Awards & Recognition

Kelowna's "Green" Hotel

Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites has been recognized several times, both locally in the Okanagan and British Columbia and nationally for its efforts to improve the environment and lower emissions while still providing premium accommodations in Kelowna.

No other Okanagan Hotel matches the Best Western Kelowna in its environmental achievements, making this hotel Kelowna’s “Green” Hotel. Feel confident that choosing Best Western Kelowna for your BC accommodations is choosing an environmentally and community focused hotel.

Eco Travel at Kelowna Hotel Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel and Suites

Green Key 4 Eco Rating for Best Western Kelowna Hotel Green Key Meetings at Kelowna Hotel Best Western Plus Best Western Kelowna Hotel is Carbon Neutral Certified LEED Silver Certification for Environmental Wing

Environmental Awards & Recognition

  • 2012 City of Kelowna Mayor's Environmental Innovation Award Nominee
  • 2012 LEED Silver Certification for Environmental Wing
  • 2012 Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Global Green Meetings Certification
  • 2011 Carbon Neutral Certification
  • 2010 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Green Business Sustainability Leader of the Year Award
  • 2010 Environmental Wing Open
  • 2009 Partnership formed Eco Stay for Carbon Offsetting Program
  • 2009 BC Tourism Industry Award 2nd Nomination for Environmental Responsible Tourism Award
  • 2009 Climate Smart Certification
  • 2009 Minister's Environmental Award of Excellence for Climate Action
  • Download Kelowna Hotel Environmental Programs and Awards PDF2009 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Green Business
    Hospitality Award
  • 2008 Partnership formed with Zerofootprint for Carbon
    Offsetting Program
  • 2007 BC Tourism Industry Award Nominee for Environmental
    Responsible Tourism Award
  • 2007 Hotel Assoc. of Canada Energy & Environmental Award
  • 2006 Hotel Assoc. of Canada 4 Green Key Eco Rating designation

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Minister’s Award of Excellence

Best Western Kelowna: Award of ExcellenceThis green hotel has received the Minister’s Award of Excellence from the Honourable John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. The first such award to be handed out from Minister Yap’s department, this award recognizes the Kelowna hotel’s “efforts to reduce their carbon footprint helping to ensure the continued health of British Columbia’s natural environment”. Accepting the award was Greg Salloum, CEO & Partner. “The Best Western Kelowna is pleased to have been recognized with this award. Our Solar Hybrid Heating System has significantly reduced our Green House Gas emissions. With the completion of our LEEDS certified addition, currently under construction, a further reduction will be realized when a new geothermal component will be added which will complement our current solar hybrid heating system”.

Today there are programs and tools available that can assist in measuring our carbon footprint. We did not have these resources when we began our sustainability path in 1990. Businesses can also learn from each other and what we are all doing to address our respective issues. This can provide knowledge and assistance in determining where to direct energy for future carbon reductions.

We encourage all businesses, big and small; to take a look at what area of their business could be having an impact of GHG emissions and make a commitment to contribute positively to the planet by reducing their carbon footprint”.


The HAC’s Definition of a 4 Green Key Accreditation is:

Green Key Eco-Rating ProgramA hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide range policies and practices. Mature programs that involve management, employees, guests and the public have shown substantial and measurable results…

The Best Western Kelowna certainly meets this criteria, By example they have shown a genuine commitment to the environment and remain committed by continuing to recognize the opportunities that exists to further improve and increase performance and cost savings for the hotel; therefore creating an enjoyable and memorable stay for their guests.  The Best Western Kelowna simply walks the walk!

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SIFE Okanagan Eco-Nomics Award (Green Business Awards)

SIFE eco-nomics

In 2010, Best Western Plus Kelowna won the award for Kelowna Sustainability Leader of the Year.

The Eco-Nomics Awards were created to recognize businesses and organizations in Kelowna who successfully operate with environmentally sustainable practices. The awards aim to further educate businesses throughout our community on the benefits of employing these strategies.

The awards were created and are operated by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Okanagan in partnership with The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. SIFE Okanagan is a non-profit student organization at the Okanagan School of Business, which is part of larger global SIFE organization on over 1,800 university and college campuses in more than 50 countries. SIFE aims to teach and ignite young individuals to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

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Kelowna’s Green Hotel Earns Prestigious Carbon-Neutral Status for 2011

Kelowna Hotel earns prestigious carbon-netural status for 2011 Hard work comes with benefits, especially if it's to provide a greener, more ecologically friendly Earth on which we live.

The Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites has proudly received Carbon-Neutral Certification for 2011. Being Carbon-Neutral means that they have made sufficient efforts to offset all operational carbon emissions. As of December 2011, Best Western Kelowna has offset 295% of their annual carbon footprint.

This certification was awarded by LivClean and EcoStay. LivClean is a Canadian organization with a global reach devoted to offering quality carbon offset products and solutions to both individuals and businesses. The EcoStay Program supports hotels across North America in their effort to take action against climate change. They are independent from any local utility or government.

Director of Sales and Marketing Brenda Rayburn commented, “We will continue to do everything economically feasible to keep our air, our water, and earth safe and clean for future generations.”

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Kelowna Hotel Earns LivClean and EcoStay Carbon-Neutral Status for 2012

Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites Earns 2012 Carbon-Neutral Status


Kelowna Hotel Earns LivClean and EcoStay Carbon-Neutral Status for 2013

Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel 2013 Carbon-Neutral Status


TripAdvisor Awards Certificate of Excellence for 2011 and 2012 Year

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The Best Western PLUS Kelowna Hotel is one of the 10 percent of accommodations listed worldwide on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

2011: Glowing Website Guest Reviews Lead to Top Award

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Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011

2012: Reviews on World's Largest Travel Site Earns Kelowna Hotel 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

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TripAdvisor Awards Certificate of Excellence

2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Awards Certificate of Excellence