September 20, 2023
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
September 20, 2023
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Leading the Way: Regenerative Destinations and Policy Frameworks
Discover leading regenerative destinations that prioritize the well-being of natural and cultural resources. This panel showcases successful initiatives such as reforestation, conservation, and sustainable agriculture, with a focus on renewable energy sources. Learn about the benefits of these practices for the environment, local communities, and visitors.
How Startups and Tech Innovations are Revolutionizing Climate and Travel
Discover how startups and tech innovations are transforming the travel industry in the fight against climate change. This panel highlights sustainable tourism practices and solutions developed by startups and tech companies to address the environmental impact of travel, such as reducing emissions. Hear leading examples of tech innovations and explore the challenges and opportunities of integrating these solutions on a larger scale.
Building Regenerative Travelers: The Importance of Engaging with Local Communities
Regenerative tourism advocates argue that involving local communities in deciding what makes a place better is crucial. It the responsibility of travel operators to contribute more to the environment and local communities than they extract from them. How can travelers and the industry alike contribute to the restoration and regeneration of natural and cultural resources, as well as creating economic opportunities for local communities?
Decarbonization in Travel: The Road to Net-Zero
As travel contributes to roughly 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, changes in purchasing behaviors and travel patterns, such as providing travelers with carbon footprint information at the point of booking and reducing the environmental impact of long-distance trips, will be key to achieving decarbonization. We will explore how to reduce carbon emissions in the travel industry through strategies, technologies, and initiatives that travel companies can adopt to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their net-zero goals.
The Power of Measuring and Benchmarking:
Defining Regenerative Impact
This panel will focus on measuring and benchmarking sustainability practices in the hotel industry. It helps hotels understand their environmental impact, set goals, and track progress, enhancing their reputation and competitiveness. Through measuring and benchmarking sustainability we can drive innovation, collaboration, and progress towards a more regenerative future.
From Farm to Table: The Future of Food Systems and Regenerative Agriculture
This panel explores the connection between regenerative agriculture, food systems, and the hotel industry. Regenerative agriculture practices prioritize soil, water, and biodiversity restoration, leading to healthier food systems and environments. Learn how hotels can incorporate regenerative agriculture into their food sourcing and menu offerings, creating unique guest experiences while enhancing sustainability efforts.
Katie Hoffman is a financial innovator, investor, and entrepreneur. Katie has over a decade of experience building and advising companies that drive measurable environmental impact in public and private markets. She has shaped policy and practice around Environmental, Social and Governance standards for individual, family and institutional investors, including the California public funds and members of the $40.4T+ AUM Divest–Invest initiative, which she helped lead.
Bill is a global sustainability and regeneration advocate/practitioner. He leads Re-source Group and Regenesis, which combine green/regenerative practices and education. Regenesis unites ecological design, permaculture, biophilia, integrative design, and organizational psychology into a whole system meta-discipline. Reed manages complex teams to integrate building and community planning with living systems.
Jeremy is an AOSIS Fellow and advisor on climate change and ocean issues for the Seychelles Permeant Mission to the United Nations. In his current role he focuses on advancing the needs of Small Island Developing State / Big Ocean States in international environmental law with specific work being carried out on the high seas treaty, climate change and treaty on plastic pollution.
Jake is a sustainability innovator, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker with sixteen years of experience as VP of Grupo Puntacana Foundation in the Dominican Republic. He’s launched numerous groundbreaking initiatives in tourism sustainability, including the country’s first Zero Waste project and one of the most expansive coral reef restoration initiatives in the Caribbean.
Kristy, aka “Browngirl Green”, is an environmental educator, media producer, and consultant, focused on the intersection of media, diversity, and environmentalism. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, she has educated global audiences on modern-day environmental issues. Kristy is also Co-Founder of the Green Jobs Board, a climate tech start-up promoting equity and inclusion in the green economy.
As Founder of Phocus Creative, Brittany is a climate storyteller with a passion for the intersection of sustainability, food and travel. She has 10+ years of expertise in experiential marketing, brand strategy, social media content as well as cultivating strategic corporate partnerships and sponsorships in the climate sector including working with small to large NGO’s and official United Nations and government agencies.
Renee is an experienced attorney and owner of Tranquilo Bay in Panama. Renee serves as a volunteer board member for local tourism chambers, sustainability organizations, and a hotel advisory board. Renee is dedicated to supporting people and places to flourish, currently through her work at a lodge, community volunteerism, mentorship, and education in Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Anthony is NYLPI’s Director of Environmental Justice, guiding and coordinating the organization’s EJ strategy, litigation, organizing, and advocacy initiatives. He was the Policy Coordinator and Green New Deal Policy Lead at Climate Justice Alliance and has advised various candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Ewald Biemans, an Austrian-born hotelier with 30+ years in hospitality, follows the CarbonNeutral Protocol to achieve carbon neutrality. The hotel conducted a gap analysis, leading to reduced CO2 emissions through the largest solar panel project on Aruba, efficient stove tops, procurement bundling, and improved waste diversion.
Amanda Ho, Co-Founder & CEO of Regenerative Travel
Panel Discussions & Screenings
We will host engaging and informative panel discussions and screenings in the Main Hall and Cinema Room that explore key themes driving regenerative models in tourism. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of perspectives and gain insights into the latest trends and best practices in regenerative travel.
Presentations & Keynote
Join us for an informative keynote and presentations on the latest trends and insights in regenerative tourism. Our expert speakers will discuss the principles of regenerative agriculture and how they can be applied to hospitality businesses. You’ll learn about sustainable practices that can help reduce your carbon footprint, promote biodiversity, and support local communities.
Impact Awards 2023
Join us at the Regenerative Travel Summit for the exciting announcement of the Impact Award 2023 winners. These awards recognize outstanding individuals and projects that exemplify the regenerative spirit and create a positive impact on our communities and the world.
Our invite only Industry Reception at the Regenerative Travel Summit will be an exclusive networking event that brings together the most influential and innovative leaders in the travel industry. This reception provides a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with like-minded individuals and build valuable relationships.
The Wythe Hotel, a converted textile factory from the early 20th century, is a pillar of sustainable and community-minded practices in the Williamsburg neighborhood. As the first New York hotel of the Regenerative Travel community, Wythe Hotel sets an exemplary standard for sustainable and regenerative tourism practices in an urban environment. The hotel’s unwavering commitment to environmentally responsible and community-minded practices is evidenced through its efforts towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are collecting donations to contribute towards EQTR, a non-profit organization formed to create pathways to entrepreneurship and leadership in the luxury travel industry for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ college-age talent. We are committed to achieving equity in representation from BIPOC and marginalized communities within the luxury travel space, ensuring that the future of the industry reflects the culturally-rich and diverse world our industry serves to connect.