Saint-Hyacinthe, October 2011—The Hôtel des Seigneurs Saint-Hyacinthe is proud to announce that its many environmental initiatives have earned it five Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The program recognizes environmental excellence in the hotel sector.
Aimed at encouraging environmentally friendly practices in the hotel sector, the Green Key program comprises nearly 140 criteria that are used to thoroughly evaluate the environmental performance of participating hotels. They include housekeeping, operations associated with food and beverages, meeting and conference rooms, energy and water conservation, solid waste and hazardous waste management, indoor air quality, community outreach, building infrastructure, land use and environmental management.
The Hôtel des Seigneurs Saint-Hyacinthe is one of very few hotels in Canada to have earned five Green Keys. In addition to its gardens which boast over 1,000 tropical plants, the landscaping also features various trees, shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and edible flowers that help purify the air. The hotel is also aiming to grow organically as a next step. The hotel also partners with local organizations to recycle furniture, electronics and other reusable items. Because of this initiative, over 1,000 tons of items have been recycled.
A pioneer and a leader in Quebec’s hotel industry for the responsible management of its operations since 2004, as well as the largest hotel complex and regional convention centre in the province, the Hôtel des Seigneurs Saint-Hyacinthe has offered its clients an environmental option with green packages since 2007. “All of our packages are based on the four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover and comprise three sections: “zero waste,” “education” and “carbon neutral,” said Denis Gilles, General Manager of the Hôtel des Seigneurs de Saint-Hyacinthe.
About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
The Hôtel des Seigneurs de Saint-Hyacinthe is part of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, one of Canada’s leading hotel management companies. It has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the environment through various initiatives at each of its hotels across Canada, and was the first hotel management company in Canada to have all its properties certified under the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts has a sustainability initiative that supports socially responsible practices that positively impact its stakeholders, the communities it does business in and the environment, so that its present needs can be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes, among others, activities promoting waste reduction, energy efficiency, community outreach, education and cradle-to-grave design.
Anik Le Marquand