According to a recent ULI sustainability in hotels report, titled: Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality, as sustainability in hotels demonstrates, embracing resource-efficient and resilient development practices is good for business as well as communities. According to W. Edward Walter, sustainable design is what the market wants—younger and older generations place a high priority on green and sustainable development in how and where they live, work, and play. “It’s also what cities want and need, as they seek to become more resilient, competitive, and livable.”

The report pointed out that “Opportunities exist for any hotel to improve efficiency and sustainability while also achieving significant financial benefits—and this report lays out some ways to do it, including in-room lighting and HVAC retrofits, renewable energy installations, replacement of water fixtures, and on-site composting.”

The report also noted that the hotel industry faces a number of unique challenges in executing on sustainability improvements, including a lack of utility data, complicated ownership models and structures, and concerns about improvements disrupting the guest experience.

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.

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