The best part of my job is meeting and interviewing awesome people who lead inspiring lives. And because I write for Meetings: Minnesota's Hospitality Journal, that means those people are local folks just like you and me.
This once again became the case when I sat down with Garth Peterson at the Hilton Minneapolis back in January to learn more about his work with the Global Soap Project (GSP). I learned how Peterson discovered GSP. I learned why he decided to use his own time and his own money to collect, store and deliver hotel soap to GSP. I learned how he's working toward streamlining his process and making it so much better.
I also learned via GSP that 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year by handwashing with soap; that 7 million children have died due to disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene since 2009; and that 2.6 million bars of soap are discarded daily by the hotel industry in the U.S. alone.
And here we have someone in our own local hospitality industry driving thousands of miles a year, collecting thousands of pounds of soap (16,000 pounds in 2011!) from many local hotels, all while spreading the word about this awesome program.
Inspiring doesn't even seem like the right word anymore, does it? Read Soap for Hope to find out more.
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates