VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - Your visit to Predator Ridge Resort just got a little greener. Today, Predator Ridge 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 Ingrid Dilschneider, Director of Business Development at Predator Ridge. "It's perfect timing for us as we begin the process of sustainability in our community. It really is a meaningful and effective way to demonstrate our concern and commitment for the environment."
Under the program, the Predator Ridge 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 features and positions themselves as a "Green Minded" resort. With the additional support offered through the EcoStay Program, they are planning to improve their recycling programs, reduce water usage at the hotel and reduce the energy usage in guest suites, 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 Predator Ridge can rest assured that their stay is helping to significantly reduce these emissions.
Measuring and reporting the hotels progress is an important step too. Predator Ridge Resort will now use Green Hotels Global™, the internationally recognized online dashboard and benchmarking tool that follows the new Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI 1.1) of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council.
"EcoStay is a terrific program and the perfect fit," Ms. Dilschneider continued. "Both leisure and business travelers are seriously concerned about their environmental impact so this is our way of supporting our guests concerns and 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 greenhouse gases -- they're doing it."
Details of Predator Ridge 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.
Predator Ridge: It's special here. You notice that the minute you step onto any of our 36 tee boxes.
Predator Ridge Resort was created with a great reverence for its spectacular natural setting, knowing it would call out to those who wished to escape the ordinary.
Located in the sunny Okanagan Valley, Predator Ridge is the place to indulge your lifelong passion for golf or to begin a new love affair with the sport. Our golf courses are a natural extension of the historic and communal grasslands known as the Commonage and are sculpted in harmony with the ancient mountains and crystal blue lakes that carved out this playground a millennia ago.
But Predator Ridge is much more than a golf resort. It's one of Canada's top resort communities offering homeowners and resort guests the best of the Okanagan lifestyle -- fine dining, a state-of-the-art fitness centre (with 25m lap pool), over 14kms of hiking & walking trails, a general store, access to one of North America's best spas and more.
Our backyard is home to some of Canada's most celebrated wineries (often referred to as "Napa of the North") to magnificent lakes to champagne powder-covered ski resorts, all within a short drive.
It's hard not to get a taste for the good life when the good life surrounds you. Play for a weekend, stay for a lifetime. Predator Ridge is the natural way to escape from it all. www.predatorridge.com