At MDC Hotel, we operate to high standards of performance and advocate socially and
environmentally sustainable business practices. Our aim is to bring a positive benefit to the
societies in which we operate through high quality services, economic growth, environmental
protection, community involvement and employment. In order to adhere to these principles, we
- Set sound environmental and social objectives and targets, and integrate a process of review and reporting.
- Comply with all applicable environmental laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Continuously improve environmental performance and reduce environmental impact of our activities.
- Create environmental awareness among our employees, customers, suppliers and the community at large.
At present we currently:
Organization, Reporting and Management
- Have a written environmental and responsible tourism policy document.
- Have a staff member assigned to managing environmental issues.
- Make annual progress reports on environmental issues in the greening of our hotel.
- Participate in a local environmental forums and meetings.
- Have environmental planning procedures for any new development to be undertaken at the hotel.
- Engage in achieving a reduction in the energy consumption of our hotel.
- Have effective energy efficient lighting installed in at least 50% of areas.
- Have a policy of purchasing low energy equipment for electrical devices such as fridges, microwaves, cookers.
- Have meters installed in all departments to help with the monitoring of energy use.
- Have performed an initial assessment and changed to energy efficient light bulbs and motion detectors.
- Have measures in place to ensure that our energy supply does not adversely impact on the energy supply for local residents.
- Have installed environmentally friendly flow restrictors / controllers on showerheads and taps.
- Have trained our housekeepers to identify and report common maintenance problems, such as toilet leaks, etc.
- Have an energy management system installed to turn lights and air conditioning off in empty guest rooms.
- Have a guest towel reuse/bed linen changing program in place to save water.
- Incorporate energy efficient design into all new construction and refurbishing projects.
- Capture and use renewable energy sources on site.
- Purchase renewable energy for use on site.
- Engage in achieving a reduction in water consumption.
- Have water saving devices fitted to reduce water consumption.
- Have grey water recycled and treated appropriately before use.
- Have energy saving taps fitted to ensure water is delivered at the temperature it is required.
- Have low flush WCs fitted and water saving devices installed in WCs.
- Have our irrigation system for the hotel grounds and gardens use treated water.
- Have timing devices fitted to the irrigation system to minimize operating times, and have a water saving procedure in place for manual watering.
- Have had the property checked for water leaks.
- Service equipment regularly to ensure it is functioning efficiently.
- Ensure our water supply does not conflict with the water supply for the local community.
- Have trained employees to be able to detect and repair leaking showers, toilets etc.
- Have implemented water reducing policies e.g. not hosing surfaces to clean them and not watering gardens in the day.
- Minimize the use of chemicals that end up in wastewater, such as detergent or bleach.
- Treat wastewater before it is let back into the environment.
- Comply with national waste regulations.
- Have procedures in place to reduce or reuse waste where possible e.g. providing relevant recycling bins to each department, buying in bulk, buying products with less packaging.
- Implement waste reduction targets.
- Collect recyclable items separately (cardboard, plastic, glass, metals, food waste, etc.).
- Have replaced disposable items with reusable ones e.g. refillable soap and shampoo containers, cloth laundry bags, rechargeable batteries, etc.
- Avoid using single use condiments (jam, butter, etc) with more packaging, in favor of reusable containers.
- Donate reusable items, such as furniture or food, to charities or employees.
- Have a hazardous waste policy to safely dispose of hazardous materials, such as batteries and paint.
- Have waste bins provided for guests around the hotel.
- Source products from local suppliers wherever possible.
- List the use of organic/local and fair trade ingredients on restaurant menus.
- Source produce from a fair trade supplier if it cannot be sourced locally.
- Emphasize the purchasing of products that are certified for their environmental quality.
- Buy products in bulk to minimize packaging.
- Take an active role in influencing and working with suppliers to identify locally produced, fair trade and environmentally friendly products.
- Purchase cleaning materials with low environmental impact.
- Collaborate with other local hoteliers to investigate the potential for joint purchasing.
- Support and actively contribute to local community development projects.
- Support and actively contribute to conservation or cultural heritage projects.
- Support local schools.
- Showcase local artwork / handicrafts.
- Encourage employees to volunteer in the local community.
- Work together with government officials/other hotels/tourism businesses to improve environmental standards in the local area.
- Work with the local community to promote environmental education.
- Respect the surrounding local culture and heritage.
- Encourage guests to buy products that are made locally.
- Provide guests with guidance on environmental protection in the destination (e.g. protecting turtle nesting sites, the importance of not wearing sunscreen near coral reefs.
- Provide guests with information regarding to the areas culture and religious characteristics.
- Provide guests with information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle during their stay.
- Provide guests with information and encouragement to follow energy saving practices e.g. switching off lights, air conditioning, reusing towels, etc.
- Provide guests with information and tips for water saving e.g. turning off taps when brushing teeth, etc.
- Educate guests about how they can make a positive contribution to local biodiversity and conservation efforts.
- Communicate our environmental aims to guests, along with advice to help them reduce their environmental impact and support local conservation and community development projects.
- Encourage guests to explore the destination beyond the boundaries of the property.
- Have an employee ideas campaign to solicit ideas about how to reduce the hotel's environmental impact.
In the next five years we aim to:
Organization, Reporting and Management
- Publish regular progress reports on environmental issues, employee relations, and the way our business integrates into the community.
- Have a member of staff who has been designated to monitor energy performance and set new targets based on results.
- Have bicycles available for guests to use to move around both the grounds and the local area.
- Wash laundry in cold water as much as possible.
- Train employees about water saving practices.
- Have chosen drought resistant native plant species for landscaping.
- Give packaging back to suppliers.
- Have implemented a battery recycling program for employees and guests.
- Provide employees with reusable mugs and eliminate their use of disposable cups.
- Have developed a purchasing policy to try to purchase local and organic or biodegradable products as much as possible.
- Choose to work with suppliers who have a code of practice setting out minimum standards and/or an environmental policy.
- Provide guests with a list of products and souvenirs to avoid buying (because the items are detrimental to the local community and environment).
- Include environmental aspects into employee training, such as how to reduce energy, water and waste.
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