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

HALIFAX, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Barrington and Delta Halifax 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 Halifax as a result of the program will be significant:

  • The energy saved will be enough to power 419 homes for one year
  • The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 501 cars off the road for one year
  • The water saved will fill 34 Olympic swimming pools
  • The waste reduced will fill 12 dumpster trucks
  • The waste diverted will mean 14 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill sites

"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for Halifax," explained Stuart Jolliffe, Regional Vice President, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Atlantic Canada Region. "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."

Delta Halifax and Delta Barrington have already taken steps to reduce their environmental footprints. Both hotels have built relationships with local vendors and procure food locally when in season, supporting the local community and reducing travel emissions caused by food transport. They have also built rooftop herb gardens which are used for their fresh ingredients in dishes on the menu. Additionally, both hotels' lighting and water systems have been upgraded to reduce consumption and the introduction of an Energy Management System further reduces the energy requirements of public areas.

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.

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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
  Krystal Carter
Delta Hotels and Resorts
Tel: (416) 874-2076


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