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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.

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

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.