It's not easy being green
Aug 02, 2017
By Gary Rice, General Manager of the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel
It’s not easy being green, but at the Golden Jubilee we make it a priority to reduce our impact on the environment, and deliver sustainability wherever possible.
At every level of the Conference Hotel, our dedicated Green Team work to make sure we are doing everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment, while still offering a unique, high level and memorable service for our customers.
For the last six years, we have received the Green Tourism Scheme Gold Accreditation, an award which is only awarded to businesses who demonstrate the highest standards of sustainability and a strong ethos throughout the business.
There are many ways that we demonstrate this, most notably our Green Conference Package: our way of offering delegates and organisers the chance to support their environmental ambitions. This includes:
- Fully electronic, paper free organisation for your event.
- Fairtrade tea and coffee.
- Hard top tables in your conference room – no linen, reducing the use of chemicals, water and energy.
- Stationery provided on a side table, rather than at each space, to reduce wastage.
- Reusable green bag for each delegate.
- 20% of our energy is bought in from renewable sources.
We also promise that for every 10 paying delegates, we will purchase one bag of feed or bedding for our local wildlife centre, and for every 20 delegates travelling by public transport, we will offer one free delegate place at your next event.
I recently represented the Golden Jubilee at the People Make Glasgow Greener campaign launch, bringing together 20 representatives of organisations from around the city to work together as the new Green Conventions Team. Glasgow is currently ranked as the seventh most sustainable conference destination in the world and the only city in the UK to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.
Together, we will be working to help improve this ranking, making the city and surrounding areas an internationally renowned hub for environmentally friendly practices.
One way we will be doing this is working with Glasgow City Council and Kabloom, a local seed planting agency, to offer bespoke horticultural therapy packages for conference organisers. These can be a very relaxing and enjoyable activity for teambuilding and networking, and we are very excited to be able to offer them.
As the Chair of the West Dunbartonshire Fairtrade Steering Group, this is something that is very close to my heart. I believe it is essential that we are not only integrating environmentally friendly practices into our day to day work, but that we are passionate about this, and work together to embed it into our culture. In doing this, we can make meaningful change and establish the Golden Jubilee as a leader in innovative, sustainable practices for years to come.