Environmental Stewardship at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Located in Banff National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is recognized globally for its sustainable programs. For over a century the Chateau has had the privilege of welcoming guests to one of the World’s most precious and pristine locations. Preserving the natural environment for future generations is the core value of our historic, 4-diamond resort.
NO NET NEGATIVE ENVIROMENTAL IMPACT
For over 10 years, the Chateau has incorporated “No Net Negative Environmental Impact” practices into all hotel operations. The purpose of the NNNEI is to ensure we are minimizing our impact on nature. The NNNEI results are reported on a yearly basis to Parks Canada.
To show our commitment to the fight against climate change, the Chateau purchases 50% of its electricity from wood biomass generated Green Power and has installed various energy efficient heating sources. Between 2014 and 2015, we decreased both the Chateau's use of propane by 11%, and our electrical consumption by 3.5%.
To conserve electricity, we employ energy-efficient lighting in approximately 80% of our operations. Examples include the Mt. Temple Meeting Facility equipped with motion sensor lighting in lower use areas, and all of our exterior holiday lighting consisting of energy efficient LED lights. The Chateau's total energy consumption is monitored on a monthly basis. To support environmentally friendly practices, all guests driving hybrid vehicles receive complimentary overnight valet parking.
CLIMATE CHANGE AWARNESS
Earth Hour, a global lights-out initiative led by WWF that raises awareness about climate change, is celebrated at the Chateau each March.
5 GREEN KEY ECO-RATING
In 2005, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was awarded a rating of 5 Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Chateau was the very first hotel in Canada to receive a 5 Green Key rating, the highest possible rating in the program. We are so proud to announce Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has once again received a rating of 5 Green Keys for 2016! To learn more about the program, please visit their website.
Water saving fixtures can be found all throughout the property. We save 3.9 gallons of water per flush due to the installation of low flush toilets and our shower heads save 1.5 gallons of water per minute. The decrease in water consumption at The Chateau is also related to the construction of a new water treatment plant. Between 1995 and 2015, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has decreased water consumption in a 38%. To ensure our water quality, surface water quality samples are collected from Lake Louise and Louise Creek on an annual basis, as part of an ongoing water chemistry monitoring program.
ACTIVE WATER CONSERVATION
Guests can also help to conserve water by participating in our optional towel and linen exchange program - which not only reduces the amount of water in the laundering process, but also the amount of detergent and electricity as well.
The Fairmont CAREs Program - Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project aims to preserve one of the few naturally occurring wild trout in western Canada. Provincially listed as threatened in Alberta, they now occupy less than 10% of their historic range. Since 2012, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has donated over $12,000 to fund Parks Canada’s Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration project in Banff National Park.
Our culinary team is delighted to serve local, organic, and/or sustainable menu items whenever possible. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise also participates in the Ocean Wise sustainability food program.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has an extensive recycling program including all possible food and beverage containers, all paper products, electronics (such as computers and televisions), toner cartridges, etc. We are also working with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging involved with delivered products (ex: local tomatoes are delivered in reusable plastic creates which are returned to the supplier, instead of disposable cardboard boxes). All used light bulbs and batteries are recycled, and colleagues receive replacement energy efficient light bulbs for their residence units free of charge. Below is a snapshot of the Chateau's recycling success:
- Between 2015 and 2016 a division rate increase of 2%
- Between 2015 and 2016 7 new items were incorporated into the recycling program
- In 2015, 327 Ton of recycling was diverted from landfills
- In 2016, 1.5 Ton of waste was diverted from landfills by recycling mattresses
- In 2016, more than 782,000 cigarette butts were recycled
Left-over soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion from guest rooms is donated to the Clean the World Foundation Inc., which processes and distributes amenities to homeless shelters, senior citizens and struggling families throughout Canada and impoverished nations around the globe. The Chateau is proudly active as part of this foundation's Global Hygiene Revolution, collecting 18,502 lbs. of waste, recycling 7,322 lbs. of plastic, and distributing 46,6060 soap bar year to date for 2016!
Clean the World
All guest room directories contain a section on the Fairmont Green Partnership Program and information on new environmental initiatives and programs. All conferences and meetings attend a one hour environmental and heritage training session.
To ensure that guests and colleagues are being educated about the ecological issues in the Lake Louise area, the hotel has assumed the following initiatives:
- All colleagues participate in an awarding winning environmental education orientation, which includes sessions on local heritage, environmental and ecological issues and responsibilities, as well as a presentation from Parks Canada.
- All colleagues review and sign off on an Environmental and Heritage Job Task Checklist at their 3 month probationary performance review.
ENVIROMENTAL SYSTEMS MANAGER
The hotel employs two full-time mountain heritage guides to provide guests with heritage and environmental information, as well a full-time environmental systems manager.
The Chateau's Sustainability Committee is made up of hotel employees who are passionate about the environment. The team is constantly creating new, unique ways to improve the sustainability of the Chateau’s operations. The team also participates in the Lake Louise shoreline clean up, highway cleanups and holds food and clothing drives in aid of local charities throughout the year. As well, all leaders and colleagues are empowered to make environmentally friendly choices in the daily operations of their departments.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a leader in environmental management and is a pacesetter for industry standards. The property-based environmental actions, in partnership with Parks Canada, has demonstrated how a large resort can help improve their environmental performance through sustainable business practices, while demonstrating sound financial results. The unique and innovative environmental initiatives demonstrated at this property showcase the principles of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and its leadership role in environmental stewardship.