem-solving skills, experience, and ISO 14000/Six Sigma/ISO 9000 quality management standards to lead sustainability and resource efficiency projects for small and large companies in various industries, ranging from food & beverage processing to the automotive, chemical, semi-conductor, facility automation (robotics), and construction industries. Prior to joining Xanterra, Ms. Greener's experience included VP of Sustainability Consulting at Saatchi & Saatchi S, Team Leader Commercial and Industrial Team, Rocky Mountain Institute and Director of Quality and Customer Focus for ABB Flexible Automation. She is regularly invited to speak on various sustainability topics including strategy, employee engagement and integrating sustainability into marketing messages. Ms. Greener holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Greener can be contacted at 303-600-3400 or info@xanterra.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.