March 1, 2012 – Banff, Alberta – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced The Fairmont Banff Springs as ‘Environmental Hotel of the Year’, beating out more than 60 other hotels in the Fairmont portfolio around the globe. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global leader in responsible tourism and through its award-winning Green Partnership program; the company strives to reduce its ecological footprint by focusing on key areas such as energy management, water conservation, waste diversion, and innovative community outreach programs.
“Being located in both a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site means our commitment to the environment is at the core of our values and in line with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts enduring connection to the land and communities where we do business” says Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Fairmont Banff Springs. “Our ongoing efforts support our mandate for responsible tourism and we are proud that our colleagues are taking positive steps to preserving our precious natural resources by continually thinking of innovative ways to be environmentally responsible.”
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts environmental programs have charted the course on sustainable environmentally sound hotel operations. At the heart of its success have been its employees, a passionate and dedicated group who continue to advance the program with innovation, enthusiasm and above all else a firm belief that their contributions and environmental activities do make a difference.
The Fairmont Banff Springs has a dedicated Green Team and Environmental Champions Jennifer Heim and Chris Chidlow, who are the voice and personality behind our green initiatives, programs and ideas. The Fairmont Banff Springs has become an exemplary leader within the portfolio by encouraging colleagues to participate in enviro events throughout the year. Popular staff events include Highway Clean-up Days, International Mountain Day, Month of Giving, Bike or Walk to Work Days, Hotel Grounds Clean-up and Lakeshore Clean-ups.
In addition to proactive environmental measures throughout the hotel, The Fairmont Banff Springs has found a way to connect with the community to share these values and goals. This year The Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced a $30,000, three year grant to The Banff Community Foundation. In 2012, $10,000 of the grant will be used to fund the Banff Elementary School and Banff Community High School for a project focusing on environmental stewardship by enhancing school curriculums to help youth of Banff National Park develop a sense of place and understanding of the unique park and environment in which they live. This will be done through field trips and hands on experiential learning to understand the human impact and to become stewards in protecting and sustaining the ecosystems.
The Fairmont Banff Springs holds steadfast in their commitment to preserving the environment by implementing practices on property examples include:
- Waste Management, energy conservation and water conservation programs are in place and monitored
- Local, organic, or sustainable menus items are used whenever possible
- Carbon Management Program is in place and allows us to monitor, track, and report on our progress toward achieving significant CO2 reductions
- The Fairmont Banff Springs golf course is enrolled and certified with Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization which sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation.
- Recyclables are sorted in reusable plastic trays, eliminating the purchase of large plastic bags; this has resulted in an estimated savings of more than $10,500 annually, and the diversion of 41,000 bags annually from landfill
- Purchasing green initiatives when considering product sources, and packaging
- Recycling Bins in place throughout hotel, including all guest and meeting rooms
- Biodegradable and compost food containers have replaced some plastic food containers
- Gently used hotel items and bathroom amenities are donated to local charities
- Electronic equipment is taken to the Town of Banff’s Resource Recovery Centre and recycled.
- Kitchen grease is 100% recycled. Use for biodiesel fuel and sent to local feed mills as an energy source for pigs and poultry
- Lighting Retrofit in 1991
- Exterior Christmas lighting has been changed to energy efficient LED
All colleagues complete environmental training during orientation and sign a sustainability promise.