We are proud to announce that we received the Good Earth Keeping Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association at a recent luncheon at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. CHLA first recognized sustainability efforts by hotels in 2008 and now five years later, the commitment and innovative approaches to greening only strengthens.
In an effort to raise awareness of sustainability with guests and contribute to the Denver community’s efforts to reduce waste, we formed a committee to “green” the property and create a plan to maintain future sustainability efforts for the 120-year-old hotel. The committee outlined goals to be achieved by 2015 including: an 80% waste diversion rate through recycling, and composting; reduce electricity consumption by 15%; water consumption by 16% through facility updates and awareness training with staff and more.
The rooftop bee colonies contribute to sustainability efforts on property by protecting the balance of the eco-system, the Artisan well provides the water supply on property, guest cards are made from biodegradable material, cloth hand towels are stacked in public restrooms, and all rooms have recycling an reuse programs. Plus, all used in-room amenities are donated and kitchen cooking oils are returned to the vendor to turn old oil into bio-diesel. Overall the waste management practices save a projected 1,008 trees, 27,000 gallons of gasoline, 414,000 gallons of waters, 215,000 kilowatts of energy and 146,000 pounds of carbon emissions this year alone!
We are thrilled to continue sustainability efforts and support the Denver community in reducing waste and going green.