Kelowna's Green Hotel Recognized for Being Carbon-Neutral
March 01, 2012
For Immediate Release
Kelowna’s Green Hotel Earns Prestigious Carbon-Neutral Status for 2011
Kelowna, BC, March 1, 2012—BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is known as Kelowna’s Green Hotel, undertaking many initiatives in reducing the carbon footprint of the hotel’s 176 guest rooms, restaurant, pub, spa, and conference centre. A carbon footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases (GHS’s) created from activities such as burning fossil fuels, generating electricity, using natural gas to heat buildings and water, to just name a few.
Participating in the EcoStay Program and using a measurement methodology developed in association with the Canadian Standards Association Climate Division and data from Environment Canada, the hotel tracks their carbon footprint, implements new environmental initiatives and supports emission-reducing Carbon Offset projects across the country. "By purchasing sufficient offsets to balance-off the hotel’s entire operational emissions’ we have achieved Carbon Neutral Status for 2011," states Brenda Rayburn, Director of Sales & Marketing. "Recognizing carbon offsetting is not the solution, but we do consider this to be a step in the right direction. We remain committed to researching new procedures and technologies that will enable us to continue our hotel’s sustainability journey. We are steadfast in our mission to do everything economically feasible to keep our air, water, and earth safe and clean for future generations.
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Director of Sales & Marketing
BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites
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