CALGARY, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Calgary Airport, Delta Calgary South and
Delta Bow Valley today announced that Canada's largest independent
hotel 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 Calgary as a result of the
program will be significant:
The energy saved will be enough to power 2,506 homes for one year
The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 1,901 cars off
the road for one year
The water saved will fill 94 Olympic swimming pools
The waste reduced will fill 54 dumpster trucks
The waste diverted will mean 60 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill
"We're excited about what the Delta Greens program means for Calgary,"
explained Martin Stitt, Regional Vice President, Delta Hotels and
Resorts, Prairies Region and General Manager of Delta Calgary Airport.
"We've already begun making changes to the way we work so that we can
achieve the amibitious 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 Calgary Airport has proven that small changes can have an enormous
environmental and financial impact. The recent installation of toilet
tank fill cycle diverters in approximately 296 toilets was less than
$1.00 per toilet and simple to install. The device diverts water that
normally flows down the overflow tube back into the toilet tank, saving
approximately two litres of water per flush. An occupied room sees an
average of three to four flushes a day, saving an average of seven
litres of water per occupied room, per day.
For January and February alone 14,827 rooms were occupied, saving
approximately 165,000 litres of water in the two months. This results
in saving an estimated 870,487 litres of water per year, the equivalent
of filling the hotel's 80,000 litre swimming pool 11 times. The
installation of the diverters will also save an estimated $1326.97
dollars per year, paying its costs off in the first year alone. The
hotel also supports sustainability in their kitchen, participating in
both the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program run by the Vancouver
aquarium, and Dine Alberta which encourages diners to choose locally
grown and produced foods.
Delta Bow Valley has just installed a state-of-the-art guest room energy
management system, which allows the front desk to power down unused
rooms, greatly reducing energy waste. The hotel is a proud partner with
the City of Calgary and recently participated in the annual Pathway and
River Clean Up for the sixth year in a row. Delta Bow Valley is
recognized as a Four Green Key property under the Green Key Eco-Rating
System from the Hotel Association of Canada, and a member of Green
Delta Calgary South has made major changes to its lighting, leading to
significant reductions in its electricity use. The outdoor marquee for
the hotel was switched to a full LED display, which uses half as much
electricity as the old sign. In addition, low-flow toilets have been
installed in all guest rooms, reducing water consumption.
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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