Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Debi Kinney: ‘ROC’ star in Las Vegas

Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org) will soon open a soap recycling facility in Las Vegas, and the hospitality industry may never look at those little soaps and shampoos the same way again.

Debi Kinney, a former convention services manager at Caesar’s Entertainment with strong ties to the hospitality industry, was hired as western regional director at the Clean the World recycling operations center (ROC) in Las Vegas. She also serves as president of the Green Meeting Industry Council Las Vegas Chapter in Formation.

Kinney’s presence in Las Vegas, and her experience and contacts within the hospitality industry there, are sure to make Clean the World a center of attention for casino and resorts hotels with an eye toward sustainability issues.

“Debi is a rock star in Las Vegas,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director at Clean the World. “Her experience and expertise will help us attract new hotel partners, bring dynamic energy to our meeting planner program and really put us in a remarkable position for growth and success in Las Vegas.”

Establishing a foothold in Las Vegas provides strategic benefit to Clean the World as it improves logistics for moving hotel soaps from the Western regions of the United States into the recycling process and onward toward distribution in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, missions, orphanages and medical centers in the United States and around the world.

The establishment of a recycling operations center in Las Vegas is made possible, in part, by a $100,000 grant presented to Clean the World by The Harrah’s Foundation (now Caesar’s Foundation) in 2010. Clean the World counts all Caesar’s Entertainment properties among its growing family of Las Vegas-area hotel partners, which also includes select Mandarin Oriental and Ameristar Casinos.

“Guests come to Las Vegas to be entertained and have fun. While they’re doing that, their guest-room amenities are helping to prevent the spread of disease and save lives all around the world,” says Kinney. “Creating a cleaner world is something Las Vegas visitors and our hotel partners can take pride in, and it’s a tremendous honor and opportunity to work with Clean the World to help create a more sustainable future that begins in each guest room and impacts the whole world.”

Las Vegas represents the second major recycling operations center for Clean the World in the United States (Orlando, where Clean the World is headquartered, is the other). Additional recycling operations centers have been established in Vancouver and Toronto (Canada) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

“With our headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and with this new facility opening in Las Vegas, Clean the World will have a tremendous presence in the top two vacation destinations in the United States,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder at Clean the World. “Expect new signings to come in Las Vegas. We’re just getting started!”

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