There are 46 properties currently listed in Victoria. At this time there are 23 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 12 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites has been awarded a 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites employs 44 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
The Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites is committed to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment in which we live and work. The following are some of the environmental practices that we have incorporated into our everyday work life.
* Low energy lighting is used throughout the hotel * The pool water is heated by recycling warm air from the pool area * We use clean burning natural gas * All organic kitchen waste is recycled and composted by a local waste management company for community projects * Our housekeeping department uses non-toxic biodegradable products * For multiple night stays, we replace bathroom toiletries only as needed * We donate many items to charitable organizations such as left over guest amenities * Vista 18 uses electronic "smart candles" on tables which eliminates butane fuel cells from going into the landfill * To conserve energy and water, bed linen is changed every second day for stay-over guests and fresh towels are provided at the guest’s request * We focus our menu on organic, local products and have planted our own garden to provide us with fresh herbs * We have installed window film in Vista 18 to minimize heating and cooling loads * We use remanufactured printer cartridges * We provide our guests with a secure bike-lock up room, walking maps and information on public transit * Metal coat hangers are recycled * The water in our courtyard fountain is recycled * We recycle all of the following:
White and coloured office paper Newspapers Magazines Beverage cans Clear, green and brown glass containers Cardboard and plastics Aluminum tin containers
We encourage our guest to join us in creating a better environment by placing all products that can be recycled in the blue 'We Recycle' basket in their room, turning off the lights and television and turning down the air conditioning unit when leaving the room.
Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites Goes Frog Friendly
The Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites is proud to be the first hotel in Victoria to offer their guests Rainforest Alliance Certified, UTZ Certified, Bird Friendly, Frog Friendly, Certified Organic, and Fairly Traded Sustainable In-Room Coffee Service.
“With the Oughtred Sustainable In-Room Coffee program we can offer our guests a high quality product while continuing to reduce the impact our operation has on the environment in which we live and work” said assistant general manager Michelle Le Sage.
The Chateau Victoria was awarded with a 4 Green Key Eco Rating last year by Hotel Association of Canada and is diligent in their quest to continually enhance their social, economic and environmental programs.
“We are currently in the process of developing our first of many green floors. This trial floor will be the testing ground for our guests and employees in the hopes of ongoing conversions. The In-Room coffee program is just the first of many initiatives to take the hotel to the next level of sustainability.”
For more information:
Michelle Le Sage Assistant General Manager Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites Direct Line 250-361-5664 firstname.lastname@example.org The Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites is a proud recipient of a 4 Green Key rating by The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC)
www.greenkeyglobal.com www.frogfriendlywildcoffee.com www.oughtred.com www.utzcertified.org www.rainforest-alliance.org
Hotel saves on energy costs, one retrofit at a time
Chateau Victoria [218 x 149 px]Nina Winham For bchydro.com
For three years, the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites has been steadily changing light bulbs. Through a careful program of incremental change, it's been installing new technology and shaving money off its power bills, a step at a time.
"We started with all of our exit signs, changing them over to LED [light-emitting diode] lights," says Dennis Powell, in charge of maintenance for the 177-suite property. "Last fall, we completed installing new light strips over the wet bars in all the suites – we changed the big round "Fat Albert" incandescent bulbs for CFLs [compact fluorescent lamps]."
The hotel has also changed ceiling lights in the suites, cutting energy usage down by replacing 60 watt incandescent bulbs with 13 watt CFLs. And they've switched the lights in the hotel's entry canopy, along with using energy-efficient LEDs in the extensive holiday light display.
"This coming fall, we'll start work on changing all the hallway lighting," says Powell. That switch will shift from T-12 fluorescent tubes to newer, more efficient T-8 tubes – and save significantly on energy, since the hallways lights must be on 24 hours a day. "We also have an 18,000 square foot office building attached to the hotel – and we're planning to change all the ceiling lights there as well," he adds.
Powell has a few guidelines for making a switch to new lighting. He watches new technologies as they develop, using a Power Smart Alliance member company to help keep him on top of options. He's not keen to switch too soon – he wants to feel certain that the technology is appropriate and reliable first.
For example, he says the earliest CFLs were too large for some hotel fixtures and didn't produce a warm, inviting light (they now come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and colour temperatures).With some LED floodlights, Powell is concerned about the amount of heat they generate.
And in restaurant areas where the lights must be able to dim, he's waiting to ensure that the new dimmable high-efficiency lamps are durable.
What is not up for question, however, is whether the process of change will continue. "The management here are very conscious of environmental issues," says Powell. "We recycle paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, glass, and organic material – we've been doing this for a number of years. So upgrading the lighting is just a further step to that."
Powell says with such a large property he has not tracked the specific energy savings for any specific retrofit – but he knows the efficiencies are adding up.
"Just on the canopy, the wattage of the lights before was 4,100 watts, and it's now down to about 1,150 – so I know the savings are there," he comments. (The new canopy lights alone save about $700 per year in electricity costs – and the hotel has added to the savings by using a photocell to switch the lights off when not needed.)
The Chateau Victoria has also made use of relevant incentives from BC Hydro's Product Incentive Program to defray the cost of buying new equipment.
The savings and incentives are important – but in the end, it's the hotel's environmental ethic (the Hotel Association of Canada has awarded the Chateau Victoria four out of five "Green Keys" in its eco-rating system) that has propelled its steady shift.
"They're definitely on board," says Powell of the management team. Which means he's probably already planning which light bulbs will get changed next.
Nina Winham is a Vancouver-based sustainability consultant and frequent contributor to bchydro.com.