/R E P E A T -- Delta Hotels and Resorts Launches Canada's Most Ambitious and Comprehensive Sustainability Program/

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Delta Hotels and Resorts, Canada's largest independent hotel chain today announced the launch of 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 as a result of the program will be significant:

  • The energy saved will be enough to power 21,000 homes for one year
  • The carbon dioxide reduced will be equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road for one year
  • The water saved will fill 900 Olympic swimming pools
  • The waste reduced will fill 500 dumpster trucks
  • The waste diverted will mean 140 fewer dumpster trucks going to landfill sites

"Delta Greens is nothing short of a revolution in how we approach our business," explained Hank Stackhouse, President and CEO, Delta Hotels and Resorts. "We have examined every aspect of our operations and asked ourselves 'how could we do this more sustainably?' We've started implementing these changes, both big and small, and hope that our employees and guests feel proud of the commitment we are all making to Canadian communities and to the planet."

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.

"Transparency is a critical part of this process," says Stackhouse. "That's why we're inviting Canadians to follow our progress as we work towards achieving these ambitious targets."

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 also consistently ranked as one of the country's 50 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

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