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A Collaborative Approach to Measuring Carbon: Linking the Meetings Connection
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Shh..Hotels Do Agree! A Collaborative Approach to Measuring Carbon: Linking the Meetings Connection

Sustainability 101


March 12, 2013
9am PST





According to ITP, "The hotel sector has for some time been helping corporate clients comprehend the carbon impact of time spent in hotels - particularly for meetings, events and their associated hotel stays. During the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, when hotels "bid" for corporate clients events or meetings, the client often asks questions relating to potential carbon footprint for the event" Find out more by participating in our next webinar on what the HCMI initiative means for the events and hospitality industry as well as how 22 hotel chains came to agreement on a key sustainability metric in this webinar.

GMIC Guest Presenters: Eric Ricaurte, Fran Hughes and Inge Huijbrechts

Moderator: Eric Ricaurte, Greenview
Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric founded Greenview to advance sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects.

Eric began his career managing a rainforest lodge and tour operation in Costa Rica and winning a student research finalist award in 2001 for his paper titled "Carbon Sequestration, Credit Trading and Offsetting, and their Relation to Travel and Tourism.” Since then Eric has consulted globally for hotel companies, city-wide events, tour operators, attractions, tourism boards and tourism clusters.

His notable industry work includes authoring the Cornell studies "Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure,” and "Determining Materiality in Hotel Carbon Footprinting,” and serving as technical consultant for Phase 1 of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, a joint initiative of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council to standardize carbon metrics across the industry.

Speaker: Fran Hughes, International Tourism Partnership (ITP)
Fran is Head of Programs at ITP which brings together the world’s leading international hotel companies to provide a voice for environmental and social responsibility in the industry. ITP works to demonstrate in a very practical way that environmental and social responsibility makes good business sense by highlighting best practice, offering a range of practical products and programs and tackling emerging sustainability issues through its collaborative working groups. Fran has over 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry, having started her career leading adventure tours in countries as diverse as Ethiopia and Oman, before moving into roles in sales and marketing, tour operation, business development and sustainable tourism. Whilst at the tour operator, Explore, she developed the company’s responsible tourism policy, strategy and activities; leading the company to win several national awards for responsible tourism and sustainable business practice. She has also undertaken a variety of consultancy work, holds a Master’s in Environmental Strategy and is an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Speaker: Inge Huijbrechts, Rezidor Hotel Group
In the beginning of 2011, Inge Huijbrechts joined The Rezidor Hotel Group. In this role she further develops Rezidor’s strong sustainability fundamentals for the 430 hotels the group operates and develops in 70 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2012 she launched Rezidor’s ambitious energy saving initiative Think Planet, targeting a 25% energy consumption reduction in 5 years. The first year of Think Planet was a success with 50 hotels reaching or exceeding their targets. Think Planet is promoted to employees by its charming mascot Lumi, the firefly.

During the last 15 years, Inge has held senior management roles across Europe in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sales and Business Development, working in Belgium, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Her most recent position was Head of CSR at Toyota Motor Europe where she was defining the European CSR strategy and implementation for 30 Sales companies, 9 Factories and 3000 Retailers.