The Giving Bag, a concept to save hotels money
on lost and left behind items, is the winning concept in the third
annual Cornell student sustainability competition, sponsored by
Schneider Electric, a partner of the Cornell Center for
The competition is conducted in
conjunction with the annual Sustainability Roundtable at the
Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA).
The roundtable brought nearly three dozen
international hotel practitioners and researchers to the school to
discuss current sustainability trends and strategies.
Creators of The Giving Bag, Lilia Karimi (15)
and Quinn Cox (15), both students at SHA, won the first-place prize
of $2,000, thanks to Schneider's sponsorship.
They sought to solve
an expensive problem for hotels, what to do with lost and
left-behind items. Their research determined that about 20%
of the items left in guest rooms are intentionally left behind. By
providing a bag for guests to stash these items, hotels could
easily donate them to charity.
"Each year, these student
concepts become more comprehensive," said R. Sean O'Kane,
director, hotel strategic alliances and thought leadership for
Schneider Electric. "I can see any of these concepts being
developed for implementation."
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