Bellstar Hotels & Resorts is the 2014 recipient of the Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Green Key Environmental Award. The company will formally receive its award at the 2015 Hotel Association of Canada Conference, running February 2-3, 2015 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.
“We are thrilled and honoured to have received this award as protecting the environment for future generations is one of our core values,” says Patti Smith, chief operating officer for Bellstar. “At Bellstar, we continually strive to create new opportunities to further decrease our ecological footprint while advancing the exceptional experience that our guests expect.”
Part of HAC’s Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence program, the Green Key Environmental Award recognizes lodging companies that have developed a culture toward integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday lodging operations while maintaining quality service and guest expectations. Areas of consideration include energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, water conservation, purchasing, and business issues.
Since its inception in 2003, Bellstar has been developing and operating boutique hotels and resorts in Western Canada with a special interest in contributing to a greener planet and a greener hospitality experience. Bellstar has taken the initiative to create its own personal sustainability plan, “Stay™ │ Green,” for resort operations and real estate development. The comprehensive plan incorporates a companywide, triple bottom line operating policy and environmentally-friendly business practice program to educate guests, suppliers and staff to help preserve the planet for future generations.
In addition, the hotel management company also participates in a number of green initiative programs including HAC’s Green Key Global, EcoStay (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), and Clean The World, a foundation committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products while preventing deaths due to hygiene-related illnesses around the world.