Mr. Ricaurte

Eric Ricaurte

Principal

Greenview

Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric Ricaurte engages the industry to advance sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects.

Mr. Ricaurte's recent industry work includes authoring the Cornell study “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure” and serving as technical consultant for Phase 1 of the Carbon Measurement Working Group, a joint initiative of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council to standardize carbon metrics across the industry. His chapter, “A Guide to Measuring Sustainability” is included in the AHLA Educational Institute textbook Hotel Sustainable Development: Best Practices and Principles.

Mr. Ricaurte began his career managing a rainforest lodge and tour operation in Costa Rica and winning a student research finalist award in 2001 for his paper titled “Carbon Sequestration, Credit Trading and Offsetting, and their Relation to Travel and Tourism.” Since then he has consulted globally for hotel properties; hotel companies; hospitality vendors; tourism operators, attractions and complexes; tourism boards and tourism clusters. His consulting firm, Greenview, provides services top global lodging companies and lodging REITs for their sustainability reporting, and collaborates with partner firm LEGACY Sustainability Management to help large association events measure, report, and improve their triple bottom line performance.

Mr. Ricaurte earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Master of Science degree in Travel and Tourism Management from New York University. He is currently a research associate at the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research.

Mr. Ricaurte can be contacted at 202-470-1094 or eric@greenviewsustainability.com

Coming Up In The May Online Hotel Business Review




Feature Focus
Eco-Friendly Practices: The Value of Sustainability
The hotel industry continues to make remarkable progress in implementing sustainability policies and procedures in their properties throughout the world. As a result, they continue to reap the benefits of increased profitability, enhanced guest experiences, and improved community relations. In addition, as industry standards are codified and adopted worldwide, hotels can now compare how their operations measure up against their competitors in terms of sustainable practices and accomplishments. This capacity to publicly compare and contrast is spurring competition and driving innovation as hotels do not wish to be left behind in this area. Water management and conservation is still a primary issue as population growth, urbanization, pollution and wasteful consumption patterns place increasing demands on freshwater supply. Water recycling; installing low-flow fixtures; using digital sensors to control water usage; and even harvesting rainwater are just a few things that some hotels are doing to preserve this precious resource. Waste management is another major concern. Through policies of reduce, reuse and recycle, some hotels are implementing “zero-waste” programs with the goal of substantially reducing their landfill waste which produces carbon dioxide and methane gases. Other hotels have established comprehensive training programs that reinforce the value of sustainability. There is employee engagement through posters and quizzes, and even contests are held to increase innovation, sensitivity and environmental awareness. Some hotels are also monitoring a guest’s energy usage and rewarding those who consumed less energy with gifts and incentives. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating eco-friendly practices into their operations and how they and the environment are benefiting from them.