Green Hotel in Burlington VT

Eco Friendly Accomodations in South Burlington, VT

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What is a Green Hotel?

“Green” Hotels are environmentally-friendly properties whose managers and employees are eager to institute programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste — all while saving money!

Environmental Policy

Trader Duke’s Hotel Burlington VT is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing recycled products; and reducing our use of toxic materials. We are committed to pollution prevention, continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements- setting an example as one of the best green hotels in Burlington, VT.

 

Housekeeping

  • Every employee is trained on what can/cannot be recycled
  • There are two bags on every housekeeping cart – 1 for trash and 1 for recycling
  • Offer in-room guest recycling
  • Towel/linen reuse program offered to guests staying more than one night
  • We collect half-used shampoo and conditioner bottles from guestrooms and instead of throwing them away, we donate them to local shelters in our community
  • We take part in the Global Soap Project, their mission is as follows, “Quite simply, we reduce waste and save lives, one bar of soap at a time.  We receive partially-used and discarded soap from hotels, recycling it into millions of new bars, and then we distribute the new soap to people who lack access to it around the world.  To-date, we’ve distributed new soap through relief efforts and hygiene education programs in 32 countries on four continents.”
  • OZONE Laundry This system makes it so that we are washing our laundry with 100% cold water, cutting back on hot water/natural gas; reduces the water used to wash laundry (towels, linens, etc.), and also cuts back on dryer time, which decreases the electricity used! Although we are still compiling data about water and gas usage we have already seen the amount of laundry detergent we need to use cut in half

Front Desk

  • Recycle Paper – any old papers / unused papers are cut up and used as scrap paper. Front desk staff utilizes scrap paper as much as possible instead of printing
  • Paper that has been printed on one side is then used to print on the clean side
  • Eliminated printing certain reports that can be viewed electronically

Accounting

  • Print documents double-sided (when possible)
  • Encourage companies/groups to do electronic invoicing for meetings/events
  • The Accounting Department saves an average of 1,825 sheets of paper a year by saving and sharing the daily accounting report on the company file instead of printing and distributing a hard copy

Sales

  • Use email to send reports instead of printing multiple copies
  • The Sales office has designated one printer to be used with recycled paper only (already used paper) at a cost savings of around $300 a year
  • Use Eco-font – save about 25% of toner

Banquets

  • Provide recycling bins for all registration tables and in all conference spaces
  • Guestroom and banquet facility lights have been replaced with compact fluorescent / LEDs
  • Created reusable signage for labeling foods and door signs at banquet events
  • Compost food scraps from banquet events

Trader Duke’s

  • Our Restaurant, Trader Duke’s, participates in a composting program, where most of the compostable material is given to local farmers. We currently compost 300 – 400 gallons per week
  • The electric dishwasher behind the bar has been eliminated
  • The new equipment being used for our draft beer at the bar is Energy Star
  • Guest and Restaurant comment cards are printed on recycled paper
  • Compostable to-go containers are used

Kitchen

  • Compost all food scraps
  • Recycle cardboard from food and supply deliveries
  • Select Energy Star labeled products have been purchased for use in the kitchen
  • We buy eggs, granola, milk, and syrup from local farmers

Engineering

  • Participation in HEAT (Hilton Environmental Analysis & Tracking) – a computer program that collects property usage data to set targets, measure, benchmark and continually improve performance
  • Recycle all hazardous waste such as batteries, compact fluorescents, and chemicals
  • Recycle all cardboard from deliveries of TVs, Refrigerators, and other big items
  • Look into Energy Star rated or energy efficient equipment when replacing old equipment
  • LED lighting in the parking lot
  • Sensor light in Business Center
  • During summer of 2009, we cut back on our sprinkler usage. Cut back about 10%
  • 2.5-gallons per minute showerheads and 1.6-gallon toilets in all guestrooms
  • Vending Misers has been installed on all Pepsi vending machines for energy savings and conservation
  • Economizers on the roof HVAC units in order to reduce energy consumption
  • All guestrooms have digital thermostats, in which guests can’t adjust the heat or air-conditioning too high or too low.

Human Resources

  • Always print double-sided documents
  • Emails our Cookie Chronicle newsletter to those who have email instead of printing hard copies. This used to be printed and attached to every employee’s paycheck every two weeks.

Hotel-Wide

  • Computers are shut down and turn off the lights when away from desk for an extended period of time
  • We have a “Preferable Products Purchasing Policy” where we aim to purchase office supplies and other products that contain recyclable materials and/or pre-post-consumer materials
  • Cancelled delivery of magazines/catalogs that are unwanted or unused – over 100lbs of mail diverted in 2012 & 2013
  • Office paper is 100% recyclable
  • We work with a local ink company to have our heavy duty ink cartridges refilled, instead of mailing them back for recycling (Toner Recharge in Williston)
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