Stephanie Miller, sustainability concierge, will guide hotel guests to their most sustainable visits

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of the District of Columbia’s largest LEED Silver-certified hotels, and true to its green nature, it has rolled out a new sustainability program, right in time for its 10th anniversary. The program is headed by Stephanie Miller, a local expert on zero waste. Miller is the founder of Zero Waste in DC and author of “Zero Waste Living, the 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide to a Lighter Footprint,” as well as the former director of Climate Business at the World Bank Group.

The sustainability program is designed to assist guests and meeting planners in developing a deeper understanding of their carbon footprint while traveling. As the property’s sustainability concierge, Miller will provide tips on how these visitors can adopt sustainable practices, as well as answer questions about how to get around the property and surrounding neighborhoods in sustainable ways.

Get to Know Stephanie Miller

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Stephanie Miller, sustainability concierge at Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

Miller worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for 25 years, leading teams in discovering innovative solutions to climate change. In 2011, she began working as director of Climate Business, where she led a growth strategy that increased climate-related business by 50% over the course of three years, and mobilized a team with which she developed the EDGE green buildings brand and platform, now a $5 billion IFC business.

She continued her career engaging in climate advocacy as IFC’s director of Western Europe from 2015-2019, working with European partners to implement renewable energy and energy-efficiency initiatives. She has served as an ardent steward of climate-positive business. Delivering keynote presentations for multiple global events and authoring a white paper, “Tackling Global Warming by Creating markets for Climate Business,” are just a few of her accomplishments.

Assessing Individual Impact

While she has made major impacts on a large scale, Miller is deeply interested in the sustainable impact individuals could make through practical action. With this in mind, she embarked on an experiment to discover if she could live a zero-waste lifestyle, conducting research and advising others throughout.

It was through this process that she developed her 80/20 solution to individual climate impact, that is, “focusing on the things (20%) that can make the biggest (80%) difference,” as she writes on her website.

With her expertise in climate impact on both the individual and business side, personal experience with sustainable living and deep connection to the area as a D.C. local, Miller is now in a position to help leisure and business guests alike achieve their greenest goals and provide them with the necessary education and resources to operate more sustainably wherever they may go.

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