Written By: Stacey Morton, Marketing, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
The idea of being environmentally conscious is very trendy these days, but in reality it is very difficult to truly reduce our impact on the environment. Businesses in all sectors are constantly looking for ways to take positive steps towards reducing, reusing and recycling, but it is not an easy or an inexpensive proposition. It takes both a financial and a philosophical commitment.
Publications such as Macleans have created rankings to identify the best “green” companies in the country. The Green 30 is a list of the top 30 Canadian companies based on their green programs. For example making the list is insurance company Benefits by Design who offers “office bicycles” so staff can run errands without using their cars.
In the hotel industry, a few standards have emerged over the past few years. We have all seen the little signs in the rooms asking us to reduce the amount of laundry that is done by hanging up our towels after only one use. While this is a positive step and the signs likely do remind guests to not unnecessarily add to the heaps of laundry done each day, hotels need to take their green initiates to the next level.
One hotel that is going beyond the expected is DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina. A recent partnership with Bullfrog Power makes them the first hotel in Saskatchewan to use green electricity. Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100 per cent clean, pollution-free electricity onto the grid to match the amount of conventional power that DoubleTree by Hilton Regina’s meeting rooms, conference rooms and three Hilton HHonors floors use. Across Canada, Bullfrog Power’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power, sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.
The DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina is taking a leadership role in the province’s hospitality sector. They were recently awarded a 4 key rating by Green Key, a globally recognized Eco-Rating program. The hotel was also the first in Regina to introduce Tesla car charging stations and has implemented a roof-top garden, incentivized Go-Green Room initiative, filtered water stations to reduce the use of bottled water and implemented a comprehensive recycling program. Hotelier Magazine tells the whole green story here.
The Hotel has been recognized for these efforts by being made a finalist in the Environmental Excellence Category for the 2016 Paragon Awards!
With Earth Hour just around the corner on Saturday March 19, we all should be thinking about how we can reduce our environmental impact in our homes and at our place of work. Even if for just an hour, we can all help Mother Earth take a breath!