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Renaissance Vancouver

The Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside recently announced that it has received a 4 Green Key™ Rating from the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC). This rating certifies notable eco-friendly initiatives undertaken by various hotels.

The HAC Green Key Eco-Rating Program is unique in that it is administered entirely on-line. The audit consists of five sections: Corporate Environmental Management, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage Operations, Conference & Meeting Facilities and Engineering. The 4 Green Key Rating denotes a hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices. The downtown Vancouver, Canada hotel received a four out of five Green Key™ rating.


Hilton Mississaugua

A groundbreaking will take place in Mississauga this morning for the first new “green” hotel in Canada that will have official certification for its long-term sustainability.
The 224-room Hilton Garden Inn is the newest of 10 hotels owned and operated by Sukdhev (Dave) Toor of Mississauga and his Manga Hotel company.
In an interview yesterday in his Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, which is two doors down from the site where the new hotel will be built on Caroga Dr. in Malton, Toor said his children’s interest in the environment helped convince him to go green with his new project.
The 15-storey hotel has been designed by a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified consultant to ensure it meets internationally-approved green standards.
“It will have a green roof and energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems, carpeting that gives off less emissions so you can breathe fresh air, special paints and even a bicycle rack,” said Toor, who has lived in Mississauga for the past 12 years.

Canadian Eco Resorts

The market for eco-resorts is growing and will continue to do so, said Joseph Hnatiuk, president of the Saskatchewan Nature and Ecotourism Association, which has been accrediting ecotourist lodges, parks, hotels and tourism sites since 2000 under a program approved by the International Ecotourism Society.

Featuring geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water and electricity, the development will break ground in spring 2008 along the Ottawa River, northeast of Ottawa near rapids that draw whitewater rafters and kayakers from around the world.

Whitewater Village will be surrounded by a 4,000-acre land trust to keep further development at bay, aims to be carbon neutral and will have a peat moss sanitation system. The exterior of the cottages, generally two-storey structures of 1,700 square feet, will be constructed of logs certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.


Canada's Eco-Hotels

A new style of "no-frills-chic" hotels will gradually arrive in cities across Canada, the first expected to open this year.

These days, the word chic isn't mentioned without implying eco-friendly. The so-called ALT hotels, designed by Quebec architect Viateur Michaud and developed by Groupe Germain, will be on the cutting edge of energy conservation measures.

The hotels will use a heating and cooling system generated by the earth's temperature, as well as geothermally heated tiles on the ground floor and energy-efficient light throughout.

Meant to offer comfortable, sleek rooms at bargain prices ($129 per night) and at the same time address environmental concerns with geothermal technology, the hotel developers are hoping to fill a void in the Canadian market.

"The type of hotel we are introducing today reflects a strong trend in hotel accommodation, especially in Europe and Asia," Christiane Germain, CEO of Groupe Germain, said in a statement. "It's been dubbed 'no-frills-chic' and combines design, atmosphere and chic interiors with the best possible price."

Other green-forward features are rooms equipped with one switch to monitor all lighting and a 100-per-cent smoke-free environment.

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