Roger Smith prides itself on an ever-evolving allegiance to the environment. Our communal vision for a green, zero-waste hotel is spearheaded by our Director of Sustainability Margaret Lydecker.
To gain a little insight into the mind of this passionate team member, who also founded networking organization Green Drinks NYC, we picked her brain a bit in this quickfire interview.
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As a young child I was always curious and in tune with the natural world.
My most important experience was a 97-day backpacking trip with NOLS [National Outdoor Leadership School] where I learned general mountaineering skills, rock-climbing, caving, living in a desert environment, and winter-camping all while carrying a 70 lb backpack and sleeping under the stars. It changed my life.
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I have since felt a calling to protect beautiful places, educate others, and be an influencer, which always starts at home with my daily actions and choices. If I can’t get it right, I can’t expect others to either.
The second [experience] was a 4,500-mile bike trip across the country, camping the entire time. That also helped inspire my life’s path working in the environmental field.
Snow! Specifically tele-skiing. “Free your heel, free your mind,” as they say.
Connections. The environmental scene in NYC circa 2002 was very fragmented. Green Drinks was created out of a need for networking among people working in architecture, real estate, nonprofits, media, engineering, law, government, art, finance, etc.
We welcome everyone committed to making positive change.
Elon Musk”” a risk taker, incredibly innovative.
We don’t give out gift bags with unnecessary promotional items. We host engaging events and give out incredible raffle prizes like a week at an ecolodge in Costa Rica, a basket of Weleda body products, organic t-shirts, experiences, LED bulbs, reuseable bags, plants, and more. Our name tags are printed on 100% recycled material with eco-friendly inks and a non-toxic adhesive, which is and has been our only waste. We host electronic recycling events, green fashion shows, ocean plastic awareness events, film screenings, and much more.
Running shoes. I’m a natural athlete inside.
Great question. I love sharing information on companies, vendors, and products that I think are doing great work for their employees, community, and the world.
These are in no particular order: Rainforest Alliance, Tri-state Biodiesel, Prairie Organic Vodka, Preserve, Chico Bags, Seventh Generation, Nau, New Belgium Brewing Co, Andeon Collection, Cree LED lights, Under the Canopy, and Patagonia.
We live in an amazing time of transparent-solution-based thinking. We have incredible resources at our fingertips and it’s easier than ever to make smart purchasing choices and be better global citizens.
Cook in. I love to take the time to cook healthy delicious food. It’s very relaxing and rewarding. My latest favorite recipe is a beet hummus.
Shuffle. Variety is the spice of life.
I love technology and its role in helping us better communicate needs and solutions.
Some of my favorite apps include iRecycle by Earth911, GoodGuide, OpenLabel, Humane Eating Project, EWG’s Skin Deep, Dirty Dozen, and when I’m home, Yoga Studio.
I don’t follow football (laughs)
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