RIMBEY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – March 1, 2012) – Your visit to Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel just got a little greener. Today, the new downtown Rimbey hotel officially joined the EcoStay™ Program. EcoStay™ is a national initiative that helps hotels measure their carbon footprint, identify and fund reduction strategies and balance off their greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offsetting.
“We’re very excited to be part of the EcoStay Program,” said Karen Conover, General Manager of Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel. “It’s a meaningful and effective way of demonstrating our concern for the environment.”
Under the program, Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel will collect two dollars per night from hotel guests. Funds will be used to purchase carbon offsets in support of emission-reducing projects within Alberta, such as renewable energy and transportation efficiency initiatives – making each hotel night completely ‘carbon neutral’. The guest’s contribution completely offsets the impact or their stay and more. Carbon offsets are supplied by LivClean, a top ranked retailer by the David Suzuki Pembina and each project is registered on the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) GHG CleanProjects™ Registry ensuring ISO 14064-2 reporting and independent ISO 14064-3 verification. In addition, each offset tonne is uniquely serialized by CSA to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting.
But that’s not all. The program also supports on-site environmental upgrades and renovations, further reducing the hotel’s impact. A typical 150 room Canadian hotel can produce three tonnes of greenhouses gases each day. That’s the same as driving 200 cars, heating and lighting 100 homes or taking 5,000 airplane flights. Guests at Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel now know that they are helping to significantly reduce these emissions.
“EcoStay is a terrific program,” Ms. Conover continued, “we’re seeing both leisure and business travelers these days that are seriously concerned about their carbon footprint. This is our way of letting guests know that we share those concerns and we’re doing something about it.”
“We’re very proud of the EcoStay program, and the hotels who have embraced it,” said Christina deVries, Director of EcoStay. “These hotels are leaders in environmental consciousness and responsibility. They aren’t just talking about reducing green house gases – they’re doing it.”
Details of Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel’s carbon footprint, in-house initiatives and carbon offset purchases are available on-line at www.ecostay.ca.
EcoStay Program supports Hotels across North America in their effort to take action against climate change. Through the purchase of carbon offsets, hotels support emission-reducing projects across the country – making each guest’s stay completely carbon neutral and good for the planet! The program also helps hotels make on-site energy efficiency and environmental improvement and measure their progress at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ecostay.ca
LivClean is a Canadian organization with a global reach devoted to offering quality carbon offset products and solutions to both individuals and businesses. Passionate about making a difference in the environment and helping others reduce their carbon emissions, LivClean’s dedication to quality means all carbon offset products meet strict criteria, certification and standards. Livcleancarbonoffsets.ca
Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel: Located in downtown Rimbey near Rimbey Hospital, Rimbey Arena and Beatty Historic House, The Best Western Rimstone Ridge Hotel proudly offers 60 spaciously appointed guest rooms each complete with microwave, refrigerator, cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Hotel guests will enjoy an array of amenities including a complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center and guest laundry. Corporate guests will also appreciate the conference and meeting facilities accommodating up to 120 guests including an onsite business center. Pets are welcome. http://bestwesternalberta.com/hotels/best-western-rimstone-ridge-hotel