EcoStay Program

EcoStay Program
University of Alberta

University of Alberta

October 08, 2014 10:41 ET

University of Alberta Guests Are Waking Up to Green

The University of Alberta Hospitality Services joins the EcoStay™ Program and takes action against climate change

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2014) - Your visit to the University of Alberta just got a little greener. Today, the University of Alberta Hospitality Services 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 Dolores March, General Manager of the University of Alberta's Hospitality Services Team. "It's a meaningful and effective way of demonstrating our concern for the environment."

Under the program, University of Alberta Hospitality Services 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 and continues to make changes to reduce their overall impact on the environment. With the additional support offered through the EcoStay Program, they are planning to install low flow shower heads and toilets, compost kitchen waste and get an energy audit 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 University of Alberta can rest assured that their stay is helping to significantly reduce these emissions.

Measuring and reporting the hotels progress is an important step too. Hospitality Services at the University of Alberta will now use Green Hotels Global, the internationally recognized online dashboard and benchmarking tool that follows the new Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI 1.1) of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

"EcoStay is a terrific program," Mrs. March continued, "we're seeing both leisure and business travelers these days that are seriously concerned about their impact. 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 the University of Alberta'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 University of Alberta Hospitality Services offers 20 Hotel-style guestrooms with all the comforts of a hotel and are located just steps away from our meeting facilities. More than just a great location, we are surrounded by mature trees, gardens and parks; easy access to downtown and the west end and south side of the city and within walking distance to the historic Whyte Avenue, with its boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and festivals.

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