Five New SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts Properties Receive Green Key Ratings

Vancouver, BC, June 1, 2015 – SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce five new hotel properties have been awarded Green Key designation under the globally recognized Green Key Eco-Rating Program. With the new additions, all 14 of SilverBirch’s hotels from coast to coast are now Green Key certified.

Green Key Eco-Rating ProgramThe latest hotels to receive the designation are DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton, Home2 Suites by Hilton® West Edmonton, DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina, Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown, and Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown. Each received four Green Key recognition for sustainable operations. The company is also excited to acknowledge that Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown is now boasting an impressive 5-Key rating, the highest ranking available.

“It’s an honour for all of our hotels to have earned such high ratings under the Green Key Eco-Rating Program,” says Steve Giblin, President and CEO, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts. “Our hotels are committed to operating responsibly and adhere to sustainable practices to reduce our footprint in the local environment.”

“We are delighted to see a company such as SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts demonstrate its commitment to sustainable lodging practices throughout Canada. They clearly share our vision of providing travellers with environmentally friendly choices,” says Tony Pollard, Managing Director for Green Key Global. “We are proud to have the SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts family of properties as members of Green Key Global.”

SilverBirch has a sustainability initiative that supports socially responsible practices that positively impact its stakeholders, the communities it operates 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. In addition, each of SilverBirch’s hotels has its own Green Team, which focuses on integrating sustainable practices into daily operations.

The ratings for SilverBirch’s operating hotels are:

Residence Inn® by Marriott Vancouver Downtown – 5 Key
Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites Victoria – 4 Key
Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Fort McMurray– 4 Key
DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton – 4 Key
Home2 Suites by Hilton® West Edmonton – 4 Key
Radisson Hotel Edmonton South – 4 Key
Lethbridge Lodge Hotel and Conference Centre – 4 Key
Radisson Hotel Saskatoon – 4 Key
DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina – 4 Key
TownePlace Suites® by Marriott Mississauga – Airport Corporate Centre – 4 Key
Best Western Charlottetown – 4 Key
Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland – 4 Key
Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax-Downtown – 4 Key
Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown – 4 Key

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About Green Key Global
Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body offering a suite of sustainability programs designed specifically for the lodging industry. For more than 15 years its flagship program, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has been evaluating, inspecting, and certifying hotels and resorts based on their commitment to sustainable “green” operations. In support of this, Green Key Global simultaneously educates members on the value these initiatives have on an economic ,environmental and social  level. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program and its sister program, the Green Key Meetings Program, are comprehensive environmental audits that allow facilities to benefit on several fronts – cost savings, increased bookings from conscious consumers and meeting planners and responsible corporate citizenry. The Green Key Carbon Calculator, free to members of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, is a tool designed to assist in tracking their carbon footprint. For more information please visit www.greenkeyglobal.com.

About SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s leading hotel management companies and manages a large portfolio of full-service, focused service and extended stay hotels across Canada. The company manages independent hotels and hotels operating under major franchise brands, such as Marriott, Hilton and Radisson. www.silverbirchhotels.comwww.silverbirchhotels.com

For more information, please contact:
Stacey Morton
SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
604.646.8787
smorton@silverbirchhotels.com