GMBHA October Networker at Surfcomber Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel

Wendy Kallergis with Angie Irizarry, Group Sales Manager, Lillian Rojas, Director of Special Events, and Sean Flanigan, General Manager, Surfcomber Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel

Wendy Kallergis with Angie Irizarry, Group Sales Manager, Lillian Rojas, Director of Special Events, and Sean Flanigan, General Manager, Surfcomber Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel

Thank you to Sean Flanigan, General Manager, Surfcomber Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel, and his team for hosting our October Executive Board Meeting followed by our October Evening Networker on Tuesday, October 29. To view more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.

1st Annual Sustainable Hospitality Awards

GMBHA's Sustainable Hospitality Council with Jenny Rushmore and JoAnn Shearer. Susie Vega, Major Account Executive, Waste Management, Nancy Scanlon PhD CHE, Associate Professor, FIU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Tanja Morariu, Director of Brand Development, The Palms Hotel & Spa, Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA, Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel, TripAdvisor, GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Co-Chair Peggy Benua, General Manager, Dream South Beach, Gabriole van Bryce, GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Co-Chair, Brian Lomel, Principal, Sustainable Consultant, TLC Engineering for Architecture, and JoAnn Shearer, Green Lodging Program Coordinator, Florida Green Lodging Program.

GMBHA’s Sustainable Hospitality Council with Jenny Rushmore and JoAnn Shearer.
Susie Vega, Major Account Executive, Waste Management, Nancy Scanlon PhD CHE, Associate Professor, FIU School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Tanja Morariu, Director of Brand Development, The Palms Hotel & Spa, Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA, Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel, TripAdvisor, GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Co-Chair Peggy Benua, General Manager, Dream South Beach, Gabriole van Bryce, GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council Co-Chair, Brian Lomel, Principal, Sustainable Consultant, TLC Engineering for Architecture, and JoAnn Shearer, Green Lodging Program Coordinator, Florida Green Lodging Program.

On Thursday, October 24, we honored hotels and allied businesses that are leading the adoption of sustainable hospitality practices at our 1st Annual Sustainable Hospitality Awards. Award winners were selected from nominated local hotels and businesses that are advancing sustainability practices through implementation, promotion and education of guests and employees.

The GMBHA recognized two Miami-Dade County hotels that have achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Miami’s first hotel to achieve LEED Silver certification, the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell Downtown, was honored along with the Clifton Hotel South Beach, the first LEED Gold hotel in Florida and the first carbon neutral hospitality company in the US.

The event featured keynote speaker Jenny Rushmore, Director of Responsible Travel for TripAdvisor. Rushmore developed and now leads the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, which launched in April 2013 and currently has over 1,800 enrolled properties.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and to Robert Hill, General Manager, InterContinental Miami, and his team for making our event a great success. We look forward to continued program growth as the adoption of sustainability practices gains momentum in the U.S. hospitality industry.

 

1st Annual Sustainable Hospitality Award Winners

Energy Efficiency & Conservation (over 200 rooms):
JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Water Efficiency & Conservation (over 200 rooms):
Sofitel Miami

Water Efficiency & Conservation (under 200 rooms):
Viceroy Miami

Waste Reduction & Recycling (over 200 rooms):
InterContinental Miami

Waste Reduction & Recycling (under 200 rooms):
Dream South Beach

Communication & Education (over 200 rooms):
The Palms Hotel & Spa

Communication & Education (under 200 rooms):
The Betsy South Beach

Overall Sustainable Hospitality (over 200 rooms):
EPIC, a Kimpton Hotel

Overall Sustainable Hospitality (under 200 rooms):
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami

Green Product:
Sleep on Green

Green Service:
Waste Management

GMBHA Members Only Hotel Access Event

Wendy Kallergis with Chef Lee, Uma and Tyrone

Wendy Kallergis with Chef Lee, Uma and Tyrone

Thank you to GMBHA Chairman of the Board Raj Singh, General Manager, Sea View Hotel and his team for hosting our very first Hotel Access Event yesterday on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. We had over 15 GMBHA members hotels participate in a timed meet and greet with our Allied Upgrade and Allied members. We were pleased with everyone’s feedback and look forward to hosting another similar event soon.