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Ms. Pinabell

Andrea Pinabell

Vice President Sustainability, Global Citizenship, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Andrea Pinabell, Vice President Sustainability and Global Citizenship joined Starwood in 2011 and is responsible for the strategy, integration, operation and management of Starwood's sustainability program across its 11 brands (Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, Element and The Luxury Collection, Tribute and Design Hotels along with Starwood Vacation Ownership) and throughout Starwood's global footprint of more than 1,300 properties in over 100 countries. In this role, Ms. Pinabell oversees the development and implementation of Starwood's comprehensive strategy, goals, reporting, partnerships and programs with regards to carbon emissions & energy, water conservation and risk, climate change, sustainable food & beverage and supply chain as well as its sustainable (green) building and community development strategy across Starwood's owned, managed and franchise portfolio. In addition, Ms. Pinabell leads Starwood's Hotel of the Future project, a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable design, development and operation of Starwood's hotels with a keen focus on building resilience and adaptation into its business model. Ms. Pinabell brings to Starwood more than 20 years of global sustainability, CSR, philanthropic and environmental management experience. Prior to Starwood, she was most recently the Director of the Sustainable Cites Institute and managed the Sustainable Community Development program at The Home Depot Foundation. Ms. Pinabell sits on several councils and boards including Conservation International's Business Sustainability Council and the NOAA Ocean Sanctuary Business Council. She holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering with an environmental focus from Iowa State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ms. Pinabell can be contacted at 203-964-4501 or andrea.pinabell@starwoodhotels.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.