Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites Creates a Sustainability Action Plan
April 17, 2014
Best Western Kelowna has been leading the way in reducing their environmental footprint for the past 20 years. With a geothermal and solar thermal system, low flow fixtures on every faucet and shower head, energy efficient lighting and an new LEED Silver hotel wing, this hotel is already well on their way to being the greenest hotel in Kelowna.
With the re-establishment of a solid green team and an environmental mission “to do everything economically feasible to leave our air, water and earth safe and clean for future generations”, Best Western Kelowna has created a set of sustainability goals along with a robust action plan to ensure their hotel is operating as sustainably as possible.
By working through a series of facilitated workshops, employees and management received training about sustainability and the business case for adopting enviornmentally and socially responsible practices that provide a return on investment. Strong goals and actions were identified using staff input, Green Tourism Canada criteria and Green Team engagement. This information was put together to create a five year sustainability action plan that was communicated to all staff in June, 2013.
Best Western Kelowna’s Sustainability Commitments
Best Western Kelowna has made a commitment to these six focus areas within the hotel; Active Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Minimal Waste, Water Conservation, Sustainable Purchasing and Communication & Engagement.
Best Western’s five year sustainability action plan will be reassessed with new ideas and opportunities in 2018. Click here to view each commitment’s goals and actions.