Peter Goren is the Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program, which provides technical assistance to the lodging industry and acknowledges properties that demonstrate their environmental achievements. He has over 30 years of experience working for the Department and as an environmental consultant in the private sector. As head of the Florida Green Lodging Program, he has overseen tremendous growth in this ground breaking initiative, increasing from 4 hotels in 2004 to almost 900 in March of 2009.
Mr. Goren is a regular speaker at various meetings and conferences dealing with the hospitality industry, meeting planning, and sustainable initiatives. Besides promoting the Florida Green Lodging Program, he advises on the most cost effective ways to reduce utility costs while protecting the environment. Today, Mr. Goren is actively working with a number of universities to incorporate the concepts of Sustainable Hospitality into both their research and curriculum.
Mr. Goren is a proud graduate from the University of Florida, where he received both a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Certificate of Environmental Studies.
Sustainable Hospitality: In Search of Low Hanging Fruit (1 AICP CM awarded)
The lodging industry accounts for about 8% of all energy and almost 5% of all the water annually consumed in the US. This presentation will give a brief overview of the “Green Lodging” movement both in Florida and the US, before discussing why sustainability is so important to the hospitality industry and the planet. The presentation will conclude with specific low or no cost ways the hospitality industry and other similar establishments can help protect natural resources while saving money.