Green Hospitality Educators Workshop

To Register for the Green Hospitality Educator's Workshop,
please visit the 'Event Registration' Page.

We strongly encourage carpooling and public transportation as part of our workshop. For alternative transportation options please visit the 'Event Registration' Page. 

Join us to learn strategies in sustainability utilized by leading Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism businesses. Equip yourself with knowledge and skills that can be incorporated into your students' learning experience.


Topics Include:

  • Ecotourism
  • Hotel and Lodging
  • Sustainable Food Practices
  • ... and so much more!

"Lunch & Learn" - The Green Hospitality Educator's Workshop will be hosting a "Farm-to-Fork" lunch. You'll hear a short presentation on the "Farm-to-Fork" movement and Hilton Concord's direct relationships with local farmers and growers in the Diablo Valley region.

Guest Speakers:

Charise Hale McHugh, ACE, President/CO

Before coming to the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau in 1996, Charise owned an advertising business, Promotions With Pizzazz, in San Francisco. She has been instrumental in increasing the membership from 330 to 700 and tripling its budget. Charise was a founder of the Coastside Shuttle transit system and founded the Half Moon Bay Hotel Business Improvement District (BID) in 2004.


Charise has also founded the first broad-based Ecotourism Program in the state of California on the Half Moon Bay California coast and is spearheading state recognition of ecotourism as a tourism destination. And, currently she is facilitating a non-profit component to the Disaster Preparedness Plan for the Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County coast.


Charise received the William E. Hammond award in 2008 from the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) and currently serves on the W.A.C.E. Board and the W.A.C.E. Foundation Board. She is an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) and a graduate of W.A.C.E. Academy.


To learn more, please visit: Half Moon Bay, Northern California Ecotourism Program

Matt Hohenstreet: Director of Sales & Marketing, Hilton Concord

Recognized industrywide for his achievements in the hospitality industry including winning the 2012 Hotel of the Year awarded by Interstate Hotels & Resorts and the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, Matt Hohenstreet serves as Board Member for Diablo Valley Tourism District, Board Member for the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member for Diablo Valley Community College - in addition to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Concord.


As Board Member of Diablo Valley, Matt oversees all aspects of marketing the valley including branding, advertising, public relations and social media. His main objective is to raise awareness and drive business into the Diablo Valley area.


In his role as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hilton Concord, Matt manages a sales team of ten people in addition to his responsibilities that include branding, marketing, advertising, public relations, revenue oversight, budget & financial oversight, and the day to day operations of a 329 room full-service hotel with over 20,000 sq ft of conference space & the award winning Plate & Vine Restaurant.


Matt is deeply involved in the Concord community and donates his time to the City of Concord Tax Advisory Commission, his Home Owners Association, Mt. Diablo High School, Wellness City Challenge, and Diablo Valley Community College.


He began his career in the Hospitality Industry at the Four Diamond Grove Hotel, one of the finest hotels in Idaho, after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Marketing and then his MBA from the University of Idaho. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a global hotel management company, joining the Hilton Concord in 2010.


When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, riding his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with his partner & Chihuahuas.

To learn about the Hilton Concord's Sustainability Initiatives, please click the image below.  

Richard Young: Director of Education, Food Service Technology Center

Richard is a senior engineer and the Director of Education at the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), a publicly funded research facility that studies and promotes energy and water efficiency in commercial food service.


Trained as an electrical engineer, Richard started his career in alternative energy, changing from energy-generation to energy-efficiency when he joined the FSTC research team twenty five years ago. Richard developed several of the Center’s standard test methods before expanding into green building design as project manager for The Energy Efficient McDonald's (TEEM). He is an active contributor to the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, working with the USGBC to incorporate food service into the LEED criteria. Richard is an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College and he is a member of the College’s Regional Culinary Arts Advisory Board. Richard also sits on the Advisory Council to the National Restaurant Association's Conserve Sustainability Education Program.


Richard currently focuses most of his efforts on technical outreach---translating the FSTC's 26 years of research into practical information. He has over 20 years of experience creating and presenting seminars on energy efficiency and currently delivers about 75 sessions a year. He has authored numerous research reports as well as articles in magazines, newsletters, and on the web and is the primary author of the food service sustainability blog: Sustainability Beyond the Plate.

Special Thanks...

We would like to give special thanks to our Sustainability Fellows, part of the Climate Corps Bay Area, who assisted the RHT team in making this event possible.

Maanya Condamoor:

Environmental Stewardship Fellow, Kaiser Permanente

Nicole Gaetjens:

Green Purchasing Associate, Alameda County General Services Agency

Erica Tan:

Sustainable Transportation Associate, Alameda County General Service Agency

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