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Ms. Greener

Catherine Greener

Vice President of Sustainability, Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Catherine Greener is Vice President of Sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Ms. Greener joined Xanterra in September of 2012 and is responsible for overseeing Xanterra's corporate environmental initiatives. Greener brings more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of sustainability, lean manufacturing, and quality management systems to Xanterra. Ms. Greener has applied her problem-solving skills, experience, and ISO 14000/Six Sigma/ISO 9000 quality management standards to lead sustainability and resource efficiency projects for small and large companies in various industries, ranging from food & beverage processing to the automotive, chemical, semi-conductor, facility automation (robotics), and construction industries. Prior to joining Xanterra, Ms. Greener's experience included VP of Sustainability Consulting at Saatchi & Saatchi S, Team Leader Commercial and Industrial Team, Rocky Mountain Institute and Director of Quality and Customer Focus for ABB Flexible Automation. She is regularly invited to speak on various sustainability topics including strategy, employee engagement and integrating sustainability into marketing messages. Ms. Greener holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Greener can be contacted at 303-600-3400 or info@xanterra.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.