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Ms. Griffin

Patricia Griffin

President & Founder, Green Hotels Association

Patricia Griffin is an avid traveler, and a self-appointed cheerleader for all "green" hotels. She has worked for a Howard Johnson Hotel in the back office, and for a Hilton Hotel at the front desk. She is enthusiastic about protecting our environment through simple, good practice methods.

Ms. Griffin is interested in encouraging the greening of the hospitality industry by informing not only hoteliers, but also travel agents, meeting planners, tour guides, business and pleasure travelers and government agencies.

Ms. Griffin is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Business degree. "Green" Hotels Association is the proud winner of the 2001 American Society of Travel Agents' Environmental Award. The Association is an Endorser Member of the US EPA's WAVE and WasteWi$e.

Ms. Griffin is a Partner Member of Green Seal, Inc., Co-Op America, the Green Builder Program and Professional Association of Innkeepers International. She was active for 5 years as a coach for the Women Business Owners Roundtable program at Houston's SBDC (Small Business Development Center.)

Ms. Griffin has been a docent at a local nature sanctuary for at least 5 years. "Green" Hotels Association brings together hoteliers interested in saving water and energy, reducing solid waste in order to protect the beautiful destinations we all love to visit. Ms. Griffin and "Green" Hotels Association have been featured on a CNN telecast, and a number of national and international radio broadcasts. Newspaper and print media attention have been exceptional.

Ms. Griffin is a frequent speaker, and has a very important message to share with hoteliers, meeting planners and environmental groups in particular. Among other destinations, she has traveled to Florida, Washington, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware and Wisconsin to speak on conserving and saving within the hospitality industry.

Ms. Griffin can be contacted at 713-789-8889 or green@greenhotels.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.