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
"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.
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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