Green Practices for Hotels


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Green Practices

An executive experienced in destination marketing and event planning, Daniel (Dan) Fenton is the former chief executive officer of Team San Jose in California. Dan Fenton holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel/motel administration and management from Cornell University and maintains an interest in environmental practices for hotels.

With tourism growing around the world, implementing sustainable practices is becoming more important for hotels in order to contain costs and reduce their impact on the environment. Here are a few green practices for hotels to consider:

Create an environmental committee. By forming an environmental committee, hotels will have a team responsible for creating plans for managing water, energy, and waste.

Limit newspaper distribution. Rather than delivering newspapers to each room, hotels can eliminate paper waste and cut costs by delivering papers only to guests who request them.

Reduce water usage. To cut costs on water, hotels can purchase water-saving devices, such as low-flush toilets, self-closing taps, and water flow sensors and regulators. Hotels can also avoid high-pressure hoses for cleaning and wash towels and linens only when guests request this service.


ZERO1 Spearheads Environmentally-Focused Arts Incubator Efforts

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With a San Jose, California, background in tourism industry consulting, Dan Fenton serves as executive vice president with JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group. Dan Fenton’s activities cover San Jose and beyond, and he has coordinated with numerous local municipalities in defining sustained revenue-generating strategies.

One of Daniel Fenton’s accomplishments is as co-founder of the Silicon Valley hybrid art and technology network and incubator ZERO1. Engaging with thought leaders and change makers, the organization enables collaborations that have a positive civic and social purpose. Activities range from public art installations to Creative Explorer Summits, with American Arts Incubator efforts currently focused on climate change.

The latter program spans locations around the world, including a recent community workshop at the Otago Museum in New Zealand. The one week program involved participants mapping climate challenges and resources in the local Dunedin area, with a particular emphasis on identifying places that are vulnerable and should be preserved. A combination of university students and local residents then explored technologies such as coastal mapping, aerial photography, and environmental sensing that will enable environmental goals to be defined and met.