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
"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
"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
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