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Sustainability Analyst

posted November 27, 2017

Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM)
Philadelphia, PA
536642 l

About This Job

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) – Analyst, Sustainability


Hersha Hospitality Trust is a $2.5 billion publicly traded (NYSE: HT) real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates 51 high quality upscale to luxury hotels in urban gateway markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.


Analysts with Hersha are exposed to many facets of the hospitality industry and work closely with all members of the team, including Hersha’s senior leaders. This combined with Hersha’s entrepreneurial environment make this position a truly unique professional opportunity. Analysts will take ownership of projects starting day one and will be active members of the team.


This position will be located in the company’s Philadelphia office, and will report to the Director of Sustainability.





Hersha has developed and implemented a unique program dedicated to Sustainable Hospitality. That initiative, EarthView®, is supported by Hersha’s CEO, President, and CFO and is quickly becoming the industry standard for fully integrated environmental and community policies that make sustainable hospitality a genuine reality. EarthView delivers environmental and conservation programs that positively impact a hotel operation's bottom line while simultaneously improving the well‐being of our guests, our employees, our communities, and our planet.

Environmental Impact: In 2016, initiatives implemented through EarthView reduced our portfolio’s energy consumption by 19%, water consumption by 9%, and waste sent to landfill by 45% per occupied room versus our baseline year of 2010.


Financial Impact: Since the inception of the program, EarthView has saved $6.8 million from initiatives implemented across the portfolio and has created $50 million in value for the company over the past year. The EarthView program was awarded NAREIT’s prestigious Leader in the Light award, placing Hersha first amongst Lodging & Resort companies in four of the last five years for superior portfolio‐wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives.


Social Impact: Additionally, over the past year, Hersha associates volunteered 4,700 hours to our local communities, provided 76,000 new bars of soap to families in developing nations, and clean water to 1,300 people in water‐scarce areas around the world.


Hersha’s 2016 EarthView Sustainability Report:



Essential Job Functions:

  • Program Implementation
    • Support the ongoing implementation of sustainable initiatives across our portfolio of hotels. Current projects include the implementation of LED lighting, guestroom energy management systems, and sustainable amenities.
    • Analyze new product offerings and develop innovative methods to encourage guests to be eco‐friendly during their stay.
  • Finance
    • Develop financial models to quantify the return on investment of sustainability initiatives, both individually and collectively.
    • Track the impact of initiatives throughout their lifespan.
  • Communication
    • Lead efforts to communicate key sustainability metrics both internally and externally via EarthView’s annual sustainability report, social media platforms, website, and other communication channels to engage employees, guests, and other external stakeholders.
    • Assist in compiling information for EarthView’s annual report and global sustainability benchmarks.
  • Research
    • Research state and federal green hospitality programs, government regulations, sustainability certifications, and awards to understand their impact on Hersha’s hotels and EarthView program.
    • Identify emerging trends, developments, and financial incentives in our core markets.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, business, engineering, or a related field.
  • Background in and/or passion for the cross‐section of Sustainability and Hospitality.
  • Strong Excel‐based financial modeling and quantitative skills.
  • Possess solid presentation and power point skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • Comfortable working on cross‐functional teams throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to perform extremely well when faced with managing multiple priorities under time constraints.
  • A long‐term focus on developing a career in the hospitality industry and/or real estate within a fast growing and entrepreneurial company.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States.



About This Employer

Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM)

510 Walnut Street 9th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Telephone (215) 238-1046

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HHM, also known as Hersha Hospitality Management, is an industry-leading hotel management, investment and development firm. HHM provides turn-key management, asset management or receivership solutions for 106 hotels in 19 states, including more than 20 full service hotels and 24 independents.

Join the Legacy of Happiness

It is no coincidence that Hersha means “happy” in ancient Sanskrit. HHM’s rapid growth, focus on associate development and its commitment to serve guests, our associates and the local communities we work in, can make any hospitality career seeker happy.

The Legacy of HHM Happiness

The legacy of happiness symbolizes how HHM was built, namely on a strong foundation of core values: honesty, communication, community, personal growth and achievement. These values combined with a passion to serve others and a respect for every associate’s unique and valuable contributions is what makes us so successful. If you share our values and passion, HHM may be the place for you.


As HHM continues to stretch its properties across the country, we know our success is achieved through the collective and individual contributions of all associates. They are the heart and soul of our business and our ultimate goal is to maintain a culture of happiness in which our values are embedded and career development is encouraged. 


Personal success is individually defined by each associate. HHM supports an individual’s desire to stretch professionally. We provide opportunities across various hotel brands, locations and job functions. As we grow, you grow.

At HHM, we are proud to employ some of the best in the industry.