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

VANCOUVER, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Vancouver Airport, Delta Burnaby and Delta Vancouver Suites 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 the Greater Vancouver Area as a result of the program will be significant:

  • The energy saved will be enough to power 712 homes for one year
  • The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 916 cars off the road for one year
  • The water saved will fill 43 Olympic swimming pools
  • The waste reduced will fill 22 dumpster trucks
  • The waste diverted will mean 26 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill sites

"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for the Greater Vancouver area," explained Gordon Johnson, Regional Vice President, Delta Hotels and Resorts, BC Region and General Manager of Delta Vancouver Airport. "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."

The Delta Vancouver Airport hotel has been recognized by the Hotel Association of Canada's Green Key Eco-Rating System with Four Green Keys since 2007. The hotel's recent renovations included upgrading all guest rooms to equip them with dual flush low-flow toilets and shower heads, as well as the installation of a state-of-the-art HVAC system. In early 2011, the Delta Vancouver Airport added composting to their environmental initiatives. The hotel also features a herb garden on its pool deck and the restaurant uses fresh, locally grown ingredients.

The Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre is also recognized as a Four Green Key property. The hotel's systems are programmed to shut off lights and HVAC systems when rooms are not in use. They have recently implemented a complimentary valet parking service for hybrid vehicles.

The Delta Vancouver Suites has made major changes to its lighting, significantly reducing its energy consumption resulting in a Four Green Key rating. Low-flow toilets have been installed as well as an energy efficient Automated Direct Digital Control System, (DCC) for all heating, cooling and mechanical equipment. They have also created a Green package for guests that arrive in a hybrid vehicle which includes complimentary valet parking, an upgrade to a Deluxe guestroom, a stainless steel water bottle and $5 of the guestroom rate will go to an environmental charity.

"Delta's Vancouver hotels have been strong supporters of the Ocean Wise program," explains Mike McDermid, Manager of Partner Relations, Vancouver Aquarium. "We are excited to see that water conservation and protection is part of the Delta Greens program, as we know this will only further strengthen their commitment to conserving and protecting delicate marine and aquatic habitats."

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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