September 2020                                                                             


New SENFC Partners


New SENFC Members

Mary Fleming, Challenges, Inc.

Tom Harman, Laser Production Network

Dr. SoYoung Park, Florida Atlantic Univ

Dr. Peter Ricci, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. James (JB) Ward, Florida Atlantic Univ

Tom White, Skal Orlando

Dr. Ye Zhang, Florida Atlantic University


New SENFC Corporate Members

Meet Dina Belon

 SENFC Founding Board Member

A multidisciplinary built environment and sustainability expert in the hospitality industry, Dina Belon has carved a niche for herself in real estate asset management where she has been making waves for more than 20 years. As a development project manager at Marriott, Belon built projects. As vice president of product enhancement at Wyndham, she renovated resorts. As a sustainability director at The Peabody Hotel Group, she made them smarter. Now as the Director, Real Estate Assets at Pineapple Hospitality Company she has brought all her experience together to plan and manage the company's commercial office and hotel portfolio.  Belon's personal mission is to radically reorient the hospitality industry to the business value of the triple bottom line; People, Planet, and Prosperity. 

Dina brings years of Sustainability Management experience for the benefit of our membership.

SENFC Presents 2 Virtual Workshops

Creating Sustainable Festivals

September 24,2020 - 4pm


Steven Pollock, CMP, Founding Past President of SENFC and Manager, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe


Dr. Dan Cormany, Assistant Professor, FIU, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Vivian Belzaguy, Founder of Ascendance Sustainable Events and former Director of Sustainability for Ultra Music Festivals

Recycling  & Repurposing

November 18, 2020 - 4pm


Sue Flak, SENFC Board Member and Indian River County Recycling Education and Marketing Coordinator


Kendra Cope - Founding Director, Coastal Connections Inc.

Tom Molenda - Director of Hotel Operations, Ellicott Hotels

Chris Perry - Florida Department of Environmental Protection

September is Hunger Action Month™ – HAM.

Hunger Action Month is a multi-faceted effort to mobilize the public to end hunger in our community. The feeling of running on empty is a reality for 42 million Americans.  Without that fuel and nutrition, people — kids especially — don’t have the energy to focus, learn, grow, and ultimately, succeed. We need to make sure that no child, adult or senior ever runs on empty, and this September, we’re asking everyone to come together for Hunger Action Month to help end hunger.

There are so many ways to give … your passion, your time, your talent, your funds. Make an impact – and not just in September.  For more information on opportunities in Florida,  go to Feeding Florida

About a SENFC Partner - United Against Poverty

United Against Poverty is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with campuses in Indian River County, Orlando, and St. Lucie County Florida. Our mission is to serve those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers.  UP collaborates with Community Partners to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

Saint Lucia’s Bay Gardens Resorts Hotel Collection Keeps Getting Greener

Bay Gardens, Saint Lucia’s largest locally-owned and operated resort group, has again received Green Globe Gold certification, awarded to members who have been certified for five years in a row.  “We at Bay Gardens Resorts are well aware of the connections between environmental stewardship, climate consciousness, and proactivity for the health and welfare of our staff, our guests and our local community,” said Sanovnik Destang, executive director of the resort group.

He said the company’s “holistic” approach was especially vital amid the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s most encouraging to be recognized so positively by Green Globe because such coordination requires a lot of focused training and nimble management from our teams,” Destang said.

Bay Gardens’ green efforts range from the phasing-out of plastics to the use of LED lighting across its properties to innovations like GEM Link occupancy sensors in its guest rooms. 

 “We are very impressed that this small and vibrant business group continues to prioritize the safeguarding of the local environment and demonstrates an exemplary commitment to supporting the people of St. Lucia,” said Guido Bauer, CEO of Green Globe. 

Intelligently Eco-Friendly, from Start to Finish 

In an effort to reduce waste and reliance on plastic, the Visit St Pete/Clearwater CVB has added Ragbags, which are biodegradable, washable and reusable, as an alternative for use at trade shows. Ragbags, made in the USA, are plant-based and are the only tote bags that can be repurposed as an actual rag. 

Some Hotels Stay Focused on Sustainability Despite Pandemic

As seen in HotelNewsNow

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to new social-distancing measures and disinfecting tactics that have changed how food and other hotel amenities are served, but for the most part, the pandemic hasn’t led hotels to bring back less sustainable items, such as single-use plastics.

In fact, it’s led to more sustainable initiatives for some companies. Properties at Costa Rica-based Cayuga Collection no longer print menus, guest books or any other in-room printed materials and are now using QR codes, said Hans Pfister, co-owner and president of the Cayuga Collection. Read more…

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