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.


Mixed Use Developments and Urbanization

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Jones Lang LaSalle

Longtime hospitality and tourism expert Daniel (Dan) Fenton previously headed Team San Jose and the San Jose Convention Center. Currently, Dan Fenton serves as an executive vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), helping investors, property owners, and contractors worldwide in the hotel and hospitality arena make the most of their holdings. He also brings a wealth of expertise when it comes to mixed use developments in an urban setting.

Defined as relatively small properties that combine commercial, residential, industrial, and/or cultural usage, mixed-use developments offer a number of benefits for communities. Mixed-use development allows for much greater flexibility than with traditional development, ensuring that property usage in a community is put to the best use at all times. Mixed-use development also enables communities to achieve considerable development in a compact area. This is ideal for communities with limitations on outward expansion or communities attempting to preserve outlying rural areas. Because mixed-use developments incorporate many diverse elements in a small space, communities experience less traffic and pollution by a decrease in the need for cars. By decreasing the distance people must cover between home, work, and recreation, mixed-use communities encourage a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle. Mixed-use communities also create a sense of community and belonging, which can have wide-reaching social and cultural benefits.

Meet AC Nonprofit Created to Boost Atlantic City Convention Sales

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Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Formerly the chief executive officer of Team San Jose, in San Jose, California, Daniel “Dan” Fenton now holds the title of executive vice president of the Hotels & Hospitality Group at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). In 2014, while an associate principal with Strategic Advisory Group, Dan Fenton consulted with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) on activities related to a merger with the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority required by Tourism District legislation passed in 2011.

A core focus was on engineering the “merging back out” of convention sales activities from the CRDA and into the nonprofit Meet AC entity. This required a partnership agreement and was seen as a way of moving beyond stringent state regulations that necessitated advanced travel approval and restricted sales compensation packages from being competitive with the industry. It was also seen as a pathway toward boosting Atlantic City’s convention sales, which had declined by 15 percent from 2010 to 2013.

Mr. Fenton spoke of the Meet AC arrangement as one that followed a well-defined path, as virtually all convention sales organizations are configured as nonprofit entities.