We are committed to operating in a responsible manner to assist the sustainability of the very special environments in which we are fortunate to live and work. We work in some very important and sensitive environments, and we support a number of initiatives that help to preserve their special environments for the enjoyment of our guests, local community and associates for generations to come. Our hotel is proud to be an active citizen in its community and conscientious stewards of its environment.
we began programs within our hotels, restaurants and spas to improve conservation and efficiency, and have been recognized as a leading business in this effort. We have a comprehensive commitment to minimizing our impact on the environment, and our green philosophy is a core value of our company.
KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS:
The foundation of our environmental initiatives and programs are centered around:
We use low-flow technology, for our toilets, sinks and showers, and we have a comprehensive linen program that encourages guests to re-use their sheets and towels during their stay. This initiative has resulted in the reduction of our water usage and the energy needed for water heating, as well as decreased the quantity of wastewater. In our kitchens, laundry rooms and other back-of-the-house facilities, we use the latest water and energy-efficient equipment.
We have a comprehensive program to turn off lights and appliances in all areas of our hotels and facilities when not in use to conserve energy. We use compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, instead of less efficient incandescent bulbs in guest rooms and public spaces, and we use timers and sensors where possible to reduce consumption.
Our hotels, restaurant and spa have a comprehensive program to recycle both dry and wet garbage and food products. For the guestrooms, we separate and recycle trash at the housekeeping carts, we use recyclable, disposable products, and wherever possible, we have eliminated foam products-including cups, bowls, plates and clamshell boxes. In addition, we recycle extensively throughout our back office operations.
Hazardous Material Recycling
We have a comprehensive program to use appropriate recycling receptacles and containers for disposal of hazardous materials such as light bulbs, batteries and electronic parts.
Environmentally Responsible Fixtures and Appliances
We have an ongoing program to replace old, wasteful fixtures (e.g. light bulbs, toilets, shower heads, faucets that allow more than 2 gallons/minutes throughput) and appliances (e.g. refrigerators and freezers, ice machines, washing machines and dryers, air conditioners, furnaces/heaters, and computers) with new efficient ones.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Air filters have been installed with High Efficiency Particulate (HEPA) filtration and we use vacuums designed to reduce microorganisms, dust and airborne pollutants. Whenever possible, we purchase cleaning agents that are environmentally-friendly and avoid harsh or harmful reactions, including non-perfumed and unscented laundry supplies carpet cleaners, cleaning supplies, and air fresheners. Virtually every single guest room in all of our hotels’ guest rooms also have operable windows that are part of a fresh-air exchange system within the hotel. Yes, we believe in fresh air.
We are committed keeping it that way for future generations. Below are a few of our sustainability efforts:
- We support local projects that promote the sustainable development of the community
- We hire and train 95% of our staff from the surrounding area
- We treat the wastewater without using chemicals and re-use the water for irrigating the hotel’s gardens.
- We use environmentally friendly and organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
- We use all-natural, biodegradable bath products by Red Flower in reusable glass dispensers
- We recycle 85% of the hotel’s waste
- We calculate and compensate for the hotel’s carbon emissions with our “Plant a Tree” project where guests and staff plant trees in the local community.