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Ms. Phillips

Molly Phillips

Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Molly Phillips began her career in hospitality as Concierge for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. She was a founding member of the “Green Team” for the hotel and achieved many successes in this area for the hotel; starting a hotel-wide recycling and composting program and working with Engineering Dept. on energy saving initiatives. In 2006, the hotel was awarded “Recycler of the Year” by the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council. Ms. Phillips moved to Seattle and began working for Kimpton Hotel Group in 2007. After completing a degree in Sustainable Business, she was named Manager of Sustainable Partnerships for all three Seattle Kimpton hotels. She created a pilot program to set companywide standards and metrics for monitoring the hotel's environmental footprint and represented the company on panels, roundtable discussions and press interviews. The pilot program was then adopted company-wide to provide footprint analysis for guest rooms and meetings. Ms. Phillips joined Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle in 2010 as Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility. She created and is evolving the PanEarth Program to explore and improve upon all aspects of their environmental and social sustainability. Ms. Phillips was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a B.A. in Communications / Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a degree in Sustainable Business.

Ms. Phillips can be contacted at 206-323-3733 or molly.phillips@panpacific.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.