We’re sure you’re aware that protecting our environment is a ‘hot’ topic at the moment and here at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel we are seriously upping our game to ensure all our staff, guests, delegates and visitors are contributing to our green agenda.
As a large, public organisation, having environmentally friendly policies is a priority and being green is not a fashion fad for us, it’s part of our way of life so let us take you through the long list of measures we are embracing and why.
As committed members of Visit Scotland’s Green Tourism Business and the IACC GreenStar schemes, we want to safeguard our local environment for future generations – this site was here before us and will be here after we pass through, so we feel it is our humble duty to nurture and care for it as best we can.
One of the big things we’re really excited about right now is our own 10-point plan which helps us drive our environmental commitments even further, whilst creating a sustainable meeting place through the concept of designing experiences and not just organising meetings.
The 10 points are:
- Paper: removal of flipchart paper from conference rooms – replacing with glass squiggle boards
- Plastic: removal of single use plastics
- Water: removal of single use glass water bottles
- Food: more balanced provincial market menu
- Allergens: creating an industry-standard menu labelling system
- Hydration: introduction of hydration stations around the hotel
- Mindfulness: catering for mindful aspects of conference
- Outdoor meetings: outdoor destination area for walk and talk conferences
- Linen: removal of single use napkins
- Training: investing in our people to achieve the 10-point plan
We take all of these elements into account, not just for conferences but throughout our whole business. We now have a wide range of eco-friendly measures, which have been introduced in partnership with, and actively involve our staff, visiting delegates and guests in our green agenda.
We source local produce for our menus, monitor our energy consumption and have birdboxes for the local wildlife outside – it’s not uncommon for our staff and guests to see a family of deer grazing on the greenery outside our windows and witness nature at its most beautiful up close.
We also use suppliers which maintain ethical practices for equipment, energy and chemicals, have many tools in place to save as much energy as possible such as low energy lighting, centrally controlled air conditioning and have a high efficiency boiler.
As part of our Sustainable Purchasing Policy we want our suppliers to have the same commitments as we do. We ask for evidence of and discuss their methods of transport and packaging, calculate running costs of products and consider the recyclability of any product we purchase – if it can’t be recycled, we’ll go for one that can.
This is all part of our massive, evolving sustainability business model. If you’d like to know more about our green credentials, visit the Sustainability pages: https://goldenjubileehotel.com/about-us/social-responsibility