BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 28, 2014) - Your visit to The Juniper Hotel & Bistro just got a little greener. Today, the Juniper, conveniently located inside the Banff National Park, officially joined the EcoStay™ program. EcoStay™ is a national initiative that helps hotels measure their carbon footprint, identify and fund reduction strategies and balance off their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting.
"We're very excited to be part of the EcoStay™ Program," said Kurt Fonseca, General Manager of The Juniper and long standing supporter of EcoStay™ "Being located within a National Park, we feel that it is our ethical obligation to be a part of the EcoStay™ program."
Under the program, The Juniper Hotel & Bistro will collect two dollars per night from hotel guests. Funds will be used to purchase carbon offsets in support of emission-reducing projects across the country such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, agriculture and recycling - balancing the impact from the hotel's operations, and making each hotel night completely 'carbon neutral'.
The guest's contribution completely offsets the impact or their stay, and more. Carbon offsets are supplied by LivClean, a top ranked retailer by the David Suzuki Pembina. All LivClean EcoStay Carbon Offset Projects are listed on the CSA Group's GHG CleanProjects™ Registry ensuring ISO 14064-2 reporting and independent ISO 14064-3 verification. In addition, each offset tonne is uniquely serialized by CSA Group to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting. The use of a public registry such as GHG CleanProjects™ Registry is an important step for transparency and ease of access for users to review and confirm the ongoing tracking of the LivClean EcoStay Projects.
The program also supports on-site environmental upgrades and renovations. The hotel has already made many eco-friendly upgrades to the property. With the additional support offered through the EcoStay Program, they are planning to install low flow shower heads, energy efficient CFL lighting and expand on their recycling programs, all in an effort to further reduce the hotel's impact. A typical 150 room Canadian hotel can produce three tonnes of greenhouses gases each day. That's the same as driving 200 cars, heating and lighting 100 homes or taking 5,000 airplane flights. Guests at The Juniper Hotel & Bistro can rest assured that their stay is helping to significantly reduce these emissions.
Measuring and reporting the hotels progress is an important step too. The Juniper Hotel & Resort will now use Green Hotels Global™, the internationally recognized online dashboard and benchmarking tool that follows the new Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI 1.0) of the World Travel & Tourism
"EcoStay™ is a terrific program," Mr. Fonseca continued, "participating in the program makes great business sense and insures future generations can enjoy our beautiful and unique environment. It is clear to me that other businesses feel this way as well and therefore, we have been able to secure conference and group bookings because of our sustainability programs."
Details of The Juniper's carbon footprint, in-house initiatives and carbon offset purchases are available on-line at www.ecostay.ca
EcoStay™ Program supports Hotels across North America in their effort to take action against climate change. Through the purchase of carbon offsets, hotels support emission-reducing projects across the country - making each guest's stay completely carbon neutral and good for the planet! The program also helps hotels make on-site energy efficiency and environmental improvement and measure their progress at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More info at www.ecostay.ca
The Juniper Hotel sits at the foot of Mount Norquay. You look out to majestic mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, Banff AB town site and Vermilion Lakes. The only hotel north of the TransCanada highway, the Juniper offers spectacular views and the woodland wilderness setting you expect in Banff National Park.
When staying at The Juniper all of Banff's outdoor activities are right at your fingertips. The Juniper resort is more than a boutique hotel, with fifty guest rooms and two chalets with wood burning fireplaces. The stylish interior celebrates natural elements like Rocky Mountain Rundlestone and reclaimed timbers. Canadian artwork and interpretative displays of mountaineering history graces the hallways.