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Mr. Lunn

Walker Lunn

Founder, EnviRelation, LLC

Walker T. Lunn is the founding Member and Manager of EnviRelation, LLC. EnviRelation is the mid-Atlantic's leading provider of food composting services. EnviRelation helps hotels and restaurants save money on waste disposal by offering affordable, environmentally friendly food composting services. This sustainable alternative to waste management has been widely adopted in the areas serviced by EnviRelation.

Mr. Lunn also established composting collection operations in Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, GA, where EnviRelation was a key player in creating Atlanta's "Downtown Zero-Waste Zone" in partnership with the Green Foodservice Alliance.

Today, EnviRelation's portfolio of services include emissions quantification, sustainability reporting, food composting and waste vegetable oil collection for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Mr. Lunn graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and has over 10 years of experience in environmental sustainability within the hospitality industry. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and Conservation International. He is active with Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research and is a co-founded the annual Sustainability Roundtable sponsored by the center in 2009. He co-authored the Willard InterContinental's Annual Sustainability Report.

Over the past four years, EnviRelation, LLC has worked with the Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotel groups, Sodexo, University of Maryland, Alexandria City Public School district, area hospitals, and many more customers in an effort to help the hospitality industry reduce its carbon footprint and maintain affordable, sustainable practices throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Lunn frequently speaks on topics pertaining to sustainability, hospitality, composting, and entrepreneurship. As a former president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society, Mr. Lunn has led the chapter in developing fundraisers to finance scholarships to the Hotel School for local students. He has been a member of Cayuga Hospitality Advisors and to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Mr. Lunn lives in Washington, DC with his wife. He is passionate about travel and the outdoors, and is working toward a career to facilitate conservation of the natural environment.

Mr. Lunn can be contacted at 202-465-4802 or info@envirelation.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.