Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality are critical to every aspect of our operation
As a collective of fun and inclusive individuals, we always consider our core values. Embracing these core values helps us ensure we create an authentic experience for our guests while fostering a creative and energetic environment for our team associates.
That is why 2 out of our 3 core values connect directly to our sustainability and carbon neutral initiatives - Sustainable Zeal and Embrace The Ethos.
|SUSTAINABLE ZEAL||EMBRACE THE ETHOS|
zeal (/zēl/ noun):
|We Are: |
We Build and Care For Our:
|We Are Dedicated To: |
Individual Growth & Being Forward Thinking
We Care About:
|We Are Committed To: |
Customized Service, Personal Service & Relationships
We Continue to Gain:
|We Are Always Building A: |
Solid Foundation of Knowledge
So, what are we actually doing about sustainability & carbon neutrality?
LOTS! And we continue to explore and adopt more sustainable practices to enhance our guest experience and ensure our operation is treading as lightly as possible on our environment.
That's right. We said it and we're doing it.
In 2016 we took a big step forward by measuring our greenhouse gas emissions.
We've got a large and growing list of sustainable initiatives.
We’re a part of the dialogue on innovation and the contribution of tourism to Canada’s sustainable future.
Carbon Neutrality FAQ
With soooo many buzz words surrounding 'carbon neutrality' here are a few helpful answers to FAQs.
What is carbon neutrality?
An organization, event, product or service is successfully Carbon Neutral when it can claim net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This means all significant GHG emissions produced by the business, event, product or service are balanced out by removing or preventing an equivalent amount of emissions from entering the atmosphere.
Why would a hotel seek to be carbon neutral?
5% of all global emissions are from the Tourism and Hospitality industry.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa relies on the selling the pristine, natural environment, fresh air, and clean water of Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island as a whole.
It is important across the entire sector that we work towards reducing our carbon footprint, to ensure we have a vibrant tourism and hospitality industry well into the future.
What is a carbon offset?
A carbon offset is a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction that is used to counterbalance, or offset, a GHG emission. They are sometimes also referred to as carbon credits, VERs, or CERs.
A carbon offset occurs when an individual or organization emits a given amount of GHG emissions but invests in measures that remove the equivalent volume of GHG emissions from the atmosphere or prevent the emissions from taking place at all. Carbon offsets are a financial instrument that represents this reduction (counterbalance or offset) in GHG emissions.
What is the Climate Contribution fee?
At The Parkside Hotel & Spa, we take sustainability seriously; in fact, we are a carbon neutral and Five Green Key rated hotel. Our Climate Contribution program consists of a small fee of $1.25 per night that goes towards three amazing, forward-thinking initiatives with Offsetters. We encourage our guests to read about these amazing Offsetters initiatives that we support here.
This fee is optional and should you choose to "opt out", please inform us at check in.