Warren Wilson College News

CEO of LEED Platinum hotel in Greensboro to speak at WWC Sept. 25

By: Ben Anderson

Dennis Quaintance, CEO of Greensboro’s Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, will speak Sept. 25 to kick off the 2009-10 Sustainable Community Seminar Series of Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center and its Mountain Green program. His presentation, part of an “Introduction to Sustainability” with ELC executive director Margo Flood from 3-5 p.m. in Canon Lounge, will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a campus Green Walkabout telling the story of sustainability at Warren Wilson.

Quaintance-Weaver owns and operates several properties in Greensboro include Proximity Hotel and adjacent Print Works Bistro, the first facilities in the hospitality industry to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The hotel, which opened in 2007, uses about 41 percent less energy and 33 percent less water than a conventional structure of its size – without compromising comfort or luxury for that matter.

“I’ve come to believe that it is an urban legend that employing sustainable practices with new construction is too expensive,” Quaintance is quoted on the Proximity website. “We are very happy with the results, including the costs and returns, of everything that we did.”

The seminar in Canon Lounge and the Green Walkabout are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to attend either or both events. Contact Phillip Gibson, ELC research and community outreach director, at 828-771-3781 or pgibson@warren-wilson.edu. Or go here and click on “Schedule” at the top.

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