EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 1, 2012) - Your visit to Ramada Edmonton South just got a little greener. Today, the recently renovated Edmonton 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 Marscine Pankewicz, Operations Manager of Ramada Edmonton South. "It's a meaningful and effective way of demonstrating our concern for the environment."
Under the program, Ramada Edmonton South will collect two dollars per night from hotel guests. Funds will be used to purchase carbon offsets in support of emission-reducing projects across the country such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, composting and recycling - balancing the impact from the hotel's operations, and 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. All LivClean EcoStay Carbon Offset Projects are listed on the CSA Group's GHG CleanProjects™ Registry ensuring ISO 14064-2 reporting and independent ISO 14064-3 verification. In addition, each offset tonne is uniquely serialized by CSA Group to ensure proper retirement and avoid double counting. The use of a public registry such as GHG CleanProjects™ Registry is an important step for transparency and ease of access for users to review and confirm the ongoing tracking of the LivClean EcoStay Projects.
The program also supports on-site environmental upgrades and renovations. The hotel has already made many eco-friendly upgrades, and now, with the support offered through the EcoStay Program, they are planning to install programmable thermostats, continue efforts to recycle guest waste, purchase eco-friendly cleaning products and donate left-over amenities, all in an effort to further reduce 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 Ramada Edmonton South now know that they are helping to significantly reduce these emissions.
"EcoStay is a terrific program," Ms. Pankewicz 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 Ramada Edmonton South'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. www.ecostay.ca
Welcome to Ramada Edmonton South hotel, near West Edmonton Mall. Enjoy a relaxing stay at our non-smoking Edmonton, Alberta, hotel, conveniently located off Highway 2 and 53rd Avenue. Our guest rooms feature comfortable, modern furniture, all new bedding and recently remodeled bathrooms. We offer free parking for your car, bus, truck or RV and guest laundry facilities for your convenience. During your downtime, you can catch up on email with free Wi-Fi Internet access or squeeze in a workout at our new, on-site fitness center. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult, and handicapped-accessible rooms are available. Further information on the resort can be found at www.ramadaedmontonsouth.com.