Best Western holds the key to green meetings

Zero waste at Best Western

Zero waste at Best Western

The Best Western Plus Chateau Granville in Vancouver, Canada has achieved a four key rating through Green Key’s Meetings Program for its Meeting & Conference Centre.

The Four Key rating demonstrates that the hotel has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices regarding their meetings and convention facilities and practices which have shown substantial and measurable results.

As part of their on-going efforts to meet sustainable practices, the Best Western Plus Chateau Granville developed an environmental policy and a recycling program that was implemented throughout the property.

This included the highly successful practice of adopting a “zero waste” food programme through RecycleSmart in their kitchens both for the restaurant and banquets; recycling and composting everything from organic matter to paper, glass, plastics, containers and oil. Thanks to the programme they reduced their kitchen and food waste by over 70%, which they hope to increase to over 80% within the next year. The hotel’s entire staff is actively involved in this initiative and has been very enthusiastic in contributing to its success.

Additionally the hotel offers a “Go Green” menu in their catering option with a selection of dishes primarily including certified organic locally sourced products.

To conserve energy, the hotel changed all of their lights to LED, which had a huge positive impact in their energy consumption. Housekeeping staff is trained to turn off lights and heat/AC whenever conference rooms are unused. All thermostats are programmable to reduce unnecessary heating or cooling and all windows are currently being replaced to double-paned to reduce heat loss.

The hotel also installed two stations for electric vehicle chargers in their parking area

Boosted by their positive outcomes and award the Chateau Granville is taking further steps towards a more sustainable approach. They have signed up with EcoStay by LivClean, a carbon off-setting programme which supports emission-reducing projects across Canada, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Carbon-neutral property.

And, in the coming months, the hotel also plans to install motion sensors for lighting, to partner with a soap recycling programme, and to put a greater emphasis on using local and organic products in their food purchasing.

General Manager, Anastasios Theodoropoulos said, “The Best Western Plus Chateau Granville is committed to environmental protection and sustainability and proud to be a part of the Green Key Global’s Green Key Meetings Program. Sustainability and doing everything we can to protect the environment for future generations has always been one of our hotel’s core values. Achieving a 4 Key Rating for the meeting rooms as well as the hotel, we believe that our guests and meeting planners will benefit from knowing that we are playing our part in trying to minimise the impact on our environment.”

 

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