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Mr. Lunn

Walker Lunn

Founder, EnviRelation, LLC

Walker T. Lunn is the founding Member and Manager of EnviRelation, LLC. EnviRelation is the mid-Atlantic's leading provider of food composting services. EnviRelation helps hotels and restaurants save money on waste disposal by offering affordable, environmentally friendly food composting services. This sustainable alternative to waste management has been widely adopted in the areas serviced by EnviRelation.

Mr. Lunn also established composting collection operations in Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, GA, where EnviRelation was a key player in creating Atlanta's "Downtown Zero-Waste Zone" in partnership with the Green Foodservice Alliance.

Today, EnviRelation's portfolio of services include emissions quantification, sustainability reporting, food composting and waste vegetable oil collection for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Mr. Lunn graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and has over 10 years of experience in environmental sustainability within the hospitality industry. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and Conservation International. He is active with Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research and is a co-founded the annual Sustainability Roundtable sponsored by the center in 2009. He co-authored the Willard InterContinental's Annual Sustainability Report.

Over the past four years, EnviRelation, LLC has worked with the Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotel groups, Sodexo, University of Maryland, Alexandria City Public School district, area hospitals, and many more customers in an effort to help the hospitality industry reduce its carbon footprint and maintain affordable, sustainable practices throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Lunn frequently speaks on topics pertaining to sustainability, hospitality, composting, and entrepreneurship. As a former president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society, Mr. Lunn has led the chapter in developing fundraisers to finance scholarships to the Hotel School for local students. He has been a member of Cayuga Hospitality Advisors and to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Mr. Lunn lives in Washington, DC with his wife. He is passionate about travel and the outdoors, and is working toward a career to facilitate conservation of the natural environment.

Mr. Lunn can be contacted at 202-465-4802 or info@envirelation.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.