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Find out more on Fairmont’s award-winning environmental efforts, a pioneering program launched close to two decades ago that focuses on responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management. 

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Publish Date : 19-Apr-2007
19, April, 2007

TORONTO, April 19, 2007 - As an environmental ambassador and industry pioneer on responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced it has launched the third edition of its acclaimed Green Partnership Guide, a comprehensive how-to text for companies looking to “green” their operations. 
The ultimate source for companies looking to introduce or expand their green policies, the latest edition of Fairmont’s authoritative manual once again opens the vault on the brand’s environmental best practices. Forwarded by world-renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, the Green Partnership Guide focuses on key areas such as energy management, water conservation, and innovative community outreach programs, while also providing detailed insights on how to start, maintain and grow an environmental program, including case studies on reducing operating costs, keeping employees motivated and tracking cost savings.
With fundamental issues such as climate change and other environmental concerns top-of-mind with businesses and consumers alike, Chris Cahill, Fairmont’s President & C.O.O., believes the book’s launch is a timely and significant event. “It is my firm belief that hotels, or all companies for that matter, need to be aware of how their activity is impacting our planet and ways in which they can minimize their footprint.”  Adds Cahill, “For close to two decades now, Fairmont has actively supported environmentally sound business practices. With heightened awareness and responsible tourism now a mainstream topic, we encourage others to learn from our experience in this area and proactively move to green their operations.”
Providing support for Fairmont's industry leading efforts is Hadley Archer, Director, Business Engagement for WWF-Canada. “Corporations have an environmental footprint, and so they have the responsibility to take action to lower that footprint. Fairmont's Green Partnership Guide is an excellent example of a practical and meaningful solution to help companies lower their impact on the environment, and at the same time, generate cost savings and boost employee morale. By preparing this guide, Fairmont is showing corporate leadership in taking steps to address issues such as waste reduction and global warming.”
 Companies, hospitality schools or individuals interested in purchasing a copy of the third edition of The Green Partnership Guide, should contact Fairmont’s office of environmental affairs at
Offering a little enticement for would-be environmentalists, Fairmont is providing an advanced preview of the guide’s informative content.  Samples include: 

At The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, the hotel installed a commercial water softener that reduced laundered water use to 1 wash and 1 rinse per cycle, saving 125,000 gallons of water per day, roughly enough water to supply 500 homes. Adding to this reduction, the hotel also took advantage of the city’s new ICI Water Saver Program, which rewards industrial, commercial and institutional water savings, and received close to $50,000 for their efforts.

In 2006, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa completed an extensive lighting retrofit, replacing 4,440 incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent lighting. As a result, the hotel now saves over 203,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually representing a cost savings of $61,000.  Located in eco-conscious California, the resort was also able to recoup the majority of its capital investment with an energy rebate from the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

At Bermuda based Fairmont Southampton the hotel conserves water through a sophisticated golf course irrigation system. Following treatment, gray water from throughout the resort is recycled to irrigate the golf course and grounds. Central controls allow for accurate application and scheduling, based on turf needs and weather conditions.

At The Fairmont Dallas, the hotel instituted several initiatives to improve its energy and water conservation performance. In its tower guestrooms the hotel fitted windows with reflective tinting, a practice which is expected to reduce energy consumption by 416666 kWh and save the property $50,000 on its electricity costs. Additionally, all guestrooms now have digital thermostats, allowing for pinpoint temperature accuracy, a move that will reduce energy usage by an additional 208333 kWh.

In Alberta, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has been purchasing green power since 1999 and presently 40% of the property’s electricity needs are met by a blend of wind and run-of-river electricity generation. Green power, derived from sources including wind, run-of-river hydro, and biomass, has minimal environmental impacts and produces little or no greenhouse gas emissions.

Also supporting alternative energy technology is The Fairmont Washington, D.C., which also directs some of its electricity dollars to wind power. Other innovative green initiatives at the hotel include the elimination of toxic cleaning chemicals and encouraging staff to use public transportation by way of MetroCheck, a program enabling hotel colleagues to purchase monthly MetroRail, MarcTrain and VRE passes with pre-tax dollars.

The innovative engineering team at The Fairmont Waterfront installed a heat-recovery system at that captures condensate, steam that has been condensed back into water, from domestic hot-water tanks, and then uses it to preheat incoming city water. This process saves an estimated 305,380 kilowatt-hours (1,100 GJ) per year, roughly the same amount of energy it would take to power approximately 7 average-sized homes.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a leader in sustainable tourism and was the first major hotel chain in North America to embrace environmental stewardship in its daily operations through the implementation of its own Green Partnership Program. The program focuses on improvements in the areas of waste management, energy and water conservation, as well as a strong element of community outreach through local groups and partnerships. Featuring a collection of fabled castles, secluded lodges, storied meeting places and modern retreats, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts opens the doors to some of the world's most celebrated addresses. With locations throughout ten countries, our 50 distinctive hotels - including The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs and London's Savoy - promise travelers rich experiences and lasting memories in unparalleled settings.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit