As the world's top-ranked hospitality university, EHL has the capacity to study, monitor, and benchmark the main innovations and development trends in the field of Sustainable Hospitality. Through this commitment, EHL will fully and systematically integrate the concept of Sustainable Hospitality at all levels of educational programming: from the preparatory first year, through undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs.
Moreover, sustainable hospitality will become an integral part of the academic research program within the institution. EHL will start a cycle of international high level conferences. World class speakers will attract the highest level of participation from the hospitality industry in order to develop an efficient international economic forum dedicated to developing a global dialogue on this subject.
EHL will develop a campus that successfully integrates innovations in technical expertise, service delivery, and advances in logistics. The incorporation of advantages in these topics will be a continuous process that will be used as applied examples for the hospitality industry in order to test, verify, and teach the most interesting new technologies and best practices in the field of Sustainable Development in relation to the hospitality industry.
A strong emphasis will be put on the practical aspect of applying the conclusions that are drawn from the experience and research that will accompany this new educational program. The practical application will be done on EHL's campus and promoted in EHL's network of certified schools in South Korea, China, India, Thailand, Dubai, Lebanon, Brazil, and Mexico.
It will be critical to track the latest industry trends and establish an appropriate set of goals for an effective and progressive transition towards sustainable practices. In addition, collaboration with partners that have the capacity to test and implement new ideas will be critical in order to verify what works well and what does not.
The action plan will be implemented as a strategic project that will unfold in two phases over three years.
The first phase will begin in September 2013. Through a review of existing literature on sustainability in the hospitality industry and deep interaction with EHL's alumni network through interviews, workshops and informal meetings, EHL will develop and publish a synopsis of the main developments in Sustainable Hospitality. This report will be a central input for the first World Economic Hospitality Forum which will be held in Fall 2014 at EHL and organized by the Association of Swiss Hoteliers and EHL.
The second phase will start in September 2014. The second phase will include improvements to the Sustainable Development curriculum within EHL's academic program. A number of subtopics will be improved within the syllabus, including: construction standards; energy efficiency; renewable energies; water management; sustainable lighting; maintenance and house-keeping; laundry; kitchen hygiene and food preparation; waste management; mobility; staff training; and responsible tourism. The instruction of this program will take place both in the class room and through practical training. Post-graduate seminars are also being considered as a means of ensuring that EHL's alumni network has access to the latest thinking around sustainability.
The long-term goal of EHL is to build an experimental hotel on the EHL campus where new technologies and best practices can be tested and implemented. As part of this same vision, EHL plans to develop an incubator for new technologies and ventures in the services field. Hence, other initiatives could follow through further engagement within the CGI platform - such as mobilizing EHL's extensive Alumni network or by participating in the development of global industry standards with the help of sustainability experts within CGI's network. For now, these initiatives will not be included in this specific commitment.