Sustainability and Innovation SIG

The SIG Sustainability and Innovations is a platform where members can join forces to devise teaching material, create research connections and collectively brainstorm on the best methods and approaches to re-think and reinvent a hospitality industry which is kind to the environment, healthy to its workers, pleasing to its guests, active in the community, and efficient for the operators and owners.

Our aim is to ensure that sustainability is anchored in the hospitality academic conversation through enhanced cooperation.


Willy Legrand
IU International University of Applied Sciences
[email protected]


Vice Chair
Faranak Memarzadeh
San Jose State University, US
[email protected]


A Letter from the Chair

Dear ICHRIE SIG Sustainability and Innovations colleagues, 

I hope this finds you well.

These are challenging times for the hotel sector trying to navigate the global polycrisis and there is much to talk about ahead of COP27 in Egypt in 10 days from now on climate and COP15 in Montréal later in early December on biodiversity.

One of the very positive development is the official agreement between ICHRIE and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to advance sustainability in the hospitality industry (see PR. Thank you to Ralf and the team at ICHRIE for driving this forward.

I have had the pleasure to work with the Alliance for over 15 years now (at the time when it was still called the International Tourism Partnership – ITP) supporting some of their material including plenty of free of charge material which I can only recommend (see Resources) including an alignment on how to measure carbon using the HCMI. And of course, at the SIG, we welcomed Claire Whitely, Head of Environment at the Alliance this past April for those who remember talking about the Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality. It will be out pleasure to combine forces with the Alliance even more to foster better education and drive the positive transformation.

Along similar line, last week, I had the immense opportunity to present the ICHRIE SIG at the annual EuroCHRIE conference ( in Apeldoorn in The Netherlands and I would like to welcome

  • Prof. H.G. Parsa, University of Denver, USA
  • Malu Boerwinkel, Hotel Management School Maastricht, Netherlands


  • Prof. Lisa Slevitch, Oklahoma State University, USA

to our SIG.

So, looking forward: I would also like to take stock of where we stand on all the major issues from energy crisis to staffing and discuss how we hope to shape the year 2023 with our ICHRIE SIG on Sustainability and Innovation.

Separate to this email, a calendar invitation will follow. Faranak and I are conscious of the challenge to bridge time zones stretching over all continents and will seek a time where a majority can attend. In addition, we will record our SIG meeting for those who cannot attend live.

For now, I would like to point out a set of resources which you can pass on to your students ahead of COP27 in case anyone is interested in a refresher, the UNCC: Learn ( offers the Climate Classroom @COP27 from Smart Agriculture to Technologies for Net Zero and Communicating Climate Science, there’s plenty there to continue the discussion outside class.

Looking forward to meeting again!

By the way, in case you miss it, a panel discussion at the Hospitality Net World Panel on Sustainability in Hospitality that will surely raise the discussion in your class:

Should Individuals have a Personal Carbon Allowance?

Next one is coming soon on Crisis and Risk Management in Hospitality.

Greetings from Germany,



Dear ICHRIE SIG Sustainability and Innovations colleagues, 

Thanks again for a wonderful meeting last Thursday, November 17th.

I know some of you were asking about the slides presented and references for some of the graphs/figures, you will find those on each slides accordingly in the link below. 


With COP27 closed, with a way forward on Loss and Damage (we talked about this last week) and the fact that Nature-based Solutions are finally recognized as key to achieve net zero (also key to low impact hotel development and to hotel actions at destination i.e., mangrove restoration - see Iberostar Hotels), these are some important news. More challenging is our continuing addiction to fossil fuel in society and as an industry overall – in tourism, a strong relationship between affluence and carbon emissions in particular… (see attached slide 5). That will certainly be part of our discussion this coming year.

In other updates, a nice brainstorming of ideas and actions for 2023 including:

  1. SIG Sustainability and Innovation to be active during conferences. Symposium is planned for EuroCHRIE 2023 in Vienna (Willy, Malu and Parsa). Presence at ApacCHRIE (Willy) and ICHRIE (Faranak?).

Topics can range from (examples):

    1. How to introduce sustainability in class?
    2. What is our responsibility as educators?
    3. How to create cross-disciplinary research groups?
    4. How to write case studies on industry and sustainability?
  1. Corporate speakers are always welcome at the SIG, this should continue into the new year
  2. The SIG to consider developing a series of short modules, learning tips, PPTs, and other resources - tying to the 17sdgs and bringing students and colleagues in conversation
  3. IHCRIE is developing Digital Badges – short modules could fit under that concept
  4. The SIG to continue with the ‘research round robin’ and invite the JHTR and JHTC to showcase the possibility for publication
  5. A resource page is under development, for now we stick to the drobox.
  6. ICHRIE actively support with social media, news and graphic design for announcements.

Thank you, Lisa, Malu, Nancy, Faranak and Darla for the suggestions. For anyone else with any additional suggestions - do not hesitate to drop Faranak and I an email.

We’re meeting in early 2023 again – until then, I wish you a wonderful end of the year.

Greetings from Bonn, Germany & San Jose State University 

Willy                    Faranak 

SIG Chair             SIG Vice-Chair 



I am excited to announce the launch of the 4th edition of Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations today! (

Hot off the press!

4th edition of Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations (

Extending over 800 pages and 19 chapters, this edition is perhaps the most comprehensive guidebook to creating a sustainable hospitality operation. Highlights of the new edition are:

  • 111 new case studies and info boxes from a vast variety of hospitality players, featuring day-to-day as well as strategic best practices, calculations, and recommendations
  • Newly designed chapters on Employees; Food Sourcing; F&B Management; Environmental Management Systems and KPIs; ESG, Environmental Accounting and Externalities; Investing and Financing; Stakeholder Relationships; and Challenges of Operating in the Global South
  • Each chapter links to specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and offers multiple in-class activities & projects for lecturers and students

With COP21 and the net zero imperative, 17 SDGs, dwindling global biodiversity levels and advances in ESG reporting, numerous topics are ripe to be explored, explained, and critiqued to stay on top of what matters to future proof the hospitality sector!

For those of you wishing to order a copy, please note that Routledge offers a 20% mid-year-sales discount, at the moment. Once the sale has ended, feel free to make use of our promo discount. CLICK HERE for more information.

Prof. Dr. Willy Legrand

Sustainability and Innovation Resources

SIG Sponsored Webinar, 30 June 2022:

Sustainability on the Ground: Practices, Education & Resources with Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications at RadissonAnne-Kathrin Zschiegner, Technical Assistance Advisor at The Long Run and/or Delphine Malleret King, Chief Executive Office at The Long Run 


Articles & Research:

Sustainability in

The Best Sustainability Resources: Knowledge for Responsible Hoteliers,

Beyond Hospitality: Should Individuals have a Personal Carbon Allowance?,

Drone Food Delivery is Taking Off, a Press Release from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


The Hotel Yearbook: Sustainable Hospitality 2020Available for Free Download

Social Entrepreneurship in Hospitality: Principles and Strategies for Change, 1st edition, 2020 Routledge

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations, 3rd edition, 2017 Routledge

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations, 4th edition, 2022 Routledge


UN World Oceans Day: What are the Oceans Worth? Everything in Hospitality!


World Panel on Sustainability in Hospitality

Hotel Sustainability Basics

Circularity: The sustainable hospitality frontier?

FREE Online Sustainability Courses:

Press Release for The Long Run FREE Online Courses

The Long Run


Circle Economy Presents: The Circularity Gap Report 2021


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