TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Chelsea and Delta Toronto East today
announced that Canada's largest independent hotel chain has launched
Delta Greens, the most ambitious and comprehensive environmental
sustainability program within Canada's hospitality industry. Delta's
commitment is chainwide - every one of our more than 8,000 employees at
our 46 properties is tasked with changing the way they work in order to
reach the targets set out in the program. What's more, Delta will track
the chain's progress against targets online, so that Canadians can
follow Delta's progress in achieving its goals.
Delta Greens touches on every aspect of the hotel business - from guest
services to construction to how we operate and maintain our properties
to how we work with our suppliers and engage with our employees. Under
the program, all hotels in the chain will commit to decreasing their
energy consumption, carbon emissions and water consumption by 30%
within five years, as well as increasing waste diversion by 25%.
The positive impact on the environment in Toronto as a result of the
program will be significant:
The energy saved will be enough to power 836 homes for one year
The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 821 cars off the
road for one year
The water saved will fill 32 Olympic swimming pools
The waste reduced will fill 12 dumpster trucks
The waste diverted will mean 12 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill
"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for Toronto,"
explained Josef Ebner, Regional Vice President and Managing Director,
Delta Chelsea Hotel. "We've already begun making changes to the way we
work so that we can achieve the ambitious goals set out in the program.
Our guests and employees can feel proud of the commitment we're making
to our local environment and to the planet."
As Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 rooms and a business operating in a
large community such as Toronto, the Delta Chelsea recognizes and
respects its corporate social responsibility ensuring that our quest
for sustainable solutions continues to grow and evolve. Since 2005, the
Delta Chelsea has been at the forefront of hotel waste management and
through the ongoing partnership with Turtle Island Recycling, it has
exceeded both industry standards and municipal targets in landfill
diversion. In 2005, the diversion was 20% and by the end of 2010, the
Delta Chelsea diverted 82% of the waste stream to recycling. The hotel
has invested in a significant number of renovations to reduce water and
electricity consumption including low-flow fixtures, high efficiency
boilers, and ozone friendly chillers. In February 2009, the Delta
Chelsea Hotel was recognized with the Hotel Association of Canada's
Hall of Fame Award for Energy and Environment.
Delta Toronto East has also made significant efforts to reduce its
impact on the environment. The hotel has installed a next-generation
computerized energy management system for all measurable
energy-consuming functions, as well as undergoing extensive upgrades to
its water, lighting and HVAC systems to increase energy efficiency.
They also divert all guest room waste from landfill and donate all used
care products, linens, furniture and beds to humanitarian
organizations. To further their commitment, Delta Toronto East is in
the process of partnering with Ocean Wise, a conservation program
helping restaurants and their guests make environmentally friendly,
sustainable seafood choices.
Delta is also committing to sharing its journey towards increased
sustainability with the public - via the "IRIS", an interactive
tracking tool that stands for Integrated Rating Indicator for
Sustainability. Delta's IRIS will be posted prominently on the
company's website and updated three times a year in collaboration with
Loop Initiatives, the sustainability integration and measurement
consultancy that helped develop Delta Greens.
For more information please visit www.deltahotels.com/greens
About Delta Hotels and Resorts
A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts
operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 46 full-service,
city centre and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand.
Widely regarded as Canada's "brand of choice" by guests and owners,
Delta also distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the
only hotel company to have been recognized for its sustained focus on
business excellence by the prestigious National Quality Institute with
three Canada Awards for Excellence, including the award program's
highest honour, the Order of Excellence (2007). The company has
consistently ranked as one of the country's best employers for 11
years, and has been named to the Green 30 since 2010. As well, its
Corporate Social Responsibility platform, Delta Helps, includes a
chain-wide commitment to the communities it serves through a national
partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, participation in the
Hotel Association of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating program, and work
with various other charitable groups.
SOURCE Delta Hotels
For further information:
| Sandy Indig |
Delta Hotels and Resorts
Office: (416) 874-2018
Cell: (416) 409-0649
| Tracy Ford |
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Office: (416) 585-4396
Cell: (416) 709-5271