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Following the success of 2015 when we opened the Green Hotelier Awards to hotels all over the world, we’re again searching for hotels of any size or location which are working hard to be responsible businesses by reducing their carbon footprint, their water use and their waste output; which are positively impacting their local community and have fair labour practices and good employee initiatives. We want to hear about your environmentally responsible journey. Why did you decide to set out on the path, and where has it taken you?
Last year’s winners were extremely diverse, ranging from a passive house designed boutique hotel in Austria to an Indonesia paradise resort island, and from an eco-lodge in Ecuador to a Cape Town airport hotel.
Editor and awards co-judge Siobhan O’Neill said, “Green Hotelier aims to be a free resource showcasing best practice in sustainability from all hotels around the world in order that other hoteliers can replicate their initiatives and become more responsible businesses with improved environmental impacts globally. Not all solutions will work in all regions of the world, but every journey is a lesson we can learn from. This is the chance for the best green hotels around the world to share what they’ve learned with us and their peers to help the hospitality industry as a whole have a collective impact.
“The applicants in 2015 were wide-ranging and their various eco-initiatives were fascinating and effective. I can’t wait to learn more from this year’s applicants and to help share their stories and their sustainability journeys to the wider industry.”
The Green Hotelier Awards 2016 are open now with a closing date for applications of Friday 4th March. Winners will be announced during Responsible Business Week starting 18th April 2016.
There will be a winner and two runners up for each of the four regions. We are hoping to attract entries from hotels of all shapes and sizes - whether you're a rustic island resort or inner city business hotel - if you've got a green story to tell we'd love to hear from you.
Simply download the application form, fill it out and send it back to us by post or email (see form for details). You will need to save a copy of the downloaded form and use the 'add text' button on Adobe Reader to enter your details. Alternatively select ‘Annotations’ and the text icon. Or you can convert the form to a Word document. If you have any issues you can email for a copy of the form in pdf or Word via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Friday 4th March. Entries must be submitted at an individual property level, whether independent or part of a group. Please follow the instructions and read the application tips for further guidance. Entries will be judged on how the hotel has addressed energy, water, waste, community and workplace sustainability. Whilst evidence of success in the above categories is important, innovation is also a key factor - we want to find the green pioneers out there, and understand the journeys they’ve undertaken. What challenges did you have to overcome? What have you learned? What are the surprising outcomes?
Let us know you've entered or find out who else is getting involved by following us on Twitter and using the hashtag #GHawards2016.
Announcing the winners
Winners and runners up will be announced during Responsible Business Week starting on 18th April 2016. Award winners will receive:
The runners up will be featured in an awards round up article on Green Hotelier and receive the opportunity to submit a best practice case study.
*Awards terms and conditions: