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Going Green Adds To Hotel’s Green, CEO Says

By Christopher Huff
The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Hema Patel, CEO of Orangeburg-based Courtesy Management Inc. says going “green” can boost the morale of hotel guests and employees. The use of solar panels, reflective roofing and tankless water heaters are just a few of the more eco-friendly options on the market.

The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C.

A local hotelier says going “green” with your business is not only good for the environment, it can save you money.

Hema Patel, CEO of Orangeburg-based Courtesy Management Inc., gave a presentation about her “green hotel” — Holiday Inn and Suites Columbia-Airport — at a luncheon Wednesday at Claflin University. Courtesy Management Inc. is a hospitality company that manages and develops hotels in South Carolina.

The luncheon was part of Claflin’s International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Entrepreneurship, held April 11-13 in Ministers’ Hall. The conference was a joint venture between Claflin and the University of Calcutta, one of India’s oldest research universities. The theme was “Women Eco-Entrepreneurs Across the World.”

“Why would you want to go ‘green?'” she said. “For me, the operational cost is reduced. Utility bills are lower. We use less water.”

The use of solar panels, tankless water heaters, reflective roofing and more are eco-friendly and lower costs.

Going “green” also can boost the morale of hotel guests and employees, she said.

And the hotel has a reduced carbon footprint compared to non-sustainable hotels, she said.

Years ago, “I had no idea what sustainability was,” she said. “What happened was my daughter was in architecture school and she came home one day talking about facing a building in a certain direction so that the sun can do the heating and talking about … the roof, the cisterns, all this kind of stuff.”

“She said, ‘Mom, you should make your hotels sustainable,'” she said. She listened to her daughter but didn’t pay much attention to the ideas presented at first.

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