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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 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.