Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort

Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort
EcoStay Program

EcoStay Program

February 01, 2012 11:00 ET

Best Western Plus Mirage is Waking Up to Green

Best Western Plus Mirage High Level joins the EcoStay™ Program and takes action against climate change

HIGH LEVEL, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2012) - Your visit to Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort just got a little greener. Today, the Oasis of the North 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 Mark Morad, General Manager of Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort. "It's a meaningful and effective way of demonstrating our concern for the environment."

Under the program, Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort 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, composting and recycling - 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 and each project is registered on the Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) GHG CleanProjects Registry ensuring ISO 14064-2 reporting and independent ISO 14064-3 verification. In addition, each offset tonne is uniquely serialized by CSA to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting.

But that's not all. The program also supports on-site environmental upgrades and renovations, further reducing 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 Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort now know that they are helping to significantly reduce these emissions.

"EcoStay is a terrific program," Mr. Morad continued, "we're seeing both leisure and business travelers these days that are seriously concerned about their carbon footprint. This is our way of letting guests know that we share those concerns and we're doing something about it."

"We're very proud of the EcoStay program, and the hotels who have embraced it," said Christina deVries, Director of EcoStay. "These hotels are leaders in environmental consciousness and responsibility. They aren't just talking about reducing green house gases - they're doing it."

Details of Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort'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. www.Ecostay.ca

LivClean is a Canadian organization with a global reach devoted to offering quality carbon offset products and solutions to both individuals and businesses. Passionate about making a difference in the environment and helping others reduce their carbon emissions, LivClean's dedication to quality means all carbon offset products meet strict criteria, certification and standards. www.Livcleancarbonoffsets.ca

Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort, High Level's newest hotel property was designed to be the Oasis of the North. With contemporary decorated guest rooms, featuring the latest amenities. The hotel boasts a variety of room selections from single rooms to two bedroom suites and hot tub suites. All of our hotel guest have free access to our fun filled 8500 square foot water park! Kids can enjoy our water playground and water slide, while adults can relax in our huge hot tub. Plenty of comfortable seating nestled between palm trees ensures a serene experience winter or summer. Guests also have interior access to all of the properties amenities, including our restaurant and lounge, which are located under a glass solarium ceiling and surrounded by lush greenery and water fountains for a tranquil dining experience. We offer a variety of meeting rooms and banquet facilities for up to 500 people. There is a business center on site as well as high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the property free of charge. www.bestwesternhighlevel.com

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