Bellstar Hotels joins EcoStay
23 May 2012
EcoStay is an initiative that helps hotels measure their carbon footprint, identify and fund reduction strategies and balance off their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting.
Under the program, Bellstar’s properties will all collect two dollars per night from hotel guests. Funds will be used to purchase carbon offsets in support of emission-reducing projects, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, composting and. Each guest’s contribution completely offsets their impact, and more.
Carbon offsets are supplied by LivClean, a retailer by the David Suzuki Pembina. All LivClean EcoStay Carbon Offset Projects are listed on CSA Group’s GHG CleanProjects Registry in order to demonstrate consistency with the international series of ISO 14064 standards for greenhouse gases quantification, monitoring, and reporting. The GHG CleanProjects Registry process also requires that an independent verification following ISO 14064-3 be completed so that each ton can be serialized to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting. The use of a public registry such as GHG CleanProjects Registry is considered an important step for transparency and ease of access for users to review and confirm the ongoing tracking of the LivClean EcoStay Projects.
In addition to the carbon offsetting program, Bellstar Hotels and Resorts continues to make further investments in alternative transportation for guests and team members, alternative in-room energy solutions and Green Team training and education, in an effort to further reduce their operational carbon footprint.