Delta Hotels and Resorts Launches Canada's Most Ambitious and Comprehensive Sustainability Program

CALGARY, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Calgary Airport, Delta Calgary South and Delta Bow Valley today announced that Canada's largest independent hotel 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 Calgary as a result of the program will be significant:

  • The energy saved will be enough to power 2,506 homes for one year
  • The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 1,901 cars off the road for one year
  • The water saved will fill 94 Olympic swimming pools
  • The waste reduced will fill 54 dumpster trucks
  • The waste diverted will mean 60 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill sites

"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for Calgary," explained Martin Stitt, Regional Vice President, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Prairies Region and General Manager of Delta Calgary Airport. "We've already begun making changes to the way we work so that we can achieve the amibitious 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."

Delta Calgary Airport has proven that small changes can have an enormous environmental and financial impact. The recent installation of toilet tank fill cycle diverters in approximately 296 toilets was less than $1.00 per toilet and simple to install. The device diverts water that normally flows down the overflow tube back into the toilet tank, saving approximately two litres of water per flush. An occupied room sees an average of three to four flushes a day, saving an average of seven litres of water per occupied room, per day.

For January and February alone 14,827 rooms were occupied, saving approximately 165,000 litres of water in the two months. This results in saving an estimated 870,487 litres of water per year, the equivalent of filling the hotel's 80,000 litre swimming pool 11 times. The installation of the diverters will also save an estimated $1326.97 dollars per year, paying its costs off in the first year alone. The hotel also supports sustainability in their kitchen, participating in both the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program run by the Vancouver aquarium, and Dine Alberta which encourages diners to choose locally grown and produced foods.

Delta Bow Valley has just installed a state-of-the-art guest room energy management system, which allows the front desk to power down unused rooms, greatly reducing energy waste. The hotel is a proud partner with the City of Calgary and recently participated in the annual Pathway and River Clean Up for the sixth year in a row. Delta Bow Valley is recognized as a Four Green Key property under the Green Key Eco-Rating System from the Hotel Association of Canada, and a member of Green Calgary.

Delta Calgary South has made major changes to its lighting, leading to significant reductions in its electricity use. The outdoor marquee for the hotel was switched to a full LED display, which uses half as much electricity as the old sign. In addition, low-flow toilets have been installed in all guest rooms, reducing water consumption.

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
sindig@deltahotels.com
            Krystal Carter
Delta Hotels and Resorts
Tel: (416) 874-2076
krcarter@deltahotels.com

 

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