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

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Chelsea and Delta Toronto East 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 Toronto as a result of the program will be significant:

  • The energy saved will be enough to power 836 homes for one year
  • The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 821 cars off the road for one year
  • The water saved will fill 32 Olympic swimming pools
  • The waste reduced will fill 12 dumpster trucks
  • The waste diverted will mean 12 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill sites

"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for Toronto," explained Josef Ebner, Regional Vice President and Managing Director, Delta Chelsea Hotel.  "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."

As Canada's largest hotel with 1,590 rooms and a business operating in a large community such as Toronto, the Delta Chelsea recognizes and respects its corporate social responsibility ensuring that our quest for sustainable solutions continues to grow and evolve. Since 2005, the Delta Chelsea has been at the forefront of hotel waste management and through the ongoing partnership with Turtle Island Recycling, it has exceeded both industry standards and municipal targets in landfill diversion. In 2005, the diversion was 20% and by the end of 2010, the Delta Chelsea diverted 82% of the waste stream to recycling. The hotel has invested in a significant number of renovations to reduce water and electricity consumption including low-flow fixtures, high efficiency boilers, and ozone friendly chillers. In February 2009, the Delta Chelsea Hotel was recognized with the Hotel Association of Canada's Hall of Fame Award for Energy and Environment.

Delta Toronto East has also made significant efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. The hotel has installed a next-generation computerized energy management system for all measurable energy-consuming functions, as well as undergoing extensive upgrades to its water, lighting and HVAC systems to increase energy efficiency. They also divert all guest room waste from landfill and donate all used care products, linens, furniture and beds to humanitarian organizations. To further their commitment, Delta Toronto East is in the process of partnering with Ocean Wise, a conservation program helping restaurants and their guests make environmentally friendly, sustainable seafood choices.

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
Tracy Ford
Delta Chelsea Hotel
Office: (416) 585-4396
Cell: (416) 709-5271


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