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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 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.