Greentrepreneur: The Hotel Modern

The-Hotel-ModernThe Hotel Modern New Orleans welcomes you. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with complimentary drinks in our lobby and escorted to your room just as if you were staying at a close friend’s guesthouse – there is no front desk or lengthy check in process. Our 135 comfortable rooms were designed in-house with a modern eclectic aesthetic that mirrors New Orleans’ juxtaposition of Old World charm with New World diversity. Each of our rooms feature a spacious layout to meet the needs of our busy and well-traveled guests, hand-picked modern yet comfortable furniture, a selection from our private antique collection, and curated books in every room.
As a representative of hospitality in New Orleans, our responsibility is to involve our visitors and guests in efforts to maintain New Orleans as a sustainable community through the participation in in-house programs and other city-wide activities.

1. What are some of your proudest moments as GM of Hotel Modern?

The decision to seek guidance on waste management and introduce a recycling program to 
the hotel has been one of the most rewarding tasks in 2013. The hotel is currently recycling
approximately 60% of its waste that comes in the form of paper, cardboard, aluminum and glass.

2. How does Hotel Modern go about improving your social and environmental impacts?

From the many design elements, curated books, locally sourced ingredients for the restaurant 
and bars, to offering bicycles to hotel guests, we maintain a high level of awareness of the impact our guests and employees contribute on a daily basis. We encourage guests to participate in our “Green Guest Program” and incentivize their efforts while visiting New Orleans.

3. What partnerships have you formed in order to leverage sustainable impact as a company?

Tivoli & Lee uses locally sourced ingredients supporting over 7 local farms located within 200 
miles radius of New Orleans. River Parish and Phoenix Recycling have been instrumental in the 
implementation of the recycling program, staff training and awareness. Aquamenities introduced shampoo and bath gel pumps in our hotel rooms eliminating the small bathroom amenity bottles commonly found in hotels. As we continue enhancing our environmentally friendly practices, new partners will be added to the list.

4. If you had a magic wand to change one thing that would make it easier for your company or
other New Orleans businesses to go green, what would that thing be?

The cost to become a “Green” business in New Orleans is very high. I will encourage other local businesses to find opportunities to incentive sustainable practices and offer competitive pricing and/or discount programs.

5. What advice would you give to other businesses who are trying to improve their internal 
practices to benefit their city and state?

LifeCity’s assessment has been educational and informative, it has open the doors to many other local business whose interest to be “green” matches our goal. We would encourage others to go through the process, learn more about LifeCity, participate in the network and support the work that many of us do.

6. Anything else you would like to tell our community of Green Card members and Green
Businesses such as upcoming events or promotions they should look out for?

The Hotel Modern offers a 15% room discount to all Life City members and automatically enrolls each guest in our Green Guest program granting $10 credit towards the restaurant and bar. Tivoli & Lee and Bellocq offer all patrons a 10% discount on parties up to 4 people.
New Orleans Magazine and The Hotel Modern invite you to be a Hobnobber. Special cocktail offers, beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres by Tivoli & Lee, music in the courtyard and more… Thursday, June 26th 5:30pm to 8pm. RSVP at Chef Marcus Woodham and our partners at Artisan Wines, introduce Corsair Distillery to our monthly Whiskey Dinner Series. This month’s menu features light, cool and refreshing ingredients from Monica’s Okra World and Good Food Farms that complement the hot and steamy summer days in New Orleans. Thursday, June 19th. Reservations available from 6pm to 10pm. $65 per person for a 4-course Whiskey paired dinner.