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
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
"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
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