Edinburgh hotel Green Team wins gold

Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel in Edinburgh wins award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Online PR News – 21-December-2009 – – The creation of a Green Team at the Best Western Bruntsfield hotel in Edinburgh has resulted in the venue being awarded Gold status by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The scheme was created by VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, to help businesses in the hospitality sector achieve efficiency and marketing benefits from managing their environmental responsibilities. The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) looks for evidence of positive action in some or all of these nine environmental concerns: Code of Conduct, Management, Communication, Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, Transport and Wildlife.

The Best Western Bruntsfield is one of only ten hotels in Edinburgh to be awarded this accolade. The efficiency of the measures in place is evidenced in a 75% reduction in landfill with everything possible being recycled; 33% reduction in towel laundering; and a significant reduction in water consumption through using water butts for watering window boxes.

General Manager Gary Field said “The assessment was tough. We were required to demonstrate the sustainability of our green policy towards water, heat and light efficiency. Staff have to show a full understanding of all the issues and ways in which improvements can be made; the importance of maintaining equipment and conserving energy in all areas of operation; waste disposal and purchasing in all departments from housekeeping to food.”

“I am delighted with this outcome as it is testament to the hard work of the green team and all staff and customers who have, and continue, to support their initiatives.”

Regional Director for VisitScotland, Sinead Feltoe said “We are delighted to award the Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel with a gold green tourism award and this reflects the time and care spent on the quality and effectiveness of their facilities, ensuring that they meet all possible standards when it comes to being ‘green’.

“In this current climate it is crucial we work together to get tourism growth back on track and going green not only shows a level of concern for the environment but also has considerable business benefits including savings on running costs.”

Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel is a 67 bedroom town house, offering conference and event facilities. It also has a brasserie, Bisque bar & brasserie, which offers casual gourmet dining and has a separate entrance from the hotel, so is popular with locals. The hotel’s green policy is evident in all areas of the business including housekeeping, energy efficiency, waste disposal, purchasing, transport, food sourcing, management and code of conduct of all staff. The Bruntsfield scored highly in all these areas.

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