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Mr. Lunn

Walker Lunn

Founder, EnviRelation, LLC

Walker T. Lunn is the founding Member and Manager of EnviRelation, LLC. EnviRelation is the mid-Atlantic's leading provider of food composting services. EnviRelation helps hotels and restaurants save money on waste disposal by offering affordable, environmentally friendly food composting services. This sustainable alternative to waste management has been widely adopted in the areas serviced by EnviRelation.

Mr. Lunn also established composting collection operations in Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, GA, where EnviRelation was a key player in creating Atlanta's "Downtown Zero-Waste Zone" in partnership with the Green Foodservice Alliance.

Today, EnviRelation's portfolio of services include emissions quantification, sustainability reporting, food composting and waste vegetable oil collection for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Mr. Lunn graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and has over 10 years of experience in environmental sustainability within the hospitality industry. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and Conservation International. He is active with Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research and is a co-founded the annual Sustainability Roundtable sponsored by the center in 2009. He co-authored the Willard InterContinental's Annual Sustainability Report.

Over the past four years, EnviRelation, LLC has worked with the Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotel groups, Sodexo, University of Maryland, Alexandria City Public School district, area hospitals, and many more customers in an effort to help the hospitality industry reduce its carbon footprint and maintain affordable, sustainable practices throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Lunn frequently speaks on topics pertaining to sustainability, hospitality, composting, and entrepreneurship. As a former president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society, Mr. Lunn has led the chapter in developing fundraisers to finance scholarships to the Hotel School for local students. He has been a member of Cayuga Hospitality Advisors and to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Mr. Lunn lives in Washington, DC with his wife. He is passionate about travel and the outdoors, and is working toward a career to facilitate conservation of the natural environment.

Mr. Lunn can be contacted at 202-465-4802 or info@envirelation.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.