· Debra “Wonder Woman” Patterson, The Savoy, London
Patterson schooled the staff on recycling and energy management and just introduced a new sustainable system that converts food waste into energy. It’s estimated the new waste system generates enough energy to power 20 percent of the hotel’s guestrooms.
· Lyn “Agua Warrior” Santos, Fairmont Mayakoba
Santos has been the driving force behind the hotel’s partnership with Community Tours Sian Ka’an, a community-based Mayan tour operator that protects natural and cultural heritage inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. She was also helped the hotel become certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests.
· Joseph “The Phoenix” Kilai, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
For the last 50 years, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has depended on Mount Kenya Forest to supply firewood for the “Fire in Rooms” amenity. But when the hotel found that more than 855 trees were being cut down each year to supply the wood, Kilai led an initiative to plant 1,800 trees in partnership with the Green Belt Movement. In 2009, the same initiative was repeated in the depleted Mount Kenya Forest, with 3,000 trees planted.
· Shelendra “The Sandman” Singh, Fairmont Dubai
Singh helped slash the hotel's waste by increasing the its recycling rates from 35 percent in 2009 to 67 percent in 2010. He's led initiatives such as serving only sustainable seafood in restaurants to using coffee grounds as garden fertilizer. Singh also supports marine turtle conservation in the Gulf with a satellite tracking program that gathers info on turtles and their environment, a first of its kind within the region.
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