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Mr. Meade

Bill Meade

Director, Tetra Tech

Bill Meade is an international energy and environmental consultant with over 30 years of experience. He currently lives and works in Indonesia where he heads the Indonesia Clean Energy Development project. Now in its second phase, ICED is the centerpiece of USAID Indonesia's low emissions development support in the energy sector.

Beginning in 2011, the ICED project established a network of public and private sector partners involved in clean energy development and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in the energy sector. Partners include national, provincial and district-level government agencies; banks and financial institutions; project developers; the national electric utility (PLN); industry trade associations; and research institutions.

Mr. Meade has supported government agencies, industry associations, and private companies in the design and implementation of renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, rural economic development, and sustainable tourism.

Mr. Meade has consulted with hotel and resort companies including Starwood Hotels and Sandals Resorts, hotel and tourism associations, government tourism ministries and development agencies, tour operators, international organizations such as World Travel and Tourism Council and U.N. World Tourism Organization, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Union and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to moving to Indonesia, Mr. Meade worked throughout the Egyptian Red Sea coast and Caribbean introducing environmental management in hotels and resorts and sustainable tourism destinations. He specializes in designing impactful programs that are jointly implemented by government, private sector and civil society. The programs incorporate energy and water efficiency, waste management, green purchasing, training and awareness, and strategic marketing.

Mr. Meade has a Bachelor's degree in energy and environmental management and an MBA specializing in sustainability.

Please visit http://www.htttp://tetratech.com for more information.

Mr. Meade can be contacted at +1 703-387-2134 or bill.meade@tetratech.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.