Sustainable Hospitality Council

Mission Statement

The Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association’s Sustainable Hospitality Council was created to advance the awareness and adoption of sustainable practices by providing guidance, expertise and resources to Association members.  The Council also works to increase visibility of members' sustainability practices in domestic and international markets to promote the Miami hospitality industry’s image.

WaterSense Hotel Challenge
We are very excited to announce that the GMBHA Sustainable Hospitality Council has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense Hotel Challenge Platform to launch a local initiative for hoteliers, the GMBHA Water Pledge. This initiative aims to reduce water consumption resulting by saving water for future generations and reducing hotel’s utility bill costs. Participating hotel will take a pledge to “ACT”: Assess water use and savings opportunities, Change water-wasting products or processes, and Track water-saving progress and achievements. For more information, please click here.

Council Members

Nancy Scanlon: Council ChairPhD CHE, Associate Professor; School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, FIU

Peggy Benua: Council Co-Chair, General Manager; Dream South Beach

Susie Ane-Vega: Major Account Exec; Waste Management, Inc of Florida

Jason Hagopian: AIA, LEED AP, Principal; TSAO Design Group 

Michael Hooper: General Manager, Hilton Miami Airport

Wendy Kallergis: President & CEO; Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association

Brian Lomel: PE, LEED-AP, CxA, Principal, Sustainability Consultant; TLC Engineering for Architecture

Tanja Morariu: Director of Brand Development; The Palms Hotel & Spa, Circa 39 Hotel 

Cheryl Jacobs: Executive Vice President; AIA Miami

Diana Catalina Beltran Gonzalez: Manager, Learning & Delivery, School of Hospitality Operations (SoHO), Global Learning & Development; Wyndham Hotel Group 

Madeleine Paredes: AVP, Marketing & Creative Services; GMCVB

Anne Posschelle: Sr. Sales Manager; Delmay and Partners

Tony Brown: Director of Engineering, CHFE; InterContinental Miami 

Pred Vaskrsich: President & Chief Eng. Officer, Facilities Intel LLC

Elizabeth Wheaton: Environment & Sustainability Director; City of Miami Beach



American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)

Our national partner, the AHLA, has generated a minimum set of guidelines for going Green. To learn more, please visit the AHLA website.