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The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive · OttawaOntarioK1N 9H4 · Canada  • Phone: (613) 560-7000 · Hotel Reservations: (866) 716-8101
Local Time: 6:13 AM • Weather: A few clouds, 15 °C
Green Initiatives

Green Initiatives at The Westin Ottawa

At The Westin Ottawa, we are proud of our commitment to the environment and the green initiatives that participate in. We invite you to learn more about the steps that we are taking to positively impact the environment.

Recognition and Awards

  • Energy & Environment Award – 2009 & 2012
  • 5 green meeting keys – Green Key Global
  • Hotel Association of Canada: 5 Green Key Eco Rating* (highest rating) 2011
  • Hotel Association of Canada: Energy and Environment Award 2009
  • Hydro Ottawa: Companies for Conservation Certificate of Recognition 2008
  • Energard Top 10: Best Performer in Full Service Category for Energy Savings 2007
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts: Most Energy Efficiency 2006

Energy and Water Conservation

  • We give our guests the option to participate in Make a Green Choice, which encourages guests to reduce water, chlorine and detergent use by re-using linen and towels during their overnight stay
  • Installed Building Automation System to ensure all meeting rooms and public areas are timed off when not in use
  • All toilets and showerheads are low flow
  • Occupancy sensor lighting controls have been installed on all service elevator lobbies, closets and offices
  • Exterior signage is set on timers and the main exterior lighting in the driveway are energy efficient
  • Replaced all exit signs with energy efficient LED’s (over 200)
  • Escalators are turned off when not in use
  • Retrofitted boilers to be more energy efficient
  • Installed timers on health club sauna heaters
  • Replaced 150 incandescent pot lights and table lamps in common areas to compact fluorescents
  • Installed energy efficient gas heaters for the pool and hot tub
  • Participate annually in Starwood's Carbon Disclosure Project survey

Waste Minimization

  • Comprehensive recycling and composting program in place (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard, organic waste) in both front and back of house
  • Hazardous waste/products are disposed of separately on a regular basis (batteries, IT equipment, paint, CFL’s)
  • Minimize number of supply deliveries to reduce carbon emissions associated with deliveries
  • Fryer oil is recycled by a third party which is converted in bio-diesel fuel
  • Our Chefs observe responsible food planning and purchasing practices to reduce waste and spoilage
  • Our banquet and catering department offers a full sustainable menu with local and fair-trade items
  • Boxed lunches and bags are compostable or recyclable
  • We no longer serve bottled water at banquet water stations instead we offer water jugs of fresh filtered water. This has eliminated 250 000 1.5L bottles from the landfill annually
  • A “Leave Nothing Behind” Policy is in place/communicated to conference exhibitors
  • In our banquet department, pads, pens, water and mints are set at a station instead of at each setting to reduce waste and consumption
  • Used room amenities and uniforms are donated to a local shelter
  • Used soap from guest rooms is recycled by a third party
  • Eliminated the use of Styrofoam and converted to re-usable/compostable alternatives
  • Photocopiers are defaulted to print double-sided
  • Guest rooms do not have phone books

 Indoor Environmental Quality

  • The Breathe Westin Program ensures a totally smoke free facility. Westin Hotels and Resorts offers our guests the service, product and amenities that rejuvenate, renew and restore their mind, body and spirit. The core philosophy touches everything we do and includes providing a comfortable, clean and healthy environment for our guests. Our smoke free policy is based on feedback from our guests, industry research and customer data
  • Only non-toxic cleaners and air fresheners are used
  • Low-emitting materials, adhesive, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpet systems

Raising Awareness Through Engagement

  • Sustainability Council established with aggressive goals to decrease energy and water consumption by 30% and 20%, respectively by the year 2020
  •  Green SOP manuals created for each department as a tool and training resource for all associates
  •  Communication Board installed to share progress, new initiatives and projects to hotel associates
  • Monthly tracking of energy and water consumption along with waste diversion rates
  • Green Transportation options available for associate and guests
  • Annually, hotel participates in Earth Hour and Ottawa’s Annual Capital Spring Clean up
  • Socially Conscious Meeting Programs and local community group references are available
* 5 Green Key Eco Rating: A hotel that exemplifies the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility throughout all areas of operations. The hotel employs cutting edge technologies, policies, and programs that set the international standard for sustainable hotel operations.

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