The Evolving Journey of Global Portfolio Decarbonization in the Hospitality Industry

29 Sep 2023
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The Evolving Journey of Global Portfolio Decarbonization in the Hospitality Industry

The Evolving Journey of Global Portfolio Decarbonization in the Hospitality Industry

29 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Anica Landreneau
    Anica Landreneau
    Global Director of Sustainable Design at HOK
    Anica is HOK’s global sustainable design director, serving on the firm’s board of directors and design board. Based in Washington, D.C., Anica is a mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia’s Green Building Advisory Council and co-chairs the Building Energy Performance Standard Task Force. Anica is serving a third term on the Green and Energy Codes Committee, supporting the district’s decarbonization code development and advancement to a zero-carbon code by 2026. Nationally, Anica is a senior fellow of the New Buildings Institute, serves as incoming Chair of the USGBC LEED Steering Committee and on the AIA Government Advocacy Committee; is a former chair of the AIA Codes and Standards Committee; , and co-authored with the AIA Blue Ribbon Panel on Codes “Disruption, Evolution, and Change: AIA’s Vision for the Future of Design and Construction.” Anica's testimony before Congress and recommendations for building policies and incentives are included in the House Select Committee report “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America” as well as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
  • Townsend Bailey
    Townsend Bailey
    Head of Corporate Responsibility, Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts
    Townsend Bailey leads Corporate Responsibility efforts for the Americas region at IHG Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he drives the implementation of environmental sustainability and community impact-focused initiatives across the region in support of IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow Responsible Business action plan. In addition, he oversees initiatives focused on integrating these areas across global marketing, commercial and technology efforts. Townsend joined IHG from McDonald’s, where he held various roles in the company’s Global Supply Chain and Sustainability teams, including Global Strategic Sourcing Lead for Packaging and Happy Meal Premiums. In his final role, Townsend led strategic planning and sustainable sourcing for McDonald’s North America Sustainability Team. Townsend started his career as a high school teacher and coach. He holds a BA in classical studies from Villanova University, a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Georgia State University.
  • Martin Howell
    Martin Howell
    Global Energy Skills Leader at Arup
    Martin is an Associate Principal in Arup’s Los Angeles office with over 30 years of experience, consulting on projects around the world. For the past 18 years, he has been based in Los Angeles and helping his clients decarbonize and increase the resiliency of their energy systems. His clients value his broad knowledge base in the field of energy and sustainability, and his drive to find simple solutions to complex issues. Some of Martin’s key clients include IHG, Disney, NBC, Brookfield and ThermoFisher. Martin is also Arup's Global Energy Skills Leader. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring Arup’s energy sector skills remain at the cutting edge of the industry and that global best practice knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout the firm.
  • Shelina Letzring
    Shelina Letzring
    Project Manager for Energy and Capital Projects at HDG Hotels
    Shelina Letzring is a graduate of Davidson College where she majored in economics. She is currently the Project Manager for Energy and Capital Projects for HDG Hotels, a hotel development and management company with over 30 hotels in its portfolio. She spent seven years in the investment banking industry in a variety of roles ranging from equity trading and sales to research. Her background in financial services enables her to implement sustainability initiatives throughout the HDG portfolio that positively impact our world as well as each property’s financial performance.
  • Nate Owen
    Nate Owen
    CEO at Ampion
    With over 25 years of experience in retail energy and Community Distributed Generation, Mr. Owen has founded two successful energy software companies: Ampion and ESG (Energy Service Group). Nate founded ESG in 1996 with pionneering back office systems that enabled participants in the deregulation of the electric and natural gas industries. In the early stages of utility deregulation, he worked with utilities and energy generators across the country to establish market rules, business processes and data integration standards that supported the unbundling of generation from utility services. In 2013, Ampion was created to manage the operational and financial processes of an energy industry that was becoming more decentralized, in particular the growing distributed generation and Community Solar space. Ampion operates in 14 states, has contracted over 1.5 GWs of load, and services several hundred Community Distributed Generators. Under Nate’s leadership, Ampion has developed innovations that include servicing a significant population of LMI customers, model subscriber agreements, Opt Out Community Aggregations, nationwide corporate contracts, and Commiunity Solar plus RECs, in addition to providing hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings to energy consumers over the years. Ampion's platform allows renewable energy companies to optimize their revenue via integrated Prospect to Payment functions, available in all state markets and backed by ISO-27001 certification. Mr. Owen is a father of three, a long time sailor, and a history buff.

Key takeaways

- Describe the aligned efforts and coordination across diverse experts that is critical in a comprehensive decarbonization effort.

- Identify strategies for evaluating energy and emissions across a large and diverse portfolio of buildings.

- Investigate how off-site renewable energy can be part of a long-term decarbonization strategy for a large portfolio.

- Explain the services in buildings that will need to move to electrification to decarbonize and the associated challenges.